Album Review: Eight Days A Week – King Blitz

After a loooong spell away from the scene, KING BLITZ came back bolder with track, ‘That’s Real’, featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in January. Now the Indiana wordsmith is keeping the momentum at full speed with his ten-track album, ‘Eight Days A  Week’, released late last month.

A downtempo and menacing bass dominates and runs riot in the latest project, where this young emcee slams down his flow at varying speed. Somehow this smooth operator always comes out on top as his spats seamlessly weave throughout in every single track – well I guess that’s why he’s called KING BLITZ!

There’s some real gems in this set for those who are into alternative hip-hop; go and check it!

Must Listens: 99, New Wave, No Surprise, Yuu, Does It Matter 

Album Review: Reason Or Rhyme – Midnight Mystery Club

Just on the preview alone (which I discovered at the start of the year), David Newell and Michael Gray – aka MIDNIGHT MYSTERY CLUB – really cause a stir and kept fans and tastemakers on the edge of their seats with the release of their (obviously) highly anticipated album, entitled ‘Reason or Rhyme’, released last Friday.

A summer-hazy electronic/dance drive dominates the ten-track set, with elements of downtempo funk creeping in just before the second half of the album, before making its occasional presence well and truly known, for an even more pleasurable listen.

‘Reason or Rhyme’ was certainly worth the wait and – seriously – I cannot fault these guy’s production – it’s five stars from me!

Must Listens: Richest Man In The World, Orange County, Reason or Rhyme, Alright (Album Remix).

Album Review: Fairytale Land – Pedro Syrah

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Featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in September, PEDRO SYRAH‘s delicately warm effort, ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ is the built up to his long-awaited debut album, ‘Fairyland’… and as much as I enjoyed the single – because it does spark a soul-glowing sensation – I wondered if I could survive ten tracks of the same tempo….

…Well I stand corrected, as from the very beginning, the bass guitar and drums receive a good workout in the introductory track, creating that real gritty funk. Soothing ambient soundscapes with, at times, feather light elements of Americana/new-wave follow through to the first half of the album, completed with tingling harmonies providing a real magical and folklore kick.

The second half of ‘Fairyland’ becomes progressively emotive and intense when Syrah takes to the limelight with put his vocals to almost stripped-back pieces – a combination that will smooth over manic traffic in an instant.

This collection is worth investing in for those quiet spring/summer nights…here’s your chance to have a listen.

Must Listens: Cocaine and Cigarettes, Paper Thoughts, Release the Clocks.

 

 

Album Review: Fiero – Population 7

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Hailing all the way from the West Midlands, nine piece hip-hop/neo-soul act POPULATION 7 have dropped their brand new album entitled ‘Fiero’, earlier this week.

A real sultry soulful/jazz fusion takes centre stage and swagger throughout the nine-track production, with smooth Erykah Badu-esque vocals and the occasional, laid-back freestyling giving the slick combo that extra kick.

I’ve found a real treasure here – so don’t disappoint me now and CHECK IT OUT!!!

Must Listens: Blindspot, Slugums, Wi – Fi, Fiero, Paz6 & FoxP2.

 

 

 

 

 

Album Review: Staring Into Space – Oloff

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After four months releasing his EP Life’s Got You Riveted ( once voted Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC) OLOFF rounds off the year with his 15-piece album, Staring Into Space, released last month.

The latest project predominantly includes three-minute bursts of his old instrumental recordings dating back to 2012, where this young artist put his smooth spin on vintage/Slum Village-esque hip-hop. This guy is cut from a different cloth; he’s worth a trial – check him out!

Must Listens: Never Was Feeling Poorly, DECRACS, Someone Took.

Album Review: A Band On Hope – A Band On Hope

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Award-winning alt hip-hop duo A BAND ON HOPE have released their 13-track album of the same name last week…and you’ve been warned; it’s not your run-of-the-mill mainstreamer.

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Kristian Sharpe and lyricist Ill Literate do not present a single dull moment. The two cleverly fuse hip hop, rock, funk, soul, blues, electro and a hint of jazz with raging guitar riffs and infectious (80-ish) flying synths which gives a respectfully wayward and futuristic feel to each offerings in the collection.

A Band on Hope is just like Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it; there’s no in-between with this one…but the only way to find out is to hit that play button on the four-track sampler.

Must Listens:  Dead Angels, Low Budget High Life, Phantom of Hipopera, Russian Dolls, Spaced Out Break Out

Album Review: Pentagon Memoirs – 3Bubble & J.Gray

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OK folks, hope you’re ready for something completely FRESH. Just three months after releasing their debut album, Live from the Pentagon, hip-hop duo 3BUBBLE & J.GRAY are set to slam another one, coming in the form of Pentagon Memoirs.

Their latest collection displays how sonically diverse these guys are – from dabbling into a little golden hip-hop, real R&B/slow jams to delightfully wayward bangers that’s arguably on par with Outkast…something tells me that their names will dominate the web in months to come.

Pentagon Memoirs is out this Monday via iTunes and Amazon…but for now, check out one of the tracks, Bulletproof.

Must Listens: Bulletproof, Back to Work, Mac’n, No Strings, Better Days, Vogue

Album Review: Lost Songs Volume 1 (UK) – Various Artists

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The Lost Songs campaign aims to seek out the next John Lennons, Adeles, Amy Winehouses, David Bowies and Freddie Mercurys and formed a 16-track album, released on Friday through M:89 Records. All songs were recorded at Metropolis Studios where an average of 50% of the UK’s Top 40 Chart is recorded, mixed or mastered.

The record label definitely sourced out Britain’s most hidden gems who crafted something in between easy listening and adult contemporary pop, some having the potential of becoming this summer’s favourites.

Here’s a tip for you: the further you go along the album, the sweeter it gets…so don’t lose faith; have a listen here.

Must Listens: Falling Down by Dawson; Done by Jasmine Paterson; Regress by Lindsay & Isaac; You’ve Got It by Sweet Revenge; You’re My Man by Ben Campani; I’m No Angel by J Eoin.

Album Review: I Find Myself Here – Antonia Redding

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Singer/Songwriter ANTONIA REDDING described her sound as ‘worldwide pop’, displayed through her latest full-length album, I Find Myself Here.

Worldwide pop is essentially a soothing fusion of the acoustic guitar (giving off that real folklore feel) with drums producing beautiful hints of African-influenced rhythms – all completed by Redding’s rich and equally soothing vocals (think of a female version of Paul Simons.)

This is a perfect collection for those lazy Sunday afternoons. A full version of I Find Myself Here is available on iTunes.

Must Listens: Backdrop, Toorelyay, The Words We Choose, Only Name, No Beginning No End, Alone To Reunite

Album Review: Taurus Rising – Chill (of 3KNGZ)

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From the hip-hop act 3KNGZ, it’s CHILL‘s turn to come into the spotlight, with the brand new album, Taurus Rising – his first solo project in over ten years.

With arrangements varying from hard-hitting rock to the familiarity old school soul and R&B, in true 3KNGZ style, the veteran delivers reality-bites wordplay that’s second to none.

It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted…but if you can stand the heat in the kitchen, it’s worth a trail!

Must Listens: Love of the Money, Master Plan, Inner Peace.