Album Review: Summer Catalogue – East Hampton Polo Boys

Recorded over a two day period back in February, New York’s hip-hop collective, EAST HAMPTON POLO BOYS present their album, ‘Summer Catalogue’ with such style and poise…

Melodic old school soulful samples complimenting the bounce of the urban/hip-hop bass, becomes the main feature of the mammoth collection, with a punch of smooth psychedelic funk making a pleasantly surprising appearance towards the end of the album.

With the guys taking turns in slamming down their easy-going, a matter of fact delivery on the delicately hazy arrangements, ‘Summer Catalogue’ will undoubtedly be appeasing to die-hard hip-hop heads, particularly to fans of Jay-Z (late 1980s) and KRS-1. Check out the album and song recommendations below…

Must Listens: STFU, Expensive Steak Aroma, Tijuana Bible, Doc Colossus 

Song of the Day: Never Truly – Ria Carval

Recognising that displaying raw emotions is very underrated in today’s music industry, 19-year-old RIA CARVEL presents her heartfelt ballad, ‘Never Truly’, which spans from her personal experience in wanting to know what real and passionate love feels like, through her well-poise and emotive vocals, making a soothing addition to the piano-led production.

Currently a Junior at college, the young singer/songwriter from New York has released two singles, two collaborations and a five-track EP – all self-written and self-produced. Her previous single, ‘Reflections’ garnered over seven million streams across music platforms.

This songstress is well on her way to a very promising career, as she was twice nominated in the BSU Awards at her college for best artist/performer on campus. Have a listen to ‘Never Truly’ below…

Premiere: Papaya (Single) – Céline And The Blue

NEW LEASE MUSIC is absolutely proud to welcome back jazz group CÉLINE AND THE BLUE and their brand new self written/produced single, ‘Papaya’, out today on all music streaming and download sites.

Described as the ‘jazziest’ work to date by the band, ‘Papaya’ was premiered live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London back in January. Possessing a sassy and careless energy, ‘Papaya’ is about having the freedom to do what one please – and naturally the song showcases their artistic freedom to compose music that truly represents the band.

“Being a jazz band, we’ve had so many people tell us to walk away from niche genres and shift to commercial and be like the other pop artists, but as the lyrics say “what’s the point of being a copy, when the world’s full of those?” says front woman Céline .

The title of the song – Papaya – also symbolizes the band’s artistic freedom. Céline further explains on naming the song: “While we were writing it in rehearsal, before the concept of ‘papaya’ had become a thing, I had no lyrics for the chorus yet, I was singing gibberish ‘hara pappara’, which just sounded like ‘I like papaya’ to me. So we just went ahead with it, picked it as the tile because there is no rule to songwriting and it also reflected the ‘you don’t have to stay in the lines that people tell you to stay in’ idea”.

Since appearing on New Lease Magazine with ‘Learn To Be Alone’ last November, the guys were gigging around London and were expected to perform on Sofar Sounds but was cancelled due to the Co-vid 19 pandemic…but fear not jazz lovers, as the guys have been cooking up some songs during lockdown, so expect some stunning bluesy material soon.

For now, kick back and have a listen to ‘Papaya’ below…

Song of the Day: Shell – Marie-Clo

Singer/songwriter MARIE-CLO wrote single ‘Shell’ when she was incredibly sick with polycystic ovary syndrome…and just as her music career was taken off, she found a lump in  breast. As you can imagine, she felt defeated as well as petrified.

Possessing a soothing alt-pop drive, ‘Shell’ chronicles Marie-Clo’s above journey and her fears of death. Despite the uncertainly for the future, she pushed through her anxiety and trauma – along with a cocktail of emotions she was experiencing – and continued with her first love – music.

Taken from her brand new EP, ‘Shell(e) Pt II’, out now on all various download/streaming platforms, ‘Shell’ is a message for anyone – especially women – to keep on shining, no matter how great the battle appears to be.

Watch the video for the single below, directed by Aaron Desilva.

Multiplatinium French Producer Blastar Shows He Has ‘No Limits’ In Brand New Joint

After working with top urban artists in France as well as international artists (Rohff, Pusha T, Tyga, The Game, Joke), BLASTAR steps out and introduces his new track, ‘No Limits’.

The melodic drill style joint is taken from his new project ‘Ex.Nihilo: The Beat Tape’, released last Friday (18th September) on various download/streaming services.

Have a listen to ‘No Limits’ below…