Album Review: Sketch (Abstract) – Mission

MISSION comes at you with full force with his latest album entitled album ‘Sketch (Abstract)’, released earlier this month.

The South African rapper teams up with long-term collaborator, producer and NEW LEASE MUSIC regular Jayd Soliar – aka JAS – to create abstracted sounds and overtones that’s rough around the edges, accompanied with a bed of scenic soundscapes offering some lightness. His rap delivery to the contracting combo gives that extra rawness to the nine-track project, whereas the female vocalist soothes over the (respectfully) jarring production.

‘Sketch (Abstract)’ is born from a strong partnership, aiming to push out pieces that becomes progressively dark and avant-garde. Rather than making a project that’s autobiographical, the pair deliberately left it open for the listeners to interpret the album through their personal experiences.

So the ball is in your court; check out ‘Sketch (Abstract)’…and don’t be afraid to leave your comments below about your experience of the album.

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New Track: Time For This – Artifact Collective

Danish six-piece ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE  have released their third single ‘Time For This’, infused with languid R&B and brash indie rock.

Lead singer and songwriter Victor Oliver curates songs influenced by youthful nights spent under the artificial lights of a capital city – his complex, pensive lyricism drawing inspiration from troubled relationships, daydreaming and surreal drama series. Pairing Victor’s polished vocals with slick R&B beats and electronic rhythms, the track is an indefatigable amalgamation of boisterous musical production and intelligent songwriting.

Previous singles have garnered extensive support from Denmark’s hit music station DR P3, with the collective already securing a number of exciting co-signs from abroad – continuing to cement their already burgeoning reputations.

Talent continues to emanate from the north of Europe, and ARTIFACT COLLECTIVE are no exception to this rule. The young group of twenty-year olds write, arrange, record and design every track they produce, and their most recent release proves their indisputable musical expertise.

Have a listen to ‘Time For This’ below:

Song of the Day: Stop Me – Franko Fraize (ft. Alex Joseph)

Added straight on to the Spotify ‘Grime Shutdown’ playlist, FRANKO FRAIZE released stunning new single ‘Stop Me’, alongside his highly anticipated ‘Lights & Colour’ EP.

Proving to be quite the musical enigma, FRANKO FRAIZE takes influence from Hip-Hop and Indie, which is expressed through his heartfelt and moving rap delivery. Always distinguishable by his archetypically British accent, his voice is undeniably recognisable. His charismatic charm reached into the soul with bold disposition for his latest records as FRANKO FRAIZE begins the project with his thought evoking track ‘Side By Side’ ft Alex Joseph. Connecting listeners through the engaging message of growth, perspective, empathy and understanding, it was the first gem to be released from his EP and was paired with heartwarmingly nostalgic visuals. A one to watch, this track caught the attention of DJ Mistajam who said: “I’ve been keeping my eye on him for a while but this is possibly his best track to date!”.

‘Stop Me’ is a real strong contender for being the top track on the EP. Bound in energy and no-nonsense determination, the record is an instant mood booster that gives a solid kick up the arse in terms of both sound and lyricism.

Check out the video below:

 

 

Song of the Day: P.J.R – Hydromag

Written in memory of a close relative who took their own life, ‘P.J.R’ is the latest single from HYDROMAG.

Although the record addresses a heavy subject matter, the track’s melody and composition aims to leave the listener somewhere far out in space.

Speaking on the release, HYDROMAG says: “It was not easy task to write this song, it took a lot out of me and I spent far longer on it than any other song I’ve written. I’m still not sure that I’m fully happy with it, but it was a good way to address the issues I had locked away.”.

‘P.J.R’ forms part of HYDROMAG‘s forthcoming ‘This Is Fleeting’ EP. Listen to P.J.R below:

New Track: Surgery – REL

Hailing from LA, REL delivers a stunningly touching single entitled ‘Surgery’ which focuses on dysmorphia and eating disorders.

Describing her music as EVOCA-POP, the 23-year-old has received praises from major music tasters from her 2015 debut EP, ‘r.e.l’ and has generated over 2.1 million views on YouTube plus over one million streams on Spotify.

‘Surgery’ – an anthem for self-love and acceptance – is the first single from her three side visual album called ‘EVOCAPOP’. The latest offering is the third single on side A

Speaking of her latest project, REL said: “I’ve chosen to make a 3-side album to address each phase of healing as its own story and as part of a bigger story. I developed anorexia at a very young age (7) and struggled with it for many years. Side A tells the story of a first stage of healing – facing the problem, realizing you’ve been hurting yourself. Self compassion is the first step towards peace.”

I said it once and I’m going to say it again – ABSOLUTELY STUNNING – check it out below: