For the past two decades, a discreet studio opposite a Leith tower block has been the HQ of Finiflex Records, while simultaneously serving as a source of music heard in advertisements for Irn Bru, IKEA, Drink Aware and the Rubik’s Cube. Built by John Vick, in recent years it has also hosted some interesting guests, including Irvine Welsh and Nicola Sturgeon, as well as DJs such as Andrew Weatherall and Justin Robertson.
In what might be described as the launch of a range of “own brand” music, Vick has joined forces with his erstwhile collaborator, Davie Miller, to form Finiflex (the band) as a vehicle for their new creations. On Friday the duo released a groove-laden slice of electronica (on Finiflex Records, of course) entitled TA TA OO HA, giving a tantalising taste of what is to follow on an album in the new year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6McMp6EPzc
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry events and seminars, www.borntobewide.co.uk
Under the Radar is in association with Off Axis, a touring and gig swapping network enabling artists to play successful shows and festivals in 75 towns and cities across the UK. Look out for the Off Axis gig at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, on 4 November https://whatisoffaxis.com