Song of the Day: Calling You – HXXD

Following on from his recent drop ‘Conversations Freestyle’, Mancunian native HXXDZ continues to bring the levels with single, ‘Calling You’.

Taking influence from Trap and Drill with the additional flair of alternative hip-hop, ‘Calling You’ shows also a softer side to Hxxdz in comparison to his harder drill type flow on previous releases. This sees him taking a more melodic approach whilst clearly showing his versatility to be able to switch between various genres.

The by product of a musical pallet means Hxxdz sound morphs the transatlantic sounds and influence neatly into his style with cold flows, an unstoppable delivery and a knack for lyrical creation. Having received support from the likes of Mixtape Madness, Link Up TV, P110 and GRM Daily, this young artist is really making a name for himself in the UK scene.

With a slew of releases in the pipeline, this really is just the beginning for Hxxdz, growing as an artist with each release, he’s someone you should definitely be keeping an eye on. Check him out below…

Dominic Lawson Drops R&B Throwback ‘Wrap’

After lending his vocals to the critically acclaimed ‘Hacienda Classical’ album by legendary Hacienda DJs Graeme Parker and Mike Pickering, singing, arranging and composing for brass fusion collective Twisted Tubes, working with the likes of the AMC Gospel Choir, performing on projects such as Colours Classical, Disco Classical, and Garage Classical, and collaborating with producers such as Marshall Jefferson, Midnight City, and House Of Virus, Birmingham born/ Manchester based singer/songwriter, DOMINIC LAWSON unveiled his brand new solo single titled ‘Wrap’.
Co-produced with Andre Hutchinson, who has worked with the likes of Little Mix, Laura Mvula, and Mae Muller, and co-written with Joe Hazlett, ‘Wrap’ is the first of two singles, with which Dominic is kicking off his 2020, while he puts the finishing touches to his debut solo EP, which will be released in the autumn.

Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Wrap’, Dominic Lawson says, “I wrote ‘Wrap’ with my friend JoeHazlett, we had the chord sequence on loop and just talked forever. The song came about as we were talking about the woes of being single in our 20s, the dating scene is tough out here! Musically, I wanted an R&B throwback, having grown up on the likes of Destiny’s Child, Black Street, and Boyz II Men, meanwhile SZA’s ‘CTRL’ was playing in the background, so her flow and melodic choices also influenced us – we caught a vibe and just started running off these lines about falling for somebody”.

Dominic Lawson

With over two million plays under his belt, performances at Glastonbury Festival, Manchester Pride, and the Royal Albert Hall, plus previous support from BBC Radio One, Dominic is a strong and exciting prospect for British music in 2020. His style is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, but with lush pop, rock, jazz and classical music, Dominic comes with an artistic credibility and versatility that set him apart from the current music landscape.

Have a sample of ‘Wrap’ below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Here’s New Lease Music’s top ten albums of 2019. On the list, you’ll find an electric collection of hip-hop, R&B, alternative pop/rock and everything in between.

So it’s time for you to delve in and check out the hidden gems of last year. Top ten songs of 2019 will follow tomorrow…

10. ENTWINED – ELIAS

9. MY BODY MY SOUL VOL.1 – NATTY BOI ZOE

8. CABERNET SAUVIGNON – SAMURAI CHAMPS

7.  The Flux session – any gama

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6.  Beautiful Sin – Some Kind Of Illness

5.  The Come Up – Dorian Thorson

4.  SHON JAY – NOTHING IS FOREVEr

3. BEANSTOCK RECORDS PRESENTS: U.K.K.K (UNKLE KUZZIN KEET KOLBANG)

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2. The Sickness – Red Tunes

 

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1. T.H.B – ThBenj

 

Album Review: Beautiful Sin – Some Kind Of Illness

Hailing from Manchester, brothers Paul and Mark Hinks – aka indie rock outfit, SOME KIND OF ILLNESS – latest album, ‘Beautiful Sin’, could be described as smooth as a Sunday morning with a tranquil introduction through instrumentals ‘Within A Shadow’ and ‘Ghost’ with the latter featuring a slight sinister spin on the album’s theme.

Third offering ‘A Moment In Time’, first offers a full set of vocals, that’s so smoothing, to the equally smooth and inmate setting. ‘A Lament Reprise’ adds another dimension to the album with its slight electronic drive to the production, uplifting a bed of atmospheric soundscapes similar to what’s offered in the previous productions. ‘Beautiful Sin’ also interrupts the album’s soothing vibe with the distorted and racing guitar riffs breaking through the production, giving off a feather-light and (perhaps 60’s-inspired) Americana feel.

The album concludes with ‘7 Days’, which ventures into a more sinister side of indie rock, with guest vocalist Jenny Jen shedding some light and sweetness to the whole arrangement.

Through their fourth album, SOME KIND OF ILLNESS has effortlessly combine two worlds – indie and rock music –  in a way that’s accessible to those who aren’t massive fans of the aforementioned genres. Have a listen to ‘Beautiful Sin’ below:

Must Listen: A Moment In Time 

New Track: Headloss – [ K S R ] (ft. Time Elijah)

Manchester-based soul singer, [ K S R ] continues to pave his way in the R&B world with his debut EP, ‘Unfiltered’, coming out this Friday (22nd March).

The 19-year-old songwriter delivers his lyrics with ease, stylistically paying homage to his influences – D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Miguel –  whilst curating his own refreshing sound, achieving a perfect balance of bedroom soul, lo-fi hip-hop and R&B.

‘Headloss’ is the latest single to be released from the upcoming EP, a contemporary approach on neo-soul akin to artists such as Tom Misch, Miguel and Frank Ocean. Released last Thursday, the laid back production oozes pure class, allowing the stunningly refined vocals to shine through.

[ K S R ]’s – real name Roosevelt Kazaula Sigsbert – debut single ‘H / Er’ sparked interest from Konny Kon, one half of Children of Zeus, which set in motion a friendship and musical journey that saw Children of Zeus utilise their 15 years in the music industry to show [ K S R ] the ropes. Since then, the young urban prodigy quit university to focus on music and signed to the label Polarface and received support from online tastemakers such as Gal-dem and Dummy and radio play from BBC 1Xtra.

Following the release of his debut EP, [ K S R ] will perform at his six date UK tour, kicking off at YES in Manchester on the 2nd April.

Too Good to miss, wrap your ears around ‘Headloss’.