Most famous for penning classics like ‘Digging Your Scene’ and ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’, belting tunes but there's so much more to Dr Robert than that.
At the forefront of everything, is depth. Real music, passion and care taken over the writing and playing. Moving relentlessly forwards.
The songs keep coming, the playing gets tighter, the accompaniments less, and the soul seeps through. An unstoppable force.
That artists like this aren't more revered for refusing to rely on a stunning back catalogue, but to keep digging for the gold, is beyond me – I'm just glad they do, and honoured to be part of it.
As Robert once remarked to me in the Andalusian sunshine, "The best is in front of me, not behind me, I genuinely believe that"… nuff said.
Ladies and Gentlemen , here’s to one of Britain's finest...
Robert produces all MRS tunes
What can be said about Matt that actually does him justice? Genuinely the most respected, by his contemporaries, that I know
How he isn't a household name beggars belief. We can't change the world but we can give a home to this wonderful man and his music.
You might know him from "Mother Earth". A band that masterfully mixed soul, funk and rock. After three studio albums on Acid Jazz Records and one live album, they split in 1996.
You might know him from his solo albums - A treasure trove of pastoral beauty. They reveal a master craftsman at work.
You might know him from his work with Weller & Oasis..
But the truth is those who know his music all plead with you to listen to his solo albums – the best songwriter you never heard of...
Well now's your chance.. Matt appears on virtually all MRS tunes
I first saw Sammy play at Karamel club up in Wood Green, with an acoustic guitar and a broken ankle!
Singing tales of her native Scotland - she did that magic thing - when you're actually transported there for a moment in time. Her Grandma's house and a cup of tea if I recall...
If you have a penchant for beautifully crafted, lyrically haunting and delicately sung songs that take you off to somewhere else.. you'll love her
Appears on Down The Willows album
Pat Dam Smyth
Everyone loves Pat.
His Irish charm and warmth matched only by the sheer depth of soul that he puts into every piece of music he creates.
Go see this man live to fully appreciate what a special talent and man he is
Pat appears on the Down The Willows album
One of the greatest drummers of his generation, and one of the nicest men we’ve ever come across in music
His passion for new music is insatiable. His craftmanship undoubted and his back catalogue is simply astounding
We are honoured to have him among the ranks
Steve appears on the “Down The Willows” and “Out of Bounds” albums
Tinsel's artwork comments on a wide variety of contemporary social and political issues, currently she is creating a body of work motivated by the housing crisis. Her paintings offer biting social commentary entwined with humour and an honest and autobiographical narrative.
"Edwards pulls no punches with a stark, poignant commentary on the capital's rapidly rising house prices - estate agent signs liberated from the streets they litter and the language they peddle have been subverted to tell the stories that matter more: those of the cities residents"
Mark Westall, FAD Magazine
Tinsel was previously in The Fairies Band along with Twinkle, Sparkle and Tinky, they wore wings, granted wishes and caused playful havoc wherever they went for seven years (2000-2007). She went on to co-found Pushing Pussy Records, a label specialising in 7" vinyl which featured acts with at least one lady in the band, the label operated for three years (2007-2010). In 2011 Tinsel co-founded A-side B-side Gallery, a multi-functioning art space and studios in Hackney, London.
Tinsel created the Monks Road murals
Swifty has a place in my music hall of fame. His work with Straight no chaser and Talkin' loud record label, changed how I saw design. He still does everything the old fashioned way, and a visit to his house is an experience in everything that's good about art and craft. We salute you.
Over to him.…
"It seems like yesterday when I set up shop in London’s East end amidst the run down warehouses and empty office spaces, but here i am still knocking it out twenty five years in ! I still feel the true 90’s graphic design story in the UK has still yet to be told. As one of the designers of the ‘Sampling generation’ at the start of the 90’s a new aesthetic and a new way of thinking was emerging and I’m very proud to have been a part of that, its my mission now to get that story across.
The practice of graphic design is never an easy one, it can be the most rewarding of jobs and the most frustrating at the same time, but I do feel incredibly lucky that i’ve managed to work with some great people and I like to think I’ve pushed some boundaries in terms of what graphic design is. During the two decades I’ve been in business I’ve seen a lot change, and in some ways the digital revolution has been a godsend and in other ways the death of graphic design as we knew it.
Although I have fully adopted the digital domain and was one of the first graphic designers in the country to embrace the new macs – I like to get my hands dirty. From simple hand drawn typefaces to cutting out stencils or lino cutting I’ve always been a firm believer in the crafted look. That’s what you get here at Swifty Grafix ! You wont find me grabbing vector files off the internet and pretty much most of the time I’ll create my fonts from scratch. I will generally put in that little extra effort were some don’t!
I have to do everything myself, I don’t farm out any aspect of my work and I do pretty much everything even the silk screen printing here in house. My opinion is that to have control of every aspect of your output you have to have control of every process. Heres to the next twenty five years and beyond !"