New Music Video: Pain Killer – Torii Wolf

Premiered on Billboard, TORII WOLF‘s video for, latest single ‘Pain Killer’ documents the past struggles she has endured.

Produced by OVO’s Mike Zombie (of Drake’s ‘Started From The Bottom’ & DJ Khaled’s ‘They Don’t Love You No More’ featuring Jay-Z, French Montana, Meek Mill & Rick Ross fame), ‘Pain Killer’ is the audio equivalent of an opioid, replete with Torii’s pleas to euthanize her anguish, yet so ultimately stimulating it creates a high you can’t stop craving.

Speaking of her  latest single, Torii explains: “If anyone has ever had any substance abuse problems, or has used in the past at all, you feel this feeling of needing something. This dependency on getting high and these drugs, so to speak, are what we need so badly; end up turning on us,” Torii commented to Billboard. “They don’t care about us is what it feels like, you use them too much, it ends up biting you and hurting you either way. You need to get high and the only thing that can get you high is that drug and sometimes you’re high and it still doesn’t feel good anymore. And the same thing with a person–some relationships feel that way.

‘Pain Killer’ is from her solo debut EP ‘Flow Riiot’, released via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint. The 15 track collection is now out on all digital platforms.

But for now, it’s time to check out the video…

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New Track: Pain Killer – Torii Wolf

In the run up to her forthcoming solo debut album ‘Flow Riiot’, TORII WOLF lets go of one final track, ‘Pain Killer.’

Produced by Mike Zombie (of Drake’s ‘Started From The Bottom’ & DJ Khaled’s ‘They Don’t Love You No More’ featuring Jay-Z, French Montana, Meek Mill & Rick Ross fame), ‘Pain Killer’ is the audio equivalent of an opioid, replete with Torii’s pleas to euthanize her anguish, yet so ultimately stimulating it creates a high you can’t stop craving.

Debut solo-debut, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on the 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.

For now, have a listen to her most enticing release to date…

New Music Video: Dreamin’ – ADI (ft. KDC)

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After a two-year break, which she describes as “a necessary form of artistic hibernation”, Tel Aviv singer/ producer ADI (Adi Ulmansky) returns with a music video to her new single Dreamin’ . The latest banger is the lead single from her forthcoming EP, also entitled Dreamin‘, out next Friday, which also features self penned and produced single Pink Pillz.

Featuring US rapper KDC, Dreamin’  was produced by Eric Dingus (whose work features on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late). This is the first project that ADI has enlisted external producers whilst still co-producing the entire EP – a mix of R&B, hip-hop with futuristic beats.

Back in 2013, ADI turned heads with her debut mixtape, Shit Just Got Real and follow-up EP  Hurricane Girl a few months later. Jay Z’s Life and Times mag called her “matchless”, Vice claimed that they’re “obsessed with ADI“, while The Guardian noted that she took “her love of Radiohead and transformed it into clattering, MIA-esque pop”.

Song of the Day: When You Feel What Love Has – Lenny Fontana (ft. D-Train)

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DJ and producer LENNY FONTANA and Brooklyn singer James ‘D-TRAIN’ Williams , have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

D-TRAIN is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as You’re the One for Me and  has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire.

Meanwhile, LENNY FONTANA is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single What You Need with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and Chocolate Sensation. Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.

D-TRAIN now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst LENNY FONTANA is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.

Since its release earlier this month, When You Feel What Love Has has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in the pipeline…look out for that..but for now, have a listen to this instant favourite.

Song of the Day: Dwaine Hayden – Stitches (Cover)

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DWAINE HAYDEN gives a silky smooth R&B treatment to Shawn Mendes hit Stitches.

Coming from a large musical family, Dwaine has adopted powerhouse vocals that’s reminiscent of the 80s with a rich soulful tone that draws you into the modern-day.

At a young age he perform at the Earls Court Stadium, supporting Jay-Z and Beyoncé as part of a collective of upcoming artists. The newcomer also performed in an intimate setting for Prince Charles, Jay-Z, Rev Run, Russell Simmons and Trevor Nelson.

He went on to become lead vocalist for The Trinity Band, reaching the semi –finals on Must be the Music (sky1) and winning live and unsigned 2011 after the group split up. More recently, Dwaine appeared on The Voice UK 2016 with Paloma Faith  as his mentor.

Judging from his authentic vocals, coupled with his charismatic style and larger-than-life personality, the sky is beyond the limit for this guy…why don’t you check out his mind-blowing performance.

Upcoming Release: Have Mercy (The 83rd Remix) – The 83rd

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Brooklyn-based record producer THE 83rd gets ready to drop a stirring remix of Eryn Allen Kanes soulful yet minimalist track Have Mercy next month.

The rework opens with beautifully layered vocals which echo hauntingly into the resonant soundscapes and as with the original track,  Eryn’s soulful vocals take centre stage. In its focused minimalism it drips with sonic emotion, bringing a new depth to an already striking track.

The accomplished producer, real name Will McNair, has produced for Cheryl Cole as well as produced, engineered and mixed Angel Haze’s hugely influential New York’ which received praise from  The Guardian, Pitchfork, and VICE. He has been commissioned to make remixes for Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey, whilst his rework of Tinashe’s ‘Boss’ featured on a collaborative remix EP with Giraffage and Ryan Hemsworth.

As one half of electronic production duo Chopstix with Ski Beatz, who has worked with international stars including hip-hop heavyweights Mos Def, Wiz Khalifa and Jay Z, THE 83rd has also produced and remixed tracks by Nicole Wray, Cam’ron and Locksmith.

The remix Eryn’s Have Mercy is out on 12th February….for now, have a sample – it would be a crying shame to pass up on this epic track!

Song of the Day: Coffee (Remix) – Skai

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After cranking up over 16,000 listens on SoundCloud with a collection of oft-praised R&B/soul numbers, including Rick Ross-inspired ‘Thugs Cry‘ featuring Lil Wayne, SKAI has officially received a plethora of high-profile kudos – and certified stamped approval – from 6-time Grammy Award winning producer, Jimi Kendrix (Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne), DJ Blazita (Jay-Z 40/40 resident DJ in NY) and DJ Bedtyme (Remy Ma Official DJ). 

Now the 22-year-old recently released a sultry version of Miguel’s number Coffee. To fuel the hype, The New Haven-born edgy songstress – who now resides in London – is currently completing her highly anticipated debut EP entitled Record.

Coffee (Remix) is available as a free download via SoundCloud.

New Music Video: Dead Prez – Dillon Cooper (Ft. A LA $OLE)

DILLON COOPER has dropped the music video to his cover of Jay-Z’s classic, Dead Presidents. The latest release is coming his mixtape XXX

The Brooklyn upcomer is currently supporting MODSUN on his national US tour and will also be performing at SXSW next month.

Exclusive Interview with: Kastilano

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He gave us Still Dreaming (which is the most popular track on NEW LEASE MUSIC), It’s All About The Money and more recently, the hard-hitting What About.  Philly hip-hop artist KASTILANO is now in the interview seat, pouring out his passion and love for music. So if you heard his tracks through NEW LEASE MUSIC but don’t know nothing about the guy, well this is your perfect chance to get to know him!

NLM: Hey what’s up? When you first appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC, you said you wanted to make a dent in the hip-hop game – so what’s the reception been like on your music?

K: Aw man the reception has been great so far only getting better and better. I mean I get so much love from my city of Philly all the way to London. It keeps me going daily  and motivates me to go harder on each and every track. I have concord having my very own unique sound and am blessed to be able to touch strangers who never met me to where they say they can really feel my  music and that’s a beautiful feeling. A few people don’t get it yet but they soon will.

NLM: So what do you think is wrong with the hip-hop game today?

K: Well a year ago I would have said its not enough music with substance  not enough artist being original (which I still agree with to an extent) but now I feel people are too worried about what others are doing instead of sticking to what it is that they do. I mean it’s ok to use different sounds and methods to make music, we all steal from each other at some point. The most important thing to me is staying true to self making the best quality music possible, that’s what I focus on. Times will change and the music will constantly change with it that’s just the facts.

NLM:  How would you describe your music and what make you different from the rappers today?

K: My music is what I like to call quality music! I actually give you me, my life, what’s real in my life. I don’t base my music off of what sound is catchy or in at the moment but instead I try to do the opposite of that automatically separating myself from the competition. I’m so different because I’m not afraid to touch on different subject that need to be spoke on or not just make music for the clubs but music for your brain and for ya soul touching the heart of people crossing boundaries going places I shouldn’t almost forcing others to do the same to keep up hahaha.

NLM: You have a catalogue of REAL  dope music. What’s your proudest track and why?

K: Thank you very much I truly appreciate that. My proudest track is a track from my 1st mixtape entitled The City’s Hero called Still Dreaming which is a song dedicated to my mother who passed away when I was a baby. I originally just did the song to get out my feeling for her but didn’t think it would get such the response that it did. I mean people said it actually made them cry feeling sad for me and others who could relate really feeling my pain. Best feeling is to be felt.

 NLM: Who do you listen to and who are your musical influences?

K: Honestly i listen to everybody from rap to R&B because I love music. I alway get handed cds in the streets and I always try to give them a listen at least once to see if it’s hot or not (I know the feeling of wanting people to give you a play).

I like lots of the 90’s early 2000’s Hip-Hop and Rap from Big L, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang, L.O.X, Jay-Z, DMX, Beanie Segal, Mobb Deep, CNN, Snoop Dogg, Fugees, Big Pun, Diplomats just to give you an idea. On the softer side of things Isley Brothers, Whispers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Sade, Tina Marie, Chaka Khan, etc, etc I really can go on and on as you can see.

Little kids 5, 6 ,7 8 years old inspire me. The drug addict on the corner with talent you would not believe inspires me. Of course the greats like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Run DMC, 2Pac, Eminem and many other greats inspire me. I’m just musically influenced.

NLM: Let’s take a step back for a moment: at what point did you want become a hip-hop artist?

Ok I wanted to be a rap since like middle school and really saw the light of it happening about 16 or 17 years old but with the streets taking a serious toll on my life music became last on my list of things to do. Now being a real live artist came into play about two years ago when I realized I really had what it takes with a sound like no other.

NLM: Were you in a group before you venture out as a solo artist?

K: Yes I was in a group called DB which stood for Da Buls (a Philadelphia word used to describe a boy, guy or man” which was me and my right hand man at the time who is also my blood cousin Da Bul Joe aka Superstar J aka Young Ca$h. His incarceration is what originally led me to go solo until he returned.”

NLM: If you were granted three wishes, what would it be?

K: Hmmmm these questions just get better huh? This is a great interview by the way but to answer your question I would wish for everybody to be equal to where color or race did not matter any longer nor would money everyone would be equal having the same ability to receive the same education, living circumstances and all. eliminating a lot of the problems we have here on planet earth as we know it. My second wish would be for it to be only 1 religion eliminating separation of people with just 1 GOD to pray to. The third and final wish of mine would be for it to be no diseases like aids, cancer and etc. We would all like better and healthier lives but still would have to be responsible with those dangers and worries no longer being around. Yeah I know I’m on my Nas /ft Lauren Hill-If I Ruled The World tip huh

NLM: So you have any upcoming project?

K: Yes after release of my latest mixtape Best Of KillEm Kastilano, my official self titled album Kastilano will be released on iTunes and every other major music outlet September 23rd of this year. Featuring my best work to date really taking it to the next level with 8 classic songs followed by 2 skits (somethings albums are missing lately)  trust me you will not this quality music like nothing you hear now.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

“Contact on Twitter & IG @215KKastilano like my page Facebook.com/KillEmKastilano also like my page Reverbnation.com/KillEmKastilano and subscribe to my channel Youtube.com/OneHalfadb for latest update of my vlog KillEmTv. Oh yeah search Kastilano on Youtube and Google Kill Em Kastilano for easiest and fastest ways to find me.”


NLM: Before you sign off, there’s one I’ve been dying to ask… it’s a silly question but I’m gonna put it out there…what’s your real name!

K: Wow haha my birth name is Kahseem! I actually say it in a few of my songs but yeah that’s me so until next time it was a pleasure talking to you and thanks for such a amazing interview I enjoyed every minutes of it! Signing out The City’s Hero, it’s KillEmmmmm!!! PEACE”