New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2021

NEW LEASE MUSIC presents the Top Ten Songs of 2021, completing the top ten list series for now.

Here you’ll find a real eclectic mix of genres – so whatever you’re into, I’m very confident you’ll find it here!

Wishing you guys a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the list.

10. RETAIL THERAPY – TILLY VALENTINE

9. SAY MY NAME – THEO TAMS

8. SILVER LINING – THE MYSTERY PLAN (FT. BIG SUPREME)

7. HINT OF PINK – REALMA

6. 2840 – STRUGGLE


5. LOVE & FREQUENCIES – BOY NASH

4. CELINÉ AND THE BLUE – CRAVE LOVE

3. BABY ONE MORE TIME – GENA PERALA

2. I NEED YOU – CAITLIN MIN FA

1. KISSES – CHLOE CATTELL

Masego Puts The Soul Into Christmas With Classic, ‘Favorite Things’

Grammy-nominated artist MASEGO puts a trap jazz spin on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song, ‘Favorite Tings,’ which was first heard in The Sound of Music and has since become a holiday staple.

Masego, who has amassed over two billion combined global streams in his career to date, recently earned his first GRAMMY nomination. Studying Abroad: Extended Stay (EQT Recordings/Capitol Records), the deluxe edition of his acclaimed EP, is nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album. The collection includes the hit ‘Mystery Lady’ featuring Don Toliver, plus the beautifully reimagined ‘Mystery Lady (Sego’s Remix).’ Combined global streams of ‘Mystery Lady’ have soared past the 150 million mark.

He’ll kick off 2022 with a sold-out, four-night stand at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Rosehardt will open at the January 6 and 7 shows. Devin Morrison, who collaborated with Masego on the recent single ‘Yamz,’ will perform as special guest at the January 8 and 9 shows. Masego will launch a headline tour of Europe and the U.K.. on February 11 in Warsaw. The run will wrap up at London’s O2 Brixton on March 13. Mereba will support on all dates.

‘Favorite Tings’ completes the trio of celebratory singles released by Masego in recent months. Released in October, ‘Garden Party’ ft. Big Boi and JID, has amassed 3.2 million combined streams and was praised by NPR as “a lush neo-soul single that unveils wonderland.” November brought ‘Yamz’ with Devin Morrison, which is climbing the Mediabase R&B chart and creating a buzz on Shazam. VIBE said, “‘Yamz’ demands the attention of R&B purists,” and went on to praise “the duo’s sultry singing and the song’s seductive production.” .

Masego is a singular talent and surprising presence who cites 1930s Harlem big bandleader Cab Calloway as a guiding spirit and was mentored by DJ Jazzy Jeff. His 2018 debut album, ‘Lady, Lady’, included the breakout hit single ‘Tadow.’ With more than one billion combined global streams, the song is certified Platinum in the U.S., Diamond in Brazil and Gold in Mexico.

‘Favorite Things’ was released last Friday (10th December) via EQT Recordings/Capitol Records. This will definitely kickstart your festive season…check out the visualizer below…

Song of the Day: Grooveship – Rocomoco

Lifted from their forthcoming album, ‘Into The Blue’, slated for release this Friday (29th October) via Aviary Day on Aviary Bridge Records Ltd, laidback lo-fi duo ROCOMOCO‘s single, ‘Grooveshop’ features Denmark-based artist Hoffy Beats who is making himself at home in the sounds of chilled beats. He’s been featured on the Lo-Fi Girl Youtube channel and has earned just under 13 million plays on Spotify alone.

Berlin-based rocomoco have earned over 11 million streams across platforms, with features on vibe-maker Youtube channels such as nourish, Dreamy, Délicieuse Musique, College Music, STEEZYASFUCK, and The Jazz Hop Cafe to boot as well as appearing on Mr Suicide Sheep’s Favourites Spotify playlist. The duo were featured in Last Day Deaf’s Cool Smooth Chill playlist and received written support from the likes of CLASH Magazine, A Closer Listen, Stereofox, and Give It A Spin.

The pair have incorporate a collection of chilled vibes, jazzy guitars and dusty beats with a forward-looking left-leaning edge into their work, calling upon the likes of J Dilla, Nujabes and Jinsang as source of inspiration. In turn, their sound draws parallels to the likes of Potsu, Kruder & Dorfmeister, FKJ and Nightmares on Wax.

Speaking of the single, rocomoco says: “Our single is about when everything falls in place perfectly: Grooveshop serves liquid melodies from places of longing. Think about endless moments in Mediterranean beach bars where the time stands still. Hoffy’s Jazz chords and piano licks have been a good starting point for the atmospheric and chilled beat we ended up with.”

‘Grooveship’ follows previously released singles, ‘Years’ and ‘Warm Flicker’. Check out the accompanied colourful video for the feel-good single below…

Otis Mensah Drops Troglodyte Jazz, a Jazz Rap Ode

Named Sheffield’s first poet laureate in 2018, OTIS MENSAH steps back with the release of his latest single, ‘Troglodyte Jazz’. Produced by The Intern, ‘Troglodyte Jazz’ is an airy jazz infused lyrically playful track from the critically acclaimed wordsmith himself.

‘Troglodyte Jazz’ is part of the second season of #OtisMensahExists, a creative series blending together surrealist animation and introspective music.

Check out the video for the single below…

Song of the Day: Awake With Crystal Eyes – K O D A E

Easing you into the weekend is emerging R&B/Pop group, K O D A E with their sultry debut single, ‘Awake With Crystal Eyes’.

Formed in the spring of 2019 the five-piece act’s unique backgrounds brings a fresh new flavour to the Canadian music table with this latest offering: Annie da Silva’s velvety voice and cutting lyrics, Owen Mcpherson’s gospel roots on the deep five, Seyoung Lee’s lush jazz textures on the keys, Curtis Sauer’s ambitious groove on the drums and Eric Osborne’s fluid harmonies on the guitar.

Recorded at The National Music Centre, ‘Awake With Crystal Eyes’ is one of the three singles leading up to their first full length album to be recorded in the spring of 2021. Check out the uber classy track below…