Known for producing uplifting soulful jazz numbers, CÉLINE AND THE BLUE decided to start the New Year with a slightly fresh sound…
Showcasing the jazz quintet as multifaceted musicians, their brand new single, ‘Crave Love’ boasts splashes of soul, trickles of rock elements, and jazzy cadences, which explores emotions such as helplessness, vulnerability, and grief. The song was initially about heartbreak, but soon transformed into a sweet melancholy representing the current trying times, where craving love is the ultimate in vain endeavour.
Out today on download and streaming platforms, ‘Crave Love’, is the last single before their EP’s release this year…why not have a listen to ‘Crave Love’ below…
Following the their appearance on the blog last week with single, ‘Fall Down’, Danish singer and producer MARIE DAHLSTROM, London-based producer DAN DIGGAS and Canadian rapper ALIGO circle back for their new single ‘Rising’, the second track to be lifted from their upcoming collaborative EP ‘4inARow’, out January 15th via Marie’s JFH Records label.
‘Rising’ takes the trio’s hybrid of late night R&B and laid back hip-hop to new heights. Uniting Marie’s angelic voice with Aligo’s subtle verses – backed by a soothing instrumental from Dan Diggas – ‘Rising’ lyrically represents the beginnings of blossoming new relationship.
Speaking on the release of the new single, Aligo said: “Rising to me feels like the song you hear at the end of a good movie. It tells the second chapter of a love story after the initial spark: Honeymoons and bright flames. An ode to people in love, the lyrics definitely put you in that feel good space and remind the people that might not be in love at the moment, that there is something for everyone out there. It’s about when the moment comes and the temperature rises.”
Marie Dahlstrom went on to add: “Dan’s beat reminded me a bit of butterflies in the stomach when I’m love, and that’s what went on to inspire my lyrics for the track.”
Originally conceived as an idea to create a four-track EP in just 4 nights, ‘4inARow’ in essence was an experiment in writing, recording and producing purely on impulse. Each track was recorded between 8pm & midnight on those 4 days in January 2020; with each cut having its own story to tell. Dan Diggas provided the beats for the EP, with Marie Dahlstrom and Aligo sharing vocal responsibilities across the 4 tracks.
Speaking a little more on how the EP came together, Aligo said: “Marie and I lived in the JFH flat for a little over a year and after a few months we figured out a way for us to really tap in and make music together. We told ourselves every night for 4 straight days we are going to tackle a pack of beats that Dan made while he was on tour with Mahalia. Theme-wise there wasn’t a plan at first but we knew we wanted to explore different emotions and feelings with each night that passed. By the end we noticed the songs came together in a cohesive way that demonstrated a four stage cycle of love/relationships.”
Marie Dahlstrom, Dan Diggas and Aligo’s new single ‘Rising’ is out now on download and streaming sites…check out the single below…
Known for dishing out smooth afterhours R&B numbers, BENNY BIZZIE switches up for the New Year with single, ‘Blood In The Water’.
Produced by Cee Figz (Pocaan, Fredo, Tion Wayne), ‘Blood In The Water’ is an edgy, Afro-beat inspired track, which expresses the feelings of uncertainty around the world at this current time. Benny sings ‘Even salt looks just like sugar round here’ inferring that nothing is what it seems, reflecting on 2020 events.
Bizzie’s recent E-Motion EP has gained over 500k views on YouTube and over 100k streams on Spotify with support from Link up TV and Sentric Music. To date, Benny has released 5 EP’s which earned him 2 nominations at the Urban Music Awards for Best Male and Best R&B, Radio support by Charlie Sloth (BBC 1xtra), and features with Ghetts, Frisco, and Wretch 32. His music video for previous track, ‘Pressure’ is currently the blog’s Music Video of the Week.
Be sure to look out more music throughout the year from this guy as he aims to experiment with various genres with his seamless R&B signature. So get the first taste of Benny’s new musical venture below…
Lifted from her most recent EP ‘For The Uninformed’, rapper NICKI KNIGHTZ‘s visuals for 1964 (Howlett Drive) tells the tale of Nicki’s mother, a woman from Norwich who, after falling pregnant, found herself living in deepest Hackney.
The Saul Ali-directed video juxtaposes scenes of Nicki recording the track, and having to recall them visiting Norwich, with its canals and parks, a simpler life where survival is not so hard to maintain. She then smacks back to the grim reality of how her mother lost her financial independence and became despondent on the block.
So here it is…NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2020!
Here you will find an electric mix of genres – from rock/rap, adult contemporary to fun filled UKG and EDM/pop. Some of the tracks featured reflects the events of 2020, while others serves as great escapism songs.
So knock yourself out and check out the top ten list below…
10. Y -THBENJ
9. M TO THE B – MILLIE B
8. DANK’O’HOLIC – MARINA MASSANOVA
7. FEELS LIKE THE WORLD’S STOPPED TURNING – DARREN PARRY