New Music Video: We Know – Safone (ft. Mayhem)

After taking a brief hiatus from the scene SAFONE returns with a huge Swifta Beat production featuring Mayhem. Rude Kid made ‘We Know’ his Tune of the Week on his Kiss Grime show and the video dropped via GRM Daily picking up well over 150k views.

Best known for his hit single ‘She Wants a Man From Brum’, that quickly gained him notoriety Saf has gone on to perform shows all over the world including Wireless Festival in London and SXSW in Texas, plus sold out headline shows in Birmingham and Aiya Napa.

SAFONE began carving out a career in music at the tender age of 15 as an original member of Birmingham’s Stay Fresh crew and has worked with the likes of Preditah, Frisco, Jammer and supported Lady Leshurr, Bugsy Malone, Skepta, Jaykae and Mist on stage. As a regular on radio stations worldwide and a growing online fanbase of nearly 100k, Saf is one of the biggest names in British grime and shows no signs of slowing down.

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New track: He Ain’t Me – Ricardo Williams

Produced by Sillkey (Wiley, Jacob Banks, Vanessa White) ‘He Ain’t Me’ takes you through a real journey with Ricardo’s mellifluous vocal. The peak is reached at the bridge where his effortless harmonies demand the attention of anyone who is listening. Sillkey’s contemporary beats balance perfectly with Ricardo’s naturally nostalgic vocal style and the song truly displays him as arguably one of the brightest current R&B artists from the UK.

Talking about the meaning behind the song, Ricardo says “I wanted to write a song specifically for the ladies. I’m not going to lie, women have it hard. A lot of the time it’s us men that do not make it easy, so I wanted to write something to remind women that there are good guys out there. I want women to know that they are special, beautiful, valued and more than enough, despite their past experiences and what they’ve been told or shown!”

‘He Ain’t Me’ follows Ricardo’s last single ‘Come Over’ which was featured as DJ Ace’s Track of The Week on BBC 1Xtra. He partnered with fellow R&B peers J Warner, Jordan King and Mark Asari for the remix which premiered on BBC 1Xtra. Support was also received from Manny Norte on Capital Xtra, The Beat London, Pulse88 Radio, Reprezent, Westside FM, Mi-Soul and more.

Overall 2018 is going to be a big year with the release of new music and performances as Ricardo looks forward to supporting Faith Evans on her upcoming London, Birmingham and Manchester tour dates on 20th-22nd July.

The big man is back with some serious force…check out ‘He Ain’t Me’.

New Track: Come Over (Remix) – Ricardo Williams (ft. J Warner, Jordan King & Mark Asari)

Following the release of single ‘Come Over’, RICARDO WILLIAMS joined forces with fellow UK RnB peers J Warner, Jordan King and Mark Asari for the remix of the single, premiered on DJ Ace’s ‘Everything RnB’ show on 1Xtra last week.

Speaking of his latest collaboration, the Birmingham belter singer says “I honestly feel like it’s such a great time for UK RnB right now with so many talented artists in our own backyard. This remix is for the culture. I am a big fan of the 3 of them and the fact that I got them all on the same song is crazy! But it just goes to show, RnB is back and definitely here to stay!”

2018 is going to be a non-stop year for Ricardo. ‘Come Over’ is the first release from his upcoming EP ‘Intermission’ set to be dropped later in the year. The year will also see him place an emphasis on spending as much time as possible doing what he loves; performing live. He will be supporting Faith Evans on her UK tour in April and he will be performing at DJ Ace’s RnB Showcase at Liverpool’s prestigious Sound City Festival in May.

This one comes HIGHLY recommended…check out ‘Come Over’ – the remix.

Upcoming Release: Come Over (Extended) – Ricardo Williams

After setting the tone for the festive season on the blog with songs from his Christmas album, ‘The Gift’, RICARDO WILLIAMS is on a serious mission to start 2018 with a bang through single, ‘Come Over’.

This soulful blower is also determined to keep real R&B alive by incorporating a 90s-style after hours flow to the four-minute extended version. ‘Come Over’ is the second release from his forthcoming EP Intermission . First release is the Jodeci remix of his last year’s single, ‘Personal’, which pays homage to the 90s R&B group.

The singles are also part of his 4for4 campaign where Ricardo will release four singles in four months in the run up to the release of his EP in April.

So keep your eyes keeled on NEW LEASE MUSIC for Ricardo’s forthcoming tracks…but for now, have a listen ‘Come Over’, out on all major download platforms from 18th January.

Christmas Song: Have Yourself A Merry Christmas – Ricardo Williams

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I’ll see you on the other side with NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten songs, albums and music videos.

For now, I’m signing out with RICARDO WILLIAMS‘ spin on a festive classic, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Christmas, from his album, ‘The Gift.’