Since claiming the limelight on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘My Place’ last February, there’s been a reshuffle in the SLEEPLUST lineup, with two new members (vocalist Amber Ruthe – replacing Meghan Tartamella – and drummer Sarah Luffred) joining twin brothers guitarist Michael Pepe and bassist Joseph Pepe.
With the big change comes an even more honest approach to their songwriting with highly emotive arrangements of floating electro pop/rock soundscapes through their latest offering ‘Over’. Released last Monday, the almost four-minute single gives an account of one refusing to end a relationship and the burning desire to keep it alive.
To date, SLEEPLUST has released two EPs, their debut Self-Titled EP and its follow-up remix EP simply titled Remixes. Together, those EPs have accumulated over one million plays across digital streaming services, and tracks from both have also been placed on television shows such as The Real World, Bad Girls Club and Total Bellas.
Their new single is the beginning of the band’s next chapter as they prepare their forthcoming album for Summer 2017.
Have a listen to ‘Over’.
JAKE ALDRIDGE is back, firmly grabbing the blog’s limelight, with something completely different to his previous releases.
Featuring rising belter, Haleana the latest single, Illogical gave the opportunity for the UK-based hip-hop/R&B artist to let rip and mix it up with a little electronica/rock to his smooth overtone trademark.
The last few years have seen Jake’s rise from a bedroom act into a breakthrough artist working with producers including Gary Louca, who has achieved number 1s in the US dance charts. Jake has received airplay on a dozen BBC Introducing shows such as Tom Robinson’s Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 and his fresh style of music has also secured him Sync deals with Go DIY Records from LA and the UK’s Amurco Music.
Illogical is now available on iTunes…for now, have a listen to the single.
Singer/songwriter and self-taught guitarist MARIAM‘s infectious blend of soul, folk and pop effort, Be There For Me has caught the attention of NEW LEASE MUSIC, making the three-and-a-half-minute chirpy number the dish of the day. Be There For Me is the first release from the upcoming EP, Heart to Heart, set for release 4th November.
After fine tuning her passion for poetry and creative pieces from a young age (in which she credits her Nigerian heritage), the South Londoner struck out in 2011, and soon became well acquainted with the underground scene and started playing open mic nights. These experiences turned into opportunities and MARIAM joined the London Community Gospel Choir (who has supported artist such as Tom Jones, Sam Smith and more) and started working on original material with local artists (including British artist Samm Henshaw).
Now the pop/soulful songstress has shared her debut single…and beyond those uplifting and soul-warming soundscapes, boasts a powerfully heart-wrenching lyrics of unrequited love…and that moment of harsh realisation that you can’t make anyone love you or reciprocate affection.
Have a listen to Be There For Me.
NEW LEASE MUSIC’s dish of the day is the sexy slow jam number, Tread On Me from Toronto-based classic soul/R&B/pop act GOLD COMPLEX. The single is taken from the band’s deluxe version of their self-titled debut EP.
Described by CBC’s Errol Nazareth as ‘smooth, catchy and sexy’, the dynamic octet has built a strong fanbase in Canada, headlining renowned venues and released their debut self-titled EP in April last year. Their first two singles Tread On Me and Backbone received regular rotation on radio nationwide and were featured on the Nickelodeon television series, Open Heart, available on Netflix.
Following the national success of their debut EP, GOLD COMPLEX has brought their powerful sound to bigger audiences around the globe by releasing a Deluxe Edition with a psychedelic deep house remix of the R&B hit Tread On Me.This Soundcloud exclusive re-issue (available for free download) is a showcase of the band’s musical diversity and technical prowess, taking the listener on a journey from groovy dance tracks to soulful slow jams.
The band is currently in the studio recording their debut full length album New Soul, set for release in April 2017…be sure to look out for that…but for now, check out their smooth effort, Tread On Me.
Last time NINA JONES appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC, she put her spin on Prince’s 80s classic Purple Rain (before his untimely death ), which clocked up over 160,000 views on YouTube.
A year later, the 18-year-old Welsh songstress released her contemporary R&B/pop single entitled Promises. Written by award-winning singer/songwriter Darren Parry, the infectious four-minute production is about moving on from a deceitful relationship – something we all can relate to!
Promises is now available on iTunes…but before you go, check out the video.
The emerging songsmith released his debut single entitled Fire On The Mountain earlier this year; the first song taken from his debut project The Beautiful Struggle. The alt-soul uptempo track tells of the slow death of a relationship – juxtaposing fond memories with the slow signs of the relationship’s inevitable demise.
SPOKAZI has now released an official remix by Ashanti Warrior…you know what to do, hit that play button!
JAMES ROBB has released Flamethrower earlier this month, the first single taken from his forthcoming EP.
Written by the man himself and produced by Malaysian artist Kuizz, the latest Justin Timberlake-esque offering, is all about being burned in a relationship…that horrible taste it leaves in the mouth.
With a voice and tone beyond his years, this one UK singer/songwriter that’s definitely on the rise. With original music rooted in his love for pop and R&B, he manages to captivate the authenticity of songwriting, driven by his rich soulful vocals. Raised in a musical family, this upriser was quick to realise the importance of learning his craft as a songwriter and artist. He started to join writing sessions at an early age and performed numerous gigs around his hometown, Hitchin.
In the past year Robb headlined gigs in Ibiza as well the UK, including performances at London Fashion Week and Gordon Ramsay restaurants. He’s currently working on his EP which is set for release later this year…so get an insight into his upcoming project and check out Flamethrower (available on iTunes).
Following the overwhelming success of You’re Good But I’m Better, which topped the Hype Machine chart at no.1, Danish experimental alt-pop sensation KIll J hopes to bring the same success with her new single, Trickle Trickle.
Drawing on the soundscapes of previous efforts, Propaganda and You’re Good But I’m Better, the three-and-a-half minute production takes on a more fragile and vulnerable feel. Though a more emotionally expressive piece that sees KILL J reveal a tender side to her distinctive charisma, the track’s punchy bass and expertly layered echoing vocals are still unmistakable.
Named ‘Band of the Week’ by The Guardian newspaper, KIll J has already gained a legion of fans, whilst receiving airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mamiko Motto on NTS Radio and even a spin on Beats1. Armed with her latest release, she only looks set to further her position as one of Denmark’s most exciting exports: a reputation that will be cemented when she plays SXSW this year.
Trickle Trickle will form part of her debut EP, Quasi, set for release in March 2015.
Since her last appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single Hey Stranger, I always wondered what happened to songstress MALYNDA HALE. Six months down the line, the curiosity was quashed when she slipped me her full-length album, Pieces Of Me.
With lessons of love, heartbreak and self-discovery all faced with unflappable optimism, the 11-track collection boasts seamlessly soothing soundscapes of modern R&B, pop and at times drive-time rock, with are all lifted by that classically rich soulful vocals.
This lady hasn’t lost her touch; it’s worth investing your time to check out this treasure via iTunes.
Must Listens: Gray, Falling, Better Than Nothing, Pieces Of Me.