Song of the Day: Better Now – Lara

Presenting LARA, a 19-year-old Australian-based keys player, singer/songwriter and producer into today’s hot spot, with her soothing self written alt-pop single, ‘Better Now’.

Classically trained on the piano since the age of eight, Lara has since diversified into R&B/soul, funk, disco, contemporary and electronic music. For the last two years, she has studied music on scholarship with Berklee College of Music in Boston and ventured out on the scene with her debut album ‘Bored Games’, released in late 2019.

2020 saw German-born Lara releasing singles, ‘Wall’ , ‘Circles’ and ‘Better Now’, with an album to follow shortly. ‘Better Now’ was chosen as the blog’s Song of the Day for its serene feather light electropop backdrop, providing the way for the guitar riffs, giving off a 70s inspired soulful rock vibe with harmonic vocals that’s reminiscent of 70’s Stevie Hicks (of Fleetwood Mac)

Have a listen below…

Jesse Jax Presents Hard-Hitting Visuals For Track, ‘Black & Proud’

As an Afro-German, rapper JESSE JAXX has encountered and witnessed a sting of racism in his lifetime and was inspired to speak out about these experiences, through his most personal work to date, ‘Black & Proud’.

Although the message in the song is loud and clear – for black people to stand proud, no matter what prejudices they face – the video shows people of different ethnic backgrounds, standing in unity as the answer to end racism.

Check out Jesse Jaxx’s epic video below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2019

Here’s NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten music videos of 2019! Based on both readers viewing and editor picks, a few of the singles featured were first shown on the blog in the previous year (2018) and managed to held on for a well-deserved place on this list.

Go ahead and check out the videos below and I hope you enjoyed the top ten lists

10. HARD LABOR – LIQUID

9. JEALOUS – ASTHA

8. DRIVER – GOLD COMPLEX

7. SIMMER DOWN – SHIRAZ HEMPSTOCK

6. PROPERLY – NIZZY

5. DON’T GIVE UP – MAGGIE SZABO

4. LIAR – LUKE FRIEND

3. SOLILOQUY (WOULDN’T FEEL ALONE) – MARSHALL CECIL

2. SWEET LITTLE LIES – BÜLOW

1. Duro Dada Bimbi Philips 


Harina brings joy and awareness in her festive offering, ‘Last Christmas’

German singer-songwriter HARINA left her dentistry studies in 2016, in order to move to London and become an artist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at BIMM London and soon after was signed to Universal sub-label, Polydor with her duo project Zazoo.

The duo’s first Single ‘Spinnin’ Round’ was released in November 2018 and generated over 300k plays across all platforms, including numerous radio plays. Due to health reasons, the duo was unfortunately unable to continue performing together within the industry. Since then, HARINA has been focusing on her Solo Project and has put together a catalogue of songs ready to be released in 2020.

Her sound is current, edgy and poppy with smooth, sweet vocals carrying catchy melodies. As a teaser of what’s to come, she is released her single, ‘Last Christmas’ on Friday (6th December). A quirky, fun, trap Christmas song, that if you listen carefully, is importantly raising awareness of the risks of Climate Crisis and the impact it can have on the environment. A pop song with substance and an imperative message which this artist shares in a clever and unique way.

Have a listen below…

EP Review: The Contender – Bülow

BÜLOW‘s brand new EP, ‘The Contender’, starts off with her trademark – that infectious urban drive with ‘Own Me’, which carries on with tracks such as ‘Boy Will Be Boys’ and the spine-tingling ‘Upside Down’. Although I’m always pleased to hear her perfectly balanced combo of pop sensibilities with an urban kick, her latest collection sees this promising artist do something a little different..

For instance, ‘Puppy Love’ mainly possess a melodic and almost airy tones that’s more simplistic compared to her other releases.

Concluding track, ‘Sundress’ adds another dimension to the EP with its intimate setting, fronted by compellingly light vocals coupled with the crisp, folkore plucks of the acoustic guitar.

Overall, ‘The Contender’ is just as pleasing as her previous work, even though the lick of the urban pop package – to my frustration – was shortly interrupted. Have a listen below…

Must Listens: Boy Will Be Boys, Upside Down