Born & raised in South East London, of Guyanese and British decent, Rainy Milo came onto the local music scene with a conviction & presence not to be ignored.
At the age of 14 Rainy began working on collaborations, & singing parts on songs with local artists + several music & arts collectives from around her area, “I was desperate to surround myself with talented people my age, I wanted to feel part of something, to feel understood and share my passion with other people who strived to be better than themselves too. There was so little of that where I live; an area which gave little hope to anyone, its almost like they were told that they had a crappy fate and were willing to just go along with it. “
Rainy found herself combing the internet for hours searching for free jazz & hip hop beats, finally she came across one with a ‘nice yellow picture’, an inspiring jazzy/hip hop instrumental produced by BLCK RSSN, only half way through the instrumental she began writing. The outcome, “Bout You”, & with a very inspired vocal take start to finish, the song was recorded. Within a short while of posting it up on her blog the reaction was astonishing.
After several write ups in music blogs + a feature in i-D Magazine, Gilles Peterson plucked the record for inclusion on his Brownswood Bubblers series Vol. 8 which was a magical moment for Rainy. The interest from record labels was overwhelming however Rainy was certain that it wasn’t the time for that & declined the offers, a bold move and a direct expression of the kind of conviction that Rainy holds when it comes to her music.
Her mission was to express herself creatively without the opinions or influence of others, she set out to record her own music resulting in her debut mixtape entitled Limey. A collection of songs written on buses, tubes, cloudy days + chilly nights in London.
On a short break from London, Rainy made excellent use of a small private studio filled with vintage gear and classic microphones to record the vocals for the 5 songs on Limey.
Limey was released at the beginning of this month & it’s currently available for free download here. You can also stream the 5 songs on Soundcloud.
This Thing of Ours // download