Album Review: Lightheaded II – Dizzy Rambunctious

For his latest project, DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS braves it out and goes on a turbulent journey of dealing with a heartache from a relationship.

Starting off with melancholic tones, reflecting the first stages of a break-up, ‘Lightheaded II’ offers glimmer of light with an upbeat offering through ‘Heartbreak’, possessing the raciness of guitar plucks with along the EDM-ish drive.

With the tempo tuned down a notch or two, the second half of the album is free of the moody presence of the dense bassline and makes way for those carefree moments which is conveyed through a chirpy, modern take of boombap and a rather flirtatious jazz/soul combo (we’re talking Al Jarreau style).

Through ‘Lightheaded II’, DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS shows no boundaries to his talents, taking on a Simply Red’s Classic ‘Holding Back The Years’, through track, ‘Holding On’. What I love about this album is that it tells a clear story with minimal words…check it out…

Must Listens: Broken Love, Depression, Brighter Days, Holding On, Just To Get By

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New Track: Oh Jane – Otis Mensah

Following the release of mellow/melancholic track, ‘Day Dream’ back in December, OTIS MENSAH delivers another moody yet toe-curling piece, taken in shape of ‘Oh Jane.’

His collaboration with Berlin-based producer, The Intern definitely paid off as the two-and-a-half minute release oozes a hazy experimentation hip-hop and Jazz. Produced by Grit Multimedia, Otis Mensah and Raluca de Soleil,  the accompanied visual sees the Sheffield wordsmith poetically vents on the issue of depression, isolation, materialisation and love loss.

This one’s too good to pass up! Check out the video to ‘Oh Jane

Song of the Day: Say So – Sophie Faith

SOPHIE FAITH teamed up with producer Midnight Phunk for the first Song of the Day of the year – ‘Say So’ – their unique collaboration that’s set to grab the industry’s attention.

 ‘Say So’ acts as a cathartic vessel addressing regret for a previous relationship, with SOPHIE FAITH spilling her emotions throughout the song, metaphorically laying bare her truth.

Renowned for his work with singer Jamilah Barry on her outstanding single ‘Dance Moves’, Midnight Phunk is steadily building a reputation as one of the most gifted producers to emerge from an already bustling north London music scene. His ability to craft soundscapes that allow individual artists to excel is a commodity that is in high demand.

 Something that is equally as coveted are the soulful vocal skills of SOPHIE FAITH, who over recent years has attained a loyal following due to various features with the likes of Coops that has seen anticipation grow ahead of the unveiling of her own material. She has been working with enigmatic producer Talos, in addition to preparing for her official debut EP with producer Aston Rudi, which is due for release in this year…have a listen to this irresistibly sassy track.

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2017

10. Fever – J.Kas

9. The Stone – Jerome Thomas

8. Someone To Try For – ArtClassSink

7. For The City (WSTRN In2 Remix) – Sonz of Thunder UK

6. Orchids & Feathers – Joanna Rabeson

 

5. Not Alone – ShadowCV6

4. The Moment (ft. Sy’Defect & Nevita) / The Takeover ft. Various Artists – J.A.S

3. Destiny – Nino Wes

 

2. Hip-Hop & Cartoons – Gena Perala

1.Hold You – Sophie Longshaw

New Track: Glory – Chloe Bodur

19-year-old North West Londoner CHLOE BODUR has been causing quite a stir with her single  ‘Glory.’ Fusing elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop, her newest number stole the Track of the Day spot on numerous BBC Introducing stations, as well as being added to rotation on Jazz FM.

Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid (Mabel, Katy B, Sinead Harnett, D Double E),  ‘Glory’ focuses on vulnerability and the underlying sense of loneliness. Bodur reveals, “It was originally written as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and how one correlates with the other”.

Raised in a mixed heritage family, whilst immersed in vibrant London, Bodur credits her multi-cultural upbringing for her array of musical influences. Idolising the likes of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as gaining inspiration from artists such as Quincey Jones, D’angelo and Frank Ocean.

Deemed the most promising new act and already selling out live shows,CHLOE BODUR is ready for the next step of her musical endeavour with the highly anticipated release ‘Glory’, available from yesterday.

This is a great way to start your week; have a listen to ‘Glory.’