Song of the Day: Flames – Guss

Three-piece blues/rock outfit, GUSS graces the blog’s hotspot with their single, ‘Flames’, taken from their debut EP ‘Cellar Sessions.’

Since their inception in 2017, the Kentucky rockers are rapidly becoming a staple in the indie-rock scene in their hometown and across the Midwest with their irresistible combo of soul music with a real gritty injection of rock ‘n’ roll, bearing the influences of rock heavyweights, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hootie and the Blowfish.

So I invite you to have a listen the single ‘Flames’…and if you hear any other influences, why not have your say below!

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New Track: No Crime – Nonso Amadi

Enriched with a myriad of R&B and Afrobeats influences NONSO AMADI continues to expand his horizon with the release of the sensual ‘No Crime.’

From the tantalising hooks to his soulful and smooth vocal delivery, the track is a stripped back ode to love. Showering his love and affection he shows that there is ‘no crime’ when it comes to matters of the heart. The audio has already gained over 200k streams on Spotify alone and over 1/2 million streams collectively. Contributing to his growing fan base that has led him to gain over 40,000+ followers on all his social media platforms and over 10 million audio streams off Spotify and Apple.

Proving to be a fan favourite he has garnered international attention and allowed him to collaborate with industry heavyweights such as Banky W, Maleek Berry and Juls within the first year of his professional career. The Nigerian born, Canadian based recording artist, songwriter and producer has released a string of singles including ‘Tonight’, ‘Radio’ and ‘Aika’, and he has gone onto perform his sold out co-headline show at O2, Islington, London in July 2017 as well as his sold out headline show at Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos.

Watch the video for ‘No Crime’ below:

 

EP Review: EP1 – Yore

The elegant flair of the piano keys, later joined woeful yet heavenly contribution from the violin, introduce YORE‘s debut five-track offering, entitled ‘EP1.’

The LA’s singer/songwriter’s soulfully yearning vocals delicately pierce through the atmospheric soundscapes which runs throughout the project; a perfectly balanced combination that instantly draws you in a state of euphoria.

Co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Dvsn, Little Dragon) ‘EP1’ firmly puts YORE in the spotlight as one of the most intriguing and exciting artist to break out this year. Check it out below:

Must Listens: Knew Better, Angel Eyes

New Track: You’re All I Need – Rai

R&B singer/songwriter RAI gets ready for the release of his forthcoming EP by slipping the first traditional R&B track from the project, ‘You’re All I Need’, released on Thanksgiving Day.

The latest effort follows his critically acclaimed album ‘Love’s On The Way’, released earlier this year. Featuring a smooth mix of contemporary and traditional R&B, the 12-track album was a hit, particularly in the UK, stealing the number one hotspot on the UK Soul Chart and peaking at number two on the Mi-Soul Connoisseurs Top 20 Chart.

Have a listen to ‘You’re All I Need’ below…and if you like what you hear, be sure to look out for his upcoming EP, set for release early next year. The project will feature more of that old-school soul with a rare groove kick…enjoy!

 

Song of the Day: Cologne – Kat Deal

North London singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist KAT DEAL first burst unto the scene in late 2016 with her critically acclaimed debut single ‘Staring Back At Me’, which was supported by Clash Magazine, BBC Radio 2, Spotify, The 405, Record Of The Day, BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing, among others. Now she’s here, stealing NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Song of the Day spot with the slamming R&B jam ‘Cologne’, the first single from her forthcoming debut EP, which is set to be released in February 2019.

Produced by fast-rising Turkish beatsmith and musician Baker Aaron, who has previously worked with the likes of Nick Brewer, Kadeem Tyrell and Naomi Scott, ‘Cologne’ is an infectious and energetic offering, backed by lush instrumentation and clever musicianship, from the smooth bass guitar play to the catchy synth keys to the clever beat switch in the bridge. KAT DEAL holds these all together perfectly, with her commanding vocal display, glorious melodies and lyrical offering.

With a well-versed musical pedigree as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and arranger that has seen her tour the world, playing for Robbie Williams, Felix Jaehn, Eliza And The Bear and Jodie Abacus, among others, KAT DEAL is excited to take center stage with her own music, which can be described as modern alternative R&B-Pop with a 90s slant, and is defined by her use of lush 80s synths, 90s inspired melodies, honest and relatable lyricism, and her unmistakably powerful voice.

Check out the lyric video below: