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.