New Music Video: Mention Nothing – Thidius

South London alt-pop five piece THIDIUS have brought their latest single ‘Mention Nothing’ to life with a psychedelic and eye-catching video. ‘Mention Nothing’ is the lead single from their upcoming release ‘Inversion.’

The video features singer Izzy Risk performing stunning vocals, and contrasts kaleidoscopic, distorted imagery with black and white footage. Thidius’ five-piece line-up allows them to create a sound that is multi-layered, but beautiful and cohesive. The song itself features catchy guitars and soulful singing which, when combined with a funky rhythm section and more moody synths, allowing ‘Mention Nothing’ to be at once upbeat and atmospheric.

THIDIUS’ line up also include Ben Hayes on synths, Tom Driessler on bass and Harry Pope on drums. Hailing from New Cross in South East London, THIDIUS are in good company and have made a name for themselves through collaborating with a plethora of creative’s from this growing artist hub. They achieved recognition by supporting their South London contemporary King Krule on his 2014 European tour. THIDIUS’ live performances have received praise from the likes of London on the Inside, who described them as “a young band that are completely in their element on stage.”

Blending a range of influences including jazz, funk and synthpop,THIDIUS have an exciting sound that is both soulful and ethereal. The video brings this out by taking simplistic footage of Izzy Risk’s charismatic performance and giving it colourful, dizzying distortion. With an EP to follow this summer 2017 looks set to be a defining year for these south Londoners.

Album Review: Fiero – Population 7

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Hailing all the way from the West Midlands, nine piece hip-hop/neo-soul act POPULATION 7 have dropped their brand new album entitled ‘Fiero’, earlier this week.

A real sultry soulful/jazz fusion takes centre stage and swagger throughout the nine-track production, with smooth Erykah Badu-esque vocals and the occasional, laid-back freestyling giving the slick combo that extra kick.

I’ve found a real treasure here – so don’t disappoint me now and CHECK IT OUT!!!

Must Listens: Blindspot, Slugums, Wi – Fi, Fiero, Paz6 & FoxP2.

 

 

 

 

 

New Track: Meditations – Mr. Metronomo

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Coming straight out of Los Angeles, experimental band MR METRONOMO released their latest single Meditations, available on all major music digital platforms, including Bandcamp.

Judging from the newest offering, their music can’t be pigeonholed under one genre. Led by lead vocalist John Perea, this almighty band typically provides a steady/laid back flow of electronic beats, horns and low-key vocals, with Rory Mahtews offering up the smoothest guitars riffs.

The rest of the members include: Tenor Sax, Sarah Rosenkrantz on vocals,  Isaac Lopez on bari sax, Gabe Martin on trumpet, Nick Kennerly/Bonnie Brooksbank on violins, Mathew Witmer on viola and Evgeny Tonkha on the cello. That’s a pretty big band, which can fuse a variety of new sounds together; a completely different sound that’s very fitting for that lazy Sunday morning.

Meditations is the latest release from their 13-track album, The La Metro Experience, released in August…take time out and have a listen.

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2016

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10. Down – XamVolo

9. Honey B – Bella Loka

8. Waters Run Deep – Coco (ft. Shola Ama)

7. Not Staying The Same – Big Rain & Trigga Rider

6. Royal Blood – Sound Glyphics

5. Vogue – 3Bubble & J. Gray

4. Don’t Be Shy – Kane

3. Divinity Machine – Crisis Renegade

2. Falls – Awir Leon

  1. Pixelate – Shaefri

EP Review: Chirality – XamVolo

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If you heard of XAMVOLO then you’ll certainly heard his leading soulful/jazz number, Down…and if you dig the single, well you’ll be in for a treat with his four-track EP, Chirality.

The laid-lack set is, by large, a continuation of Down – a hazy juxtaposition of the aforementioned genres, which showcase a Sade-level of class – and that’s REALLY hard to top.

With irresistibly hypnotic pieces that can be hailed as modern classics, this (clever) cool cat has positioned himself as a promising and timeless artist who will have music fanatics, all from generations, buying his future projects blind. If you’re not convinced, hit that play button.

Must Listens: Down, Gold Leaf

Album Review: A Band On Hope – A Band On Hope

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Award-winning alt hip-hop duo A BAND ON HOPE have released their 13-track album of the same name last week…and you’ve been warned; it’s not your run-of-the-mill mainstreamer.

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Kristian Sharpe and lyricist Ill Literate do not present a single dull moment. The two cleverly fuse hip hop, rock, funk, soul, blues, electro and a hint of jazz with raging guitar riffs and infectious (80-ish) flying synths which gives a respectfully wayward and futuristic feel to each offerings in the collection.

A Band on Hope is just like Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it; there’s no in-between with this one…but the only way to find out is to hit that play button on the four-track sampler.

Must Listens:  Dead Angels, Low Budget High Life, Phantom of Hipopera, Russian Dolls, Spaced Out Break Out

New Music Video: Down – XamVolo

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XAMVOLO makes a return on NEW LEASE MUSIC with a too-cool-for-school visual to his latest single, Down, coming from his forthcoming EP, Chirality, out this Friday.

The 22-year-old has written, produced and arranged his project, which will feature brooding, eclectic mixture of jazz and soul over hypnotic beats in which he describes as resembling “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves”.

If you like this single, well the EP will be a real treat! Check out the video.

 

 

New Track: Down – XamVolo

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After receiving widespread plays on BBC 1xtra, Radio X and 6 Music for his previous effort, Runner’s High, UK jazz-soul singer and producer XAMVOLO unveils brand new single Down, taken from his forthcoming EP Chirality.

The latest single is set up take things up a notch. The four-minute smoothie tackles the inner battle many of us have with our own inhibitions as we try to balance our personal relationships with the pursuit of our goals.

Aged just 22, the Merseyside resident has written, produced and arranged his upcoming four-track project. Its brooding, eclectic mixture of Jazz and Soul over hypnotic beats brings to mind contemporaries such as Anderson Paak and Hiatus Kaiyote, firmly establishing Xam as a true artist and one who oversees every single element of his music, which he describes as resembling “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves”.

EP Review: When You Realise People Are Not One Dimensional – Model 86

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If you’re a regular on NEW LEASE MUSIC, you’ve probably came across MODEL 86‘s off-the-wall single, Hold On, forming part of his latest five-track EP, When You Realise People Are Not One Dimensional.

Released earlier this month, the man behind the project, Matthew James Wilcock goes all out and unleashed some insanely ingenious fusions of alternative hip-hop, R&B, jazz and electronica with tampered vocals giving each set a toe-curling lick. You’re forgiven if you think the EP sound bonkers – but trust me on this one – it’s as smooth as a Sade classic (well, kind of).

Must Listens: Holdin,’ Mono, Fake Life Jacket

Song of the Day: Why? – Adrien Bass

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Today’s song is Why? by British/Senegal reggae artist ADRIEN BASS. The single is coming from his album, Assaults.

Whilst growing up in the Caribbean, this music enthusiast learned to play the banjo, but did not fully exploit his musical talents until he moved to England. He started off as a DJ in Yorkshire and went on to play in a reggae band in London and developed a taste for jazz. To expand his desire for the genre, the true rastaman  studied jazz music at college, where he rustled up some talented musician…and the band ABASS was born. Having back-to-back gigs across London, the band quickly gained respect from the underground Jazz scene.

Now armed with his unique infusion of reggae and jazz, ADRIEN BASS took his music career to the next level and started a record label called Organic Jazz Records, based in Senegal and is now working with some of the biggest producers and upcoming musicians in the country and London.

So there you have it! Take time out and listen to Why? This song features that typical classic reggae/lovers rock chill out groove coupled with though provoking and truth-be-told lyrics.

If you’re digging this track, play a visit to his Soundcloud page where there’s a catalogue of his mind-blowing tracks. Once you get there, listen to The Eyes Never Tell a Lie and Dub of Visions for the full reggae/jazz experience. Heart-meltingly beautiful!

Also connect with him @adrienbass and say hi!