Song of the Day: On Me – Brandz (ft. Ziezie)

Lifted from his second solo EP in two years, Street & Soul (SNS), UK rap and R&B rising star BRANDZ has linked up with eclectic UK rapper and singer ZIEZIE for his single and EP focus track titled ‘On Me’. Produced by Vitals, who has also worked with the likes of B Young, Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Tjay, the infectious UK R&B-rap fusion offering also comes with a lush perfect-for-summer music video filmed in London and shot by seasoned video director Sesan, whose directorial credits include working with Kanye West, Cardi B and Migos, among others.

‘On Me’ comes on the back of Brandz recently receiving the BRIT Certified Silver award for his viral hit track ‘Intro (Real Love)’ with Zion Foster, from their breakthrough 25/8 collaborative project that has amassed over 250 million streams and sold over half a million units worldwide.

Emerging onto the UK music scene as part of the award-winning British duo Tizzy x Brandz that gave us cult classics such as ‘All Ways’ and ‘Escobar’, Brandz has gone on to become a force to be reckoned with as a solo rising star, with over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, and support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra, GRM Daily, TRENCH, Earmilk, Spotify, MTV UK and Notion, among others. Over the past 12 months, the North London native has been working on his highly anticipated Street & Soul EP and his debut album with the likes of 4-time Grammy Award winner Larrance Dopson (1500 Or Nothin) and DJ Khalil (Nipsey Hussle, A$AP Ferg), among others.

Now it’s time to check out the master at work…click play on the video for ‘On Me’ below…

Nija Shares New Single, ‘Finesse’ + Video

Fresh off her stellar debut single, ‘Ease My Mind (Come Over),’ NIJA returns with a smooth, straight-talking new single, ‘Finesse.’ This time, she has a searing message for an ex who has a way of finessing his way back into her life, despite her best intentions.

In the provocative official video, Nija is entwined in an intimate slow dance with a partner as she delivers an emotional performance of ‘Finesse.’

Before she had even turned 21, Nija had written scores of Billboard Hot 100 hits. Now – at 23 – the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning contributor is gaining widespread acclaim for her own music and relishing in the freedom to fully express herself. The FADER named “Ease My Mind (Come Over)” as one of the “10 songs you need in your life this week” upon its release in August and noted, “Nija’s first foray as a solo artist is a booming, drill production-backed banger that finds her asking a lover to take her stresses away.” VIBE hailed her as “a vocal talent whose sultry tone brings her lyrics to life.” Billboard said, “With a whomping bass and edgy vocals, the star songwriter – who’s penned hits for Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker, Chris Brown and so many more – now has a standout song under her own name.”

Here’s your chance to check out the Jay Weneta-directed video for the track, produced by Bregma and Jack Rochon.

Nija Unveils Debut Single, Ease My Mind (Come Over) + Video

Before she had even turned 21, NIJA had written scores of Billboard Hot 100 hits. Now 23, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning contributor has reached a new milestone: the release of her self-penned, self-produced debut single, ‘Ease My Mind (Come Over)’ via Capitol Records. With her enticing, self-assured vocals, Nija delivers an irresistible invitation on the track, which is an inventive mixture of R&B and drill music.

Shot in Los Angeles, the official video for ‘Ease My Mind (Come Over)’ is a visually surreal exploration of inner space, traveling through Nija’s subconscious mind. Director Child (Big Sean, Janelle Monáe, H.E.R.) gives us a keyhole view into the vibrant worlds conjured by her imagination as she awaits the arrival of a lover.

Nija says, “This song is about those times when you’ve had a long day, maybe stressed out from work, and you just want to get your mind off things with that special person at the end of the day.”

Born in New Jersey and now based in Los Angeles, Nija has demonstrated a knack for translating her experiences into relatable, emotional songs for artists such as Beyoncé, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Drake, H.E.R., Lady Gaga and Maroon 5. As she started working on her own music, she relished the freedom she had to fully express herself. Now Nija is writing songs that are more intensely personal and taking control of her music and narrative in a way she never has before.

‘Ease My Mind (Come Over)’ is the first single from her forthcoming debut project, slated for release later in the year. Check out the video for Nija’s debut below…

Song of the Day: Toxicity – Teri Eloise

Singer, songwriter and record producer, TERI ELOISE  is calling out all the emotional vampires for her latest single ‘Toxicity’, a fierce and riveting trap infused pop song that showcases a never before seen or heard side of the 22 year old artist.

The track’s distinctive sound was produced, mixed and mastered by Richard Mcclashie –  aka M.R.I. –  a fellow Caribbean producer who has worked with the likes of Post Malone, Cardi B, French Montana and Caribbean heavyweights Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel and Shenseea.

In contrast to her sweet, bright and summery single, ‘Common Sense’ which laments the idea of being blinded by infatuation, ‘Toxicity’ delves into a darker aesthetic with fiercely direct and defiant lyrics over an infectious trap beat.

Lyrically, ‘Toxicity’ embodies impeccable word play that fires up a fierce and resilient attitude, juxtaposed perfectly with her airy-toned yet commanding vocals. “Your toxicity is too persistent, and I’m just tryna keep the peace consistent” Teri chants, followed by savagely written verses which directly point out negative unhealthy traits of a toxic relationship. Teri ends the song singing “I don’t want it, get out of my way” and there is no denying that this is an anthem for anyone who is over toxic relationships and ready to fight back. Once again, the British born, Trinidadian raised songwriter shows her ability to express loaded emotional experiences in a way that is very relatable.

Since its release late last month, ‘Toxicity’ received support from the likes of BBC Introducing  as well as Dan Blakes’ set on Pulse88 Radio.

This one’s a must listen…check out ‘Toxicity’ below…

New Music Video: Motor Sports (cover) – King Blitz

KINGZ BLITZ continues the run of music videos, recently featured here on NEW LEASE MUSIC, with his freestyle on Migo’s ‘Motor Sport’, featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

Hit the play button on this bad boy… and don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel.