Album Interview: Not A Yout Anymore – Trigga Ryder

I have been following Matt Wride – aka TRIGGA RYDER – ever since he slipped me his 2016 track, ‘That’s A Fact’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Manchester-based spitter to talk about his latest project, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’. As I was immediately intrigued by the album’s title, I asked him what inspired him to produce the ten-track set plus his plans for the rest of the year.

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

TR: Yeah 2021 is going good so far, definitely better than 2020. 2020 was pretty hard to be honest due to COVID but it seems like there’s hope on the horizon and stuff is hopefully going to get back to normal soon.

NLM: You released your album, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ last November. What is the public perception on the project so far?

TR: Definitely been a lot of love for the project and people supporting the final product I feel like it could have done better In terms of numbers of streams sales etc. But I’m happy with it and these days I’m making music for myself so if anyone else buzzes of it that’s a bonus

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

TR: The birth of my son Dylan in 2017 inspired me and made me think wow I’m actually a grown up now, hence the title Not A Yout Anymore, also the breakup of me and his Mum which was a struggle, but it inspired me on some of the tracks with lyrics and concepts.

NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

TR: I’d say the project has a mixture of sounds which is something I intended by my choice of using three different producers/ beat makers there’s some Boom Bap , Grime and Modern Rap in the vein of D Block Europe and Nafe Smallz minus the auto tune which I’m not opposed to using but didn’t think it would fit with the project this time around.

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

It depends what mood I’m in but I’m pleased with the lead single Not A Yout Anymore. The Chorus kept getting stuck in my head so we shot a video for it with Chris Lucas of Arun productions in Bristol you can watch it here:

I also really like how the track path that I choose turned out in terms of production.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why

TR: Probably Potter Payper although I’m not really sure if he’s classed as mainstream, but I’m feeling all the stuff he’s been putting out recently and followed him Since the beginning of his career.

Met him a couple of times once in Manchester and then at a gig in Birmingham and he was really safe plus he went in with his performance.

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your EP?

TR: Yeah potentially would have had some features on the project if the rappers I had in mind had access to a studio but COVID meant they couldn’t record, also the project was started just before COVID with the intention of having it all mixed by one of the beat makers on the project but when it kicked in he ended up having other commitments to fulfil so I ended up mixing it myself which was good because I enjoy the production side of things.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021

TR: Working on a couple of features should have a track dropping with a rapper called Thrash Thorn from LA produced by Yello Blac who I’ve done tracks with in the past.

NLM: How can potential fans find you

TR: https://www.instagram.com/triggaryder/

https://mobile.twitter.com/TriggaRyder

https://m.facebook.com/trigga.ryder

https://li.sten.to/ZfBfshK

NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘Not A Yout Anymore’?

TR: Yeah I’d like to shout out Subvert The Cynic

Trooh Hippi, Nineteen, Chris Lucas and the Raptographer also all my friends and family and anyone who helped throughout the project. Also like so say thanks to you for interviewing me and always supporting bless up.

Trigga Ryder’s ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ is now out on download/streaming sites.

Album Review: Escape The Kingdom – J.Chambers

Manchester’s hip-hop/poet J CHAMBER‘s EP, ‘Escape The Kingdom’, covers topics of being a black and British in Great Britain today – the kind of hard-hitting topics that are often swept under the carpet.

Over predominantly reggae driven beats, J Chambers touches on slavery, the migration of Windrush generation to the UK and the harsh and unwelcomed treatment they’ve received by the British people (listen to ‘Freedom Ain’t Free.’)

Through his distinctively manc-catchy flow, J Chambers also discusses that the dependents of the Windrush generation also experience the same treatment and any contributions made by the black community are often overlooked by the British society.

‘Escape The Kingdom’ also has a theme of black liberation by offering strong encouragement of stamping out any prejudices and racism that comes to path. Speaking of the project, J Chambers says he wanted it to really “resonate with young children” .  

Why not have a listen to this powerful project below…

Must Listens:  Escape The Kingdom, Freedom Ain’t Free

Watch itsnatevendahk’s Video For Latest Single, ‘And Even In The Ice’

Sam Frost- aka ITSNATEVENDAHK – makes his second appearance on the blog with video for second release of the year, ‘And Even In The Ice,’ a smooth lick of experimental take on 80s-inspired soul.

The latest release is taken from the mancunian-based musician’s forthcoming album, ‘Wedontdothatanymore’. Check out the video below…

itsnatevendahk Drops Track ‘Wedontdoitlikethat’ + Video

ITSNATEVENDAHK‘s latest drop, ‘Wedontdoitlikethat’ features a heavenly neon twist on 80s soul. The single will form part of his upcoming album “Wedontdothatanymore”.

You may have noticed that the title of the song and album are a series of words formed into one – but there’s definitely a method behind itsnatevendahk’s madness. He explains:
“These titles originated from a keyboard tutorial found on YouTube, in which a teacher is explaining how “We don’t do that anymore, we don’t do it like that” referring to a way of playing soul chord progressions in the 80’s. I ended up taking these chords and re-arranging/manipulating them into different forms, eventually to be referenced throughout the album and especially in Wedontdoitlikethat.”

The Manchester-based musician – whose real name is Sam Frost – has been self-releasing music over the past few years. His last album, ‘the :0 tape’ came out in 2018, leaving a sweet kiss on the local music scene. Since then, he has been working on new music and refining his sound, which has been known as ‘Smooth experimental pop with RnB influences’.

Check out the video for ‘Wedontdoitlikethat’ below…

BBC Introducing Artist Jude The Obscure Drops A Dreamy Anthem Of Perseverance

Upcoming singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist,  JUDE THE OBSCURE returns to offer out his latest dreamy jazz-fusion single, ‘Moments’.

The release follows on from previous hits, the smooth neo jazz-rap sounds of ‘Chapter 8’ and the pared back, guitar-led number, ‘Waiting’, both unveiled earlier this year to a welcomed response. The 24-year-old has also had an incredible impact at streaming platforms so far, with spots on New Music Friday UK, Jazz UK and Fresh Finds at Spotify and On The Corner and Jazz Scene: UK at Apple, as well as support on Deezer and Amazon.

Speaking of his latest release the South Mancunian says: “‘Moments’ is about hard work; about overcoming the hurdles that life throws at you; about coming out on top in light of the hardships we face in our day to day lives. It’s an anthem of resilience and perseverance – surviving your early twenties with ambition, aspiration and sanity intact is no easy feat. One way or another, we all find ways to cope with what’s going on around us, now more than ever.”

Check out the official video for ‘Moments’ below…