Song of the Day: Drifting – Escapism Refuge (ft. Zeb Samuels)

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to ESCAPISM REFUGE – one of the highly promising producers to burst up through Johannesburg’s burgeoning underground scene.

Earlier this month, he dropped an A-side double release, ‘Drifting’ and ‘Misfit’ via the indie label Deep Heads. After much deliberation, ‘Drifting’ was chosen as today’s top track for its floaty and spine-tingling combo of heavy hip-hop-esque drive and the sweet lick of the piano keys.

To date he’s released three hot EPs and won the praise of BBC 6Music’s Gilles Peterson, Soulection and Belgian’s Lefto. He also has a string of high-profile collaborations and a full LP in the pipeline…but for now, have a listen to the irresistibly good ‘Drifting.’

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Song of the Day: Space – The Gloomies

California-based indie-pop duo THE GLOOMIES grace their presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘Space’.

The new track is a lush reverb-drenched power ballad-esque duet between the Gloomies’ Andy Craig and guest vocalist Madeline Follin (Cults). This special collaboration was mixed by Cults’ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion with additional assistance by producer/engineer Shane Stoneback.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – have a listen now!

New Music Video: Survive – Hollie Cook

Hot off the heels of two sold out shows in London and L.A., West London native HOLLIE COOK  unveiled more from her forthcoming third LP by dropping the double-A single ‘Freefalling’ / ‘Survive’.

The tropical pop princess has already cemented her position as one to watch this year after signing to the American indie label Merge Records and releasing the lead single ‘Angel Fire’. The first taste from the album received rave reviews from international outlets ranging from Mass Appeal, Clash and Je Ne Sais Pop and was playlisted over the summer on BBC Radio. Her vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, allowing her to transcend the confines of a genre.

‘Freefalling’ finds Hollie’s sultry vocals positioned against a skanking rocksteady beat, alluring synths and a crooning brass section. The result is a life-affirming feel good jam which exudes enough warmth to keep burning all autumn long. Despite singing of the intricacies of heartbreak an unwavering sense of bliss prevails throughout.

As well as touring the world for years with Ari Up in the pioneering female punk band The Slits, Cook previously collaborated with renowned dub producer Prince Fatty on her first two solo albums – the self-titled debut and the acclaimed follow-up ‘Twice’. Singles such as ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’ saw Hollie gain critical exposure via BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra and Radio X, culminating in a hypnotic appearance on the prestigious “Later…With Jools Holland”. Having now enlisted the esteemed producer Martin “Youth” Glover to oversee her latest LP – whose credits include U2, Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd – she’s able to unlock maturity in her ever evolving sound.

With supporters rallying from every corner, including Fred Perry’s Subculture, Jocks & Nerds and Vanity Fair, HOLLIE COOK is gearing up for a triumphant year ahead with the ‘Vessel of Love’ album release on 26th January – so expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018.

If this is your first introduction to this carefree upriser, well here’s your chance to watch the video to ‘Survive.’

Song of the Day: Magenta – Shenna

SHENNA makes her entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with a rather sultry and 80s funk-inspired track entitled ‘Magenta’.

Hailing from Virginia and currently residing in the Big Apple, SHENNA has been causing a stir, clocking up features in Examiner, PopDose, VH1,  MTV’s Finding Carter, The Bad Girls Club,Teen Mom OG , and indie film Miss Stevens .

‘Made of Gold’, the title track of her debut album, reached over 150,000 streams after being included in Spotify’s DiscoverWeekly playlist. The synth pop vixen has made her mark playing festivals and shows in Washington DC, Canada, and recently London for a tour in advance of the official release of Magenta last month.

So if you’re a massive fan of 80s pop, well this one’s for you…check it out.

Song of the Day: Want ‘Em All – D Bakez

LADIES: If your day is not going how it should, fear not – D BAKEZ has entered the hotspot and saves the day with single ‘Want ‘Em All’.

Set over smooth electro soundscapes, this Connecticut slick emcee, in a nutshell, shows his appreciation for the female species. This feel-good track was released in the height of summer, but I think it’s perfect to boost some more love as we’re entering the cold and miserable months.

This guy has a whole LOT of love to give, so return the favour and check out ‘Want ‘Em All’.