New Music Video: Buss A 9 – Sharna Bass

SHARNA BASS continues to prove herself as one of R&B’s most captivating stars with the release of the video for her new single ‘Buss A 9’.

Produced by Rachet (Emeli Sande, Devlin, Krept & Konan), ‘Buss A 9’ is dark and brooding with Sharna’s executing delicate vocal restraint, allowing her emotion to pierce through via her biting lyricism. Expressing devastating heartbreak and the irrational risks you’d take for love, both the delivery of the audio and the visual are both mesmerising, raw and hang in the balance between love being both the best and worst feeling that it’s possible to experience.

At twenty years old, SHARNA BASS’s ascension has been an impeccable journey and began as a far cry away from what her music has matured into at its current stage. At just 13-years-old, Clean Bandit heard her singing in the Tabot Mix Centre and two years later, whilst looking for someone to take on the vocal line of their hit ‘Extraordinary’, they contacted her on Facebook to ask her to record. Despite the experience being overwhelming, SHARNA BASS recorded what would become a number 5 in the Official Charts.

The experience set her on a clear path to developing her own sound and profile, and she credits producers such as Rachet with giving her a canvas to ascertain creative freedom as displayed in the formidable ‘Buss A 9’.

Moving stuff…check out the video…

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New Music Video: Be With You – Jessica Agombar

Rising east London singer-songwriter JESSICA AGOMBAR gave the music scene a taste of her addictive, one of a kind R&B sounds when she released her debut EP ‘Bullet For Your Love: Chapter 1’ earlier this year. With the EP seeing her mixing smooth R&B stylings with grittier hip-hop and grime sounds, Jessica returns with the captivating visual for one of the project’s tracks – the hypnotic ‘Be With You’.

Already picking-up support from the likes of Noisey – who described her sound as ‘infectious’ – Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs MistaJam and DJ Target, collaborating with the likes of Iain James (Craig David, Emeli Sandé, Wretch 32) and Levi Lennox (Zayn Malik) and just recently signing a publishing deal with Stella Songs and Sony/ATV, Jessica quickly caught the attention of music fans and credible music outlets with the release of her debut EP.

Comprising a collection of 5 songs written by Jessica herself, featuring production from some of the UK’s freshest and hottest, new production talent and gaining support from Spotify on their ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, the ‘Bullet For Your Love: Chapter 1’ EP is a soulful journey of love and loss from Jessica’s own personal experience, telling the story of being in love with the wrong kind of guy and the highs and lows that can bring.

With the debut of her new visual, an already rapidly growing fanbase and the promise of new music coming soon, JESSICA AGOMBAR is on course to end the year with a bang which only signals huge things for 2018. Stay tuned!

New Music Video: The Stone – Jerome Thomas

Following the release of his acclaimed debut EP ‘Conversations’, East London vocal powerhouse, JEROME THOMAS presents a mesmerising performance in the new video – directed by Christopher Cargill whose portfolio includes Giggs and Emeli Sandé –  for lead track, ‘The Stone’.

‘The Stone’ is one of the lighter more self-explanatory tracks from the socially conscious EP, tackling topics that still remain taboo within the music industry. It is a personal and sincere body of work, devoid of banality, inspired by Jerome’s observations of society and conversations with close family and friends.

The Dalston native has been championed by the likes of The Fader, i-D, Idol Magazine and MTV, as well as receiving key radio support from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM. Having headlined a number of sold out shows at Bush Hall, Notting Hill Arts Club and Queen Of Hoxton, and aligning himself with revered industry peers such as Hannah Faith (Soulection), Black The Ripper, Footsie (Newham Generals) and Davinche, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the talents of this genre-defying artist….check him out!

Song of the Day: Rise – Laurrhie Brouns

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OK peeps, it’s time to put your New Year’s Resolution to the test with single Rise by fiery singer-songwriter LAURRHIE BROUNS.

As you will hear from the four-minute must listen, the Haitian/Dutch powerhouse puts her rich soulful/modern R&B spin on K-Pop (in which she calls EuroKPop), creating a real sugary and spine tingling sensation.

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Her K-Pop/Soulful combo hasn’t fallen by the waste side: The 26-year-old performed three times at the huge Arena in Amsterdam for a crowd of 50,000 people at a time and also shared the stage with heavyweights including Emeli Sandé and Bob Marley’s legendary band The Wailers, whilst club touring across Netherlands.

In 2012, the upbeat pop songstress took her talent to new heights and auditioned for The Voice of Holland and instantly became the viewer’s favorite and was dubbed “The discovery” & “The one to watch”.

Now that’s all the credentials over with, it’s time to check out Rise. The single is taken from her EP, Ascension: Golden Seeds of Light, released in November on all major music outlets, including iTunes and Spotify.

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