“A direct reminder of how mellowed-out, heartfelt songwriting can still hit like a ten-tonne truck,” – DIY


There must be something in the Oxford water – or comma, in fact – as Rollo Doherty (vocals, guitar), James Wolfe (bass guitar), Jack Raeder (guitar), and Toby Richards (drums) began various bands of the folk/indie variety, before fine-tuning their sound, and starting to play shows earlier this year. Think Foals, think early Arctic Monkeys, and immediately, the shoegazing, trip-hopping timbre of South East England springs to mind. Although now residing in London, the calibre of ISLAND isn’t a far cry from such bands. With ebbs and flows that spellbind, peak, and evolve, the four-piece create music that breathes range within its songs, and simply, just breathes.

Mellow, not melancholy, their deep rhythms roll with light and shade that’s uplifting and makes you want to move, but no sooner will have you stood still and beguiled in their scenic musicality.

ISLAND have been supporting The Bohicas in Oxford, Palace at Scala in London and playing a headline show at The Victoria, Dalston on Tuesday 8th December.

SoundCloud Current Artist Track: Veins



“It’s darkly beautiful, with twilight seeming to break through every note. Packed with Atmosphere”
—Clash Magazine.

Palace are a four piece consisting of close friends Leo Wyndham (Guitar & vocals), Matt Hodges (Drums), Rupert Turner (Guitar) and Will Dorey (Bass). After meeting at school they decided to create an epic sounding band full of grandeur backed with honesty and integrity.

Their second ever gig was supporting James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins at Bush Hall and since then the guys have been gathering a dedicated following of fans.

Whilst not a blues band in the traditional sense their blend of blues space rock is undeniably British with bluesy and soulful vintage overtones. Leo’s sublime voice perfectly compliments the dreamy ambient electric guitars creating a timeless sound, drawing comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Black Keys, Foals and past greats like Buffalo Springfield.

Lost In The Night is their debut EP released 20th October. A breakthrough five-track release that highlights the band’s unique ability to fuse their unified passion for blues and dark songwriting with classic rock sensibilities.

Lost In The Night EP was released digitally and on limited Vinyl and CD 20th October 2014 on Beatnik Creative.

SoundCloud Current Artist Track: Waters

Eliza Shaddad


“Hot Track of The Day – Lovely”
—John Kennedy XFM

“Fast becoming one of the most talked about acts on the live music scene”
—Evening Post

“Pure finesse”
—The Musician

Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is a new singer/songwriter based in London. A descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s, Eliza’s great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of the Glasgow Boys—a group of artists challenging the style and subject of late Victorian Scottish painting.

As a vocalist and writer with chart-dominating electronic outfit Clean Bandit, Eliza appears on their UK Shanty and Mozart’s House EP’s and forthcoming debut album New Eyes (Atlantic Records). With Clean Bandit she has appeared on Channel 4, XFM and BBC Radio 1, in addition to live dates supporting Rudimental, Redlight, SBTRKT, and Mercury Prize-Winners Alt-J. She has also played across the UK supporting the likes of Michael Chapman, Rue Royale, Finley Quaye, Dry the River and Rhodes to name a few.

We first came across Eliza in early 2013, playing a stripped down acoustic set in the back of busy pub in East London. In seconds she had silenced the loud crowd with her mesmerising and distinctive voice. We’ve been in love ever since.

‘You For Me’ is the first track to be leaked from her highly awaited debut EP, Waters. A four-track EP that has been nurtured over the past year and produced by Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond — the huge talent behind Ben Howard.

Waters promises to highlight Eliza as one of the most exciting new musicians of 2014.