Album Review: Breaking All Th Rules – ThBenj

THBENJ‘s latest project, ‘Breaking All Th Rules’, which follows up from his 2019 debut album ‘T.H.B – the blog’s number one album of 2019 – and takes on a more sinister and darker route than its predecessor.

A downtempo bass runs along the airy (almost electronic backdrop), often accompanied by chant-like overtones are the main ingredients in the first half of the 19-track set, which somewhat has an air of melancholy. Further along the line, the downtempo grit is incorporated with smooth guitar plucks (in tracks ‘Y’ and ‘Thank You All’) which gives a fresher feel to the combo. The rich soulful undertones in ‘Just A Little More’ gives the album’s sparse theme a full dimensional urban feel, before leading out on a high with a tingling sensation from a melodic outro (Fkn Chill).

I’ve listened to tracks, ‘Y’, ‘Reasons’ and ‘Champagne’ prior to the release of this album, and nothing prepared me for what was coming. If you couldn’t tell from this review, I’m really digging this album and my hat comes off (once again) for this credible artist on-a-serious-rise. Check him out below

Must Listens: Different Sounds, Thank You All, Y Th F Do You Care, Flip IT, Nobody’s Gonna Give It, Rest Of My Life

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs Of 2020

So here it is…NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2020!

Here you will find an electric mix of genres – from rock/rap, adult contemporary to fun filled UKG and EDM/pop. Some of the tracks featured reflects the events of 2020, while others serves as great escapism songs.

So knock yourself out and check out the top ten list below…

10. Y -THBENJ

9. M TO THE B – MILLIE B

8. DANK’O’HOLIC – MARINA MASSANOVA

7. FEELS LIKE THE WORLD’S STOPPED TURNING –  DARREN PARRY

6. NEVER THE SAME – KANDA

5. SALT – VOXXEN

4. PHOTOGENIC – ASANDA JEZILE

3. STAGED HAPPINESS -THEO NOBLE

2. HEY – TOM ONE (FT. LAUREN MAY)

1. PAPI CHULO – rich nana

Song of the Day: Champagne – ThBenj

Italian rapper, THEBENJ‘s fifth single for the year, Champagne’, is – in his words – A” song to celebrate everything and nothing to”.

The hazy number follows his most recent singles, ‘2020’, ‘Reasöns’, ‘Y’ and ‘Flip IT’.

Check out ThBenj’s ‘Champagne’ below, available now on all download and streaming sites.

Song of the Day: A Work of Art – Lisabel

Italian-born/London based singer/songwriter, LISABEL has every potential to draw in the prospective listener with track, ‘A Work Of Art’. The soulful offering carries a nurturing tone that could be associated to the likes of Solange, Aretha Franklin and Erykah Badu.

Lisabel said of the single: “I wrote the song after falling in love with someone who to me represented a pure and loving soul that I trusted and wanted to celebrate.”

‘A Work Of Art’ is from her debut album bearing the same name, released earlier this month. Have a to this beautiful song listen below…

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Song of the Day: Nina – Jay Ardz

Originally from Verona, Italy JAY ARDZ has been meticulously constructing a new wave of UK Rap tracks with Afro-swing elements that continue to elevate him as an upcoming artist to reach a peak altitude in his career.

His first track of 2020 ‘Nina’ displays making his dream of success a reality, whilst remembering the path that has made him who he is today.

Revolutionizing a new era of upcoming UK hitmakers, Jay Ardz has already begun to set the tone for what is to come following his recent success of ‘Roadside’ (2019) which caught the attention of popular mainstream platform GRM DAILY, and ‘Mia Khalifa’ (2019) which featured on Spotify’s ‘Afrobashment’ playlist.

Jay Ardz endeavours to continue developing his distinctive sound, honing his craft, and positioning himself accordingly so he can leave a striking impact on the UK Rap + Afro-swing scene.

Check out the video for Jay’s ‘Nina’ below…