New Track: Sacrifice – A1 (Drake cover)

A1 kicks off Monday with his take on Drake’s slammer, ‘Sacrifice’. The cover track is the third installment from the series #A1Mondays, where this Washington D.C. emcee put his spin on recent hip-hop hits from the mainstream, on Mondays of this month.

A1‘s previous installment, Honey was recently named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC…let’s see if his latest offering follow suit…check it out!

EP Review: Art 2 – Ugly Savaje

A few weeks back, a young rap contender by the name of UGLY SAVAJE hit my mailbox with his latest EP, ‘Art 2’, requesting some feedback on the set…and naturally, I was honoured give my opinion…

The mini project started off on a strong footing, with ‘Set it Off’ and ‘That One Love Song’. This young emcee knows how to slam down an electrifying flow against the chilled out, seriously head rolling bass.

Going further along the EP, the flame created from the start, begins to extinguish. It’s a crying shame as the quality of the beats come heavily distorted which, unfortunately, drown out the upriser’s delivery. It’ll be great if UGLY SAVAJE mix it up with arrangements that’s fun and uplifting, perhaps fusing hip-hop with R&B or pop music.

Personally, ‘Art 2’ doesn’t fully showcase UGLY SAVAJE as a creditable wordsmith, but with the right background tracks, he has the potential to be great.

Have a listen for yourself.

New Music Video: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

The Oliver Brian-directed visuals for the track, ‘Ingredients’ blend the hook’s literal and metaphorical meanings, with COCO joining a host of chefs in the kitchen and whipping up a storm, before joining Scrufizzer on a bar-filled shopping run. The video culminates with both MCs kicking off their own after-hours cooking session, mixing their chosen ingredients to create the perfect dish.

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint the banger, released earlier this month, unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums, courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will sure go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances – solidifying Coco’s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.

New Track: Comfortably Me – Chloé Leon

Fresh on the scene – Midlands born, CHLOÉ LEONE brings a unique blend of velvet melodies, pungent vocals and tongue-in-cheek wordplay through her debut release of 2017, the feel-good and emancipating ‘Comfortably Me’.

Produced by Fred Cox (Janelle Monae, Lion Babe), ‘Comfortably Me’ is Chloé’s personal ode to the world. Her take on the highs and lows of life as a young woman making her way in the world; dealing with relationships, purpose and hangovers; showing that it’s ok to be real.

Standing as the first from a string of releases due out throughout 2017, Dalston resident CHLOÉ LEONE is making a statement with her latest offering and is showcasing exactly why she is one of Britain’s most promising new artists…have a listen.

New Track: Addict – Louis Baker

LOUIS BAKER has leaped onto NEW LEASE MUSIC’s midweek hotspot with his most soulful single to date, ‘Addict’.

This increasingly popular New Zealand artist evokes classic soul through a seductive ‘70s bass groove and Motown-esque guitar stabs, which showcases a mellifluous vocal range and primal R&B scream. ‘Addict’ perfectly displays Baker’s multi-instrumentalist talents, as he plays the role of bassist, guitarist, lead and backing vocalist on this track.

The confessional single follows previous effort, “Gave It All Away”, which was aired on BBC 6Music and received online praises from Clash, Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle, EarMilk and MTV.

Go on, smooth over your Humpday; check out ‘Addict’.

EP Review: Sumn Slight – Trilla T

With hip-hop partner in crime, Skye The King, TRILLA T presents his latest project, entitled ‘Sumn Slight’.

If you listen to these guys’ work on NEW LEASE MUSIC, you know they have a tight partnership. With this five-track set, they’ve taken their partnership to another level with their smooth and improved flow cruising over solid-than-ever beats. In my opinion, the duo are becoming a real force to be reckon with…check them out!

Must Listens: Wait, Day Dreamers, Champagne Room.

New Track: Honey – A1

A1 reeled off another hot installment from his series #A1Mondays, taking shape of his version of Bryson Tiller’s latest track, ‘Honey’.

For the remainder of this month, A1 will be putting his spin on hip-hop bangers from the mainstream, so be sure to check future bangers on Twitter.

For now, catch the Monday vibe with the revamped version of ‘Honey’.

New Track: What Do I Do – Rayed R

After a short spell away from the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight, RAYED R drops latest single ‘What Do I Do’.

Produced by Enlightenment, the three-minute track documents the Alabama artist’s determination to take a different paths from his peers and also reminisce the days of golden hip-hop…go check this one out!

‘What Do I Do’ is now available on iTunes.