Song of the Day: Old Ways – Tim Maiden

After years of searching for his sound, singer/songwriter TIM MAIDEN  realised being 100 percent honest in his music was the only thing that lead to his moment of clarity. Holding back his emotions not only stifled him creatively, it also led to a music career that wasn’t fulfilling.

He now finds himself exposing his truth by blending R&B melodies with lush soundscapes. Maiden’s soulful vocals will captivate listeners instantly as evident by his upcoming first single ‘Old Ways’. Follow his musical journey as he begins touring this fall.

Song of the Day: One More Night – XY&O

Welsh haze-pop trio XY&O release new single ‘One More Night (Lemonade)’, the opening single from their second EP ‘Powder Rooms’, set for release later this year.

The summer ready number documents the motives of those who seek out carnal pleasures and the expectations people have. The accompanied video, directed by British filmmaker Alexander Derby, stars the adult model Lauren Brock. The video shows Lauren standing, gazing into a mirror while slowly the video allows herself to reveal who she really is.

The rest of the EP follows suit with ‘Sky’ – an escapist song, about the desire to find space, psychically and emotionally, and ‘Mesmerised’ is about sheer devotion to another.

With monthly streaming numbers of 1.5 million, XY&O‘s musical content reflects the many faces of their home city Cardiff, with song imagery ranging from shorelines to strip clubs. There is a grit that underlies XY&O‘s summery pop and the stories within….

‘One More Night (Lemonade)’ is out now on Apple and Spotify…before you head off, watch the video to their latest offering.

Upcoming Release: Broken Glass – Tiger Lilly

Hailing from the suburbs of London, TIGER LILLY is one hell of a songstress who’s not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, showcasing a full-on raw and emotive lyrics.

After two successful UK tours playing at some of country’s most legendary venues, the award-winning alternative indie pop artist is currently promoting the upcoming release of her new single ‘Broken Glass’ after the success of her previous single ‘Green Eyed Monster’ which was featured on ‘BBC Introducing’.

TIGER LILLY‘s music has been aired on numerous radio stations across the world including 7 BBC Radio stations and has been featured in several national and international music and lifestyle publications as well as being broadcast live on BBC Persia TV and several performances during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Dorney Lake as part of ‘The Games Walk Festival’.

‘Broken Glass’ will be available on all major music platforms from 1st August.

Song of the Day: Flood Gates – Sleeplust.

SLEEPLUST has jumped back into the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight with the second single of the year, entitled ‘Flood Gates.’

For this latest offering, the four piece band adopted a downtempo yet catchy electronic bass with an equally infectious sugary-sweet pop overtones, making it a great treat for the hot months ahead.

Out late last month, ‘Flood Gates’ serves as the lead up to their EP, schedule for released later in the year….Go on, have a listen.

New Track: Give Me Heart – Sophia

In the lead up to the release of her debut EP (2017) SOPHIA has learned the art of making the music she loves, true to herself with conviction and without compromise. At only 22, her music is the unique expression of the cultural and creative melting pot provided by her upbringing. Having traveled more in her childhood than most do in a lifetime, her stories, songs and musings are fused with wisdom beyond her years and a simplicity, rooted in the quiet confidence of being.

Having already toured the UK tour this year, recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studio and begun production on her debut EP, SOPHIA is gearing up for a phenomenal 2017.

As many search for meaning in the world outside, Sophia’s music draws you into the journey within, the discovery of one’s self and the expression of the treasure you find. With the release of her debut single ‘Give Me Heart’ late last month (via indie label Orphan No More),SOPHIA side steps genres from folk, gospel and pop with a voice so alluring, yet undeniable in power.

A music video directed by Toby Mitchell, cinematography by Dominic Döring will accompany the track, she adds : ‘This song is about leaning into the mystery, where what rings true in your heart surpasses the need to know it all from your head. I’ve learnt that this is where freedom lives.’

New Track: Better – Ethan Breakaway

Co-written and produced with his musical dyad Jay Abdul, ETHAN BREAKAWAY‘s rhythmic debut single ‘Better’ enfolds an euphony audio contradiction with their almost nostalgic yet fresh charm of R&B crossover pop. Its catchy, simple melodies glide over the top of the glittery production with lethargic delivery with Ethan’s vocal. This then comes to a dreamy watershed moment in the middle 8 of which the song honours its nostalgic appeal with wistful chords and Ethan’s free, unrestrained vocals.

The focal lyric “No one does it better than you” recurs significantly throughout, which Ethan describes as his frustration with simplicity. “From where Jay played that riff on a very earlier stage of the production I knew where we should take it. The song represents the simply emotional state of knowing whatever shit happens, your partner should always know that no one does it better than them.”

New Track: Casey Conroy – Something In Mind (Mediatrix Remix)

London producer Nina Moore – aka MEDIATRIX – works her magic on Casey Conroy’s latest single, ‘Something In Mind’, giving the almost stripped back piece an Iberian summer vibe.

Casey Conroy is already generating buzz with her latest single and innovative cover versions online including ‘Answer song’ remixes of Passionfruit (Drake) and Only One (Lido).

The 18 year old Orlando singer/songwriter joins MEDIATRIX’s list of makeovers, which includes remixes for Vlad Lucan and Lenno for Axtone Records (Axwell) plus legendary LA rapper Tairrie B.

Listen to the upcoming master at work…

New Music Video: Without You – Cherri V

Radiating an abundance of soul and endearing, yet playful reality, singer and songwriter CHERRI V released the visual for her single ‘Without You’.

Produced by the Grammy award-winning UK producer, Harmony Samuels, who is responsible for a catalogue of hits from Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland and Chip, CHERRI V’s velvety tones echo over a piano-led instrumental that is laced with percussion allowing her powerful voice and emotion to burst through the seams.

Painting a vivid picture on the construct of a relationship, the visuals are presented in a sprightly and flirtatious form which capture the mischievous and lighthearted aspect of CHERRI V‘s charming character.

The accomplished songstress, recognised for her striking, fiery red hairstyles, has always kept it real with her straight talking lyrics. Unafraid and eloquent in her ability to discuss the truths of her life and her battles, she has previously been ‘Cherri-picked’ to work and perform alongside Wiley, Dawn Richard and Lethal Bizzle, with whom she celebrated the top 20 hit ‘The Drop’.

Opening the page on a new chapter, ‘Without You’ opens the gateway on CHERRI V‘s journey to releasing her captivating album ‘Brown Eyed Soul’, which is set to be the most personal and autobiographical project to date. Having nurtured, matured and cultivated her music for the album, it is set to tell a story its entirety via her compellingly rich and dynamic voice.

New Music Video: Mention Nothing – Thidius

South London alt-pop five piece THIDIUS have brought their latest single ‘Mention Nothing’ to life with a psychedelic and eye-catching video. ‘Mention Nothing’ is the lead single from their upcoming release ‘Inversion.’

The video features singer Izzy Risk performing stunning vocals, and contrasts kaleidoscopic, distorted imagery with black and white footage. Thidius’ five-piece line-up allows them to create a sound that is multi-layered, but beautiful and cohesive. The song itself features catchy guitars and soulful singing which, when combined with a funky rhythm section and more moody synths, allowing ‘Mention Nothing’ to be at once upbeat and atmospheric.

THIDIUS’ line up also include Ben Hayes on synths, Tom Driessler on bass and Harry Pope on drums. Hailing from New Cross in South East London, THIDIUS are in good company and have made a name for themselves through collaborating with a plethora of creative’s from this growing artist hub. They achieved recognition by supporting their South London contemporary King Krule on his 2014 European tour. THIDIUS’ live performances have received praise from the likes of London on the Inside, who described them as “a young band that are completely in their element on stage.”

Blending a range of influences including jazz, funk and synthpop,THIDIUS have an exciting sound that is both soulful and ethereal. The video brings this out by taking simplistic footage of Izzy Risk’s charismatic performance and giving it colourful, dizzying distortion. With an EP to follow this summer 2017 looks set to be a defining year for these south Londoners.