Song, By Toad is a label doing things a bit differently. As a special RSD '13 event, they've put together a 12" split release in association with micro-brewery Barney's Beer to make a compilation of some of the best DIY Scottish acts around at the moment - available either on translucent red vinyl, or on beer (yes, actual beer) – in an attempt to see what people care about more: a physical release, or alcohol. Le Thug, Zed Penguin, Plastic Animals and Magic Eye have all contributed two songs each to the highly scientific cause. What would you rather have? A download and a pint, or a shiny new LP?

Plastic Animals offer 'Sheltered' and 'Floating' to the experiment. The former is a twinkling post-rock number with discordant axes - they reluctantly call themselves 'atmospheric punk sludge rock', which seems a bit self-deprecating: it's actually fairly melodic music, adorned with standout riffs and glossy audio mess. 'Floating' is poppy and frantic, there's a bit of a Yuck vibe going on, if they were less clouded by smoggy noise. Atmospheric, yes - sludge-punk, no way, José.

Taking up an entirely disproportionate amount of wax-space is Le Thug, a female-fronted shoegaze outfit with plenty of time on their hands. It's slow-moving, but in the snail-y evolution, they wield a sound that's not unlike Sigur Rós. The higher-register vocals beautifully jar against lethargic drones, peering out from the greying clouds. 'Sense In Scotland' is a whopping 13 minutes long. After the first five or so minutes, you wonder who the editor was and why they let the band get away with this - it's good, but you kinda get the gist pretty quickly.

Filling the dream-pop gap is Magic Eye, an act with a fondness for hazy scales and astral vox. It's smothered in reverb and is gorgeously lo-fi - it's almost as is they're playing in the next room. 'Flamin' Teenage' features jangly indie peppered with the untamed pipes of Roma Galloway above self-described 'aquarium-rock': basically, it's music for summer mornings.

Zed Penguin infuse their scaled-back rock'n'roll sound with chirrups of folk. It's bold, skeletal music with no fussin'. They've got heaps of confidence in their shambling fuzz-rock talents, often noodling off on tangents with dissonant guitar or using the clear vocals to starkly contrast walls of noise. 'Wandering' almost sounds like it was whitewashed by an Americana brush. It's frail and bucolic, evoking images of quaint small-town Midwest life and acres of corn.

It's a nice collection of tracks, and a great selection of some of the homegrown talent that's coming out of Scotland at the moment. One thing they all share is their love of blurry rock and shoegazey tones, each of them exploring post-'90s/My Bloody Valentine noise-pop from a different angle. The successes are mixed, but with more hits than misses, it's definitely a record worth adding to your library: though the question remains - vinyl or booze?