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

Nigerian Afro Fusion Artist/Producer Daniel Bliss Taps Inart & Lil 5ive For EP Vendetta

Prolific Nigerian Producer/artist DANIEL BLISS puts together a four track EP ‘Vendetta’, which features Afro fusion artists Inart & Lil 5ive, who played a crucial role in creating a new sound coming out of southern Nigerian. Out now via RawLL, the mini set to further solidify the organic synergy Daniel shares with both artists.

‘Vendetta’ is a testament to how constantly evolving and exciting a producer can develop sonic relationship with an artist or group of artists, and still maintain individuality as well as togetherness whenever needed. The high energy and affirmative rap tape portrays the yearnings of ambitious young Creatives who are conscious of their efforts and sure of the results they expect from it.

Why not check out ‘Vendetta’ below…

Must Listens: O.G (Know Me), Loud

Kutee Lee Drops New Track For The Community, ‘Southside’

KUTEE LEE‘s brand new single, ‘Southside’ epitomizes his experience in the city of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) and how he relates with his peers and accomplice in the burgeoning creative scene.  It serves as a healing balm and a stretched-out arm of camaraderie to his people, highlighting things they have in common but mainly the fact that they’re from the same area – Southside. 

Kutee Lee puts up a stellar performance on the intensely melodic rap record, alternating between singing and rapping about his city experiences. Have a listen below…

Oloye Coldman Reflects On Life’s Saga With Latest EP, ‘Olúwamáyọ̀wá’

Olúwamáyọ̀wá by OLOYE “Oluwamayowa” COLDMAN is the reflection of a life saga and true story being depicted in just four tracks, but can be viewed as just a picture in your mind from lines to verses.

It’s a story of how he fractured his wrist whilst playing football and despite being in excruciating pain, he never give up and carried on with a smile.

Olúwamáyọ̀wá aims to inspire each and every soul, reviving the saddened mind and putting a smile of triumph on the faces of people. Have a listen to the inspirational set below…

Must Listens: Sat All Day, Elevation

Preyé Shares Her Seductive EP, ‘Don’t Look Down

Nigerian singer-songwriter PREYÉ delivers her much anticipated seven-track debut EP, ‘Don’t Look Down!’ – centred around love and self-discovery. The budding songstress is unburdened and carefree as she floats on every beat, teasing unique flows and using her honeyed vocals to sing us through the many stages of finding and loving herself and the people around her.

‘Don’t Look Down!’ achieves everything a solid R&B/Soul record should – head-nodding production, evocative storytelling and an attitude that reminds you that indeed, this artist is one to pay attention to.

To anchor the release of Don’t Look Down! Preyé enlists Nigerian rapper LADIPOE for the project’s lead single ‘Love, Today’ – a perfect end-of summer track. As the two artists exchange flows over pulsing 808 drums and a lingering guitar loop, we experience a genuine chemistry and connection.

On Preyé’s ‘Love, Today’, LADIPOE delivers one of his most personal verses to date, opening up about balancing the realities of his recent success with his continuous quest to find peace and never lose sight of who he is. Preyé’s enchanting refrain, “Don’t let them waste it, we got love, today .. we got love, today!” soulfully reassures her listeners that: although life can be unpleasant, there is always something to be grateful for. Preyé wrote this song after a period of feeling stagnant and her delivery is charged with the same sense of reassurance she herself needed at the time.

Preyé continues to show a level of mastery with her writing and vocals that is truly exceptional and highlights a star in the making. In June, Billboard listed her single single ‘Malibu’ as one of their Top R&B finds. She was also recently selected as one of six artists for Spotify’s Africa Month global campaign, Spotify Sounds of Africa, alongside LADIPOE, Zoë Modiga, Nomfundo Moh, Chris Khaiga and Nikita Kering. Have a listen to Preyé’s latest EP below…

Must Listens: Red Wine, Love Today, Malibu