Song of the Day: Duke’s Stroll – Mark A. Walker (ft. Philip Lassiter)

Coming out of the shadows and into the spotlight from the smooth jazz community, MARK A. WALKER takes centre stage with latest single, ‘Duke’s Stroll’. The blissful jazz instrumental piece features multi Grammy award-winning arranger/ trumpeter Philip Lassiter.

Handpicked as a lead musician for the single by Miparis Music Label Executive Michael Upshaw, Walker perfectly ignites rhythmic passion in the tribute to the late great legendary George Duke, a highly respected multi-instrumentalist and artist known across multiple music genres across the globe.

For this production, Mark A. Walker is surrounded by a stellar production team led by Executive producer Michael Upshaw and co producer, Grammy nominated producer Chris “BIG DOG” Davis. 

Bassist Mark. A Walker is a highly sought-after performance and session musician with the Gospel, R&B/soul and jazz scene, who has worked with notable artists/musicians, including Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Maysa, Richard Smallwood and Yolanda Adams.  

‘Duke’s Stroll’ is out now for your pleasure…Have a listen below…

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Kinzoogianna Returns with Fifth Single, ‘Saving Grace’

KINZOOGIANNA – AKA Anna Stubbs from groundbreaking Nu Jazz /Broken Beat band Brotherly – presents her Fifth single titled ‘Saving Grace’.

Her latest offering is a spacey synthy ride around Earth contemplating it’s demise, and hoping for a late save, with beautiful multi layered vocals, and Rob Mullarkey (Jacob Collier) and Richard Spaven (Jordan Rakei) on edgy, hyped up bass and drums.

‘Saving Grace’ will form part of Kinzoogianna’s debut album, ‘Gold For The Hungry Souls’ slated for release on 1st August 2022 on Brotherly Music/Kudos Records. Have a listen to the single below…

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…