Song of the Day: Rich in Spirit – St. Jude (ft. Mike Kalle)

ST.JUDE is back with ‘Rich In Spirit’, the second single from his upcoming and highly anticipated LP, ‘Natural Progression.’

Featuring the award-winning and bi-lingual lyrical talents of Mike Kalle, this track oozes positivity and is testament to the fact that you don’t need cash to be wealthy. Both emcee’s tackle the topics of self-improvement, the importance of family and staying true to your art.

‘Rich In Spirit’ encapsulates a sense of optimism in uncertain times and delivers poignant content in both English and Spanish. This combined with the soulful, boom-bap production of Canadian producer, Think, gives the bouncy track a summery vibe.

‘Rich In Spirit’ is now available for download exclusively on from 4DPresents.

Song of the Day: Beast – DJ Halabi (ft. S.P.O.T)

After a long spell away from the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight, New York’s conscious spitter S.P.O.T (Strategy Produces Overall Thought) is back, featuring on UK-based DJ Halabi’s latest EP, ‘ The A&B Side’, released earlier this month via Down 2 Earth Records.

Second track of the set ‘Beast’ made it to today’s song of the day hotspot for its arrangements of laid back boombap and neo soul, working in perfect unison with S.P.O.T‘s effortless flow and upfront wordplay.

This track is the perfect day to get over the humpday…so be sure to check it out!

New Music Video: Survival Mode – Sites

Rising Canadian rapper SITES – who has previously collaborated with the likes of Royce Da 5’9 and Keith Murray – is back with another boom-bap flavoured single ‘Survival Mode’.

Accompanying the single are some energetic visuals that see the rapper playing with fire in an abandoned building. Its pyromaniac themes perfectly match the upriser’s hi-octane bars and fiery attitude.

‘Survival Mode’ follows previous singles ‘Headliner’ and ‘The Pain’, both showcasing the rapper’s knack for fierce flows and an ear for a mean beat.

The Vancouver, Canada  raised talent is now living in London where he has been gathering a growing following in hip hop. More exciting material including an album at the end of the year is in the pipeline…so keep an eye out here on NEW LEASE MUSIC.

But for now, check out the explosive visual to ‘Survival Mode.’

EP Review: Blaise Pascal

Just from the strength of the first soulful effort’ I Can’t Wait’ – featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC last month – BLAISE PASCAL‘s self-titled debut EP seems like a real contender.

In the five-track set, the London-based singer/songwriter adds ambient elements of hip-hop/boom bap and reggae to smooth futuristic (ish) soul (which I suspect is his trademark) – take it from me, this newcomer is no one-trick pony.

Overall, this EP serves as a great introduction into his endless talents and it would be very intriguing to see what he does with his future releases. Worth a trial; have a listen.

Must Listens: Dead Man’s Shoes, Without You, Know Love.

Mixtape Review: Arcadia – Dizzy Rambunctious

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He dazzled this blog and fans with standout tracks including Midnight Jams and Carnival…now DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS is sure set to blow minds with his 16-track instrumental mixtape, Arcadia, released this month.

In his latest release, the young New Jersey producer took inspiration from classic and modern arcade games, often fusing the sugary sweet nostalgic rhythms with his laid-back, borderline boom bap trademark. Definitely worth a trial – hit that play button.

New Track: Purple – Joker Starr

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With some polished boom bap production from Micall Parknsun, this new single from JOKER STARR holds a wealth of lyrical content and a deep bellowing hook inspired by the legend Prince.

“I had the idea to make a chorus out of two ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘1999’ – I wanted to give a feel of one of his records but had no idea how I was going to manage it. The song is more inspired in his style rather than the content of the lyrics.”

With 15 years in the game, the rapper also known as Billy Bang Banga has built his name as a feared opponent in a string of Don’t Flop battles and collaborated with the likes of Estelle, Terri Walker, Jehst, Durrty Goodz, Mystro, Ty, Sway, Fliptrix, Verb T and more.

Purple is now available on iTunes.