Oxlade Releases New Single ‘Away’ Ahead of EP ‘Oxygene’

Set to cause serious waves across not only the Nigerian and African music scenes but the international music industry at large, with his infectious, signature Afro-fusion sound, Nigerian-born OXLADE has released his new single ‘Away’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Oxygene’ out this Friday (27th March).

The melodic, Spax-produced track ‘Away’ sees Oxlade building on the major buzz he has been causing since the release of his first single ‘Shugar’ in 2018 – and a slew of top notch solo tracks and collaborations – and gives fans a taster of the upcoming project which will offer a formal introduction to the talents of the exciting Lagos-based musician. With a mix of Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, R&B and Country influences, Oxlade’s distinctive, soulful vocals and mesmerising songwriting and storytelling, is backed-up with production from some of Nigeria’s top class producers, ‘Oxygene’ is set to be a must-listen EP.

Speaking on the forthcoming ‘Oxygene’ EP, Oxlade said: “Music is the air that I breathe, which is why I’ve named the EP ‘Oxygene’. With the play on words with Oxy’ being my nickname and the biological ‘gene’, I’m letting out a part of myself to the world which contains love, consciousness and pain.”

Check out Oxlade’s ‘Away’ below…

EP Review: Naija-Ghana Tape Vol. 1 – DJ Boat x Kobi Jonz

‘Naija-Ghana Tape Vol.1’ is the birth of the burgeoning relationship between two forerunners of African Music – Ghanaian native DJ BOAT and Nigeria-born singer KOBI JONZ.

Starting out his career in New York, Houston-based DJ Boat – who has clocked up over 20 million streams through his mixtapes – has previously collaborated with Kobi Jonz for his breakthrough single ‘Conscious’, which received heavy support from the likes of MTV Base, Spotify and Dezzer.

Now these hot properties are making new waves, coming in the form of four tracks which roars with such vibrancy and carries flawless fusions of both worlds – Ghana and Nigeria.

‘Naija-Ghana Tape Vol.1’ will undoubtedly keep up the vibes in the cold months, right through to those blazing hot days…check it out below…

Must Listen: Call Melanin 

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2019

Here’s NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten music videos of 2019! Based on both readers viewing and editor picks, a few of the singles featured were first shown on the blog in the previous year (2018) and managed to held on for a well-deserved place on this list.

Go ahead and check out the videos below and I hope you enjoyed the top ten lists

10. HARD LABOR – LIQUID

9. JEALOUS – ASTHA

8. DRIVER – GOLD COMPLEX

7. SIMMER DOWN – SHIRAZ HEMPSTOCK

6. PROPERLY – NIZZY

5. DON’T GIVE UP – MAGGIE SZABO

4. LIAR – LUKE FRIEND

3. SOLILOQUY (WOULDN’T FEEL ALONE) – MARSHALL CECIL

2. SWEET LITTLE LIES – BÜLOW

1. Duro Dada Bimbi Philips 


Sonz Of Thunder UK Drops Video For Latest Track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’

 SONZ OF THUNDER UK – have unveiled the music video for their latest track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’, featuring Ghana’s award-winning gospel artist Edward Saah.

Already gaining over 1K views on YouTube, the video was shot during the North-West Londoner’s trip to Ghana’s infamous landmark, Cape Coast Castle – a place where as many as 1.5 million natives were stored and shipped out to United Kingdom, America, and Jamaica for slavery. ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ chronicles their gratitude of receiving a string of good fortunes in their lives and encourages the listener to also count any blessings that come their way.

Gaining UK support from the likes of Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra), DJ AhhVeeDaa (The Beats 103.6 FM), Premiere Radio, UGN Jamz as well as support from US stations (Urban City Radio and Uganda Boston), ‘Blessing Pon Blessings’ sees the pair exchanging their renown reggae/dancehall combo for a vibrant lick of tropical Afrobeats.

‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ is out now on all download/streaming sites including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Check out the video below…

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Song of the Day: Summers Over – Icey Stanley

Coventry-based rapper, singer and songwriter, ICEY STANLEY returns to the blog’s Song of the Day top spot with his latest single, ‘Summers Over’.

Maintaining an upbeat and laid-back melody as we enter the cold winter months, ‘Summers Over’ has created major buzz on social media and in his hometown since its release late last month.

Icey’s latest offering follows his single ‘Someone’, released back in July and EPs: ‘Mid Summer Drip 2’ – released with Birmingham’s Mr Macee in August –  and ‘Still No Love In February’, released in February. His firmly established position in the Coventry hip-hop scene has led him supporting UK artists including JME, Fuse ODG, Meridian Dan, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr and Devlin on stage.

Check out Icey’s joint below: