Friday, 25 September 2020

MIRAA MAY X HAILE Release Video For SAY YEAH

Miraa May, songwriter, performer, artist and sheer force of nature follows her critically acclaimed Dark EP, co-write on Jorja Smith’s Top 10 hit “Be Honest” and recent paean to her new-born son, “Baby”, with her the video for her new Island single “Say Yeah”. The video features WSTRN and Harry Pinero. You can catch a glimpse of the making of the track on the new episode of Miraa’s YouTube mini-series ‘Miraa & Friends’ which features Haile.

“Say Yeah’ is the third new song Miraa has released in 2020, following “Woman Like Me” & ‘Baby’ and is the start of a new chapter as she embarks on the journey of motherhood.

Miraa recently featured in a new documentary created by The Face magazine called ‘Voices of Jamaica’ which followed 15 artists on a week-long writing retreat put together by UK producer Cadenza. The film features Jorja Smith, Miraa May, Amine, Proteje and legendary producers Dre Skull, Guilty Beatz, & P2J amongst others.

Miraa has also been busy filming, and now releasing, a mini-series of studio sessions on her YouTube channel titled ‘Miraa & Friends’ giving an insight into what goes down in the studio. The 7-part series (the first 4 episodes have been released and remaining 3 have been put on hold until post Ramadan) features artists and producers including Jevon, Cosima, Sam Tompkins, Big Zuu, Samm Henshaw, Knucks, Moss Kena, & Luke Gomm.

A prolific and much in demand songwriter, Miraa has recently worked with Nafe Smalls on the mixtape track ‘Bad For Me’. On the live front 2019 was a great year for the Algerian born, Tottenham raised artist who sold out two headlining shows in London, performed at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds Festivals, The Ends Festival and BBC 1Xtra Live in Birmingham.


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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Island Records release the Original Motion Picture soundtrack to girlhood drama 'ROCKS'

Island Records are proud to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the acclaimed girlhood drama ROCKS which opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on September 18th. The 30-track album will feature a brand new Ray Blk song "Warriors", written specifically for the film as well as music from among others Jorja Smith, Little Simz, Stefflon Don, Mae Muller, Lola Young and Mabel ft. Not3s. Speaking about her involvement in the film Ray Blk says: "Rocks is such an incredible movie that so many people, myself included can relate to. I love the story of resilience, strength, and friendship and I believe it will resonate with so many young people so I'm really proud to have been a part of this powerful movie."  

Uniquely crafted by a majority all-female creative team in collaboration with mostly first-time actors. ROCKS was written by Theresa Ikoko (winner of the Alfred Fagon award in 2015 for her play Girls) and Claire Wilson (Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London, The Power), and directed by Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) and associate director Anu Henriques. The lead cast features Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja and D'angelou Osei Kissiedu.

This core group of British girls, who all come from differing cultural backgrounds including Nigerian, Somali, Polish, Bangladeshi, English and Congolese-Ghanaian, emerged out of extensive workshops in which they generously shared experiences of friendship, their cultures, social media and school life as part of the filmmaking process.
The film follows teenager Rocks (Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D'angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.
 
"I had been working on an idea for a film, a love letter dedicated to my sister and other young black and brown British girls, who are often adultised and seemingly hardened, by society and circumstance. As children, many preserve their families and protect the childhoods of their siblings, while remaining beautifully complex wells of joy and love. When I was asked to be a part of the creative team for ROCKS, to make a film about young people, and importantly, with young people, I soon realised this was the richest and safest soil to plant my story, nurtured by the many women who contributed to ROCKS.  - Writer Theresa Ikoko on behalf of the ROCKS creative team.
 
The film received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and subsequent UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019, both screenings receiving huge critical acclaim
 
A new clip from the film has been released. Watch it HERE 
Island Records release the Original Motion Picture soundtrack to girlhood drama 'ROCKS'
ROCKS - Photo copyright Sarah Gavron (All Rights Reserved)

The full track listing is as follows: 

  1. Ray BLK - Warrior
  2. Duchess - Hurting
  3. a'B feat Jevon - Darker Times 
  4. Flames Collective feat Rocks Cast -Proud Mary
  5. Chrissy - Sun Doesn't Set
  6. Koffee - Throne
  7. Stefflon DON - 16 Shots
  8. Tiana Major 9 - Thinkin About You (Notion Mix)
  9. Miraa May - Nobody
  10. Jorja Smith – Blue Lights
  11. Lola Young - Six Feet Under 
  12. Tora - Below
  13. Shaybo - Anger
  14. Darkoo, Ms Banks, Br3yna - Gangsta Remix
  15. Lost Girl - I Wont Give Up
  16. RAYE, Maleek Berry, Nana Rogues - Confidence
  17. Little Simz - Perfect Picture
  18. P-rallel Greentea Peng - Soulboy
  19. Mae Muller – A Little Of Your Time
  20. Celeste feat Gotts Street Park - Lately
  21. Midas The Jagaban - Come We Bill ehh
  22. Gaidaa - Falling Higher
  23. Bry3na, Hamzaa - Sis
  24. Sharna Bass - Buss A9
  25. Mabel feat Not3s - Fine Line
  26. Kali Claire - Seen Me Like This
  27. Tamera - Flipside
  28. Tiana Blake - Cut Ties
  29. Dolapo feat Hardy Caprio - Something New
  30. J Grrey - For Keeps 
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WHO SAID WHAT
"A film so spellbinding you'll want to see it again and again."  
Black Ballad  
 "The film is such a rush of vitality. It rocks" 
"An energetic five-star triumph" 
The Guardian  
★★★★★ 
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 ROCKS is released in cinemas on 18 September in the UK and Ireland. www.rocks.film   
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Twitter @RocksTheFilm
Instagram: @rocksfilm

Monday, 14 September 2020

Skip Marley 'Make Me Feel' video (starring Skip Marley, Rick Ross & Ari Lennox) is now LIVE

Skip Marley, who recently made history with his global hit "Slow Down", alongside Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R., which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart – a first for a Jamaican-born artist, follows up by dropping the video for ‘‘Make Me Feel’. The video which stars Skip, hip hop legend Rick Ross & fast rising R&B songstress Ari Lennox, is now live. WATCH HERE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KXZOupLJkQ
 
 
Both songs feature on Marley’s debut Tuff Gong/Island Records EP, HIGHER PLACE, a 7-track project which is a call to action to Skip's generation, fans, and listeners to inspire people to ascend to a higher place of love and level of consciousness. The project includes new ideas and experiences as well as wisdom that has been passed down through the Marley lineage that Skip likes to call "Marley Mantras." On the release, Skip states, "It is a joy and a blessing for me to share this music with the world. When we say 'Higher Place,' we mean good vibrations. Positivity. Conscious influence of the heart and the mind and the soul. Music with a message is the music we love."

In addition to "Slow Down," and "Make Me Feel" other featured tracks include "No Love" co-written by Sebastian Kole (Alessia Cara) and Trey Campbell (Ella Mai), which Skip worked on with legendary mentor and Miami family friend Betty Wright, who sadly passed away in May. Its gritty reggae vibe samples Wu-Tang Clan’s “Tearz,” a track from their 1993 LP, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The 7-track EP also contains “That’s Not True,” a collabo featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (Skip’s uncle) and the opening title track, “Higher Place” which features music legend and Skip’s grandfather, Bob Marley.

In May, "Slow Down," with over 80 million global streams, became the quickest and biggest-streaming song in recent Marley Family history, and elevated Skip to over 200 million global artist streams It was the first time a Jamaican-born artist reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart. At the same time, Skip became the first Jamaican-born artist inside the Top 15 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006, “When You Gonna Give it Up to Me”).

The amazing chemistry between Skip and ten-time nominated, two-time 2019 Grammy©-winner H.E.R. performing live together was apparent during the song’s television debut on Fallon, then a show-stopping perform­ance at the NAACP Image Awards in February, and the ABC Good Morning America Summer Concert Series session in June.

Skip has earned critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Fader, Hypebeast, Vibe, and others. Most recently during the quarantine, Skip has performed acoustic sets for the launch of the Essence Music Monday series, Billboard Live, Global Citizen & World Health Organization and most recently shared the stage with The Wailers, Cedella Marley, Pedró Capó, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany García for a an opening performance on the 17th Annual Premios Juventud.

 Skip Marley 'Make Me Feel' video  (starring Skip Marley, Rick Ross & Ari Lennox)  is now LIVE 

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