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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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. 
👀👀👀
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, Pedró Capó, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany García 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