Song of the Day: Magenta – Shenna

SHENNA makes her entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with a rather sultry and 80s funk-inspired track entitled ‘Magenta’.

Hailing from Virginia and currently residing in the Big Apple, SHENNA has been causing a stir, clocking up features in Examiner, PopDose, VH1,  MTV’s Finding Carter, The Bad Girls Club,Teen Mom OG , and indie film Miss Stevens .

‘Made of Gold’, the title track of her debut album, reached over 150,000 streams after being included in Spotify’s DiscoverWeekly playlist. The synth pop vixen has made her mark playing festivals and shows in Washington DC, Canada, and recently London for a tour in advance of the official release of Magenta last month.

So if you’re a massive fan of 80s pop, well this one’s for you…check it out.

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Song of the Day: BLOW – Dante

‘Crash One’ recently released in October, is the first installment in DANTE‘s story. Influenced by the philosopher of the same name, the Londoner creates his own ‘Inferno’ through music.

The project merges sombre and subtle piano melodies over hard drums and cryptic new wave lyricism. The story details the initial plummet into darkness one faces through the pain and confusion caused by the unknown, which is the dark undertone of ‘Crash One’

Inspired by one of two near fatal car crashes that DANTE suffered, the tape begins the story of indulging into ‘inferno’ with a combination of new wave Hip-Hop and deep, thoughtful lyricism. Lo-fi sounds and excerpts from a cult leader, Jim Jones (of the People’s Temple) play throughout, acting as one of the many sonic and lyrical metaphors found on this artist’s first aesthetic journey, ‘Crash One’…so experience the first taste of the EP and check out the video to ‘BLOW’.

New Music Video: Way Out – Greg Banks

If you’ve heard GREG BANKS‘ latest single, ‘Way Out’ last week on NEW LEASE MUSIC, then you might have remembered a mention of a music video coming very soon…Well here it is!

Hit that play button on this three-and-half production on Greg’s most personal song to date.

Song of the Day: Way Out – Greg Banks

GREG BANKS bounced back into NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Song of the Day hotspot for the second time with track, ‘Way Out’.

Continuing the smooth R&B funk combo, featured in previous effort, ‘I’ll Be There’, the latest single is Greg’s most personal piece to date. Through his infamous after-hours falsetto, the funkmaster from New York lays his cards on the table and opens up to the trials and tribulations of living in a busy city…but this guy has enough faith to carry him into this lifetime and the next. He accepts rejection is part of life, which can be turned into opportunities.

GREG BANKS first graced his presence on the blog with single, ‘Tell Me’ which also claimed the blog’s Song of the Day hotspot back in April.

Before you head off, check out Greg’s super smooth number…and if you like what you hear, the video to the single is coming out this Friday!!! That should be good!

Album Review: Flow Riiot – Torii Wolf

When I first heard of TORII WOLF through debut single, ‘Free’ somehow I was compelled by the too-cool-for-school raspy vocals against the bass-driven number. Releases ‘Big Big Trouble’ and ‘Pain Killer’ followed and I was totally hooked!

The next big release was the 15-track production coming in the form of ‘Flow Riiot’, produced by DJ Premier (so you know you’re really onto a good thing here).

An atmospherically dreamy sample of The Messenger’s 60s funk/soul classic, ‘California Soul’, leads the set through ‘Everlasting Peace’ – and from there, a range of genres were introduced –  from alternative hip-hop to piano/violin-led arrangements. ‘Take It Up On Monday’ is definitely one for the nostalgics as the three-minute production brings on that old school/rare groove laid-back vibe. Possessing heavy influence hip-hop/boom bap of late 80s/early 90s, ‘Shadows Crawl’ will be the one for the serious hip-hop heads’ collection.

‘Flow Riiot’ ends on smooth note with ‘Moscow’. Led by the acoustic guitar, Torii adds an inexplicable magic, creating a real stellar singer-songwriter approach to the production.

It’s sure a mix bag of pleasure and anyone who enjoys listening to makeovers of old genres will have at least one favourite. Through ‘Flow Riiot’, this New Yorker has more than proved that her Throaty yet delicate instrument has that across the board appeal.

You’re here now…might as well check it out….

Must listens: Meant To Do, 1st, Body, Take It Up On Monday, Moscow