Originally from Dundee, Jeshua (Joshua Gray) is now based in Glasgow, and has been making waves with radio play and positive reviews more… “Jeshua”

Dean Owens feat. Joey Burns & John Convertino

The Desert Trilogy, Vol. 1: The Burning Heart

It will be lead single ‘New Mexico’ which gets the publicity and the plaudits, and to be fair if you team up with Calexico for a lockdown-inspired album that is inevitable.

“Want to go to New Mexico”, Owens intones as the distinctive drum chug and guitar work of Convertino and Burns soundtrack this lament. However, ‘Paul Newman’ is a great 90 seconds of spaghetti theme (‘Clint Eastwood’ surely?) and ‘Riverline’s almost filmic start completely belies the Edinburgh-based songwriter’s stereotypical description as a purveyor of Americana.

The EP is all very much themed around the desert even without the Calexico guys – “burning heart, burning sand?” goes one lyrical line, but ‘Tombstone Rose’ is more classic Owens in sound if not title and lyric – understated and complete, yet totally acoustic. But as part one of a trilogy, one suspects there’s much more to come.

Steg G (feat Empress)

My Destiny

Another cut from Steg G’s current album ‘Live Today’, this track lets Glasgow’s MC Empress take a scabrous lead vocal, a righteous rant on personal and wider subjects.

“Linguistics like ballistics, causing harm” indeed – she is one hell of a rapper, aiming at various targets with spitting invective – challenging all comers…

A masterclass in self-belief and with some incredible wordplay, Empress is backed by a mid-paced combination of beats and instrumentation from Steg, which is catchy but doesn’t get in the way of letting Empress do her thing.

Impressive (or should that be “Empressive?” – thankyou…), and with the other tracks amounting to a wide-ranging and enjoyable album – BM has ordered her copy!