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.

New Track: Zoe Life – King Dice O

KING DICE O dropped his last track from the EP ‘I Am Who, I Am’, entitled ‘Zoe Life’.

The three-minute offering certainly serves as the perfect grand finale for EP, as it boasts an instantly catchy-heavy bass line, featuring the New York spoken word poet’s reflective flow about life.

As always, this guy always deliver soul-shattering material that makes you sit up and really put the brain cells to the test; so go ahead and check him out.

EP Review: A Calling From The Shore – Ren

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Following the release of his soul-warming offerings, including ‘The Coast’ – featured last September on NEW LEASE MUSIC – singer/songwriter REN releases his five-track EP, ‘A Calling From The Shore’ today.

Continuing the theme from the ‘The Coast’, the sincere and heart-tugging  presence of the acoustic guitar, with elements of contemporary pop, steals the limelight in the latest project. The lovable rogue adds that magical touch through his delicate and Celtic-esque delivery.

Definitely a winning formula – take time out and have a listen.

Must Listens: The Coast, All That I Need, Piece of Your Heart

Song of the Day: When We Were Young (Unmastered Chris Tann Monitor Mix) – The FireFlys

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Following their 2014 fired-up single Release/Repeat, Runcorn-based rockers THE FIREFLYS have return with their modern spin on country music and Americana through their latest offering, When We Were Young. The reflective single is the first release from their upcoming album, The Illumination Of Everything, out in April…look out for that –  but for now, check out the super smooth effort.