Song of the Day – Let Me Down – FLVME

Johannesburg based, South African Hip Hop artist FLVME is gearing-up for the release of his upcoming album Germander II, and ‘Let Me Down’ is the first single released from the upcoming project (via Platoon).

FLVME (pronounced: flame) is one of South Africa’s hottest rising Hip Hop artists who has released chart-topping albums, from 2019’s now-certified Gold Germander to 2020’a D.O.A (Dead Or Alive) and 2021’s While You Wait.

‘Let Me Down’ is his first release of 2022 and is a song about reflecting on past relationships and how helped shape who he is. “Accepting everything for what it is and understanding that I have to go through a lot in order to grow .. overall it’s just about finding peace within myself,” he says. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: You Can’t – FRYA

After racking up over 350,000 streams on her debut album ‘Balance’ in the first two weeks, as well as support from the likes of BBC Radio London, CLASH and Mixtape Madness, sensational Zimbabwean singer, FRYA (pronounced Fre-ya) shares R&B smash ‘You Can’t’, released on Johannesburg based record label Exodus Entertainment.

Tipped for major success by iconic international platforms including GQ, who recently interviewed Frya and identified her as a ‘vocal powerhouse’, the Zimbabwean born singer and songwriter is quickly establishing herself as an international star. Prior to the release of ‘Balance’, her debut body of work, 4 of Frya’s tracks were hand-picked for the soundtrack of Netflix hit series ‘Blood & Water’, all of which feature on the album. As an emerging artist, this is a monumental feat and one which can be attributed to both her music and character. Whilst her colourful life experience, emotion and feelings lend to the empowering, versatile and powerful soundscape that her music delivers, it is also her eloquence and fierce determination that open a world of intrigue in to discovering Frya’s world. Describing her sound as “The modern African woman: Versatile, powerful, bold”, it is clear why the world of music, style and culture are gravitating towards her with features across Notion Magazine, Earmilk and many more already scratching the surface of what is to be found from an artist like Frya.

As FRYA continues to build upon the momentum that she garnered last year, she shares her powerful album ‘Balance’. This project includes a variety of differing sonic styles that all merge to create an unforgettable debut. With songs such as Changes, Back It Up, Chandelier and Calculate already creating a cult-following, after featuring heavily on the soundtrack for ‘Blood and Water’, her captivating allure knows no bounds. Showcasing her versatility, FRYA delivers soul-stirring ballads in tracks like ‘For You’ and ‘Changes’, whilst in tracks like ‘Fire Fire’ and ‘BDE’ she demonstrates a party centric, reggaeton sound. Her debut project sums up the passionate singers’ approach to music, as she strives to create the perfect synergy. Have a listen to ‘You Can’t’ below…

Song of the Day: Duro Dada – Bimbi Philips

Closing in on half a million YouTube views, the video for ‘Duro Dada’ from BIMBI PHILIPS is his latest to gain an exceptional response seeing the African sensation build a closely watched and exciting profile in the music scene.

Taken from his ‘Go Getta’ Afrobeats musical film series, the track is part of an eight-track EP soundtrack and is already his most streamed release to date, with an instant addition to the Afro Bashment playlist at Spotify. With the video directed by Luke Biggins (Stefflon Don, Skepta, MO Music, Chip) and shot in the beautiful town of Johannesburg, it shines a unique light on African fashion, focussing on urban African prints and designs, following the trail of the Black Panther movie and capturing the deeply rooted musical essence of the track itself.

Beautifully melodic and caramel tones from Bimbi lead the skippy Afrobeats number. The laidback party anthem packed full of dance, feel-good vibes and sweet musings for a loved one holds all of the essence for dancefloors and the airwaves.

Here’s your moment to check out the explosive visuals below:

New Track: Life Has Only Begun – Wunda

Almost two years out of the NEW LEASE MUSIC spotlight, WUNDA returns with his latest single, ‘Life Has Only Just Begun.’

For those who are not familiar with this South-African singer, he is known for spinning out atmospheric R&B bangers, drawing heavy influence from the spine tingling slow jams back in the 90s.

His 2015 offering, ‘We On!’ stole the top spot on South Africa’s Top 20 Emerging chart…so you’re definitely in good company here.

Hit that play button on ‘Life Has Only Just Begun.’

EP Review: #DontSleepOnJAS – J.A.S

Jayd Soliar – better known as J.A.S – has bounced back with the first release of the year, which shapes up be a six-track set entitled ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ – out today on all major digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.

Following the epic release of ‘The Massacre’ – which premiered on NEW LEASE MUSIC last September – I wondered if this latest package would be, at least, on par with the collaborative effort.

Featuring a melting pot of talents, ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ introduces a boisterous bass which runs throughout the collection, bouncing off echoic soundscapes. Each featured vocals add a layer to the contrasting arrangements, creating a rich three-dimensional (almost holographic) feel.

So just to answer the question: is the EP, at least, on par with the single ‘The Massacre?’. Gonna say that the singles on ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ have way surpass the track and it goes without saying that you won’t fall asleep on this South African producer’s latest body of work. Check it out below:

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