New Track: Pain Killer – Torii Wolf

In the run up to her forthcoming solo debut album ‘Flow Riiot’, TORII WOLF lets go of one final track, ‘Pain Killer.’

Produced by Mike Zombie (of Drake’s ‘Started From The Bottom’ & DJ Khaled’s ‘They Don’t Love You No More’ featuring Jay-Z, French Montana, Meek Mill & Rick Ross fame), ‘Pain Killer’ is the audio equivalent of an opioid, replete with Torii’s pleas to euthanize her anguish, yet so ultimately stimulating it creates a high you can’t stop craving.

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

For now, have a listen to her most enticing release to date…

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New Track: On Camera – Hill

In a run up to her album, ‘Give it A Rest’, HILL unveiled her stunning new single, ‘On Camera’.

Sporting experimental fusions of downtempo trap and soul, ‘On Camera’ touches on the realms of BDSM from the submissive point of view. Directed by Caitlin Cronenberg, the accompanied stop-motion production stars the promising Ultra Music signee.

The alternative songstress from Canada will be releasing a body of work over the forthcoming months…but for now, check out the video to ‘On Camera’…and if you like what you hear, look out for her album, scheduled for release next year.

Song of the Day: The Deep End – Opãru

Following the success of debut single, ‘Remember Me’ – named Song of Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC last December – OPÃRU returns with another stunning single, ‘The Deep End.’

The Deep End’ is a love song to her beloved and admires the strengths and the flaws in a relationship, but most importantly it focuses on the depth of what most humans attempt to obtain in their lifetime. This release sees the singer-songwriter and actress whose real name is Dianna St. Hilaire – exchange the classical music element, from her previous single, for a guitar drench/pop affair.

The video for ‘The Deep End’ encompasses the beautiful aspects of nature, blending them with an urban landscape. Featuring stunning time-lapsed visuals of nature at it’s finest, the hustle and bustle of a city at night and a brilliant night of dancing lights, the video highlights the importance of finding compassion for living things and being mindful of your inner animal.

In late 2015, St. Hilaire reinvented  herself as OPÃRU, deriving from the Japanese name of the birthstone opal. OPÃRU‘s roots stem from experimental electronic, 80s synth pop, and alternative rock.

Watch the video for ‘The Deep End’.

New Track: Why Won’t You Let Me Love You – Darren Parry

Singer/songwriter DARREN PARRY has teamed up with Gavin Clifton for his brand new single, ‘Why Won’t You Let Me Love You.’

Parry exchanged his rock persona ( in previous effort ‘The Glass Ain’t Always Greener), for an infectious electro-pop/R&B combination, in which his vocal gives the almost three-and-a-half minute uplifter that rich old-school soulful sound.

Both hailing from South Wales, Darren and Gavin met a few times at the recording studio before deciding to work together on this track. The track was written remarkably in one song-writing session of only about an hour. More remarkable is that Gavin was born with a condition called cerebral palsy, and also has a speech impediment. Gavin however never lets his condition stop him from writing great music and he’s even started a record company, Clifton Music.

As well as being a successful solo artist in his own right, Darren has written songs and produced for other artists such as Andrew Mark Jones (“Hit You In The Heart”), Nina Jones (“Never Let You Go”, “Promises”) and Lee Gilbert (“Soar”) and has also co-written with renowned songwriters Larry Williams/Dazzle Music (worked with Charlotte Church), Juan Lozano and Dan & Laura Curtis (written for Ramin Karimloo, Lea Salonga, Paul Potts etc.).

With a diverse discography that has receive airplay across the globe, it will be no surprise that his latest single will follow suit. Have a listen.

 

Song of the Day: Water // Chrome – Holy ’57

HOLY ’57, the moniker of London-based artist Alex Mankoo, explores the joys and tensions in his cultural identity on the grooving single ‘Water / / Chrome’.

A gently glistening intro creates a disarming and dream-like atmosphere for HOLY ’57 to deliver his poetically sculpted personal lyrics. Punchy drums and a low bass set a funk-inflected rhythm that draws from contemporary hip-hop influences, whilst rounded guitars call to mind the bittersweet productions of Vampire Weekend and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. With Indian and Greek heritage, but having grown up in the UK, Alex explores the experience of struggling with one’s cultural identity, presenting its joys, conflicts and poignancies, as he feels “torn in two by the outcome of an avalanche”.

The video for ‘Water // Chrome’ brings to focus the song’s main themes. Almost entirely based around his family, the video flits from his grandmother’s home to the British countryside, where a deadpan The video for ‘Water // Chrome’ brings to focus the song’s main themes. Almost entirely based around his family, the video flits from his grandmother’s home to the British countryside, where a deadpan HOLY ’57 stands proudly in scenic locations accompanied by his grandmother, younger brother and sister, as if in a sombre family portrait. The video brings to the fore HOLY ’57 Indian heritage; the penultimate scene features his grandmother performing a traditional dance whilst he walks into a choppy sea. The waves push back against him, symbolic of his own inhibitions and issues of identity.

HOLY ’57 has managed to convey his unique heritage and introspective thoughts into this irresistibly loveable song. ‘Water / / Chrome’ is more than just another summer jam, and will doubtless see HOLY ’57 winning hearts and minds all over. stands proudly in scenic locations accompanied by his grandmother, younger brother and sister, as if in a sombre family portrait. The video brings to the fore HOLY ’57’s Indian heritage; the penultimate scene features his grandmother performing a traditional dance whilst he walks into a choppy sea. The waves push back against him, symbolic of his own inhibitions and issues of identity.

HOLY ’57 has managed to convey his unique heritage and introspective thoughts into this irresistibly loveable song. ‘Water / / Chrome’ is more than just another summer jam, and will doubtless see HOLY ’57 winning hearts and minds all over.

‘Water / / Chrome’ is the first single from his forthcoming mini-album ‘L’, out this Autumn.

Interview with: Turya

Nicki Wells – aka TURYA – made her first entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with debut single, Rain, which was named Song of the Month by the blog in June. The accompanied video was named Music Video of the Week for two consecutive weeks (check out the chart show on Instagram). With growing interest surrounding the South Londoner, it’s only fair to invite her to the interview hot seat.

NLM: Hey how you doing? Thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

T: Thanks for having me.

NLM: First of all, can you tell us the meaning of your stage name Turya?

T: It’s interesting because I was searching for names for ages. I had a list of about 150 names and words and I wanted to have a name that meant something profound to me. I found Turya spontaneously. It is originally a Sanskrit word: ‘Tooriya’. There are several meanings of it, the most commonly known being the Fourth state of consciousness after dreaming, dreamless and waking. But what resonated with me, is that it also means the Silence one experiences after Sound.

I loved the idea of that and wanted the word to manifest my artistic persona in the sense that, after hearing a Turya song, one could be left in a moment of silence…

NLM: Your latest single Rain was the most popular track on NEW LEASE MUSIC in June. What’s the public’s perception of the single beyond the blog?

T: Wow that’s cool, I didn’t know that. Thank you. Well, we’ve had a great response considering it’s the first single I’ve ever released as a solo artist, (as Turya), even though I have done many things as Nicki Wells. So it’s daunting but exciting at the same time. ‘Rain’ has also already been used in a Ridley Scott produced film ‘India in a Day’ which is cool.

NLM: How would you describe your sound?

T: It’s definitely a singer/songwriter approach with folk, soul, cinematic and Indian classical influences.

NLM: Where do you get your inspiration from to create such unique sounds?

T: It’s all a culmination of what I listen to and absorb subconsciously.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

T : Um mainstream, ok… Maybe Ed Sheeran, why not? He writes catchy songs and seems like a down-to-earth kinda guy.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

T : That’s a hard question because it DOES in fact change so quickly. I would probably say I wish it wasn’t so utterly full and saturated. In a way it’s a good thing because there is so much music available for our consumption but now it’s almost become too much because every Tom, Dick or Harry can write, record and upload an album in his bedroom so it can be overwhelming because everyone and their dog wants to do it and be a Taylor Swift or an Ed Sheeran. Lol!

Number 2, to have more support and exposure for upcoming unsigned songwriters and artists and number 3, to have more government funding for young musicians and youth projects to create music.

NLM: So what plans do you have for 2017? Any upcoming gigs or album in the pipeline?

T: I’ve got (drumrolls please) my first gig as Turya on the 25th July at the Union Chapel with Common and Kind, which a fantastic cause about how music creates a sense of unity and integration in these trying times: (Grenfell tower, London Bridge and Manchester incidents). So it’s essentially about artists and musicians coming together to spread good energy and a sense of hope. So I’m happy to be a featured artist in that. And I will eventually do some of my own gigs around London.

NLM: How can potential fans get in touch with you?

T: Facebook: Twitter, Instagram, Spotify

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?

T: I would try to make it exist by banging two rocks together to form a sound and then do a repetitive rhythm and then gather my fellow villagers and say: “Guys! Check this out! Now you do it with two rocks and let’s try to do it together!”

Song of the Day: Ridah – Kreative (ft. Yang)

KREATIVE makes a quick return to the Monday’s hotspot, with latest single, ‘Ride’, which could be described as the continuation to the bittersweet break-up note, ‘Free Fallin’.

Sporting a summery-chilled rock/pop vibe, ‘Ride’ is all about having that special someone sticking by your side through thick and thin…before reaching breaking point.

A great track to start your week with…have a listen.

New Track: Rain – Turya

South London-born singer/songwriter/composer T U R Y A has unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Rain’, from her forthcoming album ‘Ocean’, out later in the year.

Nicki Wells, the person behind T U R Y A, takes inspiration from Indian Classical Music, which she studied as a teenager in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is certainly echoed throughout the new single, which has been featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Life In The Day (India)’.

Singing primarily in English, ‘Ocean’ is a body of work and debut material representing an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. It brings out the bluesy sweetness of
T U R Y A’s vocals, and the beauty within simplicity.

The ball is in your court…have a listen to the first installment of the upcoming album (highly recommended).

Song of the Day: Love Pain – Kreative (ft Samgeeeez)

Terrell Dominique Paul – otherwise known as KREATIVE– makes his entry here on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his single, entitled ‘Love Pain’.

Oozing an infectious mix of modern hip-hop and pop, ‘Love Pain’ stole today’s hotspot  for its prominent message to surround yourself with people who truly appreciate you and value your worth.

This cracker is worth a trial as this young emcee from New Orleans have some very wise words!

New Track: Without You – Cherri V

Singer/songwriter CHERRI V unveils her brand new single ‘Without You’, produced by Grammy award-winning producer Harmony (Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande).
CHERRI V is a storyteller and in this song the sassy songstress takes us through comedic life moments that most people can relate to!

The past 18 months have been very busy for the Londoner, who was featured on Lethal B’s top 20 hit ‘The Drop’, toured the world with several artists, and recently joined Teedra Moses on her European Paris date, and is currently putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited debut album ‘Brown Eyed Soul’. This album is her most personal and autobiographical project to date, which is why she wants to present the whole story as a complete album rather than an EP.

The beat is a beautiful soulful number that embraces the voice of CHERRI V, who releases her full repertoire of vocals on ‘Without You’ to deliver a mind-blowing performance.

‘Without You’ was premiered on DJ Ace’s, 1xtra morning show on BBC 1Xtra last week and has already got fans anticipating what will feature on ‘Brown Eyed Soul’. Prepare to be blown away by CHERRI V’s magical vocal prowess….