NEW LEASE MUSIC regular Awir Leon, J.Kid and Tismé aka – UNNO (The UNexpected NOte) – have just released their latest pop/avant-garde piece Sirens via French label Nowadays Records.
The latest release is the first single of their second EP Silence, which draws up in a swirl where the shooting melody and the trip hop/synth beat seizes the mind, and Awir Leon’s vocals dives into a universe made of mirages.
The band released their first EP As We Land and As We Land (Take Off Edition EP) – which includes a bonus new track and a remix by fellow Nowadays Records recruit BRNFKD. With the forthcoming release of their second EP, UNNO continues to explore and experiment with layers of electronic/pop/trip-hop textures; a unique sound that only exists through the chemistry between the three personalities.
Rising electronic star AWIR LEON hypnotise us with his new single Sitting So High, released via French label Nowadays Records.
Best known as one-third of the Indie Shuffle-approved electro outfit UNNO (featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC with track Blue Leaf,) AWIR LEON conjures up charming R&B vocals, lo-fi production and a flurry of glitchy tones. Gently nodding in the post-dubstep direction of artists like James Blake and Jamie Isaac, it also finds a dark yet playful line between the spacious sounds of Airhead and the husky tones of Nicolas Jaar.
Following in the footsteps of recent Nowadays successes like Sekuoia, Clement Bazin and Jumo, Sitting So High introduces Leon as another prime example of the label’s cutting edge talent. An artist for whom mood and texture is just as important as substance, the engine behind his new track is the sheer nostalgia that it draws out, which is aptly reflected in its accompanying visuals.
The track will form the first episode of a three-part video series of Leon’s upcoming debut solo album Giants, set to drop next autumn. Self-directed and choreographed, the visuals signify the producer’s most personal work to date and depict him dancing around on top of a coal mountain in the North of France; his movements erratic and unpredictable, yet fluid and graceful. Shot next to the house where the French artist grew up, Leon describes the video as representing the “starting point of his life”.
Laced with rumbling bass lines, moody synths and smooth vocals that wander freely between provocative trip-hop and melancholy jazz, Sitting So High clearly sets him apart from his successes as a collaborator and band member. With his solo nuance of new-wave vibes and broody tones, he is surely well on his way to becoming Nowadays Records’ most exciting export of the year so far.
Sitting So High is now available for purchase here.
Of late, Nowadays Records have been signing up a string of hot properties. Last Thursday, BRNFKD slammed their epic upcoming masterpiece, Shining here on NEW LEASE MUSIC. Now it’s French trio UNNO‘s turn to show what they’re made of…
The group’s name, UNNO – which stands for ‘the UNexpected NOte’ – exemplifies the group’s individual approach to creating music and this is definitely reflected their track Blue Leaf. Produced by fellow Nowadays signees BRNFKD, the four-minute production showcases the group’s distinctive style; constantly prompting the listener to expect the unexpected with dreamlike synths, droning bass and erratic percussion. With hugely varied influences, the trio display an insolent freedom in the way they create their music.
Since forming in 2011, UNNO – consisting of Awir Leon, J.Kid and Tismé, who are all members of the prolific Dunkirk-based Jayfly collective – have been making a name for themselves in the French music scene. Following their first ever live performance on a French TV show, the group have since been delivering unforgettable performances bursting with an energy that is both dreamy and explosive, which led to them being named ‘The Discovery of Printemps de Bourges’.
Blue Leaf is coming from their EP, As We Land (Take Off Edition)…so expect the unexpected and have a listen to the single.
Nowadays Records’ newest recruits BRNFKD are all set to release their eponymous debut EP on 22nd April, available on major music outlets. Leading single Shinning displays six and a half minutes of blissful fusion of deep downtempo plus hip-hop/trap-influenced vibes, featuring the hazy R&B vocals from Eli Sostre.
Behind those six special letters (pronounced – excuse my French – ‘brain fucked’) lurk two rising talents of the French scene: heavy trap range artist Ikaz Boi and prolific producer Monk, whose creative focus lies in more delicate soundscapes. Together, the two producers play with the codes of electronic and hip-hop music; merging aggressive percussion, deep bass, sharp kicks and ethereal synthesizers to craft an atmosphere that is all at once sensual melancholic and powerful.
Having performed in the past alongside hip-hop heavyweight Just Blaze, Ikaz Boi has collaborated with Amine Edge and DANCE on the Radio 1-playlisted Came Around as well as remixing and producing a plethora of rappers such as Vic Mensa and Leather Corduroys’ hit Have U Eva. With Monk also having seen success with a track release on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Electric 4, BRNFKD presents the perfect platform to see their talents amplified.
You read their credentials, now it’s time to sample the masters at work; check out Shining.
Today’s super slick track is from French hip-hop artist JON BAPTXTE. The four-minute banger explains his decision to leave his hometown Paris to venture out to London City. The track was written while this conscious emcee was in transit, on his way back from his holiday in Martinique.