Song of the Day: twenifree – SAMSON

UK rising star SAMSON‘s ‘twenifree’ is the second instalment in his Birthday inspired series.

SAMSON once again marks the occasion by sharing his experiences of travelling another year around the sun with this endearing, self-produced offering.

In signature SAMSON style, ‘twenifree’ is laced with an infectious, jumpy instrumental – perfectly complimenting his innate ability to capture his audience through his gripping story telling and effortless flow.

Inspired by array of genres such as Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Grime, and influenced by artists Tyler The Creator, Little Simz, Joey Badass and Chance the Rapper, SAMSON has received national radio support from Tiffany Calver on BBC Radio 1Xtra as well as BBC Introducing and many community radio stations.

Check out his latest retrospective track below…

Saba Drops Soulful and Nostalgic Track, ‘Come My Way’ Featuring Krayzie Bone

The acclaimed Chicago rapper-producer and Pivot Gang Co-Founder SABA has teamed up with Cleveland rapper Krayzie Bone of the trailblazing GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for new single ‘Come My Way.’

An ode to nostalgia and Saba growing up in his hometown Chicago, the latest offering is taken from Saba’s highly anticipated third solo album Few Good Things dropping on 4th February “Come My Way”, features Krayzie Bone’s signature flow adding a classic and familiar sound that helps ground the Daoud and daedaePIVOT co-produced track.

Speaking on the collaboration, Saba says: “When I think back on first discovering Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as a child, it immediately stood out to me as unique. I started paying attention and really learning how to rap from listening to them and trying to recite it. It felt honest and completely true to themselves — authentic in a way that doesn’t come around very often and in a way that will be impossible to recreate. Their mix of melody and rhythms that I had never heard is what connected with me in a way that other music just didn’t. It inspired me to be more creative.“

A successful independent artist, Saba has rooted his career in authenticity and musicality that’s made him one of his generation’s most important and unique voices. A major player in the Chicago scene who’s enviable career has seen him collaborate with and produce for the likes of Chance The Rapper, Noname, Mick Jenkins and more.

Following his first foray into making music at the age of 8 in his early adolescence, he built a recording studio in his Grandmother’s basement on the Westside of Chicago where he and a group of neighbourhood friends formed Pivot Gang. They began taking trains across the city to join creative youth organisations and perform at open mics.

Coming from a deeply musical family, Saba was influenced by his father, a Chicago R&B artist named Chandlar, at a young age who would bring him to the studio with him to record sounds of soul, R&B and jazz. All experiences that developed his sonic palette, sharpened his writing and performance skills and led him to be self-taught on a variety of musical instruments – an innate talent and musicality that has led to support from Pitchfork (8.7 Best New Music), NPR (#1 Hip-Hop Album of the Year for CARE FOR ME), Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Fader, FACT, Complex and more.

With new music on his slate for 2022, Saba is prepared to continue pushing musical boundaries on his climb to rap’s upper echelon.

‘Come My Way’ is available to stream now across all digital platforms via The Orchard. Have a listen below…

Songs of the Day: Level Up – Dualeh Oke

DUALEH OKE‘s first release of 2020,‘Level Up’, extracts inspiration from hip-hop’s most dynamic and creative artists such as Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West to Kid Cudi and Chance the Rapper, where the East London lyricist pays homage to his idols

The track stamps down Dualeh’s message and energy going into 2020. Rapping with his heart on his sleeve, he speaks from a place of empowerment and optimism. Dualeh’s verses switch from describing the experiences of his past and how they have helped define the person he is today, such as growing up in Newham and his childhood obsessions, namely Final Fantasy and Naruto. He effortlessly returns to a catchy chorus, befitting of a track that actively inspires his listeners to take pride in their own journeys.

Having closed 2019 with a sold-out headline show at The Glove That Fits, Somali rapper Dualeh Oke continues to ride the highs. Grabbing the attention of publications such as Clash Magazine, Complex, and GUAP Mag, then later featuring on The Pit LDN’s ‘Ones To Watch 2020’ cypher on Reprezent Radio, 2020 promises to be a fruitful year for the young lyricist.

‘Level Up’ is the lead single from Dualeh’s  EP ‘Breath, It’s Oke.’ Check him out below…

New Track: Views Of You – Sofi De La Torre (ft. Taylor Bennett)

Following the release of her previous track $, SOFI DE LA TORRE makes a quick return to NEW LEASE MUSIC, teaming up upcoming Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett for the latest bitter-sweet single, ‘Views Of You’, released on last Friday under her self-style banner #PopDoneRight.

On ‘Views Of You’ both Sofi and Taylor speak regretfully about a lost lover. Soft pads, guitar and delicate fluttering piano allow de la Torre and Taylor’s vocal lines to shine, propelling their vocals to the fore.

Taylor, who recently teamed up with brother Chance The Rapper, Lil Yachty and Jerimih, imparts a robust verse over the delicate instrumental, produced with Finnish producer Jonas Karlsson, who has worked on so many of Sofi’s past successes, including ‘Flex Your Way Out’ feat. Blackbear’. The late-2016 single received extensive support, including an interview with Noisey on Beats 1, her first BBC Radio 1 spin courtesy of Jamz Supernova, and her highest play count yet, with over 5 million hits across Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud.

‘Views Of You’ is the latest single from the debut album, following the chilled alt-pop cut ‘$’. To mark release of the album, the Berlin-based singer will be visiting London to perform at The Woods in Shoreditch on 13th May – so if you’re in the area, stop by and take in the dreamy R&B pop vibes.

For now, get a taste for things to come and listen to ‘Views Of You.’

 

 

 

Song of the Day: Knuckle Up – Dillon Cooper

This will level you out for the weekend…today’s song is Knuckle Up by hip-hop upriser DILLON COOPER.

In  the past year, the American rapper has made a name for himself after the release of his debut mixtape Cozmik, generating a steadyfanbase across the States, Australia, Europe, and the UK.The lyricist heavily draws inspiration from the boom bap rap/hip hop from the 90’s and has been compared to CHANCE THE RAPPER  and JOEY BADA$$.

So go ahead, check it out…and if you’re really digging this track, there’s a mixtape coming out very soon.