New Track: Stuck In My Feelings – Andreas Moss

Swedish-born, Nashville-based nu-R&B, singer-songwriter ANDREAS MOSS  unveiled his new single, ‘Stuck in My Feelings’, last Friday via Curb/Warner.

Following highly praised singles, ‘Thinking About You’ and ‘Stop Me’, actively gaining upwards of 2.8 million Spotify streams following their debut on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, the new cut – Written and co-produced by Moss himself with fellow collaborators Sam Tinnesz and Joe Williams – has been mixed by Grammy Award-winner Serban Ghenea, also responsible for the mixes of The Weeknd ‘Starboy’ and Ariana Grande ‘Dangerous Woman’.

ANDREAS MOSS‘ powerhouse vocals draw comparison to fellow songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man, while his music is influenced by the same blend of nu-R&B and neon-bright arrangements that made ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ and ‘Starboy’ so successful.

Growing up in a musical household, Moss followed in his parents’ steps and became a travelling musician. By age nine, Moss was on tour, singing gospel and playing the piano. Before he reached his teens, he was already part of a multi-disciplinary artists’ collective, where he switched between mediums; from ghost-writing to directing music videos and short films. It’s no wonder Curb Records appointed him to lead their newly created pop division, where the gifted songwriter has control over co-writing and vocal producing of the label’s new pop signings.

Following his performance at this year’s SXSW and The Great Escape festival, ‘Stuck In My Feelings’ is tipped to be ANDREAS MOSS’ most enticing offering yet which may well cement his status in the international music scene.

Have a listen…

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Song of the Day: Kiss Me – Violeta Skya

After moving to London in 2014, singer/songwriter VIOLETA SKYA is ready to take things to the next level with her debut single, ‘Kiss Me’.

The introductory offering sees the former Lithuanian session singer experiment with pop, R&B and a dash of disco, creating an avant-garde and glamorous sensation.

As a teenager, VIOLETA SKYA performed at a string of festivals across Europe, ranging from pop music to jazz. Just completed a second music degree at BIMM London, the fiery upcomer is currently working with producers to perfect her newfound pop/R&B signature…so expect new material in the pipeline, including remixes of ‘Kiss Me’.

But for now, check out Violeta’s debut.

New Track: Loving That – Matti Roots

MATTI ROOTS’ extensive musical background and stylish imprint of soul and pop has been sought out by numerous unsigned and signed artists, such as Dua Lipa, Paigey Cakey, July Jones, Age of Luna, Shae and Jaguar Skills.

Causing a stir in the music world in 2015, he teamed up with Jaguar Skills and Chords to release an energetic reworking of his funk fuelled gem, ‘Lust’. The track came out on RAM Records and was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and hit #1 in the Drum & Bass charts. This later followed with the release of his last album, ‘Beatroot’ in 2016. The lead track ‘Let’s get back Together’ found it’s way onto Spotify’s Viral Chart, reaching 500,000 plays.

Now with the release of his new single ‘Loving That’, MATTI ROOTS bonds his love for soul, funk, trap and R&B in a sensual mix. A loose arrangement of slick house bass hooks and light hip-hop beats, the track has an instant feel good catchiness that Matti is becoming quickly known for. Matti has been constantly making new music and after recently teaming up with Kwame Kwaten’s Ferocious label, he’s now set to release an exciting collection of works, he’s been working on the last few years.

 

 

New Track: 3 Times – Marged (ft. AOBeats & Jailo)

Following the success of her Billboard-approved single ‘Call From U’, Welsh electronic artist, MARGED, is back with the second release of the year – ‘3 Times’ – ahead of a show at Hackney’s Sebright Arms (London) on 30th September.

Sonically ambient and lyrically poignant, the latest release is “a reaction piece to the sexual expectations that women face.” Having illustrated how vulnerability can be sexy and acceptable for a feminist with her previous single, this particular track exposes the objectifying, negative sense of the word.

She explains: “Our bodies are so often seen as objects filled with stamina with no off button. My interest in the representation of women in porn really made me begin to question how we as females are perceived through the male gaze”. It is the artistic depiction of this subject that has helped MARGED amass support from Billboard, Clash, Indie Shuffle and Idolator, underlining the Cardiff-born artist’s reputation as one of the most exciting young London creatives this year.

Having previously worked with Sakima, MARGED now collaborates on the new release with two forward thinking and like-minded beatsmiths, Jailo and AObeats. Both are acclaimed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Earmilk and Thump for their ability to seamlessly incorporate the mix of styles that MARGED suits so well – notably hip hop, wavy future R&B and electronic pop – and their collective portfolio includes collaborations with Son Lux, Louis The Child and Annabel Jones.

‘3 Times’ accentuates the feminist narrative of MARGED’s music, and with a vision and purpose for her art clearly demonstrated, the South-London based artist looks to stimulate and inspire at her upcoming live performance this month…have a listen.

New Track: Big Big Trouble – Torii Wolf

After premiering ‘Flow Riiot’s’ anthemic lead-single, ‘Free,’ featuring Macklemore and DJ Premier with Complex a few weeks ago, TORII WOLF now deliver ‘Big Big Trouble’.

The latest release sees the promising upcomer sprinkle some of her hypnotically raspy vocals over a fusion of old school hip-hop beats with a dramatic drive.

TORII WOLF’s debut solo-debut, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.

Have a listen to ‘Big Big Trouble.’

Song of the Day: Hawaiian License Plates – Jaws of Love

Local Natives’ songwriter, vocalist and pianist Kelcey Ayer returns, unveiling ‘Hawaiian License Plates’ – the third single taken from ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, his upcoming debut album as JAWS OF LOVE. The album will be released digitally on September 22nd with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November.

The new cut was written by Kelcey while in Honolulu with his wife, was inspired by the shorter Hawaiian license plates he noticed while driving in the rain.

Aycer will play his debut solo headline show on 21st September at The Masonic Lodge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A before embarking in a West Coast tour in November. Kicking off in San Francisco at Café Du Nord on the 9th and ending at Barboza in Seattle on the 12th. The talented singer-songwriter is also set to take his compelling live set to the UK and Europe this Winter.

Have a listen to his stunning single…

Music Video: After The Storm – Ava

Electro-pop princess AVA released the first music video for track ‘After The Storm’. Her debut offering touches on the subject of mental health and explores the feeling of being lost, sad, anxious and angry. The video portrays these emotions through the dancers and finishes with a light being at the end of the tunnel.

Since its release,  ‘After The Storm’  became Eagle3’s showcase track of the week and has also been played on BBC introducing South. AVA has also generated almost 5k plays on Spotify and over 6k on Soundcloud. Reviews have been pouring in from Canada, Sweden and all over the UK and is also featured in Richer Unsigned June playlist.

Check out the video for ‘After the Storm.’

Song of the Day: Augustine – Kalahara

The first piece of music the pair (KALAHARA) wrote together, ‘Augustine’ is a more stripped back and emotive affair this time. The sparse production gives the vocal room to breathe evoking a sense of release and letting go. The music develops around a percussive swung conga leading you into Lydia Kaye’s incredible haunting vocal. Her beautiful multi layered harmonies glide over the deep rising bass-line, sonically enforcing the repeating motif ‘I lost myself’ building the track into a piece of dreamy downtempo alt-pop becoming mesmerising with the subtle yet addictive chorus.

The EP comes with remixes from some of the underground’s finest in the form of remixes from Bandulu gang’s very own Boofy & Wu Yen ( Hi5Ghost). Both take the original and flip it into straight up fire taking elements of the vocal but then dropping into their trademark dutty 808’s, snares and soundsystem shaking bass. Finishing off with a glitchy remix from newcomer Art|Thft the EP is complete.

The original is also accompanied by an absolutely stunning video from the incredibly talented filmmaker Craig Murray (Mogwai, Snow Ghost, Houndstooth etc) starring his own wife, who pairs the delicate original with a brilliant short film. Using his trademark elements of stop motion animation and film, taking its influence from a mutual love of ‘komorebi’ , space and the universe and everything in between it is the final piece of the puzzle to complete the release.

New Track: Hearts In The Night – I.AM.Willow

Drawing influence from Kate Bush and Tori Amos, singer-songwriter I.AM.WILLOW reveals new single ‘Hearts in the Night’, following her recent release ‘Oceanful’.

Since her last appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC, WILLOW has gained support from BBC Introducing, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, and Time Out (Top 5 Rising Stars).

In 2009 WILLOW was nominated and won ‘Best Songwriter’ and ‘Best Female Artist’ at the Malta Music Awards, prompting her decision to move to England. The opportunities followed; from recording sessions with Grammy Award winning producer Steve Orchard, to appearances at festivals and venues such as Jazz Café, Bush Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Great Escape. She signed her first publishing deal with Fairwood Music, in 2013.

Over the past year, the alternative songstress has scored two No.1 album cuts in Spain (Ghost Town by Auryn and Head For The Stars by Sweet California), No.5 in South Africa (Elizma Theron), features with two of the biggest selling recording artists in Japan and China (Koda Kumi and China Lin Kailun respectively) and several song placements used in film trailers in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and China, including US TV show Chasing Life, and French film Boomerang.

WILLOW has also collected some famous fans along the way; legendary singer Annie Lennox offered her free studio time after hearing a private performance, and Sting booked her for his official after party during his Malta tour. She is the official co-writer on current pop hit ‘Daddy’, by Rotana. She now turns her focus to writing and releasing new material with an EP to follow later this year.

Listen to ‘Hearts In The Night.’