Wednesday, 9 December 2020

KID CUDI RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAN ON THE MOON III: THE CHOSEN THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

Kid Cudi just announced that his highly anticipated Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, his eagerly awaited seventh full-length studio album and the third instalment of his legendary Man On The Moon series will release this Friday, December 11th!

Cudi returns with 18 new songs, inviting a cast of A-list collaborators to join him in space. These include anthems such as “Show Out” [feat. Pop Smoke and Skepta], “Lovin’ Me” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], and “Rockstar Knights” [feat. Trippie Redd]. Not to mention, acclaimed director Nabil [Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean] has directed the music videos for “She Knows This” and “Heaven On Earth”—set to be unveiled soon. Check out the full track-listing below.

In other big news, Cudi recently co-founded his own production and music management company Mad Solar backed by none other than Bron.

Cudi blasted off into history with Man on the Moon: The End of Day in 2009. It has since gone double-platinum, garnered three GRAMMY® Award nominations, and seized a spot on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” A year later, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager claimed #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum.

Audiences worldwide have clamored for the next chapter of this trilogy for a decade now. Cudi delivers with Man on the Moon III: The Chosen now.
TRACKLISTING
1. Beautiful Trip
2. Tequila Shots
3. Another Day
4. She Knows This
5. Dive
6. Damaged
7. Heaven On Earth
8. Show Out Featuring Pop Smoke and Skepta
9. Solo Dolo, Pt. III
10. Sad People
11. Elsie's Baby Boy (flashback)
12. Sept. 16
13. The Void
14. Lovin' Me Featuring Phoebe Bridgers
15. The Pale Moonlight
16. Rockstar Knights Featuring Trippie Redd
17. 4 Da Kidz
18. Lord I Know
KID CUDI RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAN ON THE MOON III: THE CHOSEN THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

KID CUDI RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAN ON THE MOON III: THE CHOSEN THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

KID CUDI 'MAN ON THE MOON III: THE CHOSEN'
TRACKLISTING INCLUDES APPEARANCES BY SKEPTA, POP SMOKE, TRIPPIE REDD, & PHOEBE BRIDGERS

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Monday, 30 November 2020

RAY BLK Drops "Lovesick" MADARA BEATZ Remix Feat. IVORIAN DOLL

Ray Blk who has established herself as one of the UK’s most challenging and important female voices, drops the remix to her recent Island single “Lovesick” by Madara Beatz (DigDat, Headie One), featuring the British Queen of Drill, Ivorian Doll. The icy video featuring them both, also premiered on GRM Daily and is available to  WATCH HERE, while the track is available to stream/purchase HERE.

“Lovesick” comes hot on the heels of Ray’s track “Warriors”, the lead song from the universally acclaimed girlhood drama ROCKS and first release from the South London artist’s eagerly awaited debut album. Ray wrote the powerful anthem specifically for the film and both these new tracks show an artist at the height of her creative powers and bode well for the album which will be released in 2021. “Love Sick” has gained wide support since its release including the likes of the BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss Fresh playlist. Speaking about the video, Ray says: “I wanted to get another strong woman doing her thing on the remix and Ivorian doll is killing it and doing it her way and I wanted it to feel authentic to her so we did a drill remix with Madara beats and she was in her element and came hard.”

Ray also recently attended Cambridge University to discuss with the Cambridge Union about what Black History Month means to her, as well as fronting a special Black History Blackout Radio show for Apple music which showcased her passion and knowledge about black women in music including interviews with legends Ms Dynamite and Estelle. Ray also hosted a 10-week run of the Apple Apple Agenda Show with Mabel, Mahalia, Ghetts and many more.

RAY BLK Drops "Lovesick" MADARA BEATZ Remix Feat. IVORIAN DOLL

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Saturday, 14 November 2020

BSHP RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE ‘NEVER MIND’

Rising star bshp releases her debut single ‘NEVER MIND’ via Island Records

The R&B/pop singer who you may know under her previous stage name - Gabriella Vixen, has been making waves in 2020. From dropping her captivating soulful cover of ‘Kissing You’, originally sung by Des’ree, that caught the attention of Love Island producers and even Des’ree herself. Bshp’s cover was broadcast on the show to set the scene of Nas and Demi’s first kiss, gaining over 16k Shazams overnight and over 2 million streams organically, as well as joining Sigala on his UK nationwide tour earlier this yea

The exceptionally talented bshp has undeniable vocal skills, with her powerful and gripping voice that is enough to stop people in their tracks. She continues making waves with her first Island single ‘Never Mind’ - a sultry jam begging a crush to make his move - speaking about her new song bshp says:

I wrote it with two of my really good friends who have seen two very different walks of life. We just wanted to write something that was just upbeat and different. it was kind of an imaginary situation, really, but it's just about finding a new person and being excited about them.

‘Never Mind’ is out now on Island Records Listen now– https://bshp.lnk.to/NeverMind
 
Rising star bshp releases her debut single ‘NEVER MIND’ via Island Records
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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Paris Jackson debut solo release "Let Down" on Republic Records - Watch the video here

NEW YORK, NY (October 30, 2020) – Today, 22-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist Paris Jackson makes her solo debut with a song and music video entitled “Let Down.” This notably marks her inaugural solo release for Republic Records. It also paves the way for her first full-length album, Wilted, arriving on November 13, 202

Written by Paris herself and produced by Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull, “Let Down” tells a story of heartbreak through alternative-folk and singer-songwriter sounds and influences.

Asserting herself as a creative chameleon, the track shows yet another side of the singer. Glassy acoustic strumming gives way to her lilting delivery as the soundscape envelopes airy synths and lithe guitar leads. Pensive lyrical poetry takes hold as Paris paints a picture of “eyes painted black, tragic paperback,” before she admits, “You were my all, and now, I fall to the ground.”

The music video translates this spirit in a nostalgic vignette punctuated by gentle psychedelic wonder, and a shocking end. The stunning visuals also offer a nod to legendary designer Alexander McQueen, a personal inspiration to Paris, who wore a stunning archive piece from his Spring/Summer 2007 collection (Look 20) in the video. Executive produced by Eli Roth and directed by Meredith Alloway, the video premiered today following a live Q&A on YouTube with fans.  

Watch the music video for “Let Down” 

 

It serves as the perfect precursor to the record. This just continues a prolific 2020 for Paris. Earlier this year, she unveiled The Soundflowers with a self-titled five-track EP, which generated over 1 million cumulative streams and counting. Shining light on collaboration, influences, and activism, the project outlined an array of eclectic sonic endeavors while welcoming listeners with a unique sense of experimentation. Billboard hailed “Your Look (Glorious)” as “simply romantic,” while Idolator proclaimed, “The Soundflowers make a winning first impression.” Additionally, she appeared on Good Morning America with her brother Prince Jackson to chat about The Soundflowers and premiere the music video for “You Look (Glorious)” executive produced and shot by Prince.

Paris Jackson debut solo release "Let Down", Photo copyright Danielle Gonzalez (All Rights Reserved)

Stay tuned for more from Paris Jackson soon.

While Paris hails from one of the most successful families in music history, she is best known for her activism, acting & modeling work, the latter of which has seen her front campaigns for international brands like Calvin Klein, grace the cover of top fashion magazines, including numerous Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar titles, and make her runway debut earlier this year at Jean-Paul Gaultier’s final show. 

On the acting front, Paris has taken on several TV and film roles, collaborating with acclaimed industry professionals, including Lee Daniels, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, and Rachel Winters. Aside from music, Paris’ biggest passion has always been in using her platform to shine light on causes important to her, notably going off script while presenting at the Grammy Awards and MTV VMAs, to highlight the Dakota Access Pipeline and events of racial injustice in Charlottesville, respectively. Paris also serves as an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and is passionate about continuing her godmother’s legacy of ridding the stigma and finding a cure for the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
 Paris Jackson debut solo release "Let Down", Photo copyright Janell Shirtcliff (All Rights Reserved)

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Monday, 19 October 2020

RAY BLK DROPS NEW SINGLE “LOVESICK”

Ray Blk who has established herself as one of the UK's most challenging and important female voices, drops her new Island single "Lovesick", the first release from the South London artist's eagerly awaited debut album. "Lovesick" comes hot on the heels of Ray's track "Warriors", the lead song from the universally acclaimed girlhood drama ROCKS. Ray wrote the powerful anthem specifically for the film and both these new tracks show an artist at the height of her creative powers and bode well for the album which will be released in 2021. Speaking about the inspiration behind "Lovesick" Ray says:

"Lovesick is a revenge song. It's about taking control and reclaiming your power after being disrespected in a relationship and getting even. I'm always trying to empower women not to take disrespect sitting down but to keep a distance from people who don't make them feel good about themselves and boss up because success is the best revenge. It's a big theme of not just this song but my overall debut album. Even me rapping on this song was me taking back control, as a black female artist in the UK there's a lot less support all round, including in getting features from other artists. After finding it so difficult I just said fine forget that then, I can actually do a better verse than a lot of these guys. My rap verse might be a bit explicit but I'm not ashamed of that. Tables have turned. There's a new wave of outspoken female artists who aren't afraid to take full ownership of their sexuality and remind women that they are in control, and to only give their time to relationships that are valuable to them and make sure they are being cared for because a woman of value isn't free and I co-sign that.

With lovesick being about control and reclaiming your power, I felt it was important that I also take control of the visual and my creative. I've always been very hands on with my visuals but even more so now. I wanted the video to vividly reflect my mood and have symbolism in me walking a Doberman dog, having a money room with other strong women and flexing on a g wagon, even the colour schemes and the cover art being red, I wanted it all to be dark and filled with rage but be sexy and show how much power women have. I want women to watch this video and listen to this song and be inspired to step away from anybody whoever played with them and focus on stepping themselves up and trying to build an empire, that is how powerful I want people to feel from this song"
Ray BLK, September 2020.
After a 10-week run of hosting the Apple Agenda show with guests including Mabel, Mahalia, Ghetts and many more, Ray will front a special Black History Blackout Radio show for Apple music which showcases her passion and knowledge about black women in music including interviews with legends Ms Dynamite and Estelle. Ray will also be discussing what Black History Month means to her when she addresses the Cambridge Union at Cambridge University on 16th October.
About Ray
 Known for her no-holds barred lyrics and straight talking, whether it's on or off the mic, Ray BLK (real name Rita Ekwere) is going to speak her mind. "I always have to get everything off my chest," says singer-songwriter. "As an artist and somebody who's been blessed with a platform, I feel like it is part of my responsibility."

The 26 year-old artist is celebrated for music that makes a statement and her new single "Lovesick", recent track "Warriors" the lead song from the hugely acclaimed ROCKS film and forthcoming album prove that the ultimate girl's girl is back with messages of tough love, a catalogue of quotables and a renewed focus on self-love. The outcome is the musical equivalent of the unfiltered girl talk from your most raucous WhatsApp group chat.

Sonically and thematically, it's both a throwback to the rawness of her 'Durt' days as well as a sleeker, slicker sound that is ushering in what she refers to as her "gangster era". "I'm really owning myself, where I'm from, what I feel and I'm just not giving a shit," she says. In this album, she is embracing the realness we have become accustomed to; the prettiest of voices sat atop a grittiness that thoroughly sets her apart from her peers.

Born in Nigeria, raised in Catford, Ray BLK's music is heavily influenced by her upbringing. "I grew up with Grime music and clash culture in the playground," she says. "As much as I don't make Grime music, I like hard hitting beats that you can sing over." Aside from the apt characterisation of her hometown on songs like the 2016 breakout hit 'My Hood' featuring Stormzy, South London has shaped her sound, which sees her marrying the candour and lyricism of a rapper with honeyed R&B vocals.

Her musical journey began at the tender age of 8, scrawling lyrics in school notebooks.

Even then her work was standout, catching the eye of a teacher who placed her on a music program for gifted and talented pupils. By 13, she was crafting her first body of work with school friend and future record producer and songwriter MNEK, forming the group New Found Content. It was during this time she would hone the introspective and sociopolitical writing she is so well known for. It took several years and a English Literature degree at university for her to release a mixtape of ripped beats entitled 'Havisham', a hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul hybrid inspired by the jilted Charles Dickens character. It was then she adopted her stage name, taking 'Ray' from her surname and 'BLK', an acronym of her three most important values: Building, Living, Knowing.

The following year saw the release of 'Durt', Ray's crtically acclaimed first EP which featured collaborations with Stormzy, Wretch 32 and SG Lewis and won Ray a legion of new, non-local fans. Ray was also announced as the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of Poll for 2017, becoming the first, and indeed only, unsigned artist to do so. She also received a best newcomer nomination at the 2016 MOBO Awards. In January 2018 she signed to Island Records and later released her eight-track project Empress, with a strong female empowerment message in the title track, "Got My Own" and "Girl Like Me". In the hard-hitting "Run Run", Ray references the youth violence that plagued her area, an issue she continues to be vocal on.

Her willingness to address difficult topics with deftness is second to none, from touching on domestic violence to partnering up with charities to do talks at schools about consent, after speaking publicly about her own experience with sexual assault this year. She has also been making herself heard as a host of Beats 1 agenda show on Apple Music, a gig that was extended by popular demand. "When I was younger, three things I wanted to do were sing, act and present," she says. "I kind of feel like I'm just getting to live out one of my dreams like a side hustle."

Her discography has already seen her hailed as the queen of UK R&B, but the best is yet to come, with Ray leaning into a newfound sense of autonomy. After her BBC Sound Of 2017 win, she cites a pressure to fit into a poppier, more polished mould that she's now free from. "I am still proud of the music I made," she says. "But I'll be real and say it felt inauthentic to me, because it felt very polite and brushed up and I'm just ratchet!"

Lovesick, the first album's first single, is an anthem for newly anointed savages who have decided to no longer settle. "It really is just about reclaiming your power in a relationship where the person has made you feel like you need them and has made you feel not good enough," Ray explains.

Ray has also faced obstacles in the industry as a black, dark skinned woman - another topic she has frequently and openly discussed. "It's about being told no and always remembering to tell yourself yes."

Over the years, Ray has been dubbed "the Lauryn Hill of the UK" (who she cites as inspiration alongside female rappers such as Eve and Missy Elliott) but also grew up on a diet of her mum's musical tastes: Whitney Houston, gospel music and Mary J Blige. Her writing is heavily influenced by the "realness and his relatability" of Drake's lyrics and her stateside contemporaries SZA and Summer Walker. Straddling different styles and genres effortlessly whilst borrowing from various global, generational influences, she creates something that is distinctively Ray BLK. As a teaser on what to expect on the album Ray says

"For those who joined during Empress, they're gonna be like, whoa. For those who've been there since DURT they're gonna be like, "Yes, she's back!"
RAY BLK DROPS NEW SINGLE “LOVESICK” 
"voice of her generation" - HUNGER

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Amy Whitehouse -'12x7: The Singles Collection' and 'The Collection', 5CD Albumn collection out November

A 7” singles box set comprising all of Amy Winehouse’s memorable singles from the Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures albums, will be released on November 20th. 

Featured tracks include ‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘Rehab’ and ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, all of which won the Ivor Novello Award for Amy in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The set also includes the Grammy Award winning ‘Body and Soul’, a duet with the legendary Tony Bennett. The singles will be housed in individual picture sleeves and pressed on black vinyl. The deluxe box also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards. 

The following week November 27th, The Collection, a  5CD collection featuring the albums Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures, will be released via UMC/Island.  

Frank was Amy’s debut album, originally released on 20th October 2003 and features the hit single ‘Stronger Than Me’ for which Amy won an Ivor Novello Award in 2004. Back To Black, widely regarded as a masterpiece by fans can citics alike,  was originally released on October 27th 2006 and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide to date. It features the singles ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’, ‘Back To Black’, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and ‘Love Is A Losing Game’. Lioness: Hidden Treasures is a posthumous compilation album, first released on 2nd December 2011 and notably features the Grammy Award winning duet ‘Body and Soul’ with Tony Bennett.

In addition to these three albums, the set contains Live In London, a concert recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London in 2007 and a collection of remixes from Frank and Back To Black, such as a Hot Chip remix of Rehab, and a Kardinal Beats remix of Love Is A Losing Game. These two discs appear on CD for the first time as part of this set.

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12x7: The Singles Collection

Single 1
A: Stronger Than Me
B: What It Is

Single 2
A: Take The Box
B: Round Midnight 

Single 3
A: In My Bed
A: You Sent Me Flying

Single 4
A: Pumps
A: Help Yourself

Single 5
A: Rehab
B: Do Me Good

Single 6
A: You Know I'm No Good
B: Monkey Man

Single 7
A: Back To Black
B: Valerie (Jo Whiley Live Lounge)

Single 8
A: Tears Dry on Their Own
B: You're Wondering Now

Single 9
A: Love Is A Losing Game
B: Love is a Losing Game (Kardinal Beats Remix)

Single 10
A: Body and Soul (Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse)
B: A Song For You

Single 11
A: Our Day Will Come
B: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Single 12
A: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
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Amy Winehouse - The Collection

Amy Winehouse - The Collection

Disc 1 – Frank

1. Intro / Stronger Than Me        

2. You Sent Me Flying / Cherry      

3. Know You Now 

4. Fuck Me Pumps

5. I Heard Love Is Blind      

6.Moody's Mood For Love (Teo Licks)

7. (There Is) No Greater Love         

8. In My Bed          

9. Take The Box    

10. October Song   

11. What Is It About Men    

12. Help Yourself    

13. Amy Amy Amy (Outro)

Disc 2 – Back To Black

1. Rehab  

2. You Know I'm No Good 

3. Me & Mr Jones

4. Just Friends      

5. Back To Black    

6. Love Is A Losing Game  

7. Tears Dry On Their Own

8. Wake Up Alone

9. Some Unholy War          

10. He Can Only Hold Her  

11. Addicted           

Disc 3 – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

1. Our Day Will Come        

2. Between The Cheats     

3. Tears Dry (Original Version)

4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?          

5. Like Smoke        

6. Valerie ('68 Version)

7. The Girl From Ipanema 

8. Half Time           

9. Wake Up Alone (Original Recording)

10. Best Friends, Right?      

11. Body And Soul 

12. A Song For You

Disc 4 – Live In London (Live from Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 2007)

1. Intro / Addicted

2. Just Friends

3. Cherry

4. Back To Black

5. Wake Up Alone

6. Tears Dry On Their Own

7. He Can Only Hold Her / Doo Wop (That Thing)

8. Fuck Me Pumps

9. Some Unholy War

10. Love Is A Losing Game

11. Valerie

12. Hey Little Rich Girl (Feat. Zalon & Ade)

13. Rehab  

14. You Know I'm No Good

15. Me & Mr Jones

16. Monkey Man

Disc 5 - Remixes

1. Stronger Than Me (Harmonic 33 Remix)

2. Take The Box (Seijis Buggin' Mix)

3. Fuck Me Pumps (MJ Cole Remix)

4. In My Bed (CJ Mix)

5. Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)

6. Back To Black (Mushtaq Vocal Remix)

7. You Know I'm No Good (Ghostface UK Version)

8. Tears Dry on Their Own (Al Usher Remix)

9.  Love Is A Losing Game (Kardinal Beats Remix)

10. Rehab (Remix Featuring Jay-Z)

11. You Know I'm No Good (Skeewiff Mix)

12. Tears Dry on Their Own (Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix)

13. Fuck Me Pumps (Mylo Remix)

14. Back To Black (The Rumple Strips Remix)

15. Love Is A Losing Game (Truth & Soul Rem

Amy Winehouse

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12x7: THE SINGLES COLLECTION >

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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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, PedrΓ³ CapΓ³, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany GarcΓ­a 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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Monday, 7 September 2020

FOR THE RECORD. Sammy Virji and Bushbaby remix Noisy's 'Put a Record On'

Following on from their latest high-octane track ‘Put a Record on’ which highlights their vibrant get-up-and-go attitude towards life, fuelled by good vibes music comes the official remixes from two of the hottest UKG bassline DJ/producers, Sammy Virji and Bushbaby.

SAMMY VIRJI AND BUSHBABY REMIX NOISY’S  PUT A RECORD ON

“Loved working on this remix, putting a 2-step spin on it. Noisy are a really unique and talented band and ready for big things” – Sammy Virji
“Sammy and Bushbaby are two of our favourite DJs, having them remix our track was such a buzz” - Noisy

Earlier this year the trio, supported and loved by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, headlined a sold-out Camden Assembly, following the release of their debut EP ‘Press Space To Play’, which featured single ‘Bring The Drums Back’, an ode to homegrown dance styles in the UK. This paved way to a great deal of opportunities including an invitation to perform at the prestigious Abbey Road studios this month for the Barclaycard Share the Stage Series alongside artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Easy Life, Mabel and Celeste, just to name a few. The band are so eager perform live again and join YungBlud on his Spring UK tour, with their first date confirmed on March 8th, 2021 at Nottingham Rock City.

  • Buy Tickets to see Noisy Support YungBlud Here
  • 8th March Nottingham Nottingham Rock City (Yungblud Support)
  • 9th March Nottingham Nottingham Rock City (Yungblud Support)
  • 10th March Glasgow Glasgow Barrowlands (Yungblud Support) 
  • 11th March Glasgow Glasgow Barrowlands (Yungblud Support) 
  • 17th March London Kentish Town Forum (Yungblud Support)
ABOUT NOISY. Comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer, the band is the culmination of several years of hanging out at skateparks. They’ve been Noisy for the past year and a half, an 18-month period that’s seen them build a makeshift studio in Spencer’s house and put it to good use: coming up with a name, and then a suitably clamorous sound to follow. They take the spin-the-bottle sensibility of the playlist generation and make something new entirely: the sound of hip hop, D&B, and the eternal swagger of the Happy Mondays rolled into one intoxicating whole. To Noisy’s quote, the band are for all the Friday guys, for all 20-somethings smashing it on a weekend, spending five days aching, and then getting out and doing it again. 
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THEWORLDNOISY.COM
SAMMY VIRJI AND BUSHBABY REMIX NOISY’S PUT A RECORD ON
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WHO SAID WHAT
“Breaking out from Worthing's pubs and skateparks with a hybrid of hooks” – DORK
“With a sound fuelled by a radioactive immediacy at its core, the band are not ones accustomed to resting on their laurels” - LOBF

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

SKIP MARLEY Releases Debut EP 'HIGHER PLACE' Out Now Via Tuff Going/Island Records

Skip Marley, whose history-making global hit "Slow Down" with Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R. reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart in the spring – a first for a Jamaican-born artist – releases his hugely anticipated debut EP, HIGHER PLACE, via Tuff Gong/Island Records. (Full track listing below.)  The 7-track project was named Higher Place as 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."

Fans also have the chance to hear Skip on an exclusive acoustic performance of Bob Marley's 'One Love' as part of Island Records & 1Xtra's Jeremiah Asiamah Bank Holiday Carnival livestream. To help celebrate what would have been, the event was live streamed from 1-7pm, Monday August 31st, on Jeremiahasiamah.com.

In addition to "Slow Down," which has amassed over 80 million streams, HIGHER PLACE includes "Make Me Feel" featuring fellow Miami hitmaker Rick Ross and R&B songstress Ari Lennox.  The track is highlighted by Ross's effortless flow and Lennox's sweet and soulful melodies, as she sings "let's make this a good life even through the bad times," a mantra that resonates loudly today.  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, PedrΓ³ CapΓ³, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany GarcΓ­a for a an opening performance on the 17th Annual Premios Juventud.
SKIP MARLEY Releases Debut EP 'HIGHER PLACE' Out Now
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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

NOISY Release Official Video for 'PUT A RECORD ON' Starring model Mikki Davies

NOISY release the official video for ‘Put A Record On’, following BBC Radio 1 Jack Saunders midnight drop and a performance at the prestigious Abbey Road studios for the Barclaycard Share the Stage Series alongside artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Easy Life, Mabel and Celeste.

Model Miki Davies stars in the high-octane video for ‘Put A Record On’, recorded during lockdown in their home studio in Worthing, highlighting their vibrant get-up-and-go attitude towards life, fuelled by good vibes music even when it seems like the world is against them.

“We went on a different direction for this video and decided to not be in it ourselves. We worked with an amazing woman called Miki and our aim was to capture the feeling of the relief music can have on someone’s life, despite any ups and downs, you can always lose yourself in a song” – Says Cody

Earlier this year, the trio headlined a sold-out Camden Assembly, following the release of their debut EP ‘Press Space To Play’, which featured single ‘Bring The Drums Back’, an ode to homegrown dance styles in the UK. This paved way to a great deal of opportunities including an invitation to perform at Abbey Road studios and the band join YungBlud on his Spring UK tour, with their first date confirmed on March 8th, 2021 at Nottingham Rock City.
NOISY Release Official Video for 'PUT A RECORD ON' Starring model Mikki Davies
Buy Tickets to see Noisy Support YungBlud Here
  • 8th March Nottingham Nottingham Rock City (Yungblud Support)
  • 9th March Nottingham Nottingham Rock City (Yungblud Support)
  • 10th March Glasgow Glasgow Barrowlands (Yungblud Support)
  • 11th March Glasgow Glasgow Barrowlands (Yungblud Support)
  • 17th March London Kentish Town Forum (Yungblud Support)
Comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer, the band is the culmination of several years of hanging out at skateparks. They’ve been Noisy for the past year and a half, an 18-month period that’s seen them build a makeshift studio in Spencer’s house and put it to good use: coming up with a name, and then a suitably clamorous sound to follow. They take the spin-the-bottle sensibility of the playlist generation and make something new entirely: the sound of hip hop, D&B, and the eternal swagger of the Happy Mondays rolled into one intoxicating whole. To Noisy’s quote, the band are for all the Friday guys, for all 20-somethings smashing it on a weekend, spending five days aching, and then getting out and doing it again. 

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WHO SAID WHAT
"Worthing's pubs and skateparks with a hybrid of hooks” – DORK
“With a sound fuelled by a radioactive immediacy at its core, the band are not ones accustomed to resting on their laurels” - LOBF

NOISY RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO ‘PUT A RECORD ON’ STARRING MIKI DAVIES PERFORM AT BARCLAYCARD SHARE THE STAGE SERIES

Monday, 31 August 2020

LIVE STREAMING TODAY. ISLAND RECORDS & JEREMIAH ASIAMAH PRESENT BANK HOLIDAY CARNIVAL DANCEHALL / DJ VIBES

Live streaming today, Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August, 1Xtra's Jeremiah Asiamah & Island Records join forces to bring you a day of dancehall & DJ sets, to help celebrate what would have been. 

With artists including reggae royalty Skip Marley, Queen of Afrobeats Tiwa Savage and the original dancehall Superstar Sean Paul performing, it's set to be a day of pure vibes and the next best thing to being on the streets of West London this weekend. Live streamed from 1-7pm on Jeremiahasiamah.com the carnival spirit will be alive and kicking in your living room, back yard or garden.Scroll down for schedule;
DATE: MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 1-7PM
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LIVE STREAM LINK: Jeremiahasiamah.com
On Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August, 1Xtra's Jeremiah Asiamah & Island Records join forces to bring you a day of dancehall & DJ sets
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SCHEDULE:
  • 1:00PM - Welcome by Jeremiah Asiamah LIVE
  • 1:05PM - DJ Nate LIVE
  • 1:45 PM - DJ Larni + PA From IQ LIVE
  • 2:30 PM: - Kenny Allstar + PA From Afro B LIVE
  • 3:15 PM: - DeeJay Why LIVE 3:45 PM - House Gospel Choir LIVE
  • 4;00 PM: - Sef Kombo LIVE
  • 4:30 PM: - Heartless Crew + PA From Alicai Harley LIVE
  • 5.15PM: - PA From Donaeo with Heartless LIVE
  • 5:25PM: - Jeremiah Asiamah: PAs From J Kaz, Midas, House Gospel Choir LIVE
  • 6:15PM: - Tiwa Savage PRE RECORDED
  • 6:30 - Sean Paul PRE-RECORDED
  • 6:45 - Skip Marley PRE RECORDED  
ISLAND RECORDS

Friday, 28 August 2020

MUST WATCH: 'When Bob Marley Came To Britain' BBC Two on Saturday 29 August

In the 1970s, Bob Marley rose from humble beginnings to become a global superstar. It was a journey that took place not just in his homeland of Jamaica, but also in Britain - the place he came to regard as his second home.

Featuring rarely-seen archive and interviews with people who met him, this documentary examines Marley’s special relationship with Britain and reveals how his presence helped influence British politics, culture and identity, during a time of massive social and civil unrest in the UK - and how his universal message of One Love and unity helped inspire a generation of Black British youth.

This documentary also takes a revealing look at how Marley spent his time while he was in Britain: the houses he lived in, football kickabouts in Battersea Park and visits to the UK’s growing Rastafarian community, including secret gigs in the North of England.

It was in Britain that Marley established himself as an international artist, recorded some of his most successful albums and performed some of his most memorable concerts.

The film features interviews with people who met and worked with Bob Marley in the UK - and whose lives were changed by meeting him - including photographer Dennis Morris, who accompanied Marley on tour; founding member of the reggae band Aswad, Brinsley Forde; The Cimarons’ Locksley Gishie; and filmmaker and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Don Letts. Also interviewed is reggae legend Marcia Griffiths of Bob Marley’s vocal group The I-Threes.

There are also memories of the most important gigs he played in Britain, as told by those who were there to see it happen, including early Wailers gigs in small pubs and clubs when the band were still largely unknown, a now-legendary acoustic performance in the gym of a Peckham High School and a triumphant show at London Lyceum Theatre that helped propel Marley to global fame.

When Bob Marley Came to Britain is a Wise Owl Films production. The producers are Karen Gabay and Stuart Ramsay. It is directed by Stuart Ramsay. The Executive Producer is Mark Robinson. It is commissioned by Owen Courtney, Commissioning Executive, BBC Music.
 When Bob Marley Came To Britain  BBC Two on Saturday 29 August at 9.45pm to 10.45pm
Bob Marley playing football with friends in Battersea Park, 1977 - Photo copyright (All Rights Reserved)
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When Bob Marley Came To Britain
BBC Two on Saturday 29 August at 9.45pm to 10.45pm