Future Soul Outfit Shookrah shares ‘Notions’ Video

Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait Mac Carthaigh (keyboard) and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar) – aka Irish future-soul act SHOOKRAH – have shared the video for their new single ‘Notions’, directed by band member Emmet O’Riabhaigh.

Forming part of their upcoming self-titled album, set to drop on 25 October, the track itself is centered around the time we waste staying in dysfunctional relationships. “It’s a recognition of faults committed to the other and yourself in seeking out traits other than those presented to you, which disqualifies the question of who was right or wrong and bares the reality of how hollow we become when we want something so bad that a tarnished version of it will do” says Senita. Fittingly the video features Senita sitting alongside herself in a plush nightclub setting, both “characters” cathartically exploring these emotions through the track.

She explains further: “The song is a reflection and address to a past lover. It felt appropriate to play my double, and kind of centre the sentiment of the song on the delusions we all create for ourselves in fractured relationships, that allow us to prolong its dysfunction.”

Shookrah. 2019. Photo: Bríd O’Donovan

Speaking of his production, Emmet O’Riabhaigh says: “We wanted to shoot something really simple and still with nice moody lighting so we decided to go with two Senitas in what looks like a lovers’ tiff. We shot it over the course of a day in the Bodega bar in Cork, and had Senita’s sister Yesunia to stand in for some of the shots, with the whole band helping out on the set.”

Named Best Act of 2017 and 50 People to Watch in 2018 by The Irish Times, the five-piece have seen substantial press support from the likes of The Irish Examiner, AFROPUNK, Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, Music Week, District Magazine, Nialler9 and Made in Shoreditch Magazine. They’ve also received airplay from BBC’s Radio Ulster, and their track ‘Gerascophobia’ was named BBC Ulster’s Across The Line track of the day.

Racking up nearly 300K streams on digital platforms, they shared the stage with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour and have played Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic, Wigwam, Quarter Block Party, Other Voices Music Trail, and Knockanstockan Festival.

Check out the video below…

New Music Video: Tek Time – JyellowL

Fast becoming one of the most talked about names in Irish music, JYELLOWL sends a strong reminder that people who achieve quick success can lose it easily as it comes, through his latest track, ‘Tek Time.’

The follow-up to the Gentlemen Record released banger, ‘Ozone’, finds the rapper in a fiery mood – taking to task those around him who he feels aren’t being as true to themselves.

Check out the boisterous visual below:

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

10. HIGHLANDS – DELAFAYE

9. DREAMLIFE – J KAS

8. JE NE SAIS QUOI – GEMINI CHRIS

7. 24 HRS – KING BLITZ

6. #DONTSLEEPONJAS – J.A.S

5. LFTP SEASON VOL.1 – 3BUBBLE & J. GRAY

4. SKETCH (ABSTRACT) – MISSION

3. PERPENDICULAR – AMANI

2. Heads in the Clouds – Noep

1. My Fairytale – Dovile Lee 

EP Review: My Fairytale – Dovile Lee

DOVILE LEE‘s debut EP ‘My Fairytale’ opens up and gives a glimpse into the darkest moments of her life, issues we all can relate to from time to time.

Sonically, the daunting presence of the piano leads the six-track heartfelt set, with occasional flicks of feather-light yet almost melancholic bass, which gives off that soft operatic-rock sensation. This spine tingling combo is brought together with the Lithuanian singer’s delicately controlled instrument.

Definitely an impressive debut – it’ll be great to see what DOVILE LEE pulls out the bag for her future release. Have a listen to ‘My Fairytale below:

Must Listens: My Fairytale, Forgive Me, See Me 

Song of the Day: Rabbithole – Shaefri

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After stealing the top spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Music Video of 2016 list with previous effort, ‘Pixelate’, London-based electronic-pop artist SHAEFRI returns with second single ‘Rabbit Hole’ from her forthcoming EP ‘Pixelate’.

While ‘Pixelate’ explored a dysfunctional relationship, ‘Rabbit Hole’ deals with the agony of yearning for love. SHAEFRI paints a desperate character though her pained, heartfelt lyrics imploring the object of her affection to love her.

Born and raised in London with a mixed Irish-Egyptian heritage, SHAEFRI spent years honing her talents and developing her unique brand of haunting vocals and minimalistic beats amidst the London scene. Having performing at venues such as Notting Hill Arts Club and The Borderline alongside famous names including Babyshambles and Craigie Dodds (producer for Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse and Eliza Doolittle), the electronic-pop singer knows what it takes to pull her listeners in with mesmerising vocal hooks and warm, pulsing pads.

This one is very worthy of your time – have a listen to ‘Rabbit Hole’.