Song of the Day: Foreward – Sara Diamond (Brodi)

Lately, NEW LEASE MUSIC have been featuring a steady stream of Canadian artists, dominating the Song of the Day limelight.

Continuing the stream is Montreal-based singer SARA DIAMOND and her latest smooth soulful R&B offering entitled ‘Foreword’. Featuring Brodi, whose baritone instrument adds extra meat to the titillating arrangements, ‘Foreward’ is about overcoming obstacles that once appear so mighty. Sara was inspired to pen this song after bumping into an ex at the gas station after breaking up for over a year.

This one’s definitely a keeper for the collection; check it out NOW:

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EP Review: Damaged Vol.2 – Bülow

I’ve been following BÜLOW since her debut ‘This Is Not A Song’ and I take my hat off to this newcomer for injecting some spunk into pop music, that’s sometimes jarringly melancholic. After teasing us with follow ups, such as ‘Lines’ and ‘Sad and Bored’, the singer/songwriter unleashed her EP ‘Damaged Vol.2.’

‘Sad and Bored’ set the scene for the three-track set, with its downtrodden-ish thump which somehow sounds like a slow down version of Toni Basil’s 80’s hit, ‘Hey Mickey’.

‘Honor Roll’ offers up a real soulfulness to her usual downtempo signature, something I haven’t noticed in her previous releases (unless I’m tone-deaf!). That oomph of soul continues which slightly pick up speed and gives that extra spice in concluding effort, ‘You and Jennifer’, before abruptly signing off.

BÜLOW has definitely surpass her previous offerings with this EP and from this point, it can only get better. However, I do feel a little cheated as ‘Damaged Vol.2’ is way too short…NOT FAIR!!!

Check her out below:

Must Listen: You and Jennifer

EP Review: Brown Eyed Soul Vol.1 – Cherri V

Since the release of single ‘Leave Me Be’ last year, I was eagerly waiting for CHERRI V to drop her EP, ‘Brown Eyed Soul Vol 1’…

…And finally it’s here! As featured in the aforementioned single, the eight-track set boasts the presence of reggae/dub heavy(ish) bass with lucid flow of modern R&B, before switching up to a 90s-inspired slow jam with a slight lick of gospel, through ‘Snapchat Mistress’.

The collection then filters to a faultless piano-led performance through, ‘Situationship’ where you experience and undoubtedly appreciate the true beauty and purity of this London songbird’s well-poised vocals.

Featuring guest vocalists, Sincerely Wilson – who duets with CHERRI V in ‘Situationship’ – and the legendary singer Terri Walker, ‘Brown Eyed Soul Vol 1’ is definitely worth the lengthy wait. Not the one to pass up; check it out below…

Must Listens: (it was REALLY hard to decide) Leave Me Be, Situationship, Swimming

New Track: Not There – Zoey Lily (ft. Indigo Svn)

ZOEY LILY‘s previous single ‘Last Goodbye’ was only released in mid April 2018 but has already gathered over 40,000 streams on Spotify within the first few weeks after release. Now the London pop songbird steps out and offers up another pop stunner in the shape of ‘Not There’, released last Friday.

Supported by the likes of BBC Introducing London, TMRW magazine, The Line Of Best Fit and BuzzFeed in the past, Zoey embarks on a virtual trip to Brooklyn, New York (USA), introducing the American rapper Indigo Svn as a featured artist on her latest offering. The two were first brought together when Zoey attended Indigo SVN’s live show at North London’s Nambucca venue earlier this year. Being located in separate parts of the world and without physically meeting again, the track was recorded within a day with Indigo SVN’s contributions being sent from his Brooklyn bedroom studio to Leeds, England.

Now here’s your chance to check out the final production…have a listen to ‘Not There’.

Song of the Day: Skepticle – King David

With ambitions to change the landscape of the UK hip-hop scene with his music, emerging artist KING DAVID revealed his debut release, ‘Skepticle’.

Combining melodic synthesizers with a heavy minimal bass line and skippy flow, ‘Skepticle’ is a technically impressive body of work, recorded by David himself in his DIY bedroom studio. In a bid to disconnect himself from a jaded generation, KING DAVID draws on a profound personal agenda, relaying a broken love affair with a girl he initially saw a future with.

The young, London-based artist has always treated every creative aspect of his life as an art form, using his voice to transform pain into an illustrative journey. After losing a close friend in 2016 to a fatal stabbing, KING DAVID decided to remove himself from a life of violence and drugs, and instead choosing to use his voice as an artist to provide a platform for change. Emboldening a young generation, David breaks the mould by swapping violent references for genuine lyrical substance and creative ambition.

He creates his own rules, refusing to succumb to the pressures of fitting in with today’s musical landscape. And with maturity beyond his years and a string of bigger releases to come, this is just the start for the young hip-hop creative….