Song of the Day: I Only See You – Napoleon Gold

As he gears towards the release of his debut EP, NAPOLEON GOLD releases his latest number, ‘I Only See You’.

Taking inspiration from artists such as Mura Masa, James Blake, Bonobo & Gorrilaz – ‘I Only See You’ marks a new beginning for the newcomer as he venture out and experiments with rich electronic textures with playful and summer-charged chords.

The French Luxembourg-based producer quickly came on the radar last year, with debut release – also the name of his forthcoming EP – ‘ A New Colour’, which lead him to sign with Cinematic Music Group (division of Sony & label home to the likes of Joey Bada$$ and Public Access T.V).The new-found fame already sees him touring across the globe, opening for acts including London Grammar, Glass Animals and SOHN.

The second single from the EP – out this Friday will feature guest vocals from T-Pain with the full EP release on 25th May 2018.

For now, check out ‘I Only See You.’

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New Track: Farewell – ThinŒur (ft. Fang The Great)

Inspired by the iconic cinema moment in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, THINCOEUR teams up with fellow Parisian and rapper Fang The Great on the emotive new video for ‘Farewell’.

Combining Fang The Great’s cold melodies and unique cadence with a melancholic trap instrumental, the track explores love, loss, friendship and loneliness. Born Eliade Krön, THINCOEUR explains that ‘Farewell’ “relates to partings, starting with Fang The Great’s positive outlook when he raps about distance making the heart grow fonder.” Comparatively, the farewell depicted by Krön is towards a lover, where he says he may never return, but he wishes the best for the girl he loves. This bittersweet message of self-preservation is bolstered by Audrey Hepburn’s famous quote from the 1961 film “People don’t belong to people. I’m not gonna let anyone put me in a cage.”

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The accompanying video, directed by Randolph Lungela, takes a darker approach, as the protagonist attempts to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Flicking between past and present, the cold colouring of the current day juxtaposes the heady flashback scenes, tinted in a warm sepia tone, as she turns to alcohol and drugs to cope with her bereavement.

‘Farewell’ is the first taste from forthcoming album that explores the seven facets of love through poignant songwriting and masterful production. In 2017, the artist released ‘Think’, a concept album separated into three acts tracing an emotionally conflicted young man seeking self-acceptance – via dark hip-hop beats and gritty vocals. The new LP ‘7 Layers of Love’, was inspired by cultural influences from cities such as his hometown of Paris, New York and Reykjavik.

Multi-layered and effortless, ‘Farewell’ displays  THINCOEUR‘s talent for writing emotional and honest music, fusing elements of hip hop and electronica. Check out the video.

New Track: Undone – Art of Shades (ft. Sylo Nozra)

Franco-Italian producer ART OF SHADES has teamed up with singer Sylo Nozra for the release of single, ‘Undone’, taken from the forthcoming EP set to drop this spring via his record label, Sounds of Shades.

Although ART OF SHADES is based in Paris and Sylo Nozra resides in Toronto, thanks to the power of the internet, it didn’t stop the pair cooking up a four-minute production, packaged in a downtempo electro-hip-hop slammer. Through this collaboration, they became great friends and are now both a part of the same Canadian squad, OTrip.

‘Undone’ marks the slick beatmaker’s new musical direction and his request to collaborate with different musicians across the globe.

Check out the video to ‘Undone’.

New Track: Douchka – No Reason (ft. Hi Levelz)

After their collaboration with ‘This Mood’, producer DOUCHKA hooks up with rapper Hi Levelz again for the new single ‘No Reason’.

Full of bold textures, the track will lift you up with a chorus made of organic brasses and choirs, before giving way to the fluid and catchy flow of Hi Levelz.

Speaking of his latest banger, DOUCHKA said: “No Reason, was made in a similar way to ‘Call You Mine’ with Lia. I sent the beat to Hi Levelz in the morning and played it later that evening  with a draft version in Bordeaux. The next day, I had a dozen of messages from people who wanted to know where the track was available because they recognised Hi Levelz’s voice as they heard it on ‘This Mood’ a few months earlier.”

‘No Reason’ is from DOUCHKA‘s EP ‘Infantile’, set for release on 21st April via Nowadays Records…look out for that – but for now, lift up your Thursday and have a listen to this slammer.

New Track: Rendez Vous – Jon Baptxte

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Following his last appearance with track ‘Quitter Paris’ – named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC back in late 2015 – JON BAPTXTE slams another effort entitled ‘Rendez-Vous’, released via The Cartel Records.

The four-minute track sees the French spitter – now residing in East London – makes full use of his ambient R&B/hip-hop signature – well suited for those after hours activities!

It’s definitely worth a trial – check it out – and don’t get too hot under the collar!