Music Video: Figo – Tayfun

A myriad of strong influences taken from his Turkish background and unsettled upbringing make for the hard-hitting debut single ‘Figo’, from 20 year old, Tottenham based, TAYFUN.

The track, produced by SLVNG MAJOR and Patrick Osei (mastered by Chris Athens (Drake – Views), proves to be a real juxtaposition of cultures as TAYFUN details what life was like growing up in Tottenham over an echoing middle-eastern chorus that is accentuated by the genuine Turkish sounds of the saz guitar, played by the man himself. The rapper lays bare a previously troubled soul as his honest lyricism tells a captivating story. ‘Figo’ is paired with an equally compelling video and the cinematic visuals for his debut track comes courtesy of director Teeeezy C of Frankincense and Myrrh.

Growing up in a family that was well known for crime, TAYFUN slipped into a number of situations that made him question which path to choose. Biding his time, he made the decision to travel Europe where Tayfun found salvation in music and subsequently acknowledged it as his true destiny. As well as the pride in his Turkish heritage, TAYFUN is inspired to share his story and struggle with other young people, particularly the Turkish youth he feels will relate to him, and inspire them to fulfil their own destinies.

With an impressive debut and cultural influences that set him apart from other rappers in the emerging scene, 2017 is set to be a destination for this young emcee.

New Track: $ – Sofi De La Torre

Spanish alt-R&B singer SOFI DE LA TORRE is back after the outstanding success of last year’s ‘Flex Your Way Out’ ft Blackbear single, with new track ‘$’.

With her sound described by i-D as “the swagger of Drake fused with a laid-back Lana vibe”, ‘$’ is an alt-pop slow jam about a relationship ruined by the need to impress with wealth – a superficial love. ‘$’ sees Sofi take a leaf out of J Lo’s book as she explains how you cannot buy her love, her ‘Love don’t cost a thing’.

Sofi’s moody vocals roll in with a strong message to her ex, “f**k ya money I don’t care about it”. The statement sets the tone for the single, yet her dreamy vocals in the chorus combined with the slow jam pop/R&B instrumental, reveal an undeniable vulnerability, a natural feeling at the end of a relationship.

The track was written and produced with her long-term Finnish producer Jonas Karlsson who has worked with her on many of her past successes, the first being ‘Vermillion’ which saw her garner support from Billboard, Time Magazine and The Guardian whilst Sofi’s debut album ‘Mess’ received praise from Noisey and Pop Justice. Her previous single ‘Flex Your Way Out’ feat. Blackbear saw her first spin from BBC Radio 1 courtesy of Jamz Supernova.

With the accompanying visual to ‘$’ on its way and her long-awaited debut record expected this spring, 2017 looks set to see SOFI DE LA TORRE cement her position within the empowering female-fronted scene.

Song of the Day: Frontline Testimony – Sonz of Thunder UK

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SONZ OF THUNDER UK has dropped their latest single, ‘Frontline Testimony’, taken from their EP ‘New Levels’.

The three-and-a-half-minute mood shaker which cranked up over 4,000 views on Facebook, boasts an infectiously uplifting reggae bass with the group’s prime aim to reach out to their audience through an equally uplifting and potently inspirational message.

Born and bred in north-west London, Brothers Shane (left) and Dean Brown started SONZ OF THUNDER UK in 2005… and their seamless fusion of genres, ranging from reggae to hip-hop and R&B, didn’t fail to disappoint. With their bombastic presence, the brothers have rocked the stages at a string of festivals, community events and talent shows.

2013 was a great year for the pair as they received great responses for track, ‘It’s All About Love’ after being aired several times on Channel AKA (formerly Channel U).

Their cover to Drake’s hit ‘Once Dance’ (entitled ‘God on the Mind‘) was well received by fans, clocking up way over 6,000 views and 100 shares and likes on Facebook alone.

Their biggest track to date, ‘More To Life’, dominated the airwaves of local community stations, creating major buzz around the pair in 2013 and 2014.

After taking a break for a year, the dynamic duo has made a comeback with  ‘New Levels’ EP in July 2016 via VP records sub-label VPAL. The eight-track collection includes anthem-ready, ‘God on the Mind’ and ‘More To Life’ and a tribute song to the late Nelson Mandela.

‘New Levels’ EP is now available on all major music download sites including iTunes and Amazon.

For now, charge up your Monday and check out ‘Frontline Testimony.’

 

 

New Music Video: Fake Love – Teenear

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TEENEAR makes her second entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with some well-welcomed attitude through her latest cover on Drake’s banger, Fake Love.

The young modern R&B songstress has massive plans for 2017: her next major releases include Last Night, a song that fuses R&B with bounce and carefree breakup anthem; Love Me/Leave Me which features rapper Fetty Wap. The former is a bass heavy, relatable banger  and its follow-up has the teenager giving her beau an ultimatum over a fun, summer-ready beat.

In addition to releasing potential hits, the newcomer will also perform as a part of the iHeart  Radio Juice Tour.

Check out this star-on-the-rise video to her cover of Fake Love.

 

 

New Music Video: Dreamin’ – ADI (ft. KDC)

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After a two-year break, which she describes as “a necessary form of artistic hibernation”, Tel Aviv singer/ producer ADI (Adi Ulmansky) returns with a music video to her new single Dreamin’ . The latest banger is the lead single from her forthcoming EP, also entitled Dreamin‘, out next Friday, which also features self penned and produced single Pink Pillz.

Featuring US rapper KDC, Dreamin’  was produced by Eric Dingus (whose work features on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late). This is the first project that ADI has enlisted external producers whilst still co-producing the entire EP – a mix of R&B, hip-hop with futuristic beats.

Back in 2013, ADI turned heads with her debut mixtape, Shit Just Got Real and follow-up EP  Hurricane Girl a few months later. Jay Z’s Life and Times mag called her “matchless”, Vice claimed that they’re “obsessed with ADI“, while The Guardian noted that she took “her love of Radiohead and transformed it into clattering, MIA-esque pop”.

Interview with: Kyle Lettman

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It’s been almost a year since KYLE LETTMAN graced his presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his epic EP, When It Rains. So it’s an absolute privilege for this smooth R&B crooner to take time out of his busy schedule and give us the lowdown of his near future projects – and more. So I hope you guys are ready!

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

KL: Thank you for showing an interest in what I’m doing, it means a lot.

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

KL: Right now I’m in the process of recording an album, whilst also working with my team on promotional music and material that introduces a dance & versatility aspect to my artistry. There’s also some special features coming up to look out for…trust me we have a lot going on at the moment!

NLM: What is your favourite project to date and why?

KL: Hmm.. I love all the projects I’ve done so far because I feel like they’ve all taught me something and I’ve grown from each musical experience, so I couldn’t just pick one haha. However, I could pick a favourite song…which would be Matter Of Time from the Under Construction project. I feel like it’s one of the best songs I’ve written in my short career.

NLM: You were in a R&B/pop group called Fundamental. How does being in a band compare to flying solo?

KL: No comparison, it’s like you’re using a completely different muscle set altogether. With the group, I had my brothers on stage with me and that made performing easier. Going solo means that I have to cover all the bases on my own whilst also doing all the entertaining. Although being in a group is easier, flying solo forces maturity and has more personal rewards.

NLM: You’ve written some lyrics for some of the credible artists in the industry – Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo, Nicole Scherzinger, Kele Le Roc, Varren Wade. What’s it like working with these heavyweights?

KL: I wouldn’t say for, working “with” is more accurate, lol! I could definitely tell you some stories but all in all, each credible artist is just a normal person who happens to be well-known. Frank Ocean and Fundamental 03 practically grew up together while we lived and worked in LA. Neyo is actually a pretty respectful person and really easy to work with -his songwriting skills are a lot better than people think. Kele Le Roc is a beautiful woman inside and out, our duet was the 1st time I was granted a chance at songwriting without the guys from Fundamental… and she was lovely enough to allow that to happen. Varren Wade & Jermaine Riley will be my Brothers for EVER haha.

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

KL: Hmm… I wouldn’t compare myself but I am definitely a reflection of the artists I love, i.e Usher, Ginuwine, Janet & Michael Jackson. My sound is heavily based in R&B & Soul, but not exclusive to those genres.

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

KL: I’d love to work with Emeli Sandé and I’m pretty sure that’ll happen in the not so far future.

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

I’d work with Chris Brown or Drake as the truth is whoever they co-sign gets noticed lol. But apart from the obvious, I’d love to work with Lela James, Pixie Lott, James Bay or Ed Sheeran.

NLM: If you were granted three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

NLM: Bring back how music felt in the 90s, unfortunately nowadays there’s literally nothing like that feeling. Bring back Hip Hop too, I miss the Busta Rhymes, DMX, Lisa Left Eye Lopez and the Eve’s. Finally to bring back proper artist development, more raw, real and unique talent such as Prince. Rather than those who have been almost formulated by the music industry to look and sound a certain way.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

NLM: My Instagram & Twitter is @KyleLettman
Website is KyleLettman.com

New Track: Yellow Chevy – L Marshall

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After bursting onto the scene back in 2011, featuring as a guest vocalist on Wretch 32ʼs critically acclaimed hit Traktor and penning Loick Essienʼs No.2 smash How We Roll, L MARSHALL has since been plotting away silently. His latest record Yellow Chevy was a collaboration with Supadups (Drake’s ʻControlaʼ and ‘Too Good’) and gives a first glance at the singerʼs matured style ahead of the release of his debut album The Amazing Time Machine.

Born Thomas Griffith in London, L struggled with having to conform during school. He remembers. “I was so much trouble that my mum decided to send me to Nigeria to learn some discipline!”. He returned to London at 18 to study Sound Engineering. During this time, he continued to build on the songwriting he’d started as an 11 year-old. Choosing the name L Marshall both in honour of a character from the Manga series Death Note, and as  a  nod  to his joint hometowns of London  and  Lagos,  he  began  to  work  with  new producers.

L’s debut mixtapes The Wait and Kiss the Fire displayed a singer able to rock any beat; from gritty grime to emotive R&B, he flips effortlessly between fully-sung vocals to rap-sung choruses. Inspired by everything from relationships, to paying the bills, to dealing with life’s various poisons, this already proven hit-creator is modest but ambitious about his future goals. “I talk a lot about becoming known worldwide but I just want to reach as many people as possible… To be recognised and appreciated for what I do is really all I hope for.”

Check out the video to Yellow Chevy…and if you’re feeling this upriser, head over to SoundCloud and download the track for FREE.

Song of the Day: Blue Dot – Quincy

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Today’s song is coming from an unsigned American R&B singer/songwriter/rapper Quincy Taylor Brown -aka QUINCY –  named after his godfather, the legendary Quincy Jones.

Born in New York and was raised in Georgia, he’s  the son of 80’s R&B singer, Al B.Sure and the adopted son of music and fashion mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs . Being the son of a singer and growing up surrounded by different artists, QUINCY was naturally expected to follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he decided to try his hand at rapping and released the song Da Fly Way ft Yung Joc in 2008.

It wasn’t until his late grandmother told him “you have a voice” and that he “needed to sing” that he decided to pursue singing. In The Harbor TV interview, he stated that it took him a while to pursue the singing because he was scared to let someone hear his voice because he wasn’t even comfortable with himself. He also stated in interviews that his biggest musical influences are Biggie, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Luther Vandross. QUINCY‘s sound is a mix of Al B. Sure with a hint of Drake.

Between 2009-2014, he released his mixtape Nothing Special as well as songs, Voicemail and Stay Awhile ft Kendre which appeared on BET’s 106 & Park. In December 2014 he released his track, Friends First ft French Montana, which was premiered on SKEETV and Power 106, became his second most successful song to date.

The free rap track titled Blue Dot (ft electric guitarist, Xeryus Gittens) was released in April, in which he talks about “topping off the night” with his dad’s widely popular Ciroc vodka. His latest effort is a change of pace from his other songs because of the electric guitar infusion. This upriser is currently working on his debut album (release date TBA) and planning to go on tour.

 

New Music Video: Divinity Machine – Crisis Renegade

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CRISIS RENEGADE
 is not a name you would have heard before, but after listening to his latest track, Divinity Machine, it’s not a name you’ll be forgetting any time soon. The hard-hitting banger is the first taste of his debut mixtape, Seizure Sessions, released earlier this month.

Allowing himself to shine on the 14-track mixtape, which doesn’t feature anyone other than himself, who takes you on a musical journey. Showcasing his diversity and talent as an artist as he puts his own twist on famous beats such as Pound Cake by Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s MAAD, his talents become further amplified as he rides out alone on original tracks like Left Brain and Slide Out.

Spending the majority of his youth in the studio writing and recording his own music, the cultural influences that have come from his emigration from London to Cyprus with his family when he was 13, chink through on occasion, giving a refreshing perspective to his bars.

It’s time to witness a GRIME star on the rise…check out the video to Divinity Machine.

Song of the Day: Sex And The City – Velous

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Artist/producer VELOUS has been a busy man in the past 18 months. From signing with French Montana’s Coke Boys imprint via Swanky Music Group, producing Chinx’s Dope House, as well as appearing on Fabolous’ standout record Gone For The Winter, the Kingston, NY native has definitely left his footprint on the music scene. Moreover, early this year, the youngster was further thrusted into the spotlight after producing Kanye West’s much talked about single All Day.

Since then, VELOUS has been tucked away in the studio putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming debut project The Disco. With the project produced entirely by the man himself, it will also feature his brand new record Sex And The City. The track was first played by Boi-1da on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio last weekend, prompting him to leak the record himself at the behest of listeners. The full CDQ version will be available on The Disco, which is slated for release soon.