Five years ago Scotland was the hub of world-class guitar music. With Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand all calling the city home, it felt like every night a chart-busting band could be playing one of the city’s dive bars.

But as those top-flight bands locked themselves into studios or into world tours the city’s bright sparks made themselves busy making new sounds. From the dubstep of Kode9 to the sultry voice of Amy Macdonald, Glasgow lived up to its reputation.

Try the three free MP3s from the bands below for a quick trip into Glasgow’s soundscape. But be warned, you might get a little too comfy with that Scottish lilt.

How To Swim

Artist: How To Swim

Track: “From Here to Dundee Slash Eternity”

Sounds like: A rock show in a pixie’s backyard

For fans of: Camera Obscura, She & Him, Au Revoir Simone

For some Free MP3’s, head over to How To Swim’s Page

Alasdair Roberts

Artist: Alasdair Roberts

Track: “Little Sir Hugh” ( version)

Sounds like: Shakespeare after a few single malt whiskies

For fans of: James Yorkstone, Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote

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Cherri Phosphate

Artist: Cherri Fosphate
Track: “Passion”
Sounds like: Merrily drinking with your best pals on a Tuesday night
For Fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, Bloc Party

Artists: Belle and Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol

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