Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Ends Festival (Lloyd Park Croydon) is almost here! Island Records has some amazing artists performing over the weekend including Damien Marley, Masego, Donae'o, Sneakbo & Miraa May.

The Ends Festival (Lloyd Park Croydon) is almost here! Island Records has some amazing artists performing over the weekend including Damien Marley, Masego, Donae'o, Sneakbo & Miraa May. The Ends Festival 31st May, 1st and 2nd June. Scroll down for Island Records Artist Bio's..
The Ends Festival (Lloyd Park Croydon)
Island Artists 👀👀👀
Damian Marley
Damian Marley - Island Records
Damian Marley. The youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the Reggae category, taking home an award for Best Urban/Alternative performance for his title single, "Welcome To Jamrock." In addition the acclaimed 2005 breakthrough album, also entitled Welcome To Jamrock, won the GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album. Damian followed Jamrock with the hugely acclaimed album "Distant Relatives", his collaboration with hip hop legend Nas. The album spawned the anthemic single "As We Enter", and lead to one of the most critically lauded and celebratory live tours in recent years.
Masego - Island Records

Masego is an international, contemporary genre-bending entertainer who also is a gifted Saxophone player, singer, rapper and DJ. He refers to his own music style as "TrapHouseJazz" or Emotion. His collaborative record with FKJ "Tadow" has amassed over 130 million views on YouTube. His record Navajo, first premiered by Berlin platform "Colors", and has since been streamed over 30 million times, triggering worldwide sold out tours.. With the release of his recent 2018 full length debut album "Lady Lady" featuring artists such as FKJ, Tiffany Gouche, and SiR. Masego is definitely not one to miss in 2019.
DONAE'O - Island Records
With more than 16 years' experience in pioneering UK street sounds and original dance music, Donae'O, meaning 'Gift from God', is the gift that keeps giving.
With new singles 'The Party's Over Here' & "Chalice"
The single follows the massive smash hit 'Chalice', which featured Calvin Harris as well as US Superstar XO artist Belly.
With a forthcoming debut solo album; with Island Records, which is slated for release in the final quarter of 2019 which will be the follow up release to his 2017 mixtape 'Sixteen',
Donae'o has achieved great success as one of the most culturally significant musicians in British urban and pop music. For many years now, the musical 'swiss army knife' has been serving up banger after banger using his many musical skills..
Donae'o continues to be a major force in the UK music scene.
Sneakbo - Island Records
Rising from Brixton, South London, Sneakbo is a celebrated name in the UK music scene. In 2018 he released his highly anticipated Top 20 album 'Brixton' featuring stand out hits 'Active' feat. Giggs and 'Nah' feat. Not3s. 2018 was rounded off with his sold-out The All White Tour across the UK.
Sneakbo has had success with 3 Top 40 singles ('Zim Zimma', 'Ring A Ling' and 'Dr Who') also guest featured on D'Banj's Top 10 single 'Oliver Twist'. Over the years he has collaborated with the likes of Krept & Konan, Yungen, Chip, Fekky, Wizkid and Mr Eazi. Sneakbo was also the first UK artist to be co-signed by Toronto artist, Drake. Drake cites Sneakbo as influencing tracks on his 2011 album 'Take Care'.   
Miraa May - Island Records

Miraa May is an artist who will make you think, laugh, cry and feel. The Algerian born, Tottenham based singer-songwriter takes inspiration from the north London streets where she grew up, from the friendships and the experiences of a life lived.
The self-described 'Tottenham songbird' first released her debut EP 'The Beginning' in 2014. The EP, alongside a handful of raw and soulful live performances, attracted the ears of Award winning, legendary producer Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas, The Fugees) who produced her second EP N15. Now Miraa releases her most unapologetic, frank and heartfelt collection yet. 'Care Package' documents a young woman living life to the full, discussing big themes like love, life, sadness, relationships, cooking, gaming or Anime (which inspired the Care Package artwork). These five songs, and if you take some time to check out Miraa's Instagram, give an insight into the character behind this remarkable music. 'Care Package' is out now on Island Records.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

MIO releases 'Live From The Safehouse' tracks & visuals

Following on from MIO's debut EP 'So what do we do now?', the Swedish newcomer drops new visual release, 'Live from the Safehouse' – out today via Island Records.
This release finally lays bare the male artist behind the project... each track sees MIO push his vocals to the forefront again, with the familiar fluid and accessible lyrical style that we've come to expect.

With a new alternative live version of 'With Love' (lifted from the debut EP So what do we do now?'), alongside a cover of The Weeknd's 'Shameless', it feels like this latest release is just the beginning of something incredible for this rising talent. Plenty of things about this exciting new artist feel like dealing with a mystery, but at the heart of MIO is a multi-disciplined approach as a non- conforming pop artist.

MIO was raised in a small town in the north of Sweden and was obsessed with music and everything around it...that journey led to his debut release 'High on Me', followed up by a string of singles and a debut EP which gained support from Popjustice, Spindle Magazine and Clash, with additions in Spotify's GRL PWR playlist as well as New Music Friday.

MIO  'Live From The Safehouse' tracks & visuals  Out Now on Island Records  
MIO releases 'Live From The Safehouse' tracks & visuals
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Friday, 10 May 2019

New Zealand's breakout star BENE drops new single 'Evil Spider' and headlines The Waiting Room on 5 June

Hailing from the suburbs of Auckland, 19-year-old artist Bene releases her latest single “Evil Spider”. Off the heels of her breakout alt-pop moment “Soaked with over 17M global streams, the up and coming singer songwriter is set to come to the UK next month, playing her first London headline show at The Waiting Room on 5 June, and performs at Omeara and Bushstock Festival. Bene today also announces her debut EP is set for release on June 28th.
Bene says of new single, “‘Evil Spider’ is about wanting someone that’s already taken. When writing the song, I didn’t wanna make the lyrics too obviously evil, so I thought I’d turn myself into the spider, making it a lil lighter and making the song revolve around me weaving webs to lure the person, catch ‘em like a spider then reel them in. I remember humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio, which inspired the playful vibe of the song.”

Bene has emerged as New Zealand’s artist to watch with her chart-topping hit “Soaked,” which quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, accumulated over 17 million streams to date, charted on Australia’s Triple J radio’s Hottest 100 of 2018 and held the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieved Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Bene went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months.

Carving out a space between indie pop and R&B, she deconstructs modern “pop music” to create a sonic landscape all her own. Growing up in suburban Auckland, New Zealand among a community of creatives, Bene was immersed in the arts from a young age, and after releasing a series of self-released GarageBand covers on SoundCloud, Bene was soon writing and recording at Golden Age Studio with producer Josh Fountain in her last year of high school. Just two weeks after enrolling in university, Bene dropped out with a now unstoppable and feverish conviction to pursue music full-time. After releasing her breakout single “Soaked” in 2018, what she refers to as her ‘Benevision’— or “the idea that all of my music, visuals and content contribute to a greater artwork,” - immediately resonated.
5 June – The Waiting Room
13 June – Switch at Omeara
15 June – Bushstock Festival

New Zealand's breakout star BENE drops new single 'Evil Spider'


Skip Marley, the Island Records reggae prodigy, releases the official music video for his new buzzed about song “That’s Not True” featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (his uncle, and youngest son of Rasta icon Bob Marley, Skip’s grandfather). “That’s Not True,” is Skip’s first original music release since 2017 with more music to follow this year including his collaboration with Major Lazer titled “Can’t Take It From Me” – due May 10. The Andrew Sandler directed music video shows Skip cruising around the Little Haiti neighbourhood in Miami hanging with his friends, the locals and of course his Uncle Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. “That’s Not True” kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip.
ABOUT SKIP MARLEY “I don’t really think about how I want to be perceived by people. They have their own projections. I just want them to see me as a fighter for good. A love warrior.” Skip Marley often speaks in this way—a rare combination of serious and cool. The Jamaica-born, Florida-based artist is mysterious and chill, but deeply connected to his craft and refreshingly self-assured. He’s authentic in a way most musicians these days could never claim to be; when he says he’s never thought about how people perceive him, it’s without any pretence or irony.

His sound follows suit, a reggae-hybrid that effortlessly blends eras, genres, and styles, while showing off Skip’s impeccable musicianship and poetic lyricism. His natural talent comes as no surprise—music’s quite literally in his blood. Skip is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, and his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy.

“I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify,” he says. “I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they’re feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes.” It’s a radical idea maybe, but an essential one.
“his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy” - Loop Jamaica
“a sunbaked track that feels like a proper introduction into a new Marley generation” – FADER
“a dubby, horn-heavy groove” – Rolling Stone