Dancehall/Bashment Artist Clip C Switches It Up And Drops Hip-Hop Heavy Anthem, ‘Play Nice’

Signed to East London’s latest buzz grime label Rhythm Rollers, headed up by Roll Deep’s Jamakabi, newest singing CLIP C takes charge of the scene with this concrete anthem ‘Play Nice’.

Running between Nottingham and hometown Brixton, CLIP C has been building to this moment with a flurry of releases penned and primed for takeover this summer and beyond. Earlier endeavours have brought him top ten success in the UK’s Urban Club Chart as well as being featured on Spotify’s Afro Bashment Playlist, but with ‘Play Nice’ about to drop all bets are off as underground popularity for this exciting, versatile new UK artist prepares to spill over into the mainstream.

CLIP C, known for his dancehall/bashment vibes, switches up the style for ‘Play Nice’ in superb fashion, this time opting to showcase his undeniable talent over a hip-hop beat and calling on the talents of UK Drill Pioneer Grizzy for a bedroom verse mid track.

Limoji on production lays down the beat on ‘Play Nice’ and with credits such as Mark Ronson, Basement Jaxx and Giggs on his CV. The track begins with a subtle and calming intro before dropping in to a full-on summer banger guaranteed to lift the roof off any club and send the bar b q party over into heatwave.

With tonnes more to come from CLIP C throughout 2019, it’s time to get ready to pull up ‘Play Nice.’

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Song of the Day: Mood – JUJ

With tremendous passion and unstoppable drive, 19-year-old JUJ is proof in the power of believing in yourself against all fear and doubt. At age 17, the Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter dropped out of high school and moved to L.A. on her own, despite having no family members or friends in town. Just as she’d started to establish herself in the music scene there, an untreated case of Lyme disease forced her to move back home and put her dreams on hold. Shaken but still determined, JUJ returned to L.A. as soon as she’d recovered, pushing forward with her music and quickly setting to work on an addictive selection of songs announcing her as a bold new voice of empowerment for her generation and beyond.

JUJ partly attributes her strength and determination to her mother, a former dancer who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. at age 18. “She grew up so poor and moved here with $100 in her pocket, without really speaking any English at all,” says JUJ. “Knowing that she was able to do that was a big inspiration for me when I started to think about moving to L.A.” Raised on the Brazilian music her mother played at home, JUJ grew up singing in the church choir and took up piano at age 7. An accomplished theater actor, she developed her stunning vocal range in part by performing at her hometown’s famed Walnut Street Theatre, and at age 13 won a major singing competition at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

By the time she started high school, JUJ had begun writing her own songs, as well as drawing attention online with her YouTubecovers of everything from “House of the Rising Sun” to Amy Winehouse’s rendition of “Valerie.” Songwriting soon became a crucial emotional outlet for JUJ, especially when one of her best friends died suddenly of a heart condition at age 15. “My favourite song I’ve ever written was for him,” JUJ points out. “A lot of the lyrics are about getting through the grieving process, and I wrote it without really thinking about it ever having an audience—I just wanted to create something that felt truthful to what I was feeling at the time.”

Produced by Essancy, the new single ‘Mood,’ is a quiet, powerful slow-burner that sheds light on the struggles JUJ faced in leaving home. “In my town everyone tends to follow one path, so when you decide to go off and do something different, you get a lot of people telling you how it’s never going to work,” says JUJ, “This is the story of my move at 17 years old across the country to chase a dream and do whatever it takes with any sacrifice necessary.”

With a magnetic blend of R&B and urban pop, JUJ is a force-of-nature type energy and effortlessly exudes charisma, soulful sensitivity, daring East Coast grit, and—perhaps most powerfully—a commanding vocal presence she’s honed by singing her entire life.

Absolutely stunning…here’s your chance to check out ‘Mood’ below:

Aleisha Lee Delivers Her New Track ‘Easier’ Just In Time For Summer

London R&B songstress ALEISHA LEE has teamed up with Footsteps for the smooth R&B banger entitled ‘Easier’ on her new label IDWIW Records – Check out the performance video for the single below.

For all fans of UK garage/house music, the young songbird also released second track, ‘Pick Up Your Foot’, exchanging her smooth powerhouse vocals for a fiery freestyle  Check it out here.

Album Review: T.H.B – ThBenj

Although it’s been the third or fourth time that THBENJ has appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC, I will always associate the Italian rapper with track ‘Mumble Acid’ because of its infectiously rampant b-line and electronic effects on the vocals that gives the extra kick to the three minute sizzler. For that reason alone, I was very intrigued to see what he has cooked up in his solo debut album, ‘T.H.B’, released late last month.

The album possess a few banging tunes that can blow off the roof of any house party through, ‘Chasing Th Day’, ‘Manipulated’ and ‘Feelin’ It’. I have to say, then delving into his new project, I was caught off guard for a moment, as the theme of the 15-track set predominantly feature a more relaxed hip-hop/urban vibe with a kick of infectious b-line, featured in tracks, ‘Paranoid’, ‘Waiting For You’ and ‘ My Prayers To You.’

The biggest surprise was the concluding piece ‘Myself Again’ – an intimate setting with the acoustic guitar taking centre stage. THBENJ switches his usual kick-ass freestyle to a voice that’s so emotive and inviting –  I DID NOT expect that at all!

I have to hand it him, THBENJ did a blinding job on this debut project and it comes to no surprise that collection has already clocked up serious attention: ‘T.H.B’ is currently one of the top-selling hip-hop albums on Google Play in Italy.

So hit that play button on THBENJ‘s ‘T.H.B’ below. If you’re seriously into hip-hop, you won’t regret it:

Must Listens: Paranoid, Mumble Acid, Waiting For You, Thank You