EP Review: Blaise Pascal

Just from the strength of the first soulful effort’ I Can’t Wait’ – featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC last month – BLAISE PASCAL‘s self-titled debut EP seems like a real contender.

In the five-track set, the London-based singer/songwriter adds ambient elements of hip-hop/boom bap and reggae to smooth futuristic (ish) soul (which I suspect is his trademark) – take it from me, this newcomer is no one-trick pony.

Overall, this EP serves as a great introduction into his endless talents and it would be very intriguing to see what he does with his future releases. Worth a trial; have a listen.

Must Listens: Dead Man’s Shoes, Without You, Know Love.

EP Review: This Is For You – Quincy

If you’re a regular visitor of NEW LEASE MUSIC, then you’ll know that QUINCY is all about churning out slow jam R&B numbers… the type that puts some serious heat under the collar and steam up spectacles within seconds…and his latest EP, ‘This Is For You’ makes no exception.

Released last month, the six-track set brings back that rich, old-school R&B, when the upcoming crooner takes on and remakes his father, AL B Sure’s 80s hit ‘Night and Day’. Elements of raunchy guitar plucks makes a surprising appearance, in tracks including, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Late Night Flex’, ensuring the temperature is kept way above 100.

‘This Is For You’ will be greatly received by die-hard nostalgics of late 80s/90s soulful R&B…it’ll be a shame to miss out – better check it out!

Must Listens: I Can Tell You, Late Night Flex, Me Time

EP Review: 07946 – Nick Blackos

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ONV Records recruit NICK BLACKOS has dropped a seven-track project, entitled ‘07946’ released last month.

Your speakers will sure get a good workout through the introductory track, boasting a dub-style bass which seamlessly reverberates and rips through the grittiest fusion of grime and hip-hop. ‘07946’ will also take you by complete surprise by taking a detour into the contrasting arrangements of bar-lounging, Slum Village-esque hip-hop.

The old speakers will (as Jane Fonda would say) ‘feel the burn’ one more time as East London spitter’s latest set concludes with the return of that hefty drive.

This one’s a cheeky number – why not check it out!

Must Listens: Our Family (Blue Hills), Moon Rock, The Pain

Album Review: Fiero – Population 7

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Hailing all the way from the West Midlands, nine piece hip-hop/neo-soul act POPULATION 7 have dropped their brand new album entitled ‘Fiero’, earlier this week.

A real sultry soulful/jazz fusion takes centre stage and swagger throughout the nine-track production, with smooth Erykah Badu-esque vocals and the occasional, laid-back freestyling giving the slick combo that extra kick.

I’ve found a real treasure here – so don’t disappoint me now and CHECK IT OUT!!!

Must Listens: Blindspot, Slugums, Wi – Fi, Fiero, Paz6 & FoxP2.

 

 

 

 

 

Album Review: Staring Into Space – Oloff

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After four months releasing his EP Life’s Got You Riveted ( once voted Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC) OLOFF rounds off the year with his 15-piece album, Staring Into Space, released last month.

The latest project predominantly includes three-minute bursts of his old instrumental recordings dating back to 2012, where this young artist put his smooth spin on vintage/Slum Village-esque hip-hop. This guy is cut from a different cloth; he’s worth a trial – check him out!

Must Listens: Never Was Feeling Poorly, DECRACS, Someone Took.

Mixtape Review: Arcadia – Dizzy Rambunctious

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He dazzled this blog and fans with standout tracks including Midnight Jams and Carnival…now DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS is sure set to blow minds with his 16-track instrumental mixtape, Arcadia, released this month.

In his latest release, the young New Jersey producer took inspiration from classic and modern arcade games, often fusing the sugary sweet nostalgic rhythms with his laid-back, borderline boom bap trademark. Definitely worth a trial – hit that play button.

Mixtape Review: Hall Of Fame – Fameos

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FAMEOS is rapidly becoming a regular on NEW LEASE MUSIC. The newcomer dropped his latest effort, Island last month as well as joining forces on hot tracks, Rambo and Get It Right with fellow NEW LEASE MUSIC staple Spike Geez – all featured on the his latest mixtape, Hall Of Fame.

Now the slick emcee from Philadelphia is determined to steal more of the limelight on the blog with his 10-track production by making use of the light atmospheric overtones respectfully colliding with the slight heavy bass, with his effortlessly cooler-than-cool delivery.

This upriser deserves some attention; go check out the mixtape.

Island, Hold It, Aw Yeah, Angels & Demons, My Mind

EP Review: Further Away: Melanie Crew

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It’s been a little over a year since MELANIE CREW appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her debut EP Until The End, which received airplay on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Kent. Now she’s back with her second EP, Further Away, released beginning of this month.

The London-based singer/songwriter reunites with her old faithful acoustic guitar, creating that rich, folky sensation and adds some soulful and sultry spice to her usual sweet and (respectfully) girl-like vocal range.

With therapeutic and occasionally soft uptempo soundscapes, Further Away EP is the perfect bet to start the week on a soothing note –  after a rowdy weekend.

Must Listens: Ghost, A Hundred Words, All That I Want.

EP Review: Chirality – XamVolo

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If you heard of XAMVOLO then you’ll certainly heard his leading soulful/jazz number, Down…and if you dig the single, well you’ll be in for a treat with his four-track EP, Chirality.

The laid-lack set is, by large, a continuation of Down – a hazy juxtaposition of the aforementioned genres, which showcase a Sade-level of class – and that’s REALLY hard to top.

With irresistibly hypnotic pieces that can be hailed as modern classics, this (clever) cool cat has positioned himself as a promising and timeless artist who will have music fanatics, all from generations, buying his future projects blind. If you’re not convinced, hit that play button.

Must Listens: Down, Gold Leaf

EP Review: One Six – J.Kas

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J.KAS calls upon his fellow musicians Alicia Renee, Bee & Ruell for his third studio EP, One Six, with the determination of carrying the summer vibe into the autumn and winter months.

Released earlier this month, the six-track collection boasts an explosive journey of dancehall grooves, Latin flair, with some laid-back old school style R&B (think Usher) – and a kick-ass football anthem.

With such variety in this mini package, there’s bound to be a track that tickle your fancy…go on, why don’t you check it out!

Must Listens: I Do It, Cali Dreaming, To The Top