New Track: Nokia Nostalgia – FooDoo

The multi-instrumentalist and unclassifiable electronic music producer, FOODOO enlists the vocals of Bonkaz, Dotty, Mugun and Marvz Skee for the release of his ‘Be Like’  EP. The visuals to lead single ‘Nokia Nostalgia’ ft Bonkaz dropped via Link Up TV last week.

Littered with musical influences that see the tracks lend from jazz, hip-hop, grime, funk, soul and R&B, FOODOO has a clear talent in being able to both capture and portray emotion through his productions before a vocal is even laid. Hazy beats, downtempo pop and woozy R&B give the E.P both a welcoming and intoxicating aura.

Having started his production journey at the age of just 14, the London-based talent received his first radio play just 4 months later on BBC Radio 1Xtra. His work soon caught the attention of artists and labels alike, resulting in him working and remixing for Bonkaz, Sway, Tiggs the Author, Bluey Robinson, Glasser and Raheem Bakare, with the music releasing through Pitched Up (Sony), Warners, True Panther Sounds, Tru Thoughts, Kitsune and Otherway Records.

His solo releases to date have resulted in critical acclaim from the likes of iD Magazine, Clash, Pigeons and Planes, The405, Indie Shuffle and Complex UK, highlighting him as a gifted producer with a promising future, something his new release is not only expected to live up to but also exceed.

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Song of the Day: The Feels – Humans

Since their inception in 2015, with critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Noontide’, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq – aka HUMANS – never looked back. With innovative fusions of heavy electronic and dreamy, modern pop, ‘Noontide’ (released via Hybridity Music) has earned the duo Album of the Year nominations from Juno’s and Western Canadian Music Awards.

With all the hype surrounding the electronic pair, the pressure was on. Next they dropped their self-released EP, ‘Avec Mes Mec’, described as ‘captivating the joy of unrestrained youth’, quickly became a house party staple. Their third EP ‘Traps’ open doors for a North American tour, performing at SXSW, Squamish Valley Music Fest and CMJ. The EP also clocked up attention from indie Shuffle Indie, Interview magazine and Beatroute magazine.

Now with a handful of accolades under their belt, HUMANS are all geared up for their latest single ‘The Feels’. Continuing the theme of the previous offerings, the five-minute production boasts a dope-heavy techno drive met with imminent electronic thumps, giving it that club-filling sensation.

These guys are definitely on top of their game…start your weekend early and get turnt up on ‘The Feels’.

Song of the Day: Call From U – Merged

Forward-thinking Welsh electronic artist MARGED cuts through the clamour with ‘Call From U’, her smooth return to the fold after adopting an updated moniker.

‘Call From U’ is a song exploring the very first sexual encounter with a new partner from a female gaze. Greeted by Rhodes- style chords, the track begins to carve out its sultry journey, offering an emotive layer of jazzy inflections to its already charming demeanour. The gently confident and rapturously seductive voice of MARGED then breaks through the dusty understated R&B atmosphere.

Having received praise from the likes of Idolator, Indie Shuffle and Clash with two previous singles as MRGD, the Cardiff born artist is re-emerging from her creative South London scene in 2017. Her new material takes influence from the honesty and emotional vulnerability present in the work of Sade and Princess Nokia, and as an active feminist, she uses her writing to challenge the notion of what it is to be a modern, empowered woman.

Here’s your chance to indulge into the world of MARGED.

New Track: Addict – Louis Baker

LOUIS BAKER has leaped onto NEW LEASE MUSIC’s midweek hotspot with his most soulful single to date, ‘Addict’.

This increasingly popular New Zealand artist evokes classic soul through a seductive ‘70s bass groove and Motown-esque guitar stabs, which showcases a mellifluous vocal range and primal R&B scream. ‘Addict’ perfectly displays Baker’s multi-instrumentalist talents, as he plays the role of bassist, guitarist, lead and backing vocalist on this track.

The confessional single follows previous effort, “Gave It All Away”, which was aired on BBC 6Music and received online praises from Clash, Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle, EarMilk and MTV.

Go on, smooth over your Humpday; check out ‘Addict’.