Upcoming Release: Girlplay – Brandon Rivers

Having already been featured as a ‘One to Watch’ by BBC Introducing and having performed newcomer sets at Bestival, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BRANDON RIVERS is set to release his flirtatious R&B afterhours number ‘Girlplay’ tomorrow (14th June).

Taking influence from the sexually charged vibes of Prince, the midnight sound of The Weeknd and the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, ‘Girlplay’ encapsulates the ‘boy meets girl’ sensationalism within East London nightlife, using the nightclub setting, which is commonplace in Brandon’s music, to help enhance the intimate yet tumultuous nature of his soundscape.

Speaking of this upcoming single, Brandon explains: ‘’Girlplay is a track I wrote during a period where I was going out a lot in East London, it’s inspired by a lot of the typical female characters I witnessed in nightclubs….The track is about a night in particular when I was finding myself being drawn to someone who was extremely narcissistic and using their own sexuality as a way to make people do as they pleased, I wrote the lyrics in the nightclub that same night.’’

Check out ‘Girlplay’ below:

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Song of the Day: Honey Bee – RVBY

Following the release of her debut track ‘L.O.V.E’, pop artist RVBY brings on a vibrant single entitled ‘Honey Bee’ via Funnel Music.

The first of a series of singles, ‘Honey Bee’ demonstrates the fun and unique energy of the Bristol native singer. Her quirky, cutting edge pop sound is highlighted in her clever song writing, catchy rhythms and upbeat production.

“Honey Bee is about big dreamers.” states RVBY. “But when those people get caught up in the daily routine of their working lives it can stop the colour from coming in. I wrote this song to say I have the same big dream and I’m going to try and make it a reality.”

RVBY‘s debut ‘L.O.V.E’ was included in Amazon Music’s ‘Girl Squad’ playlist, as well as receiving support from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing. No stranger to the live circuit, she performed 20 university shows for Coffee House Sessions last year, and more recently supported Self Esteem at Ramsgate Music Hall in Kent.

So put a little colour in your life and listen to ‘Honey Bee’ below:

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:

Song of the Day: Feel My Vibe – Mercy’s Cartel

21-year-old Bristolian MERCY’S CARTEL latest single, ‘Feel My Vibe’ discusses substance abuse, youth culture and mental health over a smooth refreshing take on soul music.

Speaking of her single, Mercy says “Music gave me a way to speak about important social issues from my own point of view and control my own narrative.”

The track is taken from her debut EP ‘Vibes Cartel’ released last Friday. Combining afrobeat, trap, hip-hop, R&B and neo-soul, the project snapshots the singer-songwriter and producer after her 2017 hospitalization and departure from university after experiencing hate crime.

Mercy is already impacting the industry, having featured on BBC Introducing with her demo ‘Nick of Time’ as well as starting her own student music agency, and being voted third in Bristol, in the Barclay’s & The Tab’s Future 100 Women to Watch 2017.

Check out her single below:

Song of the Day: Gladiolus – Yvonne Hercules

Singer and self-taught musician YVONNE HERCULES drops her stunning cross-genre single entitled ‘Gladiolus’ into today’s hotspot.

Encompassing of old school blues with a little folk and alternative music, ‘Gladiolus’ explores the movement of Winter into Spring and how this metaphorically corresponds to a journey from a place of death into a place of life or hope. The thought-provoking lyrics are reinforced by Yvonne’s haunting and well-poised vocal.

‘Gladiolus’ is taken from her new EP of the same name and follows her single ‘Roving’, which  received support from Clash magazine, Line of Best Fit, Afropunk, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and others.

This is absolutely breathtaking…have a listen to ‘Gladiolus’