Song of the Day: Effortless – JSkillz

Today’s song comes from Davenport soothing spitter by the name of JSKILLZ.

Whilst in high school, JSKILLZ pursued his music career in 2005 by starting a rap and R&B group called Midtown Underground. The group became well-known in the local rap scene and were signed to Ensemble Records that same year. They enjoyed some success with single, “This Is Midtown”, before parting ways in 2006. This when JSKILLZ embarked on a solo career.

By 2011, he launched his own independent label, M.T.U. REC. (Must Think Unique Records) and released debut LP, ‘Nothing to Lose’ and music video for the single ‘A Million Ways To Love You’, in which both received recognition in the U.S. and internationally. The hype continued when he received a bronze award by Datpiff  for downloads of EP, ‘Great Minds Think Alike’, a collaborative project with fellow Davenport rapper JC. His latest EP ‘Positive Vibes’ cranked up nearly 1.3 million video views and streams since its release in late 2015.

‘Effortless’ was chosen as today’s dish as from the start, the three-and-a-half minute slammer hooks you right in with this young hip-hopper’s flow grooving into the infectious, lazy-in-the-sunshine R&B beat.

Go ahead and check this bad boy tune out!

New Track: I’ma Hssla – B. Eveready (ft. J.Charles & Mike Body )

Born and bred in Boston, charged up worldsmith B. EVEREADY enlisted fellow musicians, J. Charles and Mike Body for his brand new single, ‘Im’a Hssla’, out last week on Bandcamp.

Reminiscent of that smooth 90s hip-hop/R&B, this emcee unsurprisingly tells the tale that he’s more than ready to grab the spotlight.

Hailing from Nas To Marvin Gaye – and everything in between – as strong influences, his nostalgic trademark has earned him a string of performances with heavyweights, including The Last Poets, Skyzoo, Torae, Emilio Rojas, Talib Kweli and Jin The MC…so you’re dealing with something REAL here; check out ‘Im’a Hssla’.

New Track: Ain’t Going Nowhere – Phoenixx

Hailing from Brooklyn, R&B songstress PHOENIXX makes her entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC and  releases ‘Ain’t Going Nowhere’, the brand new single from her debut EP ‘Bamboo.’

After over a decade of writing songs and singing background for several artists,PHOENIXX is ready to deliver her own sound and style.

Take a listen to ‘Ain’t Going Nowhere’. Upcoming EP ‘Bamboo’ is set for release in Spring 2017…seriously this is one bad boy production!

New Track: Overtime – Adian Coker

Following the recent release of ’24 Carat’, ADIAN COKER shares his brand new effort ‘Overtime’, the second single from his forthcoming EP ‘Buena Vistas’, to be released June 2nd on Kitsuné.

‘Overtime’ certainly reflect his busy schedule as the three-minute inspirational smasher documents the long hours he spent investing in, not just only his dreams and aspirations, but for others from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The London-based spitter has always been involved in community work – from working at Youth Clubs, participating in workshops for various charities to supporting social causes such #BlackLivesMatter last year and recently the #ZeroDiscrimination movement for which he recorded a touching video poem that the United Nation on released on Zero Discrimination day (watch here.)

But before you head off, have a listen to ‘Overtime.’

 

 

New Track: Louis Baker – Gave It All Away

LOUIS BAKER shares new single ‘Gave It All Away’, which follows two breathtaking songs ‘Fade’ and ‘Rainbow’ and a year of co-writing and songwriting sessions abroad. ‘Gave It All Away’ has been released as two different versions: one is a strikingly raw, acoustic recording by Baker, and the other is an electronic dance track produced by none other than Fat Freddy’s Drop legend behind the MPC, Mu.

Written alone by the young Wellington-based songwriter, “Gave It All Away” came to life late one night in a hotel room, far from the grounding lights of home. Baker recalls that moment of creative revelation: “I remember feeling the exhaustion starting to set in, after being on the road by myself in the UK for quite some time. The song is about not giving up on your dreams. It’s about never giving in. It’s about the resolve and determination one must have in order to make these dreams become reality.”

Last year, Louis spent a great deal of time overseas, creating new material and collaborating with a range of fellow songwriters from around the world. In late 2016, he attended ASCAP’s Songwriter Retreat – a prestigious songwriting camp held at the Château Marouatte castle in Southern France during the latter half of September. Previous attendees have included Ellie Goulding, James Bay, Mika, Mike Posner, Dougy Mandagi (The Temper Trap) and Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s).

Throughout travelling and seeing the world in 2016, the 27-year-old Wellingtonian released two singles, “Rainbow” and “Fade”, which invited us into a new chapter in this soulful singer-songwriter’s book and a new era of his musical evolution, further marked by third release “Gave It All Away”.

So go on, enter into this talented singer’s new chapter and listen to this latest effort.

New Music Video: Brother – Gents

Danish duo GENTS have released their brand new video for latest single ‘Brother’. The second release is taken from their forthcoming LP ‘About Time’ out 7th April through The Big Oil Recording Company.

With Theis Vesterløkke on synths and production and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s characteristic baritone vocals, GENTS’ sound is founded in a shared passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, alongside obvious nods to distinguished crooners Elvis, Scott Walker and Rick Astley. Their sound screams fun, but the pair are keen to emphasise their sincerity in what they do. Citing artists such as Wham!, Tears for Fears and The War on Drugs as influences, they champion musicians who are not afraid to open up their hearts and use music as a direct mode of expression, with no distance or irony.

In this sense ‘Brother’, following up the recent release of ‘Cold Eyes (feat. Emma Acs)’, is a successful embodiment of the influences GENTS aspire to represent. Wearing its heart on its sleeve, ‘Brother’ is a buoyant pop banger, with a proud, playful synth lead darting across a dreamy landscape of bright guitars, light bouncing keys and Juhl’s dulcet baritone tones.

Having already featured on Noisey, The 405, Hunger Magazine and C-Heads, the two have gigs booked in March at The Waiting Room, London, Amsterdam’s s105 De School for Subbacultcha and Berlin’s Loophole for Shameless/Limitless on the 8th, 9th and 11th respectively.

Having been listed in Sound of Copenhagen’s most rapidly rising stars compilation for their debut single ‘Young Again’, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for this Copenhagen pair.

New Track: Say My Name – Cherry White

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Four-piece act CHERRY WHITE unveiled their first single in over a year, coming in the form of ‘Say My Name.’

Draped in strong elements of brooding bluesy rock, the perfect build up to the mind-blowing soulful vocals, ‘Say My Name’ serves as a platform for anyone who feel powerless to voice their opinions, whether it’s in the workplace or at a place they suppose to call home.

Their rock bluesy trademark earned them various live spots, including Planet Rockstock festival in Wales and White Trash in Berlin. Recently they chalked up their 200th gig with a show at London’s legendary 100 Club, cementing their reputation as one of the UK’s premier up and coming rock bands.

These guys are REALLY good; have a listen to their latest creation.

New Track: Rock Stars – Chill (of 3KNGZ)

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Rahn Williams – aka CHILL– has returned roarer than ever with guitar-driven track, ‘Rock Stars.’

This emcee makes up one half of conscious hip-hop act 3KNGZ, whose single, Kick’, stole the hotspot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2016 list.

We’re not dealing with half-baked-one-hit wonders here – so take time out and have a listen.

New Music Video: ‘My Dreams’ – Chaser Tre’lb

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CHASER TRE’LB couldn’t keep away from the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight and drops his hazy visual for his latest track ‘My Dreams’.

In the three-minute production, the Virginia-grown singer/rapper puts his freestyling to the test and lays his cards on the table (not literally!) about his hopes and desires.

Keep a look out for his next visual for previous effort, ‘New Drug’, ranked #10 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten songs of 2016.

Go on, check it the video for ‘My Dreams!

Filmed by: Freek of Nature.

WATCH Joanna Rabeson’s video for single, Orchids and Feathers

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Paris-born/London-based JOANNA RABESON‘s latest alternative soulful effort, ‘Orchids and Feathers’, is the first release from her eponym project, which displays the tribulations of a woman through her different personas.

Now it’s over to you: experience the first of many tribulations – watch the heartfelt production for ‘Orchid and Feathers’.