Song of the Day: Special Moves – Dubby Blanco (ft. SofaKing)

New York hip-hop artist DUBBY BLANCO‘s latest single, ‘Special Moves’ is one smooth boom bap joint accompanied with dream-like lo-fi vibes that can easily put you in a trance. Featuring fellow New York rapper SofaKing, ‘Special Moves’, is a reminder to be thankful for small blessings, that comes out way, and also encourages us to live life to the fullest.

With Colombian roots, Blanco begin his career in entertainment, working as a music promoter for DJ Star’s Chub Ent, and eventually started his own promotions team called FlyBoii Ent back in 2001. Alongside running his company, Blanco also performed as a rapper, creating significant buzz in his hometown and internationally.

In 2011, he dropped his debut mixtape, ‘Blancolombia’, followed up with his 2014 EP ‘Family Trees’. 2022 saw Blanco working alongside with DJ Chase, founder of New York City-based production company Worldwide Soundz Records and the founder of DJ Chase Publishing, LLC.

According to New York City’s own DJ Chase, “Dubby Blanco is a super dope Latino Hip Hop artist with dope bars and dope beat selection; you want to get on the wave early.” Hear for yourself…why not check him out below..

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums Of 2022

As promised, here are the top ten albums, which received the most streams/views throughout 2022.

There’s an eclectic mix on this list – so expect some UKG, alt R&B, drill and a little something totally left-field! Enjoy!

If you missed the blog’s Top Ten Music Videos yesterday, not to worry, you can check it out HERE.

10. RESET II – OBSIDIAN CANE

9. HALF EMPTY/HALF FULL – TILLY VALENTINE

8. GREEN ROSES – SAMSON

7. CHRYSALIS – BENNY BIZZIE

6. L.I.F.E: THE CAUSE – J.A.S

5. AUDIOCITY – RAYNE STORM

4. OLÚWAMÁYỌ̀WÁ – OLOYE COLDMAN

3. TREPAC – JUICE CANNON X DICE CANNON

2. CHILL PILL – DIOR ASHE

1. I, THE COLLECTOR – 5TASH

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos Of 2022

Hello peeps, Happy New Year!

As always, NEW LEASE MUSIC kicks off the New Year with Top Releases of 2022.

Today, let’s start off with the Top Ten Music Videos of 2022. Each epic production quite deservedly earned a place on the list as they received the most views on the blog.

So what are you waiting for??? Head down the list and check out the videos!

I really hope you enjoy. Be sure to check out the Top Ten Albums tomorrow….

10. LOVE BRACELETS – IZZA

9. FBG – TEO THAMS (FT. KARMA RIVERA)

8. NO FALSE RELIGION – MIKE BODY

7. CHOPPA – VXMOB

6. DRUNK N NAKED – BENNY BIZZIE

5. WAVY – ACERON (FT. LIL EAZY & GIZELLE)

4. SEARCHING FOR A REASON – DAX

3. AMAPIANOJUICE CANNON

2. SWITCH IT UP – M33CH

1. FINE – GENA PERALA

Mae Krell Shares Closes 2022 with imposter syndrome (b-sides)

New York-based singer and songwriter MAE KRELL is closing out the year with the release of the ‘imposter syndrome (b-sides),’ which features singles, ‘tooth fairy’ and ‘(like) spring’ both written during the ‘imposter syndrome’ sessions. After the EP release, Mae revisited the unreleased demos with her producer Jakob Leventhal and decided to rework these two tracks.

“A lot of times my favorite tracks from an artist are the ones that almost didn’t make it out, so I thought it would be only fair to give people a chance to love these songs the way I love some almost-forgotten-about ones,” she says.

Mae released ‘tooth fairy,’ a heart wrenching track about realizing you may be better off without someone you thought you couldn’t live without, as a standalone single earlier this year. “(like) spring” rounds out the B-sides collection. A sparse, hypnotic and enchanting listen, “(like) spring” is a song about falling in love for the first time.

Elaborating on the new track, Mae writes: “I fell in love for the first time in February 2020 and by the end of the year I had followed her to a different state. Although I was away from my friends and family, I still had a feeling of home and belonging- thanks to her. Writing (like) spring originally started as me being fearful and lonely and trying to figure out why, and it led to a love song. For the places I never saw myself being happy in, until I was. For the neighbors and routines I didn’t think much about in the moment, until I moved away and started to miss them. And most importantly, it’s a love song for the girl who made me realize that I could write one, after thinking that I absolutely never would.”

At just 23 years old, Mae exudes a musicality wise beyond her years. Influenced by revered singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Phoebe Bridgers and Gregory Alan Isakov, Mae writes intimate reflections that confront past trauma, self-love and personal truths. With a distinct folk-pop sound and undeniable lyrical prowess, she has earned millions of streams across her repertoire with multiple tracks breaking 500K.

Her 4-track EP, ‘imposter syndrome,’ was released in early 2022 and instantly struck a chord with fans and tastemakers alike, with PRIDE aptly describing it as “an intimate and heart-wrenching dissection of the unavoidable self-doubt we all experience in our 20s.” This year has also seen Mae embark on two different tours, one supporting Ethan Jewell and a SoFar Sounds series that runs until the end of the year.

Listen to ‘imposter syndrome (b-sides)’ was released last Friday (2nd December) on all streaming platforms. Have a listen below…

Song of the Day: Decide – D.V Major

Coming from New York City, D.V. MAJOR (D V stands for Die-Verse), demonstrates his ability to delve into different aesthetics of music to stand apart from the others with track, ‘Decide’, an instantly addictive fusion of underground hip-hop and boom bap.

At the age of 17, D.V Major co-created Die-Verse Records, a label where artists are able to tap into different pockets and elements of music without the need to box themselves in. The key to D.V Majors appeal is his exquisite lyricism, wittiness and rapid fire flows where he takes inspiration from freestyle rap, boom bap, and underground hip-hop.

He prides himself on being able to make any type of sub-genre in hip-hop, approaching it in new and innovative ways…so it time to check him out…tap on that play button on ‘Decide’ below…