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Roses Gabor’s 2012 single Stars announced her as one of the most exciting new voices in British music. Taking her from bubbling-under-promise to bona-fide, blasting-from-the-speakers ubiquity, the single was as forward-thinking and fresh as it was authentic; a song that could only have come from the post-everything melting pot of UK genres. "Stars" had Zane Lowe lauding Gabor as ‘the future of R’n’B,’ was Huw Stephens’ BIG THING’ and made the In New Music We Trust playlist on BBC Radio One.

But "Stars" was no overnight sensation - the road to that point had been long and colourful. A lot about Gabor can be explained by her childhood, during which she began writing poetry, short stories, fantasies and fairytales aged only 4. That goes a long way to explaining how naturally her creativity pours fourth.

She describes herself as ‘a Piscean, a daydreamer, a free thinker.’ She likes the magic in life and art. She’s of Grenadian heritage, born and raised in West London, and grew up in a household in which everything outside of metal and classical was played. As such, she has always listened to ‘EVERYTHING.’ That shows too, in the broad scope of her music, in which there’s a refreshing sense of throwing off the straitjacket of genre.

When she grew older, she began to spend the majority of her time dreaming up creative ideas and concepts for new art and songs. She still does to this day. Not content simply to sing, she also writes and produces. It might be useful to note that artists with that multidisciplinary thirst are often the most exciting to hear.

She began to love the merging of rap and R’n’B that she heard in Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson and The Dungeon Family. At the same time, uptempo dance music thrilled her – something that would later find an outlet in her collaborations with Redlight and Shy FX.

In a sense, the third passion she developed completes the picture of the influences you can hear in her music. The depth of vision of two great artists blew her away. “Bjork is so otherwordly; a true creative in every sense of the word, and a true inspiration to me. The way her vocals dance through the song, mixing genres and weaving their way from beginning to end… the visual aesthetic always so exciting. She’s wonderful!”

The other artist was that true original force of pop music in the late 20th Century, Michael Jackson. “He painted genreless musical pictures of Freedom,” Gabor says. “…I’ll forever be awestruck.

All this depth of passion and interest paid off, when Roses’ own career as a musician was instantly fruitful. She became the voice of "Noodle" in the British animated band “Gorillaz,” singing on their sophomore album Demon Days, which went platinum and spawned Roses’ first UK Number 1 in the brilliant "Dare."

She was awarded BBC Radio One’s ‘Hottest Track in the World Right Now’ with "Pharaohs," the song she penned for SBTRKT. The track received over 4 million hits on YouTube.

Her debut solo single "Stars" was produced by dance music magician and Raekwon collaborator Redlight, and received heavy rotation on Radio One and specialist radio in the US. The single’s success led to a string of festival appearances throughout Europe.

With a list of collaborators that already includes Damon Albarn, Redlight, Buraka Som Sistema, Ty, We Are The Shining, Toddla T, Swindle and Rowdy SS (ATR,) Roses Gabor already has a true musical pedigree, and stands as one of the most exciting prospects in quality British pop music. She’s as down to earth as she is a dreamer though, someone who loves dancing, drinking herbal tea and yoga as much as she does cutting edge fashion.

2014 has seen her release the aptly named single, Rush. Made in an electrified, inspired couple of hours with producer MNEK (Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Tinie Tempah) in his East London studio, it’s utterly compulsive. Roses says that the song is about the electrical chemistry that links two people together, the unseen but unbreakable forcefield. ‘It’s the magnetic charge...The life in the pit of your stomach...That Emotional connection... All these things you can’t run away from… even if you wanted to..."

Roses is now busily working away on her debut album, which is eagerly awaited to say the least. With her depth of imagination, skill and talent, it promises to be a thrillingly widescreen take on pop music worth listening to.

For now, we leave you with Rush, a magnetic charge of a song, arctic-fresh and hypnotically gripping. Words that work equally well to describe Roses herself.

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Roses Gabor’s 2012 single Stars announced her as one of the most exciting new voices in British music. Taking her from bubbling-under-promise to bona-fide, blasting-from-the-speakers ubiquity, the single was as forward-thinking and fresh as it was authentic; a song that could only have come from the post-everything melting pot of UK genres. "Stars" had Zane Lowe lauding Gabor as ‘the future of R’n’B,’ was Huw Stephens’ BIG THING’ and made the In New Music We Trust playlist on BBC Radio One.

But "Stars" was no overnight sensation - the road to that point had been long and colourful. A lot about Gabor can be explained by her childhood, during which she began writing poetry, short stories, fantasies and fairytales aged only 4. That goes a long way to explaining how naturally her creativity pours fourth.

She describes herself as ‘a Piscean, a daydreamer, a free thinker.’ She likes the magic in life and art. She’s of Grenadian heritage, born and raised in West London, and grew up in a household in which everything outside of metal and classical was played. As such, she has always listened to ‘EVERYTHING.’ That shows too, in the broad scope of her music, in which there’s a refreshing sense of throwing off the straitjacket of genre.

When she grew older, she began to spend the majority of her time dreaming up creative ideas and concepts for new art and songs. She still does to this day. Not content simply to sing, she also writes and produces. It might be useful to note that artists with that multidisciplinary thirst are often the most exciting to hear.

She began to love the merging of rap and R’n’B that she heard in Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson and The Dungeon Family. At the same time, uptempo dance music thrilled her – something that would later find an outlet in her collaborations with Redlight and Shy FX.

In a sense, the third passion she developed completes the picture of the influences you can hear in her music. The depth of vision of two great artists blew her away. “Bjork is so otherwordly; a true creative in every sense of the word, and a true inspiration to me. The way her vocals dance through the song, mixing genres and weaving their way from beginning to end… the visual aesthetic always so exciting. She’s wonderful!”

The other artist was that true original force of pop music in the late 20th Century, Michael Jackson. “He painted genreless musical pictures of Freedom,” Gabor says. “…I’ll forever be awestruck.

All this depth of passion and interest paid off, when Roses’ own career as a musician was instantly fruitful. She became the voice of "Noodle" in the British animated band “Gorillaz,” singing on their sophomore album Demon Days, which went platinum and spawned Roses’ first UK Number 1 in the brilliant "Dare."

She was awarded BBC Radio One’s ‘Hottest Track in the World Right Now’ with "Pharaohs," the song she penned for SBTRKT. The track received over 4 million hits on YouTube.

Her debut solo single "Stars" was produced by dance music magician and Raekwon collaborator Redlight, and received heavy rotation on Radio One and specialist radio in the US. The single’s success led to a string of festival appearances throughout Europe.

With a list of collaborators that already includes Damon Albarn, Redlight, Buraka Som Sistema, Ty, We Are The Shining, Toddla T, Swindle and Rowdy SS (ATR,) Roses Gabor already has a true musical pedigree, and stands as one of the most exciting prospects in quality British pop music. She’s as down to earth as she is a dreamer though, someone who loves dancing, drinking herbal tea and yoga as much as she does cutting edge fashion.

2014 has seen her release the aptly named single, Rush. Made in an electrified, inspired couple of hours with producer MNEK (Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Tinie Tempah) in his East London studio, it’s utterly compulsive. Roses says that the song is about the electrical chemistry that links two people together, the unseen but unbreakable forcefield. ‘It’s the magnetic charge...The life in the pit of your stomach...That Emotional connection... All these things you can’t run away from… even if you wanted to..."

Roses is now busily working away on her debut album, which is eagerly awaited to say the least. With her depth of imagination, skill and talent, it promises to be a thrillingly widescreen take on pop music worth listening to.

For now, we leave you with Rush, a magnetic charge of a song, arctic-fresh and hypnotically gripping. Words that work equally well to describe Roses herself.

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Do U Know Toddla T? 

In 2007 Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) was working in a shoe shop in his hometown of Sheffield. Then just 19 and living at home with his parents, he DJ'd at weekends and was producing beats and tracks with his friend Scott as Small Arms Fiya.

Now it's 2011 Toddla T is making the finishing touches to his second album on the legendary Ninja Tune label, has a regular slot on BBC Radio 1, and has produced tracks for some of the UK urban scenes biggest stars (hands up Tinchy, Jammer, Bashy, Roots Manuva and Ms Dynamite). 

He DJ's around the globe, has a slew of remixes under his belt (Hot Chip, Gyptian, Gorillaz, Major Lazer for starters), is a star of his own Toddla TV channel online and has worked in studios from Kingston Jamaica to Kingston upon Hull. Not to mention the recent launch of his Girls Music Label which, after only three releases has already featured productions by British dance music heroes Sticky and Roska.

So how do you get to be one of the leading lights of UK dance music in 4 short years?

Much can be attributed to Toddla’s phenomenal talent, drive and ambition. He has good taste and keen eyes and ears in all elements of British youth culture. However, the man himself modestly explains that it has just as much to do with the sea change which has taken place in British Pop music in the last few years. 

When Toddla first started taking to the decks outside of his home town he was worried that no one would "get it" and to start with, many didn't. (Listen to the track "Roadtrip" from debut album Skanky Skanky to hear an amusing account of just such a night). No one could quite work out who Toddla was. Was he an MC? or the producer at the front of a now forgotten, media created "UK Digi-Dancehall revolution"? Was that skinny white kid the voice singing about Rice n Peas? Surely not.

Not allowing this confusion to get in his way T stuck to his guns. He could smell a change in the air and knew that what he was doing was worth sticking with. He made a mixtape, The Toddla T Ghettoblaster Vol.1 in 2008 and put it up for free online. It was downloaded by more than 10,000 people, was brilliantly received and announced Toddla as a talent to be watched. People other than club promoters and other DJ's started to hear about him and his club sets started to get more and more busy with people who were there to see him. Longtime studio spar and MC Serocee joined him on the road and the pair started to travel far and wide around the UK spreading the good word. 

His debut album Skanky Skanky was released in January 2009, this was followed by a Fabric live mix album and a lot of requests for his production skills with everyone from Major Lazer to Grandmaster Flash getting in touch. Over a Guinness or two in his new London local (he decamped from Sheffield to the capital in 2010) Toddla reflects on the last couple of "pretty crazy years", the current UK scene and sets out his stall for what promises to be a very busy and successful 2011. 

"When I was first signed (to 1965 Records) every kid wanted to be in a band. The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and all that were really popular, me and my mates who were into Notorious B.I.G and dancehall were really in the minority. Nowadays kids want to be Skream and Benga, or Tinchy or N-Dubz and because of that all their points of musical reference have changed" 

It's true, there has been a huge shift in musical aesthetic, away from the skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors of The Strokes and the seemingly never-ending bandwagon that followed. What Toddla's saying here is borne out of the recently released statistic that rock music has had its worst year in the UK charts since 1960 with only 3 rock bands making it into the top 100 songs of 2010.

As a backdrop to Dizzee, Tinie, Tinchy et al storming the charts, the explosion of dubstep and subsequent re-evaluation of bass-driven, UK club music has seen a major shift in what people aged 15 - 25 are raving to. Where Soulwax and SMD and their like were ruling the clubs 2002 - 2006 nowadays seasoned campaigners like Shy FX and David Rodigan are championed by kids who weren't born when they were first spinning records.

Watch Me Dance is a bold step forward for Toddla T. Fans of Skanky Skanky will find plenty that will please them but for the countless thousands of clubbers who know Toddla T the DJ but haven't heard his productions this second album may come as a surprise. Toddla explains... 

"I've been busiest in the last two years as a DJ, so of course this album has a big dose of the sounds and production techniques that I'm out there representing in the clubs every weekend but if you're looking for tops-off jungle or 4x4 bassline tearouts you won't find them here. This is definitely still a record for clubbers, but it's the one they'll listen to at home with their mates or every day on the way to work" 

In Watch Me Dance Toddla has created a dubwise, street-soul masterpiece. In a typically precocious reference to records that were made when he was 4 and 10 years old respectively Toddla sums it up. "A bit of the Soul from Soul II Soul Club Classics and a bit of the Left-field from Leftism, I've been listening to those now and again, they took in a whole load of club music and made an album that summed something up and were great to listen to at the same time." 

Amen to that.

Watch Me Dance is released on Ninja Tune on 22 August 2011.

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Do U Know Toddla T? 

In 2007 Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) was working in a shoe shop in his hometown of Sheffield. Then just 19 and living at home with his parents, he DJ'd at weekends and was producing beats and tracks with his friend Scott as Small Arms Fiya.

Now it's 2011 Toddla T is making the finishing touches to his second album on the legendary Ninja Tune label, has a regular slot on BBC Radio 1, and has produced tracks for some of the UK urban scenes biggest stars (hands up Tinchy, Jammer, Bashy, Roots Manuva and Ms Dynamite). 

He DJ's around the globe, has a slew of remixes under his belt (Hot Chip, Gyptian, Gorillaz, Major Lazer for starters), is a star of his own Toddla TV channel online and has worked in studios from Kingston Jamaica to Kingston upon Hull. Not to mention the recent launch of his Girls Music Label which, after only three releases has already featured productions by British dance music heroes Sticky and Roska.

So how do you get to be one of the leading lights of UK dance music in 4 short years?

Much can be attributed to Toddla’s phenomenal talent, drive and ambition. He has good taste and keen eyes and ears in all elements of British youth culture. However, the man himself modestly explains that it has just as much to do with the sea change which has taken place in British Pop music in the last few years. 

When Toddla first started taking to the decks outside of his home town he was worried that no one would "get it" and to start with, many didn't. (Listen to the track "Roadtrip" from debut album Skanky Skanky to hear an amusing account of just such a night). No one could quite work out who Toddla was. Was he an MC? or the producer at the front of a now forgotten, media created "UK Digi-Dancehall revolution"? Was that skinny white kid the voice singing about Rice n Peas? Surely not.

Not allowing this confusion to get in his way T stuck to his guns. He could smell a change in the air and knew that what he was doing was worth sticking with. He made a mixtape, The Toddla T Ghettoblaster Vol.1 in 2008 and put it up for free online. It was downloaded by more than 10,000 people, was brilliantly received and announced Toddla as a talent to be watched. People other than club promoters and other DJ's started to hear about him and his club sets started to get more and more busy with people who were there to see him. Longtime studio spar and MC Serocee joined him on the road and the pair started to travel far and wide around the UK spreading the good word. 

His debut album Skanky Skanky was released in January 2009, this was followed by a Fabric live mix album and a lot of requests for his production skills with everyone from Major Lazer to Grandmaster Flash getting in touch. Over a Guinness or two in his new London local (he decamped from Sheffield to the capital in 2010) Toddla reflects on the last couple of "pretty crazy years", the current UK scene and sets out his stall for what promises to be a very busy and successful 2011. 

"When I was first signed (to 1965 Records) every kid wanted to be in a band. The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and all that were really popular, me and my mates who were into Notorious B.I.G and dancehall were really in the minority. Nowadays kids want to be Skream and Benga, or Tinchy or N-Dubz and because of that all their points of musical reference have changed" 

It's true, there has been a huge shift in musical aesthetic, away from the skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors of The Strokes and the seemingly never-ending bandwagon that followed. What Toddla's saying here is borne out of the recently released statistic that rock music has had its worst year in the UK charts since 1960 with only 3 rock bands making it into the top 100 songs of 2010.

As a backdrop to Dizzee, Tinie, Tinchy et al storming the charts, the explosion of dubstep and subsequent re-evaluation of bass-driven, UK club music has seen a major shift in what people aged 15 - 25 are raving to. Where Soulwax and SMD and their like were ruling the clubs 2002 - 2006 nowadays seasoned campaigners like Shy FX and David Rodigan are championed by kids who weren't born when they were first spinning records.

Watch Me Dance is a bold step forward for Toddla T. Fans of Skanky Skanky will find plenty that will please them but for the countless thousands of clubbers who know Toddla T the DJ but haven't heard his productions this second album may come as a surprise. Toddla explains... 

"I've been busiest in the last two years as a DJ, so of course this album has a big dose of the sounds and production techniques that I'm out there representing in the clubs every weekend but if you're looking for tops-off jungle or 4x4 bassline tearouts you won't find them here. This is definitely still a record for clubbers, but it's the one they'll listen to at home with their mates or every day on the way to work" 

In Watch Me Dance Toddla has created a dubwise, street-soul masterpiece. In a typically precocious reference to records that were made when he was 4 and 10 years old respectively Toddla sums it up. "A bit of the Soul from Soul II Soul Club Classics and a bit of the Left-field from Leftism, I've been listening to those now and again, they took in a whole load of club music and made an album that summed something up and were great to listen to at the same time." 

Amen to that.

Watch Me Dance is released on Ninja Tune on 22 August 2011.

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