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Brooke Combe - Miss Me Now

Brooke Combe
Miss Me Now

Island

Grabbing your attention right from the start with its infectious and nostalgic beat, this stunning track from 21 year old...

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17 Mar 2022
Yard Act - Payday

Yard Act
Payday

Island

Continuing our Ones To Watch 2022 is whip-smart Leeds outfit Yard Act. They first came to our attention in 2020...

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12 Jan 2022
Lola Young - FAKE

Lola Young
FAKE

Island

Finishing our Ones To Watch 2022 for this year (but to be continued in Jan) is 21 year old singer-songwriter...

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16 Dec 2021
Sam Tompkins - Bloodline

Sam Tompkins
Bloodline

Island

Next up on our Ones To Watch 2022 is the hugely talented singer-songwriter Sam Tompkins. He first started out busking on...

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08 Dec 2021
Miraa May - Woman Like Me

Miraa May
Woman Like Me

Island

Premiered by DJ Target on 1Xtra on Monday, this sublime dose of sultry, jazz-flecked R&B is from Algerian-born, Tottenham raised...

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06 May 2020
Emily Burns - My Town

Emily Burns
My Town

Island

For regular readers of RotD, our next Ones To Watch 2020 is an artist that should be familiar to you....

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11 Dec 2019
AMWIN - Dua Lipa

AMWIN
Dua Lipa

Island

Swedish alt-pop artist AMWIN dropped her debut EP AMWIN In Wonderland on Friday and this gorgeous slice of UK garage-inspired...

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02 Apr 2019
Remedee ft. Kojo Funds, Yxng Bane & Masicka - Creepin' Up

Remedee ft. Kojo Funds, Yxng Bane & Masicka
Creepin' Up

Island

Having produced tracks for the likes of Not3s and Young Adz, producer Remedee steps out into the limelight with this slick debut....

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31 Aug 2018
Spring King - Rectifier

Spring King
Rectifier

Island

Spring King are the Manchester-based band who jumped into the spotlight last summer, much to their surprise, when Zane Lowe selected their...

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11 Feb 2016
Klangkarussell feat. Will Heard - Sonnentanz (The Sun Don't Shine)

Klangkarussell feat. Will Heard
Sonnentanz (The Sun Don't Shine)

Island

Starting life as a deep house instrumental that first surfaced on the underground late last year, Sonnentanz (translated as 'sun dance') is the...

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27 Jun 2013
Nina Nesbitt - Way In The World

Nina Nesbitt
Way In The World

Island

Longtime RotD favourite Nina Nesbitt - we first featured her as an unsigned artist last May and invited her to...

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26 Jun 2013
RDGLDGRN - Million Fans

RDGLDGRN
Million Fans

Island

With Dave Grohl drumming for them, Pharrell Williams writing with them, and Beastie Boys producer Mario C remixing them, DC-based...

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18 Apr 2013
Nina Nesbitt - Stay Out

Nina Nesbitt
Stay Out

Island

Stay Out could have been split in two and still made a brace of great pop songs such is the...

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11 Mar 2013
Devlin ft. Diane Birch  - Rewind

Devlin ft. Diane Birch
Rewind

Island

Rewind looks set to be a big hitter for Devlin as he combines with Diane Birch, creating an anthemic track...

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16 Jan 2013
Nina Nesbitt - Boy

Nina Nesbitt
Boy

Island

Nina Nesbitt's first release on Island is a trademark piece of songwriting from the Scottish songstress, displaying her unmistakable vocal...

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21 Sep 2012
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks

Of Monsters And Men
Little Talks

Island

Little Talks has already become a massive worldwide hit having sold over 1.5 million units. Upon release the album went...

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01 Aug 2012
Angel - Wonderful

Angel
Wonderful

Island

24-year-old Angel, aka Sirach Charles, has been a solid favourite in the underground scene for many years. However, thanks to...

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10 Jul 2012
Mac Miller - Party On Fifth Ave.

Mac Miller
Party On Fifth Ave.

Island

Following the release of RotD featured Frick Park Market, Mac Miller follows up with killer second single Party On Fifth Ave....

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14 Jun 2012
Josh Osho ft. Ghostface Killah - Redemption Days

Josh Osho ft. Ghostface Killah
Redemption Days

Island

From being a homeless teen from South London, Josh Osho hasn't had the easiest start to life, but out of...

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22 May 2012
Of Monsters And Men - Dirty Paws

Of Monsters And Men
Dirty Paws

Island

This enchanting piece of Nordic folk from Of Monsters And Men might be the first taste of the band in the...

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27 Apr 2012
Childish Gambino - All The Shine

Childish Gambino
All The Shine

Island

Childish Gambino represents the future of hip-hop. His lyrics are powerful and communicative, and with deft production from long-term collaborator...

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11 Jan 2012
Rizzle Kicks - When I Was A Youngster

Rizzle Kicks
When I Was A Youngster

Island

What an explosion. Rizzle Kicks this summer well and truly arrived. The cheeky duo supported Dizzee Rascal live, headlined the...

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16 Sep 2011
Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up

Ben Howard
Keep Your Head Up

Island

Crowned this week's 'Hottest Record in The World' by Zane Lowe, Keep Your Head Up is the second single released by...

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12 Aug 2011
Tribes - Sappho

Tribes
Sappho

Island

With its crunching guitars and anthemic chorus, Sappho is an excellent follow up to Tribes debut single We Were Children, which upon its release Zane proclaimed...

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03 Aug 2011
Rizzle Kicks - Down With The Trumpets

Rizzle Kicks
Down With The Trumpets

Island

Down With The Trumpets, which in its original form was our first YouTube brush with 19-year-old Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks,...

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20 Jun 2011
Alex Winston - Sister Wife

Alex Winston
Sister Wife

Island

Recent Island signing and long-time favourite of RotD, Alex Winston is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album...

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20 May 2011
Rizzle Kicks - Prophet (Better Watch It)

Rizzle Kicks
Prophet (Better Watch It)

Island

19 year-old Brighton duo Harley and Jordan are Rizzle Kicks. They come off the starting blocks with Prophet (Better Watch...

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11 May 2011
Jess Mills - Vultures

Jess Mills
Vultures

Island

You may recognise Jess Mills' name and voice as co-writer and contributer to another recent RotD - Fighting Fire by...

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05 May 2011
Alex Clare - Too Close

Alex Clare
Too Close

Island

As SoulCulture points out, there's a trend for 'blue-eyed-soul over futuristic production' at the moment and for us Alex Clare...

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22 Mar 2011
PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder

PJ Harvey
The Words That Maketh Murder

Island

Let England Shake, PJ Harvey’s eighth studio album (out February 14) is picking up notable reviews which single it out...

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21 Jan 2011
Alex Clare - Up All Night

Alex Clare
Up All Night

Island

Produced by Diplo and Switch, Zane Lowe gave Alex Clare's debut his first spin last week and John Kennedy on...

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14 Dec 2010
Kid Adrift - A4 In Ecstasy

Kid Adrift
A4 In Ecstasy

Island

The polished beats and hard-hitting riffs of new single A4 In Ecstasy positions Kid Adrift as one of the more...

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28 Oct 2010
Jessie J - Do It Like A Dude (Labrinth Remix)

Jessie J
Do It Like A Dude (Labrinth Remix)

Island

Jessie J is a 22-year old, Essex-born songwriter who has written songs for the likes of Alicia Keys and notably...

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26 Oct 2010
I Blame Coco - In Spirit Golden

I Blame Coco
In Spirit Golden

Island

I Blame Coco’s debut album The Constant comes out next month, preceded by encouraging news from around Europe. A performance...

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18 Oct 2010
Shaheen - Last Train Home

Shaheen
Last Train Home

Island

Shaheen's rise to prominence came through a Britain's Got Talent appearance in 2009. He then turned heads globally with his...

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04 Oct 2010
Lauren Pritchard - Not The Drinking

Lauren Pritchard
Not The Drinking

Island

Not The Drinking is our favourite song from Lauren Pritchard's debut album. Thoughtful writing, a soulful voice and a winning...

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14 Sep 2010
Stromae - Alors On Danse

Stromae
Alors On Danse

Island

A colossal hit around Europe, Alors On Danse has been No.1 in 11 countries. It has sold over 1 million...

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18 Aug 2010
Tinashé - Saved

Tinashé
Saved

Island

Tom March, Island - +44 (0)20 7471 5493...

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08 Jul 2010
Devlin - Brainwashed

Devlin
Brainwashed

Island

21-year-old James Devlin started the year as toast of the tastemakers, with a place on BBC's Sound of 2010 poll....

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02 Jul 2010
Lauren Pritchard - Painkillers

Lauren Pritchard
Painkillers

Island

After her debut EP The Jackson Sessions, Lauren Pritchard's fantastic voice gets another airing on her first single, which is...

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28 Jun 2010
I Blame Coco - Self Machine

I Blame Coco
Self Machine

Island

Self Machine is a great choice of first single proper for Coco Sumner aka I Blame Coco to make the...

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02 Jun 2010
Nightbus - I Wanna Be You

Nightbus
I Wanna Be You

Island

London via LA act Nightbus came from the Crown Management stable, signing recently to Island. This striking first taste of...

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01 Apr 2010
Lauren Pritchard - When The Night Kills The Day

Lauren Pritchard
When The Night Kills The Day

Island

There's plenty of British influence running through The Jackson Sessions, the debut EP from Lauren Pritchard, who was born in...

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25 Mar 2010
Nas & Damian Marley - As We Enter

Nas & Damian Marley
As We Enter

Island

Distant Relatives is the forthcoming collaboration album by Nas and Damian Marley. As We Enter is one of the most...

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19 Mar 2010
Gabriella Cilmi - On A Mission

Gabriella Cilmi
On A Mission

Island

2008's 'Sweet About Me' was a Top 10 record for Gabriella Cilmi in 16 countries, selling more than 2m copies...

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13 Jan 2010
Codeine Velvet Club - Nevada

Codeine Velvet Club
Nevada

Island

Codeine Velvet Club, a project formed by Fratellis' Jon Lawler and Scottish singer Lou Hickey, released their self-titled debut album...

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08 Jan 2010
Owl City - Umbrella Beach

Owl City
Umbrella Beach

Island

After ten weeks climbing the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, Owl City's Fireflies last week reached the top spot,...

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04 Nov 2009
Tinchy Stryder - Tryna Be Me (ft. Ruff Sqwad)

Tinchy Stryder
Tryna Be Me (ft. Ruff Sqwad)

Island

Tinchy Stryder's major label debut is released this week, just after his second No.1 hit and his third top three...

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18 Aug 2009
Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West & Common - Make Her Say

Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West & Common
Make Her Say

Island

The sparse production trademark established with UK top five hit Day 'N' Nite continues with Kid Cudi's next single from...

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17 Aug 2009
Erik Hassle - Don't Bring Flowers

Erik Hassle
Don't Bring Flowers

Island

Erik Hassle's 'Hurtful’ (to be released later this year in the UK) has been a huge airplay and sales success...

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15 Jul 2009
Sugababes - Get Sexy

Sugababes
Get Sexy

Island

With help from the likes of Red One (Rihanna, Lady Gaga ), Stargate (Beyonce), Ne-Yo and Ryan Tedder, Sugababes' seventh...

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08 Jul 2009
The Blizzards - Buy It Sell It

The Blizzards
Buy It Sell It

Island

With two multi-platinum albums under their belts in Ireland, The Blizzards get ready to release their UK debut this summer....

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29 Jun 2009
Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This

Bombay Bicycle Club
Always Like This

Island

North London's Bombay Bicycle Club release Always Like This, their first on Island, next month. Produced by Jim Abbiss, it's...

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02 Mar 2009
Sugababes - Girls

Sugababes
Girls

Island

Given Sugababes' longevity, the consistency when it comes to the smart picking of songs is impressive. 'Girls' is the lead...

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18 Aug 2008
Avenue - Last Goodbye

Avenue
Last Goodbye

Island

The debut single from Island-signed Avenue - the first boyband to be launched by a major for quite some time...

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16 Jul 2008
Flobots - Handlebars

Flobots
Handlebars

Island

Flobots are a Denver hip hop band who had a summer breakout hit in the US with this addictive piece...

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15 Jul 2008
V V Brown - Crying Blood

V V Brown
Crying Blood

Island

Singer, songwriter and producer V V Brown's first single on Island is a storming two and a half minutes of...

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25 Jun 2008
Attic Lights - Bring You Down

Attic Lights
Bring You Down

Island

Attic Lights release Bring You Down as their next single, and an instantly enjoyable cut it is too. The Glasgow five-piece...

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18 Jun 2008
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold

Sam Sparro
Black And Gold

Island

A track we first featured at the height of its A&R attention back in November last year, Black & Gold...

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25 Feb 2008
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me

Gabriella Cilmi
Sweet About Me

Island

Since we last featured 16 year-old Gabriella Cilmi, radio have come on board early with Capital adding Sweet About Me...

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05 Feb 2008
Taio Cruz - Come On Girl

Taio Cruz
Come On Girl

Island

British-born 23 year-old writer,producer and artist Taio Cruz, who had two top 30 hits with 'I Just Wanna Know' and...

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17 Jan 2008
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me

Gabriella Cilmi
Sweet About Me

Island

Autralian/Italian singer Gabriella Cilmi's debut album Lessons To Be Learned is due out next summer, with this as the lead...

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18 Dec 2007
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly

Colbie Caillat
Bubbly

Island

Breakthrough American artist Colbie Caillat releases her debut single in the UK, Bubbly, a song which apparently kept her as...

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30 Aug 2007
Sugababes - About You Now

Sugababes
About You Now

Island

Sugababes return with their fifth studio album in October and this Cathy Dennis & Dr. Luke co-write is the single...

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22 Aug 2007
Josh Pyke - Private Education

Josh Pyke
Private Education

Island

Australian artist Josh Pyke releases his debut album Memories And Dust in the UK later this month through Island. He was...

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14 May 2007
Terra Naomi - Say It's Possible

Terra Naomi
Say It's Possible

Island

We first featured Terra Naomi as an unsigned artist around the time of last year's ITC. Island won the race...

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24 Apr 2007
Lady Sovereign - Love Me Or Hate Me (feat. Missy Elliott)

Lady Sovereign
Love Me Or Hate Me (feat. Missy Elliott)

Island

It has been a phenomenal year for Lady Sovereign in the US. A top 50 album and high media visibility...

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14 Dec 2006
Sugababes - Easy

Sugababes
Easy

Island

Sugababes are set to release their greatest hits 'Overloaded: The Singles Collection' and what a roll-call of pop smashes it...

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14 Sep 2006
Bell x1 - Flame

Bell x1
Flame

Island

They're big in their native Ireland. They used to be in a band with Damien Rice. Both reasons we're interested...

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26 Jan 2006
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Sewn

Island

The Feeling just came third in the BBC News website's annual poll of UK critics and broadcasters to find the...

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11 Jan 2006
Sugababes - Push the Button

Sugababes
Push the Button

Island

The awesome Dallas Austin turns his hand to Sugababes on the first single from their new album (he co-wrote this...

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08 Sep 2005
Nine Black Alps - Shot Down

Nine Black Alps
Shot Down

Island

Nine Black Alps achieved a buzz and bidding war without sounding like anything else around, and without a 'The' at...

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15 Feb 2005
Keane - Bedshaped

Keane
Bedshaped

Island

This was the B side of Keane's first ever single (on Fierce Panda), and it was this, more than the...

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05 Aug 2004
V - Can You Feel It?

V
Can You Feel It?

Island

Wading through an album of remakes that support Discomania, a cheesy Saturday night ITV programme aired recently, wasn't the most...

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30 Jul 2004
Keane - Everybody's Changing

Keane
Everybody's Changing

Island

We're proud to have been early on Keane - we first featured them here over a year ago, shortly before...

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27 Apr 2004
Kid Symphony - Meet You On The Other Side

Kid Symphony
Meet You On The Other Side

Island

We like this band - they sound like Slade meets post- Smiths Britpoppers Marion and we mean that as a compliment....

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25 Feb 2004
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Keane
Somewhere Only We Know

Island

This is is Keane's first proper single for Island and it's our favourite Keane song to date, being a totally...

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11 Feb 2004
Kid Symphony - Hands On The Money

Kid Symphony
Hands On The Money

Island

We recently received a 3 inch CD containing just three tracks, and titled with the Island logo and the word...

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11 Nov 2003
Bell x1 - Tongue

Bell x1
Tongue

Island

"I like airline food" is up there with the line about jigsaws in the last single in the league of...

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17 Jul 2003
Bell x1 - White Water Song

Bell x1
White Water Song

Island

No soundclip today - They're from Ireland, they've already had an album out domestically, and now they're putting their second...

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28 May 2003