Song of the Day: The River – Jasper’s Riddle

JASPER RIDDLE‘s journey to music is something even Hollywood would bulk at. After beginning his studies to become a brain surgeon, he switched to his current vocation, that of heart surgeon…all the while continuing to record as both a Jeff Buckley-influenced acoustic singer songwriter…and a classical composer…and an artist…and a novelist. His debut release reflects his chameleon-like ability to soak up what is happening around him and to interpret it in his own unique way, with elements of rock, neo-soul and even flamenco heralding the arrival of a true 21st Century polymath.

JASPER RIDDLE is Lukas Zeickner, a Manchester-based medical student from a Nigerian background, comfortable singing in English, Edo or Spanish. The concept of JASPER RIDDLE was to record each track as its own self-contained story, including its own artwork, taking you on a journey through different styles and narratives, each combining to become a storybook.

Influenced by beacons of talent from across the world, from Aretha Franklin to Fela Kuti to Estas Tonne, each offering subtle imprints into his own sound. With an overarching love of Schubert, his fascination for science as well as the Arts has led to Lukas performing and producing all his own music, not to mention creating the accompanying artwork and a side-line in publishing novellas. The next time you say to yourself that you haven’t got time to do something, remember to give Jasper’s Riddle a listen and remind yourself that anything is possible!

Have a listen to the stunning ‘The River’ below:

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New Track: Space – Phebe Edwards (ft. Cameron Bloomfield)

PHEBE EDWARDS graces her presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her latest single entitled ‘Space’.

Laced with a feather-light combo of chillwave and R&B, the track showcases this London-based singer/songwriter’s well poised and soulful instrument, yearning for freedom from a trapped relationship.

This songstress is firm fixture in the music scene who has performed and toured with heavyweights including Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita Ora, She was also featured on Craig David’s track ‘Focus’ from his latest album ‘The time is now’ which went straight to number 1 on Spotifys ‘New music friday’

As a solo act, Phebe scored some success with debut single ‘Say Suttn’ charted at number 14 in the iTunes R&B chart within hours of its release. To date her most current releases and tour support for renowned artists Gabrielle, Sam Bailey and Louisa Johnson have pushed her fan base to over 12k.

With comparisons to Mary J Blige, Fantasia Barrino and Aretha Franklin plus praises from Jessie J, Gabrielle and the legendary James Brown – hailing her ‘A beautiful lady’ – you know you’re in great company here…so don’t leave this post until you listen to ‘Space.’

If you like what you hear and you’re in the London area, why not show your support and see Phebe perform at Jazz Cafe on 8th May, where she’ll be opening for Gabrielle’s new album launch.

‘Space’ is out now all major digital download sites, including iTunesApple Music and Amazon

New Music Video: Never Be – Nzilani

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With a pop-driven vibe and smooth powerful vocals, NZILANI released the official video to single Never Be. The four-minute production is about debuting herself as an artist and about not being pigeon-holed or compared to other artists.

Having been fully immersed in the musical theatre and acting world since the age of just four, the 20-year-old has starred as Motormouth Maybell in Hairspray and even appeared in two Peppa Pig episodes.

Now living in London after spending eight years in Switzerland, NZILANI is ready to unleash her talent to the world. With idols such as Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, NZILANI admires and draws influence on these strong unique characters, pushing her to make her own truly unique sound.

Never Be is the first release from her album, Swiss Intermission, coming out this Friday via iTunes.

Upcoming Release: Sisters – Mama Moonshine

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, MAMA MOONSHINE  are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of ELLA FITZGERALD  and ARETHA FRANKLIN, to the funk rock stylings of the BLACK KEYS and the RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS   – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

 Their brand new single Sisters is a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class.

 MAMA MOONSHINE are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Sisters will be available on Itunes from 30th January