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, drowns 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’s potential to become a talented wordsmith.

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.

New Music Video: Mention Nothing – Thidius

South London alt-pop five piece THIDIUS have brought their latest single ‘Mention Nothing’ to life with a psychedelic and eye-catching video. ‘Mention Nothing’ is the lead single from their upcoming release ‘Inversion.’

The video features singer Izzy Risk performing stunning vocals, and contrasts kaleidoscopic, distorted imagery with black and white footage. Thidius’ five-piece line-up allows them to create a sound that is multi-layered, but beautiful and cohesive. The song itself features catchy guitars and soulful singing which, when combined with a funky rhythm section and more moody synths, allowing ‘Mention Nothing’ to be at once upbeat and atmospheric.

THIDIUS’ line up also include Ben Hayes on synths, Tom Driessler on bass and Harry Pope on drums. Hailing from New Cross in South East London, THIDIUS are in good company and have made a name for themselves through collaborating with a plethora of creative’s from this growing artist hub. They achieved recognition by supporting their South London contemporary King Krule on his 2014 European tour. THIDIUS’ live performances have received praise from the likes of London on the Inside, who described them as “a young band that are completely in their element on stage.”

Blending a range of influences including jazz, funk and synthpop,THIDIUS have an exciting sound that is both soulful and ethereal. The video brings this out by taking simplistic footage of Izzy Risk’s charismatic performance and giving it colourful, dizzying distortion. With an EP to follow this summer 2017 looks set to be a defining year for these south Londoners.