Album Interview: Don’t Come In Here – Oloff

Ever since OLOFF graced this blog with his album, ‘Life’s Got You Riveted’, which was placed at #6 on New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2016 list, I’ve been so mesmerised how this Bristolian artist experiments with different genres without fear. So I’m absolutely pleased to have a chat with him about his album ‘Don’t Come In Here’. So sit back and have a read as this convo this an absolute belter. Enjoy!

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

O: You’re welcome. 2021 has been kind of crazy, I’ve released 2 albums and gone through a breakup. I have a 3rd album and a book on the way. I’m keeping extremely busy, time is passing by quite slowly.

NLM You released your album, ‘Don’t Come In Here’ back in March. What is the public perception on the project so far?

O: I haven’t done enough to promote it so I don’t know. I’ve temporarily given up on promoting music because I don’t have the time or the money for it, so right now I’m focusing on building up a catalogue and not paying any attention to the numbers at all. Then when I have some leverage I will have loads of songs already released.

NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

O: Electronic experimental hip-hop. Drugs.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

O: I had a bad acid trip a couple of years ago and this album was kind of the culmination of my efforts to get over the things I saw on that trip. It was also about being stuck in a room during lockdown, the ups and downs of my relationship, and at times also the fun/humour of living such a life and experimenting with weird substances. In the end the theme is about trust I suppose, not really being able to ever fully trust people but having to do so for your own sanity.

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

O: Parsons and Be Yourself. I think Parsons is the best sounding song I’ve made and I think Be Yourself is the most meaningful.

NLM: What message would you like the listeners to take away from your album?

O: Do whatever you can to be happy, stay true to yourself, be wary, get outside as much as you can.



NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why?


O: Good question. I think Kevin Gates would be interesting, because it would be such a different sound for him, but some of the themes are kind of similar (love, trust issues, substance abuse etc.) Maybe a verse on I Don’t Wanna Know.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

O: Yeah, shortly after this I released Oak Tree which I think is a masterpiece. I also have a project called Sameways coming out in the next few months. And a self-help book, which I think is going to be really good and will help a lot of people with their depression. I’m also regularly releasing singles and videos on my YouTube channel.O

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

O: @oloffmusic on Instagram, Oloff on spotify or YouTube.com/OloffMusic

NLM: Finally, any special shout outs to those involved in the production of ‘Don’t Come Back Here’?

O: Just me. So, hang in there Oloff! You big bald c**t.

Don’t Come Back Here is now out

Album Interview: Fireside Chats – Jason Griff

After rocking the blog with singles, ‘Peruvian Encrusted Swordfish’, ‘Detlet, plus album ‘Dream Team: A Stokely Hathaway Joint’, all of which he collaborated with good friend and rapper Jihad Scorcese, it’s great to catch up with producer JASON GRIFF to discuss his debut album ‘Fireside Chats – and also to remember Scorcese, who sadly passed away in January.

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

JG: Thank you! It got off to a rough start two weeks in when Scorcese passed away. It was, and still is, hard to bounce back from that, but I’m handling it as best I can. Other than that, it’s been pretty good.

NLM: You recently released your debut album, ‘Fireside Chats’ back in May. What is the public perception on the project so far?

JG: So far everyone seems to really like it. I got a lot of praise and coverage from outlets that had not really shown any love in the past so that’s exciting. I’m sure a lot of people hate it too but I haven’t heard much of that and it probably wouldn’t phase me anyways.

NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

JG: It’s a punk rock-inspired hip-hop album. But it’s not a bunch of corny mash-ups, it sounds like a rap album. You can enjoy it if you’re not in to punk at all.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

JG: When I was a teenager I was heavy in the punk scene, going to shows all the time. I got older and started making beats so I had the idea to combine my two favorite genres.

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

JG: There’s 2. “Adapt” feat. Alaska is one because he really killed that beat and gave me a lot to play with and take it to the next level. The other is “Summer of Punk” feat. Scorcese. He really did the work on that one. The first version he did was cool but I gave him a bunch of research to do and he ended up referencing all those bands throughout the song.

NLM: The album features a host of promising rappers, including Scorcese (who sadly pass away in January 2021). What was it like working with him?

JG: He was like a rap personal trainer, always pushing you to take it up a notch to the next level. I wouldn’t be releasing music in 2021 if I hadn’t met him.

NLM: How did your friendship with Scorcese came to fruition?

JG:We met via Zilla Rocca when Scorcese was looking for producer to do remixes of an album he had put out. I did one for the project and we hit it off right away and started working on the Dream Team album.

NLM: What are the top three qualities you would associate with Scorcese?

JG: Dedication. Hustle. Humor.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

JG: Yes! I have an album called Human Zoo with Alaska coming out in September via Insubordinate Records. I’ll also have productions on several projects from other artists and some singles and maybe a beat tape or two. At the label we will have Alex Ludovico’s solo album and some posthumous Scorcese releases.

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

insubordinaterecords.com will get you all of my music. I’m on Twitter and IG as @iamjasongriff and a majority of my catalog is on all streaming platforms, just search for Jason Griff (or sometimes just Griff)

Fireside Chats is now out

Album Review: Muse – Astha Tamang-Maskey

ASTHA TAMANG-MASKEY‘s latest album, ‘Muse’ is where airy pop sensibilities, that’s very fitting for the mainstream, is met with underground urban sounds which eventually seeps through the eight-track collection.

Leading the way is an intense yet feather light soundscapes through intro track ‘Mirror’ which makes way for elements of laid-back urban vibes, first appearing in ‘Ride’ where guest rapper, Manny Rite drops an easy-going flow that melts right into the infamous airy arrangements.

Further along the line, a real gutsy soulful and (at times hip-hop-ish) drive makes its presence well and truly known through ‘Muse’ and ‘Jealous’ with the latter track incorporating loops of whistles, making the production uniquely Astha.

Having listened to ‘Muse’ and ‘Jealous’ last year, this album carries on theme of eloquently merging almost stripped pop backdrops and the gritty sound of the underground.

Check it out below…

Must Listens: Gotta Go, Muse, Jealous

Star Song: Like The Mist – Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk

Lauren Mann

Today’s song is Like The Mist by Canadian folk band LAUREN MANN AND THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK. The single is coming from the deluxe edition of the album, Over Land and Sea, re-released in April on the band’s label, Wanderer Records.

Over Land and Sea was originally released in May of last year, offering 11 tracks of pure stunning folk that’s fit for relaxing in the evenings. The deluxe version features the unreleased B-side of the soothing/feel good A Traveller’s Anthem.

Like The Mist made it to the star song hot spot as it’s  just outstanding – there’s nothing left to say – so don’t leave this post until you sample this angelic/heart warming song.

If you’ve fallen in love with Like The Mist, then it’s well worth checking out the album right here – when you get there, have a blast at Love, I Lost – highly recommended!

Star Song: Core Audio – Dangerous Cats

Dangerous cats

Today’s song is Core Audio by underground hip hop act DANGEROUS CATS. The track is coming from their album latest album Age of Grimalkin.

These guys are the forerunners of alternative hip hop as they use crazy beats that you wouldn’t usually associate with hip hop – but it makes very intriguing listening.  There are some seriously out-of-sight tracks on their latest album, but Core Audio made it to the star song hot spot, as it features an ultra soothing melody completed by some unreal freestyling – check it out.

If Core Audio is right up your street, you’ll definitely like Age of Grimalkin – pop over to their Bandcamp page and download the album for free.