New Music Video: Leave Me Be – Cherri V

Delivering an introspective insight into both her characteristics and personality, CHERRI V delves into a self-aware mindset in her new single ‘Leave Me Be’.

CHERRI V is at ease on the record as her voice explores her depth and soul as a songstress. Jazz elements fuse with psychedelic rifts giving the record a dreamlike warmth and enchantment. There is a rich tapestry of emotion and musical understanding that radiates from ‘Leave Me Be’, capturing frustration and the need to be free, an ongoing theme which is captured in both the music, and concept choices, behind her forthcoming album, ‘Brown Eyed Soul’.

Produced by Joey Stickz, CHERRI V has also enlisted the talents of Nolay for a spicy remix that is set to make its debut in the coming weeks.

The visuals for ‘Leave Me Be’ captures an intimate yet fierce side to CHERRI V as she sports an array of different looks within the video, ranging from the chic black and white opening to a more Afrocentric style, where she is draped in vibrant jewellery. Directed by Asylum 33, the video oozes a sense of liberation as Cherri is able to channel her creativity with an artistic direction to the video.

New Music Video: The ArtForm – Confucius MC & Mr Brown

‘ The Artform’ is a collaboration between two unique and very talented hip-hop artists: CONFUCIUS MC and MR BROWN.

The production showcases a classic sense of groove and masterful use of samples, producing a solid mixture of unique beats. Confucius’ intelligent lyrics and superb flow combine perfectly with the beats to make a riveting and dynamic collection of songs. The accompanied video was shot during a brief visit to Morocco, displaying a journey through the vibrant and art filled streets of the city of Essaouira, once the home of the late Jimi Hendrix.

Possessing a unique voice which cuts through the clichéd conversations, CONFUCIUS MC has been active in the London hip-hop scene for several years, garnering praise as one half of live act ‘Con+Kwake’ and supporting the likes of Mos Def, Public Enemy and Slum Village .His debut release ‘The Highest Order’ (YNR Productions) has firmly established him as one of London’s emerging new talents.

We Stay True’s recruit MR BROWN has been quietly producing tracks for nearly two decades. After a handful of releases including 2 volumes of his ‘Beats for Days’ instrumental series and a spattering of collaborations (Planet Asia, Copywrite, Beneficence, MCM) he crossed paths with CONFUCIUS MC through a mutual friend and instantly knew they could make something special. Henceforth… and ‘The Artform was born.

Check out the video.

EP Review: Not Staying The Same – Big Rain & Trigga Ryder

Following their appearance with track, ‘Not Staying The Same’, BIG RAIN & TRIGGA RYDER are back with a collaborative EP bearing the same name.

Representing the UK underground rap scene, the pair inject a laid-back and reflective flow in the four track set, which boasts seriously spiralling deep bassline, with occasional presence of piano-driven overtones. The alternation between the sweet overtones and the dense drive, creates a perfect balance of a bittersweet sensation throughout the collection.

‘Not Staying The Same’ EP makes a very pleasing package for anyone who’s a massive fan of boom bap of the 1990s. Have a listen below:

Must Listens: Not Staying The Same, Dead Fish.

Song of the Day: Gorgeous – Full Crate x Mar

Soulful Dutch duo FULL CRATE X MAR return with the first single taken from their forthcoming new collaborative EP ‘A Woman’.

New single ‘​Gorgeous’ offers a taster of the new EP combining the musical talents of producer FULL CRATE and singer MAR, which follows previous releases including ‘Nobody Else’, ‘Man x Woman’ and ‘Conversations with Her’.

The soulful duo combines on the R&B inspired ‘Gorgeous’, which is described as ‘​a story of A Woman discovering her powers within.’

This one’s a straight out winner…have a listen before you head off.

New Music Video: My Brudda – Artan

ARTAN is proving to be a captivating artist. His unique sound combines singing and lyricism via unique melodies and clever rap verses. Having recently debuted ‘Opposite Interests’ on SBTV, the first taste of his ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ E.P, he now releases ‘My Brudda’ exclusively on GRM alongside the official release of the E.P.

The record is a soulful ditty with a hip-hop twang bouncing along beneath ARTAN’s jazzy vocals. The depth to his voice makes an intriguing listen as his lyrics show off a rugged charm and swagger to his manner.

Having turned the heads of rap fans and tastemakers with the release of his Bl@ckbox freestyle in 2016, platforms have been hot on his heels to release new content and judging by the YouTube comments that are already pouring in for ‘My Brudda’, it is clear to see why ARTAN is commanding an array of support from major online platforms such as Link Up TV, GRM Daily and SBTV.

‘Breaking Stereotypes’ is out now on Spotify and Apple Music; catch the fresh new video for ‘My Brudda’ below.

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: What Do I Do – Rayed R

After a short spell away from the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight, RAYED R drops latest single ‘What Do I Do’.

Produced by Enlightenment, the three-minute track documents the Alabama artist’s determination to take a different paths from his peers and also reminisce the days of golden hip-hop…go check this one out!

‘What Do I Do’ is now available on iTunes.

EP Review: Boxed In – Oloff

‘Boxed In’ is the second EP release of the year from Bristol’s groundbreaking spitter OLOFF. In just three tracks, the latest project addresses a mixture of emotions – from depression and wishful longing to a great sense of optimism towards the future.

To represent the feeling of uncertainty, ‘Boxed In’ alternate between subdue and downtempo  soundscapes to an lifting folk/western-esque arrangements, with the dominant presence of OLOFF‘s  awkwardly-smooth delivery.

If you unfamiliar with this guy, well be prepared to listen to the most unconventional combinations; a recipe that’s rapidly making of the most intriguing alternative hip-hop artist of today.

It goes without saying that ‘Boxed In’ is an acquired taste…take your ears to new heights and press play.

Upcoming Release: Maybe I’m Wrong – Nors (ft. Tolu Salako)

To mark the launch of their record label, Nors Music, international music collective NORS are all set to release their single, ‘Maybe I’m Wrong’.

Featuring the sensual vocals of Nigerian musician, Tolu Salako, the forthcoming offering features an equally sensual fusion of R&B, pop and reggae (think of a chilled out version to Zouk) with strong presence of the tribal-esque bass and the flirtatious accordion.

Led by Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Alfredo Norese, the growing success NORS is built on the talent from the UK, USA, Africa and India who’ve cracked up attention and support from various independent radio stations and blogs. To ignite their new-found awareness, the team will digitally release one single each month via their brand new label…so keep an eye out for their future projects!

For now, have a listen to ‘Maybe I’m Wrong’, which will be available on all major digital music outlets from 1st May.

New Track: Lost In The City – Gents

Synth-pop duo GENTS are proving themselves as the latest exciting sound to come from Copenhagen’s burgeoning scene, with their third single, ‘Lost In The City’, taken from their forthcoming LP ‘About Time’, released via The Big Oil Recording Company.

‘Lost In The City’ is an ode to embracing the unknown. For GENTS, uncertainty isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Sometimes you don’t know what you are looking for, and then it can be rewarding just giving in and letting the flow bring you to new places.” The duo describe the feel of the track as “Bruce Springsteen finding himself in a 90s club.

Following a mellow, soft breakdown, the track ends with an uplifting techno blast of bright keys and thumping kick drum. For GENTS, ‘Lost in the City’ was an opportunity to “try out some new stuff” which the duo says “has opened some doors and pushed us in a new direction. The last part of the song is in many ways a nod to our time in Berlin, where we spent a lot of time in the nightlife.”

With Theis Vesterløkke on synths and production and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s characteristic baritone vocals, GENTS’ sound is founded in a shared passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, alongside obvious nods to distinguished crooners Elvis, Scott Walker and Rick Astley. Their sound screams fun, but the duo are keen to emphasise their sincerity in what they do. Talking to Soundvenue, Niels describes their ambition to write songs which move people, but always with “a twinkle in the eye”. Citing artists such as Wham!, Tears for Fears and The War on Drugs as influences, the pair champion musicians who are not afraid to open up their hearts and use music as a direct mode of expression, with no distance or irony.

‘Lost In The City’ follows up on their previous single, ‘Brother’, which was complemented by a video premiere on C-Heads and further support from the likes of Ja Ja Ja and London on the Inside.

Having also featured on Sound of Copenhagen’s compilation of rapidly rising stars for their debut single ‘Young Again’, there is much more to come in 2017 from the Danish synthpop duo.