EP Review: A Calling From The Shore – Ren

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Following the release of his soul-warming offerings, including ‘The Coast’ – featured last September on NEW LEASE MUSIC – singer/songwriter REN releases his five-track EP, ‘A Calling From The Shore’ today.

Continuing the theme from the ‘The Coast’, the sincere and heart-tugging  presence of the acoustic guitar, with elements of contemporary pop, steals the limelight in the latest project. The lovable rogue adds that magical touch through his delicate and Celtic-esque delivery.

Definitely a winning formula – take time out and have a listen.

Must Listens: The Coast, All That I Need, Piece of Your Heart

New Track: They Don’t Know – Big Narstie (ft. Xaviour)

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Making a significant entrance to 2017, BIG NARSTIE releases the first single from his forthcoming album in the shape of ‘They Don’t Know’ featuring Xaviour. Delving into a side of BIG NARSTIE that is often overlooked due to his fun-loving and comical character, the record illustrates the story behind the Brixton emcee and demonstrates his lyrical prowess as a talented wordsmith.

2016 proved to be an impressive year for BIG NARSTIE, which saw him top the charts alongside Craig David on the Top 10 record ‘When The Bassline Drops’ and later went on to be certified gold. The scene veteran also performed at a number of the world’s most famed festivals including Ibiza Rocks, Wireless, Reading & Leeds and even made an appearance on the Jonathan Ross show. He went on to release his own Bass Invaders app and single ‘BDL Skank’ and now prepares to release the fruits of his studio labours with some exciting and unexpected collaborations.

Giving us a reflective and intimate understanding of his journey and battles faced as he grew up, ‘They Don’t Know’ shines a spotlight on BIG NARSTIE allowing a very honest and bold figure to be displayed; one which seems almost opposite to the infectious laughs, hysterical sketches and the animated bars that we’ve seen of late. As he raps over the melancholy beat, Narstie’s lyrical aptitude is evident and proves why he is not only one of the most loved, but also one of the most respected and key figures in the scene.

Taking 2017 to new heights, BIG NARSTIE has just announced a six date UK tour kicking off in XOYO in London 3rd May.

New Track: Pretty Girls – SeeJay 100 (ft. TE dness)

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SEEJAY100 is quickly growing into one of the scenes’ secret weapon, thanks to his run of recent bangers, and his latest release ‘Pretty Girls’ continues the ambush on our ears. Teaming up with one of the hottest underground rappers of current times, TE DNESS, the two make for a sharp, infectious track, coupled with a catchy hook, as they rap about their adoration for females with sharp deliveries and flows.

Fresh from his most recent release ‘Pull Up’ featuring Moelogo, SEEJAY100 gained a wealth of new support and kudos from his peers and music platforms alike, seeing him tipped as ‘One To Watch for 2017’ and garnering support from platforms such as Spotify, BBC and Voice Newspaper.

The rapper takes an inventive and inspired approach to his music, mixing up the flavours and inspirations, which has been a catalyst in him working with some of the scenes most highly rated emcees including, Cadet, Big Tobz, Bonkaz and Stormzy over recent months, and now with TE DNESS who has just delivered his first headline show to rapturous applause of fans and the scene.

The last 12 months have seen SEEJAY100 earn the support of new fans alongside the music gatekeepers and tastemakers. With a fresh new single already in the pipeline set to follow ‘Pretty Girls’, SEEJAY100 is set to ensure that his name won’t be missed in 2017.

Check out the video to ‘Pretty Girls’.

Music Video: Platinum & Gold – Basheba

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It’s evident from previous music videos that the North London dark soul singer/songwriter  BASHEBA  has a flair for creating engaging and moving visuals.

‘Platinum & Gold’ is no exception as the beautifully shot video (directed by Vasilisa Forbes with art direction from Luke Nugent) is the perfect foil for her haunting vocal delivery and sparse production courtesy of XVR BLK. Previous video ‘Don’t Go’ accumulated over 100K views on YouTube in its first two months and followed other fan favourites ‘High And Dry’ and ‘Dirty Love (Your Love)’.

Known for combining breakbeat and jungle rhythms in previous work, ‘Platinum & Gold’ continues to show a progression in sound for the young Londoner. Her ‘from the heart’ lyrics and dark soulful vocal delivery always stands out in her music, and it’s this which she has been able translate effortlessly to other areas like trip-hop, bass and R&B. It is the lead track taken from her latest EP ‘Axiom Pt. 2’ which is out now on iTunes and Spotify (via her own label Y.O.B Records) and is the second instalment of the ‘Axiom’ EP, released in April 2016.

Check out the video for this outstanding track.

Music Video: To You – Kastilano

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Very glad to have one of NEW LEASE MUSIC’s  all-time spitter KASTILANO back with single, ‘To You’.

This on-point offering is the first release from his latest mixtape, ‘D.L.B (Dope Lyrics & Beats)’, available now FREE via DatPiff.

Song of the Day: Return of the Mack (Seeb Remix) – Mark Morrison

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On its 21st anniversary, MARK MORRISON‘s ‘Return of the Mack’ gets remix treatment from Norwegian dance duo Seeb.

Seeb had a sensational 2016, their remix of Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ became a Grammy nominated monster hit, and was globally the third most streamed song of the year, with over one billion streams.

MARK MORRISON‘s debut album in ’96, ‘Return of the Mack’, was a multi-platinum success, selling three million copies worldwide. The single reached number one in the UK, and spent a remarkable 41 weeks on the US Billboard singles chart, peaking at number two.

Song of the Day: Justice – Cherryshoes

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CHERRYSHOES have made a return with a completely upbeat south through their single, ‘Justice’.

The Welsh pop/rockers, seemed to have dropped the infamous hypnotic tone, featured in their previous effort, ‘Ride On’ and adopted a slight housey, 1990s Massive Attack feel in the almost five-minute offerings.

have a listen and see what you think.

EP Review: Pagemaster – Scriptzrphrenic

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Coming from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, upcoming spitter SCRIPTZRPHRENIC laid on his cards on the table and poured his heart and soul into inviting you in a series of hard-knock events in his life through the latest six-set EP, ‘The Pagemaster’.

The introductory track provided the perfect build up to the infectiously dense bassline over the next couple of tracks, before entering the realms of laid-back, vintage hip-hop.

Our kid deserves a trial; check it out.

Must Listens: My Life, Daydreaming, Just A Rap

 

Song of the Day: Spiral (Out of Time) – DJ Canvas

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DJ CANVAS is another old face that has returned to the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight and steal the Friday hotspot with track ‘Spiral (Out of Time)’. The latest offering seems to mark the departure from her electro house focus into an electrifying fusion of trap, trance and elements of dubstep.

The three-and-a-half-minute smasher earned her a spot to play at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Friday 3rd Match between 6:30-7:30PM at the Pavilion Palace Stage, after it was entered into a two-part competition.

So if you’re in the Tampa/ St. Pete or South Florida area, go and support your girl! I’m sure you won’t have a dull moment! To show her appreciation to you, this track is available as a FREE download – so go and get it!