EP Review: One Six – J.Kas

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J.KAS calls upon his fellow musicians Alicia Renee, Bee & Ruell for his third studio EP, One Six, with the determination of carrying the summer vibe into the autumn and winter months.

Released earlier this month, the six-track collection boasts an explosive journey of dancehall grooves, Latin flair, with some laid-back old school style R&B (think Usher) – and a kick-ass football anthem.

With such variety in this mini package, there’s bound to be a track that tickle your fancy…go on, why don’t you check it out!

Must Listens: I Do It, Cali Dreaming, To The Top

New Music Video: Echo – Laskaar

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R&B Influenced singer LASKAAR has just unveiled an intensely striking visual to his latest single, Echo coming from his six-track EP Never Met You, released in June.

The four-minute production features the world famous albino model Shaun Ross – be sure to check it out!

Never Met You EP is available on all major digital music stores.

Upcoming Release: Look Back In Laugher – Hugh

hughLondon-based quartet, HUGH continue their beguiling journey  with the release of their latest single, Look Back In Laughter. The three-minute smoothie is laced with a positive message, veiled by the contrasting melancholy production. Sewn together by slow-burning synths, crackling percussion and a glimmering, transient guitar to cut through the mix, the alluring song sits in the amorphous zone between trip-hop, R&B and synth-pop.

Consisting of Joshua Idehen (vocals), Izzy Brooks(vocals), Andy Highmore (production/keys) and Tino Kolarides(Guitars) Look Back In Laughter sees Joshua take more of a leading role with the vocals, where we see his background in spoken word come to the forefront of the track. His warm baritone vocal is full of subtle wordplay and charming London colloquialisms which, when paired with the contrasting piercing pop tone from Izzy, adds another dimension to their genre fusing sound, Look Back In Laughter is a soothing reminder to not dwell on the negatives of life as one day we’re just “gonna look back and laugh” – a positive message which has the power to resonate with us all.

Musically melding sounds from a myriad of influences and cultures, HUGH continue to transcend genre and create captivating music which has earned them praises from the likes of Huw Stephens, Stereogum, Pigeons And Planes and The Guardian.

HUGH are fast becoming one of the stand-out artists in a musical landscape where the blurred lines between genres are becoming increasingly prevalent.This is evident in the live environment as well as on record, and in order to support the latest release they will be playing a special one-off showcase at Elektrowerkz in London on 12th October.

 

 

New Track: Who Am I? – King Dice O

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KING DICE O drops his usual quirky, head rolling hooks for something that’s so pure, with lyrics questioning one’s worth…this is by far his most powerful release to date – please go check the beautifully raw, Who Am I, taken from his upcoming LP entitled Am I Who, I Am.

New Track: Adapt To Thrive – Ebson

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Announcing his arrival with the compelling, rallying cry of Adapt to Thrive,alternative soul artist
EBSON creates a real ‘anthem for struggle’. With a cinematic landscape and deep rooted soul sensibilities, it’s a record that will speak volumes to anyone who has ever felt they had a battle to overcome, finding the strength to fight for what they believe in.
Adapt to Thrive is a carefully crafted four-minute musical interplay of darkness and light, with a piano-led track that invites comparisons to artists such as James Blake, Jamie Woon and Samm Henshaw. Against multi-layered vocal harmonies, crashing percussion, and the gothic chime of bells, EBSON‘s dark, blues-infused vocals draw on raw emotion that reverberates with a deep authenticity and unmistakable London sound.
Defiant lyrics reference ‘rising up through the cracks to take control’ and the refrain – ‘we will rise up so high’ – paints a picture of ascension and triumph over adversity. lt is a track that is simultaneously haunting, uplifting – and entirely soulful.
Produced by Charlie J Perry and mixed by Grammy nominee Alex Evans, Adapt to Thrive is the result of a year’s writing and recording, that began when EBSON dreamed up the underlying melodies whilst walking through the bustling streets of London. Referencing life in the city as a key source of inspiration, EBSON is a distinctly UK artist, whose music is imbued with the kind of understated self-confidence that can only come from a recording artist who really is adapting to thrive.

Upcoming Release: A Place Far Away – Goldsands

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GOLDSANDS’ latest single A Place Far Away tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. Sonically the five-minute masterpiece perfectly captures the size and scale of the movie’s cityscapes, whilst also encapsulating the mood of the relationship between the two characters. Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

GOLDSANDS’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook. Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy. The group is set to embark on a UK tour spanning from London to Edinburgh – See their website for further details.

A Place Far Away is out on Friday…for now, have a listen.

Album Review: A Band On Hope – A Band On Hope

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Award-winning alt hip-hop duo A BAND ON HOPE have released their 13-track album of the same name last week…and you’ve been warned; it’s not your run-of-the-mill mainstreamer.

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Kristian Sharpe and lyricist Ill Literate do not present a single dull moment. The two cleverly fuse hip hop, rock, funk, soul, blues, electro and a hint of jazz with raging guitar riffs and infectious (80-ish) flying synths which gives a respectfully wayward and futuristic feel to each offerings in the collection.

A Band on Hope is just like Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it; there’s no in-between with this one…but the only way to find out is to hit that play button on the four-track sampler.

Must Listens:  Dead Angels, Low Budget High Life, Phantom of Hipopera, Russian Dolls, Spaced Out Break Out

Upcoming Release: The Coast – Ren

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After the success of his debut single, My Heart Belongs To Ireland singer-songwriter REN, releases his second single The Coast on October 7 .

Delightfully boasting a soul-warming folksy sensation, the three-and-a-half production documents the Newcastle tinker’s trip around Europe.

Speaking of his big adventure, he said: ” To get the funds together, I converted my van into a camper van and lived in it in London whilst working a 9-5. I used to turn up to work every morning in running shorts and pretend that I had run into work just so I could use the office showers!

I started my trip by getting the ferry to Norway from England with my van and from there I drove through Scandinavia, central Europe and a bit of Eastern Europe. I ended up living in the North of Holland for a little while before I moved to France for 5 months.”

If you’re in the Newcastle area on the 1st Oct, drop by Alphabetti Theatre for his single launch…but for now, sample have a listen.

Song of the Day: Promises – Nina Jones

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Last time NINA JONES appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC, she put her spin on Prince’s 80s classic Purple Rain (before his untimely death ), which clocked up over 160,000 views on YouTube.

A year later, the 18-year-old Welsh songstress released her contemporary R&B/pop single entitled Promises. Written by award-winning singer/songwriter Darren Parry, the infectious four-minute production is about moving on from a deceitful relationship – something we all can relate to!

Promises is now available on iTunes…but before you go, check out the video.