New Track: Shoebox – Rivah Jordan

RIVAH JORDAN, veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes has returned with an impressive new reggae/trap-influenced single, ‘Shoebox’, taken from his brand new EP of the same name.

Known as the songwriter of cult dancehall singer, Prezident Brown and as the son of popular reggae artist, Jack Radics – RIVAH JORDAN’s life in music has seen him performing and writing for some of the biggest names in the business. But finding financial and mental stability has proved a constant difficulty for him.

Whether drug dealing in the increasingly violent streets of London or getting into fights with musical royalty such as Damien Marley and Jah Cure in Jamaica, RIVAH JORDAN has seen as much difficulty in his personal life as he’s seen success in his music. After taking a two-year hiatus, this latest track represents his reflection on this life of hustling, emphasising the importance of mental health and financial education.

Born in London, RIVAH JORDAN moved to Jamaica after getting caught up in the violent trade of drug dealing and fearing for his life. Producing tracks with the likes of Sly and Robbie and Jack Scorpio his music started gaining significant attention from Jamaican press and radio which led to a tour of the West Coast of the US with Prezident Brown, supporting reggae legends Wailing Souls and performing the headline slot at the Montenegro Sun Reggae Festival.

Based back in the UK, Rivah initially signed to pioneering British grime label, Big Dada and received significant support from British pirate radio alongside BBC World Service and BBC 6 Music. His latest release represents the culmination of his career so far: combining his skills as a rapper and dancehall songwriter, Rivah jumps between his native London accent and Jamaican patois with impressive ease and effect – a hustler-turned-teacher, ‘Shoebox’ is the first of Rivah’s releases in 2019.

Time to check it out below:

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Song of the Day: Cologne – Kat Deal

North London singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist KAT DEAL first burst unto the scene in late 2016 with her critically acclaimed debut single ‘Staring Back At Me’, which was supported by Clash Magazine, BBC Radio 2, Spotify, The 405, Record Of The Day, BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing, among others. Now she’s here, stealing NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Song of the Day spot with the slamming R&B jam ‘Cologne’, the first single from her forthcoming debut EP, which is set to be released in February 2019.

Produced by fast-rising Turkish beatsmith and musician Baker Aaron, who has previously worked with the likes of Nick Brewer, Kadeem Tyrell and Naomi Scott, ‘Cologne’ is an infectious and energetic offering, backed by lush instrumentation and clever musicianship, from the smooth bass guitar play to the catchy synth keys to the clever beat switch in the bridge. KAT DEAL holds these all together perfectly, with her commanding vocal display, glorious melodies and lyrical offering.

With a well-versed musical pedigree as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and arranger that has seen her tour the world, playing for Robbie Williams, Felix Jaehn, Eliza And The Bear and Jodie Abacus, among others, KAT DEAL is excited to take center stage with her own music, which can be described as modern alternative R&B-Pop with a 90s slant, and is defined by her use of lush 80s synths, 90s inspired melodies, honest and relatable lyricism, and her unmistakably powerful voice.

Check out the lyric video below: