He scooped NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Music Video of the Week title for singles, ‘The Moment/The Takeover’ and now J.A.S is back, teaming up Innocent Mpho Seema – otherwise known MPHO – for a brand new infectious housey number, entitled ‘Set Me Free’.
Their latest offering boasts a bombastically heavy tribal-esque bass with blissful vocals, provided by Blossom, giving the club filler a sweet lick.
The two met back in 2015, when they discover a common love for unique house music, leading to the start of their collective, Mpho & J.A.S. Their first single titled, ‘Ngiyakholwa’, generated attention on radio and online.
Away from the collective, MPHO has made a name for himself as a pianist for big band jazz group, ODD Meter and also as a percussionist for PolyrithmiX and Nubia Soul. The Music and Production graduate played drums for CRC Music band, before delving into the house music scene, co-founding the House band, Sa Kosha ke Lerole.
As well as being a reputable rapper in South Africa, J.A.S (Jayd Soliar), puts life-long passion of house and electronic music into co-founding Tiger X, which garnered support from major tastemakers across his homeland and globally.
Let your weekend start now and hit the play button on ‘Set Me Free.’ If you’re feeling this track, look out for their album, coming out later in the year. Enjoy and Happy Good Friday!
On its 21st anniversary, MARK MORRISON‘s ‘Return of the Mack’ gets remix treatment from Norwegian dance duo Seeb.
Seeb had a sensational 2016, their remix of Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ became a Grammy nominated monster hit, and was globally the third most streamed song of the year, with over one billion streams.
MARK MORRISON‘s debut album in ’96, ‘Return of the Mack’, was a multi-platinum success, selling three million copies worldwide. The single reached number one in the UK, and spent a remarkable 41 weeks on the US Billboard singles chart, peaking at number two.
CHERRYSHOES have made a return with a completely upbeat south through their single, ‘Justice’.
The Welsh pop/rockers, seemed to have dropped the infamous hypnotic tone, featured in their previous effort, ‘Ride On’ and adopted a slight housey, 1990s Massive Attack feel in the almost five-minute offerings.
have a listen and see what you think.
DJ CANVAS is another old face that has returned to the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight and steal the Friday hotspot with track ‘Spiral (Out of Time)’. The latest offering seems to mark the departure from her electro house focus into an electrifying fusion of trap, trance and elements of dubstep.
The three-and-a-half-minute smasher earned her a spot to play at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Friday 3rd Match between 6:30-7:30PM at the Pavilion Palace Stage, after it was entered into a two-part competition.
So if you’re in the Tampa/ St. Pete or South Florida area, go and support your girl! I’m sure you won’t have a dull moment! To show her appreciation to you, this track is available as a FREE download – so go and get it!
Following a string of critically acclaimed singles, Pigeons & Planes-approved Danish producer Patrick Bech-Madsen – AKA SEKUOIA, continues to build anticipation for his forthcoming album with hypnotic new single Brace, out now via trend-setting label, Nowadays Records.
The Copenhagen-based 23-year-old has spent the last few years releasing a series of increasingly innovative EPs, working with the likes of Superpoze, Sivas, and Thomas Barfod. More recently SEKUOIA turned to fellow Dane and electro-pop sensation KIll J to team up on the hugely successful sultry electronic R&B induced gem, Lamp In The Dark. Now, with his latest release, SEKUOIA further cements his position at the heart of the forward-thinking electronic music that Nowadays Records continue to passionately showcase.
Brace finds the producer moving further into unknown territory by teaming up with Marc Roland – front man of the grandiose Danish pop group Kentaur. The soft, slow-burning track is armed with a slew of pulsating pads and bright, shimmering synths, which combine to help create his trademark dream-inducing soundscapes. Roland’s soulful vocal performance is a welcome addition to the track, imbuing an added sense of depth to the production where he pushes his sound in a slightly more upbeat direction, along with an infectious vocal hook to create a distinct pop sensibility.
The accompanying rural visuals perfectly compliment the song’s ethereal production, revealing a lone character escaping into a trance and, for a brief transient moment, becoming lost in Sekuoia’s dreamy mix of electronica, driving beats and solid pop hooks.
Having proven himself a tour-de-force on the live circuit with festival appearances at the likes of Roskilde, Eurosonic, Sonar and Iceland Airwaves, the talented producer now prepares to embark on a short European tour. Starting on the 29th September, he will visit a host of major cities, including Amsterdam, London and Munich. As one of Scandinavia’s brightest talents, SEKUOIA’s enthralling live shows are not to be missed as he continues his charge for the top.
Watch the video to his latest masterpiece, Brace.
Hiding behind his sunglasses, Danish phenomenon and dance floor maverick VOLMER lets his music do the talking with the release of his new, bass-heavy track Unreliable, featuring vocals from the soulful and seductive Zalon.
From working in a humble London wine shop to commanding clubs in his homeland’s DJ scene, the four-minute offering signifies just how far the producer has come in the past few years. A slow-jam electro tune that tangles together the full-bodied vigour of deep house and the smooth intricacies of soul, it’s rhythmically reminiscent of artists like Groove Armada mixed with the elegant poise of R&B heavyweights such as Frank Ocean and Usher, comprising a host of silky harmonies, punchy snares and smooth textures. Opening with a swirl of sporadic synthesisers, VOLMER creates a spacious sense of atmosphere for Zalon’s fervent and tender vocals to carry the catchy melody. Inherently groovy and polished off with exquisite production techniques, the track is a ready-made, soul-powered floor filler.
Fresh from graduating from London’s prestigious College of Music, VOLMER took a step back from playing guitar and began his career on the garage and electro scene, crossing paths with a multitude of talented artists such as Phoebe One, Ms Dynamite and Craig David. After returning to Denmark, the 32-year-old continued to work the clubbing scene, delivering hard-hitting and bass-heavy shows while gaining valuable inspiration for his own production ventures.
After receiving acclaim for the audaciously catchy ‘Bassline Business’ – his debut single on disco:wax – Unreliable offers a welcome change of pace from the full-throttle club banger as he teams up with Zalon, the MTV-approved former backing singer to late soul sensation Amy Winehouse. The collaboration gives Unreliable a distinctly suave and poppy dimension to the Copenhagen-based producer’s otherwise irrepressibly catchy rhythms and powerful bass-lines.
On working together, Volmer notes that “I’ve known Zalon for some years now. I loved the work he’s done with Amy [Winehouse] and Mark Ronson so I was really excited when he was finally up for working on some more electronic music. Even though our backgrounds are very different, we have a lot of fun in the studio…there are no limits really.” Despite running in two entirely different musical circles, both artists complement each other’s strengths, making their collaboration all the more enjoyable because of it.
Combining the rich and succulent vocals of a seasoned soul man like Zalon with his own distinctive dance sound, VOLMER has struck gold with his alluring new track Unreliable, making him one of the most exceptionally talented producers to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years.
Unreliable is now available via disco: wax
DJ and producer LENNY FONTANA and Brooklyn singer James ‘D-TRAIN’ Williams , have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.
D-TRAIN is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as You’re the One for Me and has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire.
Meanwhile, LENNY FONTANA is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single What You Need with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and Chocolate Sensation. Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.
D-TRAIN now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst LENNY FONTANA is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.
Since its release earlier this month, When You Feel What Love Has has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in the pipeline…look out for that..but for now, have a listen to this instant favourite.
PROJECT X slams another chilled house number, featuring samples of Aretha Franklin vocal…a real treat! Have a listen and get your copy for FREE via SoundCloud.
Berlin-based DJ and producer DANIEL HAAKSMAN is, without question, the forerunner of giving world music that punch of excitement and he certainly makes no exceptions in the latest album, African Fabrics.
The 11-track effort boasts the fiercest Afrobeats going with the equally fierce electronic drive – a sweet yet explosive combination that never brings a dull moment.
It’s definitely a groundbreaker – experience (what I call) tropical house for yourself; hit that play button NOW!
Must Listens: Senbene, Kaggua, Black Coffee, Quendo