Aeris Roves has today released his debut mixtape ‘Moon By Island Gardens’, which is available now on RCA. With the 11 tracks featuring ‘Best Dressed Man’, ‘Feel Me’, and ‘Runnin Thru 3AM’, beautiful new song ‘Delilah’ was also premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Having recently opened for the likes of Billie Eilish and Grace Carter, Aeris continues his European headline tour this month.
‘Moon By Island Gardens’ is an ambitious, affecting and hugely accomplished introduction to Aeris Roves. Written and self-produced alongside contributions from Two Inch Punch, Mssingo, John Calvert and musicians who’ve played with the likes of Frank Ocean, here are songs of love, loss, confusion and curiosity: silky transatlantic R&B, but with a distinctly British backdrop.
The titular, almost-mythic ‘Island Gardens’ in fact refers to a deeply personal journey that led Aeris to where he finds himself today. Initially growing up in Worksop, South Yorkshire, Aeris moved in with his dad in Charlton aged ten (a North/South divide which still creeps into his voice and character today). “There’s always been family problems, like addiction, and as a young person you either react well or react in the worst way, and I don’t think I responded particularly well to it,” he recalls now. “So the decision was made that Yorkshire wasn’t the best place to be, and I went with it.” Moving in with his dad in Charlton, the plan was to stay in London for six months and then return, but Aeris quickly settled into the city, becoming intrigued with the culture, and later discovered musical opportunities that perhaps appeared unavailable during his stint in the Yorkshire choir.
Aeris Roves began to find his place – in every sense – through writing and then producing his own music. ‘Moon By Island Gardens’ befits a childhood raised on The Drifters, Roy Orbison and northern soul, with equal inspiration coming from the confessional R&B of Daniel Caesar as the rise of UK rap. Suitably, the mixtape was conceived largely late at night, in a secluded spot in Greenwich which also provided the tape with its name. With panoramic views over the city he has come to call home – and space for reflection – Aeris Roves’ intimate, emotive and cathartic songwriting marks the sound of an artist whose future looks set to get a whole lot brighter.
2nd Nov – Paris, Les Etoiles
3rd Nov – Amsterdam, Melkweg Upstairs
5th Nov – Brussels, Witlofbar
6th Nov – Berlin, Privat Club
7th Nov – Cologne, Studio 672