Jess Mills

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Jess Mills
Birth name Jessica Rosemary Francis Mills
Also known as SLO
Origin Kentish Town, London, England
Genres Indietronica, dubstep, soul, trip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, songwriter
Years active 2010-Present
Labels Warner/Chappell Music
Associated acts Breakage, Ms. Dynamite, Leftfield, Katy B, Emeli Sandé, Annie Lennox

Jessica Rosemary Francis Mills, commonly known as Jess Mills and more recently as SLO, is an English singer/songwriter and musician, currently signed to Island Records, who has collaborated with many UK Electronic music producers including Photek,[1] Distance and Breakage.

Early life and career[edit]

Mills grew up in Kentish Town, North London. She is the daughter of Labour MP Tessa Jowell and lawyer David Mills, and attended Acland Burghley School; there, she met Niomi McLean-Daley, better known as Ms. Dynamite, becoming friends and, "doing dodgy dance routines in assembly together."[2]

After graduating from Sussex University, Mills began working in a local pub in order to fund a continued interest in music on the side. After a steady string of collaborations with various musicians throughout the 2000s (including one with Dom Search from The Nextmen) she eventually got her real break touring with Leftfield in 2010.

She has worked extensively with producer Breakage, scoring a UK top 40 hit with the track "Fighting Fire".

Other tracks released in 2011 include the singles "Vultures" and "Live For What I Die For", as well as a cover of The Cure's "A Forest" (of which Robert Smith himself has admitted he is a fan).

She has attracted interest from the press including a feature to run in i-D magazine.

Her debut album, titled "Twist of Fate" was originally set to be released on January 28, 2013, but due to her label's poor promotion of "For My Sins", the album has been pushed back and she is still writing and recording, with the help of Electronic band, Zero 7. Since her departure from Island Records, she has signed with Warner/Chappell Music. Her first release with this label is a free download of Sweet Love, an original song that incorporates lyrics from Anita Baker's song of the same name.

She has supported Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé on her Our Version of Events Tour, after performing alongside Sandé, Annie Lennox & Katy B at an EQUALS live concert. Mills released her fourth single "For My Sins" on September 14, 2012 and she is now preparing for the release of her debut album Twist Of Fate[3]

After her album's cancellation and being dropped by Island in 2012, Mills began a two-year reinvention, making a comeback in March 2015 as SLO. Mills debuted her comeback single "Fortune" via The Fader as the lead single to SLO's debut EP, due for a May 2015 release.


Studio albums[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

  • SLO (2015)
  • Atone (2016)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Vultures" Twist of Fate
"Live For What I'd Die For"
2012 "Pixelated People"
"For My Sins"
2015 "Fortune"
"Shut Out of Paradise"

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Fighting Fire" (Breakage feat. Jess Mills) 34 TBA
2012 "Somebody To Love" (Jack Beats feat. Jess Mills) - -
2013 "Storm" (Phaeleh feat. Jess Mills) - Tides


  1. ^ "Jess Mills - Recordings". MusicBrainz. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  2. ^ Lamont, Tom (27 June 2011). "One to watch: Jess Mills". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ "Twist Of Fate Promo Details". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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