"You wish you were best friends with Bossy Love. They make the kind of R&B that their name promises; sweet but direct, sexy but firmly in charge." THE FADER
"Infectious pop-funk, like Prince on a trampoline."
“Bossy Love made their release bow in January with four-track debut 'Whiplash', catching our ear with John Baillie Jnr’s sometimes glossy, sometimes punchy production and Amandah Wilkinson's intriguing vocals. It left us wanting more.” MIXMAG
"Pop enigma Bossy Love craft an off-piste R&B vision. Their debut EP Whiplash is a release laden with colour and driven by a clear thirst towards originality. We're entranced; it's a dexterous, colour-soaked slice of music with startling, matching lucid synths, bubbling electronics, and those intertwining, teasing, emphatically energetic vocals. They match delicious melody to an awareness of club culture, fusing this with a bold, dynamic songwriting style.” CLASH
“Bossy Love are one of the most exciting bands on the planet right now." BBC RADIO 1 SCOTLAND
"Bossy Love undoubtedly bring something different to the table; toting a collection of sweet as candy vocal hooks and undeniably rich club-inspired beats. Even more stunning live." DUMMY
“Into the gilded pantheon of bright escapist pop , we warmly welcome Whiplash, from R&B live-wires Bossy Love. They're a band fizzing with sounds and ideas, but they've also got a way with space (and sonic depths).” THE LIST
"Phenomenal live drumming, sugar-sweet vocals, exotically new and endlessly, incessantly, gratifying; laced with the kind of magic that defies description." GOLDFLAKEPAINT
"An infectious elixir, welding addictive nu-house beats and vocals with euphoric charm. The chorus is massive, the hooks are deadly - another solid-gold track from the always-impressive Bossy Love." THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"Firm faves of ours, their approach to pop is fun and frenetic; twisting 90s R'n'B and 00s maximalist production. Baillie Jnr colourfully mixes live and programmed drums, as fizzing synth leads dart in & out, while Wilkinson’s melody lines act as the anchor, offering sleek, charismatic verses and ballsy chorus singalongs… Live, they give us pure heat from the very first bar; it’s a brave band who lets Bossy Love open for them” THE SKINNY
BIOGRAPHY > Perhaps best described by The Guardian as “Infectious, like Prince on a trampoline”, in three short years Glasgow-based duo Bossy Love have built an army of fans utterly captivated by their savvy, RnB-inflected pop; where deadly hooks and fearless, anthemic lyrics sit atop propulsive, rich production.
Comprising Scottish producer/songwriter/drummer John Baillie Jnr, and Australian vocalist/songwriter Amandah Wilkinson, the enigmatic duo now known as Bossy Love first crossed paths sharing a bill in Dundee. Wilkinson was the lead vocalist & guitarist with indie-pop Operator Please, who were, according to The Guardian, “the biggest thing to come out of Australia in years,” complete with two top-ten albums on Virgin and a coveted Aria award (think Aussie Grammys). Baillie Jr was there with self-dubbed “Fight Pop” sextet, Danananakroyd, who had two albums described by Pitchfork as “liable to unite moshers and librarians” and were touring the world with Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys.
Of that fateful meeting backstage, Wilkinson explains, “We clicked straight away. We spent three hours in that dressing room, hyperactively talking about the same music.” Alongside honing her top-lining skills working with the world’s biggest pop-producers on songs for Gwen Stefani and Kylie, Amandah quit Operator Please, moved to Baillie Jnr’s hometown of Glasgow, and Bossy Love was born: “The first time we went in the studio, I was amazed. Without having to say a word, it was everything I'd ever wanted in a song.”
The musical chemistry the duo share is undeniable and despite being released without the support of a label, management, or any marketing budget, their initial releases broke through regardless, thanks to a widespread, organic enthusiasm for the duo. They secured plays across BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Beats 1, Triple J and Kiss FM, whilst at home, Vic Galloway of BBC Radio professed “Bossy Love are one of the most exciting bands on the planet.” Spotify added them to their highly-prized New Music Fridays, the Fader declared "You wish you were best friends with Bossy Love. They make the kind of R&B that their name promises; sweet but direct, sexy but firmly in charge," and Clash Magazine recognised "Pop enigma Bossy Love craft an off-piste R&B vision. We're entranced; it's a dexterous, colour-soaked slice of music with startling, matching lucid synths, bubbling electronics, and those intertwining, teasing, emphatically energetic vocals."
It’s on stage, however, that we truly get to witness Bossy Love’s magic. With explosive, searing energy from the very first bar, they command absolute stage presence with the ease, confidence and effortless charm that only comes from years spent honing their skills at the front of the world’s stages. Described by Dummy as “even more stunning live”, The Skinny also noted “it’s a brave band who let Bossy Love open for them.” With the addition of Ollie Cox on keys, backing vocals and occasional talkbox, Baillie Jr interjects his own phenomenal, frenetic drumming for three-part harmonies with Cox and Wilkinson, and whether singing or rapping, Wilkinson’s vocal prowess is spellbinding. As the front-woman, she merges confessional lyrics with a playful, IDGAF attitude, to command the entire room as the relatable, yet audaciously alpha heroine we all want and need.
With this live show, Bossy Love have supported Kelis, Tank & The Bangas, Metronomy and Alma. Following their sold-out, debut headline UK tour, Bossy Love were invited to perform at a host of festivals last year; including Glastonbury, where their set was televised by the BBC, and Bossy Love were invited back by the BBC to perform on their televised Quay Sessions show. At The Great Escape Festival, Clash Magazine announced "Bossy Love steal the first day", while The 405 predicted; "the most memorable stage performance of the weekend... the festival might not be big enough for them next year."
Finally home from tour last year, Bossy Love were awarded funding by the Scottish arts body Creative Scotland to build their studio in Glasgow, and have duly spent the last few months holed-up, recording new music. Baillie Jr also found time to produce the Kiss & Tell album for fellow Glaswegians, Babe, which was nominated for the lauded Scottish Album Of The Year 2018 award (think Scottish Mercury Prize).
In Jan 2019, Bossy Love released their debut EP, Whiplash, featuring a remix package from Dance System, UNIIQU3, and our own Baillie Jnr. It’s here we need to remind ourselves that despite the indelible mark they’ve already made on the industry, Whiplash was Bossy Love’s debut EP. Launched with two sold-out launches at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, and Stereo in Glasgow, Mixmag told us “Bossy Love’s four-track debut 'Whiplash' is catching our ear with John Baillie Jnr’s sometimes glossy, sometimes punchy production and Amandah Wilkinson's intriguing vocals. It left us wanting more”, whilst The List proclaimed “into the gilded pantheon of bright escapist pop, we warmly welcome Whiplash.”
Over the summer, Bossy Love hit the festival circuit again, this time including TRNSMT and Wireless, as they get ready to release their highly-anticipated, debut album in Autumn.