Storry Drops Her Deluxe Album, ‘CH III: The Come Up’.

Ahead of the release of her deluxe album ‘CH III: The Come Up’, released yesterday (24th January), multifaceted Canadian powerhouse and visionary STORRY generated quite a buzz after linking up with Stormzy on the titular track of his album ‘This Is What I Mean’, lending her indelible vocal talents to the capstone of the British hip-hop scene.

The prowess that has defined STORRY’s irresistible artistry to date is given a pedestal on the track, with her operatic vocals perfectly complementing the grandiose that has catapulted Stormzy to the top of the charts in the past half decade. Her angelic vibrato pierces through an instrumental that sounds like a march up a mountain, complimenting the sense of urgency that Stormzy exudes as he refuses to descend from the summit.

The album’s release is accompanied by a premiere video spotlighting STORRY alongside a star-studded cast of collaborators such as P2J, Sampha and Jacob Collier, attaching her face to the posterboard of prodigies and mainstays who base themselves in and around London. The Toronto native will also be named on the LP’s list of creative contributors.

Speaking on her role on the project, STORRY details: “I had met and worked with P2J on several tracks before – previously writing and recording together – including singing operatic vocals on Burna Boy’s Grammy Award Winning ‘Alarm Clock’. When I first moved to London, P2J called me back in for some more of that operatic sauce. Though hot sauce isn’t the main part of the meal – it definitely adds that extra kick. So, I’m excited to play a part in this collaborative record. There are so many amazing artists on this new album. What I love about Stormzy – besides his obvious musical talent – is his kindness and care for inclusivity and equity. You can see that with his collaborators and team. I too am working to build an inclusive safe space in the industry that I never felt I had – especially for womxn, POC and queer folx. I’ve met a lot of my idols and they would often disappoint me as humans. I’m happy to say that Stormzy holds to his name and that is something I stand by.”

With this feature, STORRY is receiving a huge kickstart in light of the arrival of her forthcoming deluxe album , a brutally honest and unapologetic effort that equates the misogynistic devaluement of the sex industry to that of the music world. The tracklist amounts to an adamant call for the respect of women in all facets, emphasising the strength of their resolve against oppression through presenting stories withheld by herself and other women in order to display the people that they are rather than the flesh that surrounds their bones. The concept album was written, produced and funded in its entirety per her own accord and earned a 2021 JUNO Award nomination alongside Alanis Morrissette and Celine Dion.

STORRY elaborates on the album: “CH III: The Come Up is a record about a woman trying to leave the sex-industry – which she was coerced into – and get into the music industry, only to realise that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. She grapples with her relationship with her mother, family, romantic relationships, money and her career. That woman is me.”

Whether working out of Toronto or London, STORRY lets the candidness of her craft speak for itself. Refusing to confine herself to a box, she hops in and out of niches from hip hop and reggae to opera and musical theatre, all coming together to hold female empowerment to a bright light with a gritty and enigmatic presence that cannot be shunned.

STORRY’s deluxe version of ‘CH III: The Come Up’ was released yesterday (24th January). Have a listen to this stunning collection below…

Must Listens: Bow Down, I Don’t Wanna Get High, Suburban Bitches, A Lost Find, Wanna Get High (Junia-T Remix)

Chin Injeti Reflects On Past Heartache With Single, ‘All For Nothing’.

CHIN INJETI ponders on the past with melancholy through his new single, ‘All For Nothing,’ and wonders if the heartbreak was ever worth it.

The reflective single is accompanied by a vintage synth and drum machine to evoke an 80s sound, while also trying to make sure that it sounded futuristic and timeless.

“As an artist, I wanted to take more chances and make music for myself without worrying about the judgment of others,” says Chin Injeti of his latest release.

With over 500,000+ streams across platforms like Spotify and YouTube, Chin Injeti’s presence on the scene pre-dates such platforms; he fronted the iconic ‘90s JUNO and Much Music Video Award-winning band Bass is Base. Now a x3 Grammy and x2 JUNO award winning producer, Chin Injeti has worked with the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem, Drake, Pink, Aloe Blacc, The Clipse, Lecrae and K’Naan.

‘All For Nothing’ was released last Friday (20th January) on various streaming platforms. Have a listen below…

Genre-Defying Artist Casey Moon Shares Single, ‘Halflight’

Genre-defying multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and half of the production duo Zookids, CASEY MOON is readying the release of ashes, the final installment in a trilogy of EP’s that tells a story about growing up, identity, love and loss. Previously released fountains EP and single ‘glass’ received praise from notable tastemakers such as Wonderland Magazine, Masked Mortal, Fashionably Early, Exclaim! and many more.

Brand new track, “halflight,” is about disassociating from a once familiar place. Casey used to have these moments a lot when going out – having fun with his friends one moment and the next he would be totally out of his body. The song’s production blends the styles of gothic new-wave bands with more modern sounds. Have a listen below…

Watch Dax’s Video For Retrospective Track , ‘PTSD’

Canadian rapper and TikTok star DAX has unleashed his new video for his song ‘PTSD,’ a song and video the 28-year-old called “20+ years in the making.”

The visual has already struck a chord with audiences, hitting over 480K views on YouTube in three days since going live.

The song sees the St. John’s native, who grew up in Ottawa, recounting a traumatizing moment in his life while also showing compassion for others who may have faced similar situations. Dax is introspective on the track, opting to sing his verses instead of bluntly rapping like he’s done on his past songs and albums.

‘PTSD’ follows Dax’s trend of touching on difficult subject matters, attempting to make it easier for his listeners to find solace in the fact that so many other people face the same problems they are going through.

“This one is inspired by real life events,” Dax says. “I’m praying it reaches those who need it.”

Over the pandemic, Dax’s popularity skyrocketed with his Youtube channel quickly approaching 5 million subscribers and his Instagram followers hitting 1.4 million followers. He also passed the 6 million follower mark on Tik Tok.

Dax’s video for his track ‘Depression’ totalled 6.4 million views in just over two months. His other tracks like the ‘Dear Alcohol’ remix and ‘Searching For A Reason’ have both accumulated over 4 million views.

Now it’s time to check out the gripping video for ‘PTSD’ below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2022

Here’s the blog’s top ten songs, which completes the top releases of 2022.

Some of the songs on the list were staples on the NEW LEASE MUSIC weekly charts in 2022, whereas others quietly clocked up heavy amount of streams and views via the blog.

So are you ready to explore the list? Good!

Just in case you missed it, you can view the Top Ten Music video here and Top Ten Albums here.

Have a great weekend!

10. DO IT LIKE THAT – CAITLIN MIN FA

9. DANNY BOY STEWARD – DONE ME WRONG

8. SHARE MY LIFE – RAPHAEL TATE

7. REMEDY – FRENCH THE KID

6. UNCONDITIONAL – DARREN PARRY

5. STRUGGLE BUS – OLTEA FRANCES

4. LORD I NEED YOU NEAR – RAPHAEL TATE

3. DANCING WITH THE ENEMY – JVSTN

2. BOSS (CALL AWAY) – K HARRISON

1. IT ENDS WITH US – APRIL JAI