Song of the Day: In Love And War – XamVolo

Described as the “the future” by BBC Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Mistajam,  XAMVOLO drops a vibe-heavy single ‘In Love & War’ –  a cross pollination of soul, electronica and R&B – ahead of his EP.

In the last 12 months, the 24-year-old has risen to the attention of critics and music fans the world over thanks to his impressionist re-imaginings of neo-soul, jazz and pop. He’s played Glastonbury, sold out multiple headline London shows, been compared with everyone from D’Angelo to Anderson Paak and released an acclaimed EP and debut album, ‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’.

‘All The Sweetness on the Surface’ is powerful and emotive collection of song
writing mastery and a testament to XAMVOLO’s cinematic method of creating worlds within his
music, it tells a neo-noir story of a protagonist who finds themselves confronted with a hive
containing a black honey substance that can grant them their every desire.

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The album is split into two parts, life before the discovery of the black honey and the grim consequences of life after, in which we’re shown the dark side of getting everything you ever wanted at the click of a finger. The bulk of the album was produced by XAMVOLO himself, but also sees collaborations with heavyweight producers AV and Paul Phamous (Frank Ocean) as well as Bruno Major, Fred Cox and Freddie Joachim.

Listen to the master at work with ‘In Love and War’:

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Ryan De La Cruz Mixes R&B And Dream-Trap Seamlessly In ‘Stubborn’

22-year-old singer RYAN DE LA CRUZ returns with a trap tinged, R&B joint ‘Stubborn’, the second single off his forthcoming EP ‘Syko’

Originally launched into the spotlight in 2017 with single ‘Know About Me’, which quickly surpassed one million views and was crowned ’the best rap video of 2017′ by DJ Semtex, Ryan has been a tearing up the scene for a while. He is now back in full force following the success of his collaboration with Ghetts and S Wavey on ‘Player’ and critically acclaimed single ’Syko’ earlier this year.

Drawing influences from the likes of Michael Jackson, D’Angelo and Chris Brown as well as his tough East London upbringing, Ryan has been setting himself apart from the new generation of UK talent. He injects soulful R&B feels into his fruitful plethora of inspiration, while making it an aim to sing about real-life, important issues.

This upcoming EP is a true testament to this and highlights Ryan’s unique way of thinking. ‘Syko’ is a conceptual body of work, playing on the different facets of his personality with singles like ‘Stubborn’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Rockstar’ and of course, ‘Syko’. The project is an ode to being accepting of who you are, and as Ryan states: “We’ve all got a sense of craziness, be cool with that, it’s ok to be syko”. Using his passion for playing on the juxtaposition of emotion and concept, each track and video really highlight his undeniable eye for fashion and art that has forever been setting him apart from the rest.

With ‘Stubborn’ as a somewhat warm up for what’s he has under his sleeve – so brace yourself for his conceptual greatness! This young artist has truly up’ed the ante this year and this is only the beginning.

Check him out below…

New Track: Headloss – [ K S R ] (ft. Time Elijah)

Manchester-based soul singer, [ K S R ] continues to pave his way in the R&B world with his debut EP, ‘Unfiltered’, coming out this Friday (22nd March).

The 19-year-old songwriter delivers his lyrics with ease, stylistically paying homage to his influences – D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Miguel –  whilst curating his own refreshing sound, achieving a perfect balance of bedroom soul, lo-fi hip-hop and R&B.

‘Headloss’ is the latest single to be released from the upcoming EP, a contemporary approach on neo-soul akin to artists such as Tom Misch, Miguel and Frank Ocean. Released last Thursday, the laid back production oozes pure class, allowing the stunningly refined vocals to shine through.

[ K S R ]’s – real name Roosevelt Kazaula Sigsbert – debut single ‘H / Er’ sparked interest from Konny Kon, one half of Children of Zeus, which set in motion a friendship and musical journey that saw Children of Zeus utilise their 15 years in the music industry to show [ K S R ] the ropes. Since then, the young urban prodigy quit university to focus on music and signed to the label Polarface and received support from online tastemakers such as Gal-dem and Dummy and radio play from BBC 1Xtra.

Following the release of his debut EP, [ K S R ] will perform at his six date UK tour, kicking off at YES in Manchester on the 2nd April.

Too Good to miss, wrap your ears around ‘Headloss’.

New Track: Glory – Chloe Bodur

19-year-old North West Londoner CHLOE BODUR has been causing quite a stir with her single  ‘Glory.’ Fusing elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop, her newest number stole the Track of the Day spot on numerous BBC Introducing stations, as well as being added to rotation on Jazz FM.

Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid (Mabel, Katy B, Sinead Harnett, D Double E),  ‘Glory’ focuses on vulnerability and the underlying sense of loneliness. Bodur reveals, “It was originally written as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and how one correlates with the other”.

Raised in a mixed heritage family, whilst immersed in vibrant London, Bodur credits her multi-cultural upbringing for her array of musical influences. Idolising the likes of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as gaining inspiration from artists such as Quincey Jones, D’angelo and Frank Ocean.

Deemed the most promising new act and already selling out live shows,CHLOE BODUR is ready for the next step of her musical endeavour with the highly anticipated release ‘Glory’, available from yesterday.

This is a great way to start your week; have a listen to ‘Glory.’

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Back in March, this young emcee was featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC with Loyalty Is Rare…now she’s back with a rather smooth offering, Get Some Money, which is available as a free download via SoundCloud…but wait !!! Before you rush off to get your copy, why not stick around a moment and get to know her?

NLM:  Hey how you doing? Please introduce yourself and where you from.

RGD: I’m great. Wassup, I’m RGD that stands for RudeGyalDejah. I’m from Nashville, TN.


NLM: Tell us what projects you working on at the moment?

RGD: I’m working on my debut mixtape 2.Die.4 dropping at the end of the year.

NLM: At what point did you want to become a hip-hop artist?

RGD: Middle school. I started with poetry first tho. I finally started recording December of last year.

NLM: Were you in a group before you flying solo?

RGD: Always solo. I tried starting a group back in high school that was a FAIL lol. My friends weren’t into it
as much as me.


NLM: How would describe your music? Would you compare yourself to any of your music influences of today?

RGD: I  would describe it as honest. It shows all sides of me. Me in a vulnerable state. My fears, insecurities, aspirations, everything.

NLM:  What do you think of the female role in the hip-hop game today?

RGD: I feel the female role is getting bigger with all these female artists getting the recognition they deserve. We’re prospering right now.
Girl power all day.

NLM: What mainstream (or even indie) artists you’re into at the moment?

RGD: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, D’Angelo’s The Black Messiah is my favorite album right now. I listen to R&B more than Rap believe it or not.

NLM: If you had a choice to collaborate with  just ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

RGD: Erykah Badu. I love her so much. She’s one of my favorites of all time. I feel like we could make a dope record together.  I enjoy her honesty in her music and the vibes.

NLM:  If you were granted three wishes, what would it be?

RGD: Infinite wealth & knowledge, peace on Earth.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

RGD:  My soundcloud, twitter, IG are all @RudeGyalDejah