New Music Video: Always – Toddla T meets Andrea Martin (ft. Silkii Wonda)


TODDLA T dropped the video for bittersweet single Always featuring the legendary Andrea Martin. Filmed on the streets of Jamaica, the official video captures the sweet reggae vibes and the off-beats of the drums whilst bringing the Jamaican sunshine. With the dance moves in full swing, the power and soul coming from the vocals of Andrea Martin and the patois from Silkki Wonda, the combination make the record the perfect remedy for even the darkest days.

The Sheffield native has had a year of big productions that have seen his records hit a multitude of radio, Spotify and TV playlists however this is his first self-named Toddla T release via his new label Steeze.

TODDLA T’s music has always been heavily influenced by music and culture from around the world, particularly the genres that represent a voice or culture. From the essence and soul of R&B, the energy of grime, the vibes of reggae and dancehall to the excitement of electronic beats, TODDLA T productions stand out on a limb for their daring and courageous sounds, captured in his two-day sound system at the iconic Notting Hill Carnival.

A stark reminder that Toddla T brings the vibes to the speakers as well as the party, Always is a perfect taster to a new period in this artists career.

Check out the video for the stellar single.

Interview with: Kyle Lettman


It’s been almost a year since KYLE LETTMAN graced his presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his epic EP, When It Rains. So it’s an absolute privilege for this smooth R&B crooner to take time out of his busy schedule and give us the lowdown of his near future projects – and more. So I hope you guys are ready!

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

KL: Thank you for showing an interest in what I’m doing, it means a lot.

NLM: Tell us what projects you’re working on at the moment?

KL: Right now I’m in the process of recording an album, whilst also working with my team on promotional music and material that introduces a dance & versatility aspect to my artistry. There’s also some special features coming up to look out for…trust me we have a lot going on at the moment!

NLM: What is your favourite project to date and why?

KL: Hmm.. I love all the projects I’ve done so far because I feel like they’ve all taught me something and I’ve grown from each musical experience, so I couldn’t just pick one haha. However, I could pick a favourite song…which would be Matter Of Time from the Under Construction project. I feel like it’s one of the best songs I’ve written in my short career.

NLM: You were in a R&B/pop group called Fundamental. How does being in a band compare to flying solo?

KL: No comparison, it’s like you’re using a completely different muscle set altogether. With the group, I had my brothers on stage with me and that made performing easier. Going solo means that I have to cover all the bases on my own whilst also doing all the entertaining. Although being in a group is easier, flying solo forces maturity and has more personal rewards.

NLM: You’ve written some lyrics for some of the credible artists in the industry – Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo, Nicole Scherzinger, Kele Le Roc, Varren Wade. What’s it like working with these heavyweights?

KL: I wouldn’t say for, working “with” is more accurate, lol! I could definitely tell you some stories but all in all, each credible artist is just a normal person who happens to be well-known. Frank Ocean and Fundamental 03 practically grew up together while we lived and worked in LA. Neyo is actually a pretty respectful person and really easy to work with -his songwriting skills are a lot better than people think. Kele Le Roc is a beautiful woman inside and out, our duet was the 1st time I was granted a chance at songwriting without the guys from Fundamental… and she was lovely enough to allow that to happen. Varren Wade & Jermaine Riley will be my Brothers for EVER haha.

NLM: How would describe your sound to potential fans? Would you compare yourself to any of your music influences of today?

KL: Hmm… I wouldn’t compare myself but I am definitely a reflection of the artists I love, i.e Usher, Ginuwine, Janet & Michael Jackson. My sound is heavily based in R&B & Soul, but not exclusive to those genres.

NLM: What mainstream (or even indie) artists you’re into at the moment?

KL: I’d love to work with Emeli Sandé and I’m pretty sure that’ll happen in the not so far future.

NLM: If you had a choice to collaborate with just ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

I’d work with Chris Brown or Drake as the truth is whoever they co-sign gets noticed lol. But apart from the obvious, I’d love to work with Lela James, Pixie Lott, James Bay or Ed Sheeran.

NLM: If you were granted three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

NLM: Bring back how music felt in the 90s, unfortunately nowadays there’s literally nothing like that feeling. Bring back Hip Hop too, I miss the Busta Rhymes, DMX, Lisa Left Eye Lopez and the Eve’s. Finally to bring back proper artist development, more raw, real and unique talent such as Prince. Rather than those who have been almost formulated by the music industry to look and sound a certain way.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

NLM: My Instagram & Twitter is @KyleLettman
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Song of the Day: Skip The Talking – Unique Hastings


Elements of seductive soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and pop, has pushed  UNIQUE HASTINGS‘ latest single, Skip The Talking to the dish of the day hotspot by NEW LEASE MUSIC. The sultry banger is set to appear on his upcoming album The Heart of a Dreamer.

A singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, the South Londoner soul-pop sensation, is a multi-talented artist with music in his veins. His father owned a recording studio and his mother taught him to sing. On top of this, both his grandparents were musicians.

All this spurred him to follow his passions as a musician. He has since been involved in a number of exciting projects, producing music for a Virgin Media digital campaign as well as collaborating with Chris Brown for a remix of the R&B artist’s single Run it. His touring meanwhile has taken him all over the world, playing acclaimed venues such as the O2 Arena in London and Apollo Theater in New York, supporting names as big as Ludacris and De La Soul.

Unique Hastings is likely to appeal to fans of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Seal, combining their collective pop appeal, whilst also channelling his own distinct smoky vocal tone and stylistic diversity.

On top of his musical endeavours, the singer has also co-starred in an award-winning short film titled Shantell Town, the soundtrack of which he also co-produced.

The slick crooner has another exciting single on the way titled Gimme All Ur Luvin, plus a full-length album titled The Heart of A Dreamer set to drop next year.

Now you know everything you need to know about this hot property, it’s time to sample his latest track…happy Friday!

New Music Video: Rise Up – Bella Loka


BELLA LOKA have been busy behind the cameras, as they released another visual to mystical/uplifting single, Rise Up, released last month via iTunes.

Tea Boothby describes the latest effort as, “a love story between the day and the night, the light and the dark. Having become separated ‘in the beginning’ the light and the dark are irresistibly drawn back together, with seemingly opposing chess pieces depicting how love can appear as a battle, until it’s won.”

As part of the production of the video, Tea stood motionless against the iconic London skyline on Primrose Hill for 5 hours from dawn as the sun came up to film time-lapse footage of herself against the rolling clouds and shifting shadows.

Take a few minutes out and watch the video for Rise Up.

Music Video: Well Done – Bella Loka


Husband and wife team BELLA LOKA return with a kaleidoscopic music video to double A-single Well Done, released last month.

Produced by singer/songwriter Tea Boothby, the three-and-a-half-minute production reflects the duo’s visual representation of the mental disorientation they experienced upon moving to London from their hometown of Bristol in order to further their music career.

The song describes the virtual wilderness Tea & David found themselves in after deciding to move on from their Bristol-based indie-rock band and re-invent as a Camden-based electronic alt-pop duo recording with in-house producers Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre at Abbey Road Studios.

Despite its traumatic origins the song is relentlessly upbeat, with singer Tea determined to “turn my pain into a song” and choosing to listen to the voice that says, “Well done, you’ve made it this far… you’re gonna make it out.”

You gonna need your sunglasses for this one…check the video for Well Done.

New Music Video: Gabriel Wolfchild & The Northern Light – Runaways


Atmospheric folk musical collective GABRIEL WOLFCHILD & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS have released a music video to Runaways. The touching single is the first release from the forthcoming debut EP, Morning Like These.

Frontman Gabriel gained national media attention following a successful blind audition on NBC’s The Voice last year and later formed his band, Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Light.

Armed with support from fellow musicians, Gabriel created his upcoming EP, which features a range of raw acoustic sounds with the electricity of cinematic alternative rock, used to convey both the beauty and the darker side of human existence.

The heart-warming new music video for Runaways features various footage of strangers hugging each other in public places, revealing love in it’s purest yet most powerful form – Take time out and have a quick peek.

EP Review: Further Away: Melanie Crew


It’s been a little over a year since MELANIE CREW appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her debut EP Until The End, which received airplay on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Kent. Now she’s back with her second EP, Further Away, released beginning of this month.

The London-based singer/songwriter reunites with her old faithful acoustic guitar, creating that rich, folky sensation and adds some soulful and sultry spice to her usual sweet and (respectfully) girl-like vocal range.

With therapeutic and occasionally soft uptempo soundscapes, Further Away EP is the perfect bet to start the week on a soothing note –  after a rowdy weekend.

Must Listens: Ghost, A Hundred Words, All That I Want.

Song of the Day: Isolation – 1000DaysWasted (ft. Kellie Allen)


NEW LEASE MUSIC saved the Friday hotspot for 1000DAYSWASTED‘s latest effort, Isolation. Featuring the D&B producer’s weighty bass trademark with contrastingly light vocals provided by Kellie Allen, the single is from the latest EP From The Darkness, available now on Beatport.

Before you go, jumpstart your weekend and check out the clip of Isolation.

New Track: Sunshine – District 11


DISTRICT 11 duo, singer/songwriter Melinda ‘Mel B’ Burns and producer Isaac Reid, released a brand new single entitled Sunshine.

The almost three-minute hypnotic smoothie documents the account of inspiration as the story is told on top of pleasing instrumentation, making it easy for listeners to experience a palpable sense of hope and optimism throughout the entire song. Forms the initial spark to the last note, the Michael Jackson -esque lyrics embody a calm tranquil energy that carries raw emotion through every measure.

So it’s time to iron out your stress…have a listen to Sunshine.