Song of the Day: Sleepless Nights – Emmett Lucius Pharaoh

Featuring echoes of lone guitar riffs, later joined by melodic tones given off by the piano keys, EMMETT LUCIUS PHARAOH‘s bittersweet single, ‘Sleepless Nights’, encourages us to delve into the deeper part of our consciousness – even if we look vulnerable and flawed.

Speaking of his release, the rapper/singer says: “The song truly symbolises a certain weight I’ve been carrying around for years. Being able to decorate my sorrow in such a way really means a lot. Having the courage to put myself out there like this is what is most meaningful to me.”

This track was created with the intention of being heard alone, in your safe space – where you go to cry, smile, think, meditate. That place is where you can experience the full meaning and impact of  ‘Sleepless Nights’…check out the accompanied video below…

Album Interview: Paradigms – Boldbeats

Introducing Philadelphia’s rapper BOLDBEATS for the first time on the blog and his latest full-length album, ‘Paradigms’, a reflective collection of work that encourages us to step back and really think about life. So find out what exactly inspired him to produce the album and what hip-hop mainstreamers he would like to jump on his mammoth set.

Very interesting guy…why not get to know him below…

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

BB: So far, I’m liking how things are looking. I haven’t made any real moves just yet this year, but if all goes well, we’re about to stir some things up.

NLM: You released your album ‘Paradigms’ in November 2020. What is the public perception on the project so far?

BB: I’ve gotten nothing but good feedback back about the project. It’s doing what it’s doing, but that’s without any REAL promotion behind it. Which we plan on changing in the coming month or so.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

BB: Well, it’s actually a mixtape, but it does hold meaning like an album would.
I’ve been spending a lot of time working on myself, trying to find out who I am, not only as an artist, but why my life is a thing y’know? Deep shit. All of comes from me shifting my paradigms. Which is a system of beliefs, ideas, values, and habits that is a way of thinking about the real world. Even the small shit counts, like, making your bed in the morning. I’ve been trying to change my bad habits to start becoming who I envision myself to be in the future.

The same with my music, I’m not getting stuck into one category. I’m not coming into the game as a drill rapper, or a conscious rapper. I’m coming in as an artist, and I’ve come to realize, that that’s how it should be! Music is art, and if you have the ability to create many styles, then why the f**k shouldn’t I do it, and be praised all the same for it, if not more?

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

BB: I’d say Therapy, Open Door and All Out are my favourites. I chose these three because on these songs, I was just venting. Those were ones that I went into the booth and just vibed. I record my own music, so I’m always alone when I do it. It’s just how I’d prefer it for the most part. That way I’m free to try different sounds, and vibes, and not have to cloud my mind with a fear of criticism if something sounds whack hahaha.

NLM: So how would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

BB: ISSA VIBE! No doubt! I’ve got a lil bit of everything on there, and it’s a project that you can just let run through. Of course they’ll have their own favourites, but at the end of the day, if they genuinely ENJOY music, they’re gonna love the mixtape.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why?

BB: Oh, that’s an interesting question. I didn’t see that coming. Forreal, I’d say Lil Uzi on “All Out” . That shit would’ve went DUMB, and a show with that, I can already feel the energy coming back from the crowd! Haha, one day.

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your album?

BB: Honestly, no. My studio is in our basement, so I had no setbacks.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

BB: Oh yeah, but they’ll all be single projects. Might do a little mixtape or EP at the end of the year, but, who knows?

NLM: How can potential fan find you?

BB: You can find me at the following:
Facebook- BoldBeats
Instagram- xboldbeats
Twitter- BoldBeatsEnt
SoundCloud-BoldBeats
Apple Music- BoldBeats
Spotify- BoldBeats

NLM: Finally, any special shout outs to those involved in the production of ‘Paradigms’?

BB: A big shoutout to my mom for tellin everybody and their momma about it lol, and the biggest shoutout to my pops for helping me get where I am today. I wouldn’t have the courage to do it without them.

You can catch Boldbeats album right here.

Song of the Day: Reflect In Mirrors – Tia Carys

Premiering via DJ Target at BBC 1Xtra, ‘Reflect In Mirrors’ sees TIA CARYS at her most reflective, detailing the complexities that often come with the end of relationships, life events and changes in the midst of your teenage years.

The video, directed by Otis Dominique (Jorja Smith, Kojey Radical) is bold, and links strongly back to the message in the song. As Tia says, the track is plainly about “reflecting in the mirror as I step out of my teenage years”, but drummed up so poetically in song, such is Tia Carys’ talent.

Following the huge success of ‘Intro’, which gained wide support across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra (Record of the Week), Capital Xtra, KISS Fresh, Rinse FM, Foundation FM, Unity Radio and many more, Tia quickly follows up with the melodic sounding ‘Reflect in Mirrors’, showcasing her range, emotion and prowess. Speaking on ‘Intro’, The Fader said “Carys looks every inch the star in waiting”.

It’s clear from ‘Intro’ and ‘Reflect in Mirrors’ that Tia Carys is more than capable at being the shining voice of her generation. Late last year, her breakout song “English x Ghana” spoke on her grappling with her dual heritage, on ‘Intro’ she widened the net talking about her sexuality, now with ‘Reflect in Mirrors, we see her emotional range.

Recently, Tia Carys released a collaboration with producer of the moment Fraser T Smith, which also featured singer-songwriter Tom Grennan. The young songstress also released her debut EP ‘EnRoot’ last week (27th November) via Ministry of Sound.

Check out Tia’s official video for her latest below…

Song of the Day: Patience – Zach Zoya (ft. Angel)

Montréal rapper/singer/songwriter ZACH ZOYA collaborates with UK’s R&B king Angel on ‘Patience’, taken from Zach’s latest ‘Spectrum’ EP, a collection of energetic hip-hop, Intricate Rap and emotive R&B songs, showing off Zach’s versatility.

When regarding the UK R&B scene, Angel is a name that is at the forefront of those conversations, having topped the R&B charts as well as achieving a number of UK top 40’s from being a vocalist on tracks to writing them for others, he has written for the likes of Stefflon Don, Moneybagg Yo and Frank Ocean.

‘Patience’ is a mid-tempo R&B reflection on the struggle between chasing success and being present enough to enjoy the process. The official video for ‘Patience’ was filmed in Montréal and directed by Zoya’s close collaborator Le GED.

Speaking on the collaboration Zach says: ‘Patience’ is a precious song, it’s the highlight of the EP for me. It’s about the long and tough road to happiness and the paradox that comes during that chase. I talk about that in the song when I say, ‘Every time I think of joy, I lose a little’ and ‘If I keep chasing happiness I’ll never find it, I think it’s just a matter of where your head is at.’ This song is me trying to remind myself that I’m in happiness right now, living this journey.”

Watch the video for ‘Patience’ below…

Song of the Day: Mañana – Xadi (ft. Nina Cobham)

‘Mañana’ was born from a long-standing mutual admiration between West Londoner XADI and Manchester’s Nina Cobham. Their musical chemistry is evident on the track with Nina’s ethereal bilingual vocals sitting atop Xadi’s production perfectly on the hook, and his two reflective, melodic verses proving a perfect complement to that hook.

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions, both artists have been extremely productive. Nina’s most recent single ‘Sola’ has amassed almost five million streams on Spotify and picked up support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Jamz Supernova, Children of Zeus and even music icon Christina Aguilera.

Meanwhile Xadi has also had an excellent year. Back in February, Xadi released his second EP project, ‘Day Ends’. The EP and subsequent follow-up singles have received support from Christina Aguilera, Reprezent, NTS, Rinse, No Signal and Foundation FM, and from tastemakers, Twin B, Lily Mercer, Jyoty and Jamz Supernova.

As well as official releases, Xadi also worked hard on putting out a series of Instagram freestyles and covers during the lockdown, which have led to him receiving praise from the likes of Kojey Radical, Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn and Jords. His work has also gained attention from the likes of The Guardian, Complex, Off The Block Magazine, The Pit LDN, Have You Heard, Mission Statement Magazine, Yahoo News and the Irish Times.

Check out the video for ‘Mañana’, directed by Kumiko….