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Fame Magazine chats to Yes Sir Boss

Fame Magazine caught up with Yes Sir Boss to chat about their latest single ‘MRS#1’ and what it was like to work with Joss Stone.

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Click here to view the full interview


Yes Sir Boss – MRS#1 on Shout4Music’s “This Week In Singles”

The great music site Shout 4 Music have included Yes Sir Boss’s latest single “MRS#1” in their weekly single round-up.

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“This song is bursting with commercial appeal, sounding a bit like an upbeat Maroon 5”

To see the full article click here

Huffington Post Debuts Video For ‘Yes Sir Boss – Mrs #1’


Yes Sir Boss have premièred their latest music video on the Huffington Post. The track entitled Mrs #1 features guest vocals from Joss Stone, who owns the bands label. It’s the first release from “Stone’d Records”.

The band’s second single is taken from the new album, Desperation State (released October 2012)

Watch the video via the Huffington Post here

A Look Back Over 2012

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought we’d look back through our year here at EMMS and share some of our favourite releases of the year. All a pleasure to work with!

We already have loads of exciting projects lined up for 2013, so stay tuned for lots more new music.

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2012 was a big year for 21 year old Moya. She started the year with a beautiful cover of  ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ and ended it with ‘Making Me Fall’  – A Listed for 3 weeks on BBC Radio 2.  Hailed by Perez Hilton as “A female Bruno Mars,” tipped by Fearne Cotton on her Radio One show and described as “Provocative, stylish and sassy” by The Daily Mirror – we’re expecting big things for Moya in 2013. Her stunning new single ‘A Little More Love’  is due out early next year, but in the mean time here’s ‘Making Me Fall’

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Our round up of 2012 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the legend that is Daryl Hall. A real return to form this year with his brand new studio album, ‘Laughing Down Crying,’ which won him praise everywhere from the Telegraph, Times and Q Magazine. There was the sold out gig at Shepherd’s Bush too, which featured guest appearances from both KT Tunstall and Rumer. The latter of which also appeared on Daryl’s now famous ‘Live From Daryl’s House. Here’ s our favourite from that session, Daryl and Rumer singing Hall & Oates classic, ‘Can’t Go For That.’

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A great year for Gabby Young, who had lots of acclaim for her album ‘The Band Called Out For More.’ Glowing reviews everywhere from The Guardian, FT, Clash and the Fly. ‘Walk Away’ was one of our favourite tracks off the album, and also the second single, released back in October. Check out Gabby and her dad here, and expect to be hearing a lot more from her and the Animals in 2013

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We’ve worked with Anja throughout the year, and pleased to see her music finally getting the recognition it deserves. Q likened her to “A Romany gypsy cabaret show” whilst This Is Fake DIY was “Taken aback by the sheer level of beauty.” It’s hard to pick a favourite from Anja, but we’d suggest starting with the lovely ‘Italian Song’:

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Another One to Watch for 2013, Scarlette Fever’s debut single ‘Crash & Burn’ hit the BBC Radio 2’s B-list last year in the UK, and reached #2 on the Billboard Breakout Club Chart in the USA. This year she followed it with another Radio 2 B-list for widescreen ballad ‘Elated,’ along with national press acclaim.  She’s currently in the studio recording new material with Julian Emery (Lissie, McFly, Newton Faulkner) and has spent the latter half of this year performing, writing and recording in the US.

Here’s one of our favourites from this year:  ‘Hour Of Sunshine’

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Yes Sir Boss are the first band signed to Joss Stones label Stone’d Records. They released their debut single ‘Not Guilty’ earlier this year, taken from their debut album Desperation State. They’ll be back in 2013 with their duet with Joss, until then here’s ‘Not Guilty’:

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Last but by no means least, is Helen Boulding. She released her long-awaited second album ‘Calling All Angels’ this year, led by lovely single ‘The Innocents’ :

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Yes Sir Boss @ The Jazz Cafe

Photography by Robert Stopford ©

Just down from the hive of activity that is Camden Town station, Jehan Abdel-Malak’s saxophone casts a silhouette appropriately on the window and The Jazz Café rapidly fills to its capacity; it’s a sell out for Bristol sextet Yes Sir Boss

The crowd take well to support Joe Driscoll, who reminds me of a less produced Ed Sheeran, with a wonderfully warm, raw and honest tone to his sound.  Next up we have Yes Sir Boss who kick off their set with the brilliant ‘Desperation State’, taken from their debut album of the same name. Signed to Joss Stones new label – Stone’d records, they’ve been hailed as ones to watch this year and it takes no time to realise why.

From the first note they are unbelievably tight, and while they create a much feistier sound live than on their album it’s not overwhelming, instead just reinforcing the sheer strength of their songs and ability. The heavy beat and deep bass lines engross the audience and by the time we reach the end of the first song the entire Jazz Club are moving their feet. Lead singer Matthew Sellor belts out all of the tracks with passion, complimented beautifully by bassist Josh Stoppford’s softer melodic harmonies.  As the set progresses it becomes apparent that most of the band are multi-talented, playing more than one instrument with ease. The horn section are flawless and bring some of the traditional into this contemporary ska explosion. Notable tracks in the set include ‘Desperation State’, ‘Na Na Ooh’, ‘Pretty things’, and ‘Not Guilty’. 

Matty is as brilliantly engaging live as he is on the album, the audience were onside from the first song but by the end of the encore they’ve practically brought the house down. I leave the Jazz club with no doubt that YSB are a brilliant band, hard to define by genrebut I highly recommend you check them out live if you can, just don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Written by Ally Andrews

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Yes Sir Boss are an eclectic group of six college friends including Matt Sellors, bassist Josh Stopford, guitarist Luke Potter, drummer Reuben Nimmo, trumpeter Tom Lad, and saxophonist Jehan Abdel-Malak. Together they have cultivated a truly original and distinct sound that has elements of everything from a brooding Balkan blues band to a horn injected indie rock outfit… In the end, though, it’s the ecstatic meeting of all their diverse sounds that makes YSB’s uplifting, funky, rootsy, tunes so beguilingly unique.

Following headline slots at the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Electric Picnic and Green Man, a live radio session for Rob da Bank on Radio 1, and a 33 date UK autumn tour, the band released their EP ‘Desperation State’ earlier this year to critical acclaim.

The album ‘Desperation State’ glides effortlessly through stories of love, good times and political comments while taking the listener on a musical journey that “rocks out with the thrust and power of Queens of the Stone Age” (Jess Indeedy) and blends “Ska mixed with Balkan” to create an “epic soundtrack (Ivor Williams).

Seamlessly combining infectious groove-laden melodies, horn led hooks and epic riffs, ‘Desperation State’ draws you in with its dance floor filling funk and stripped-down, heartfelt tunes perfectly showcasing front man Matt Sellors’ husky vocals.

Opening with the bouncing title track, “a reflection on young people’s state of mind and the choices we make”, the album saunters through its eclectic mix of ska tinged rock, snarling the politically driven lyrics of ‘Not Guilty’ and ‘Til You Get Yours’. Inspired by the current tensions in the Middle East and the behaviour of certain politicians, Sellors says “the song is shouting – we are no fools, we can hear you saying yes sir boss to the temptation of power and wealth not to your people and the future”.

Elsewhere, the irresistibly catchy ‘Never Know’ is a foot-stomping tale of reckless courting, while the beguiling ‘Mrs. #1’, a duet with the band’s childhood friend and label owner, Joss Stone, is dedicated to “wanting someone so much, you don’t give it time to breathe”.

So how did Joss Stone discover the boys? “We were on our way to a gig,” Josh recalls. “We were lost in the fog and I accidentally called the first ‘J’ in my contacts, which happened to be Joss [Stone].” It turns out Stone and Stopford had remained in touch since they were kids and she’d been looking for a way to work with Yes Sir Boss. Josh continues: “I said sorry, wrong number, but she said no I’ve been meaning to talk to you – do you want to come and support me in Amsterdam? Then, when she set up her own label it was like, I want to sign you guys because I think you’re wicked.”

And as for the name? Nicked from one of their lyrics as a tongue in cheek comment on our tendency to obey the powers that be rather than think for ourselves.

Yes Sir Boss have been heralded for their energetic shows, earning them a reputation as one of Britain’s most dynamic new live bands. They’re currently at the end of a 40 date summer tour that has seen them in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Germany, before they get back on the road to support Joss in Holland, Germany and France and then begin of their full album tour. For full live dates please visit

“This album is the culmination of a few years work so we’re really excited for our fans to hear it, and hopefully we’ll pick up some more fans along the way!” says Sellors.

Make sure you go and check out Yes Sir Boss at the Jazz Café in London on October 18th!

Yes Sir Boss to support Joss Stone at O2’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Yes Sir Boss, 
the first band signed to Joss Stone‘s record label Stone’d Records have just announced hey’ll be supporting Joss (along side Leigh Coleman) at her O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire gig on Wednesday 5th September.

Image“They really want to make people dance and that’s what music is for” says Joss.

The debut EP from Yes Sir Boss  “Desperation State” is out now. Check out the video to lead single “Not Guilty”