EP Review: Broken Record – Allana Verde

Since the release of her 2016 EP, ‘Neo Nostalgia’, ALLANA VERDE has been on a steady rise, gaining support from the likes of Trevor Nelson, DJ Target, Complex and i-D. Continuing the climb, the London R&B singer unveiled her brand new EP entitled ‘Broken Records’ earlier this month.

An afterhours R&B (say, from the 90s era) receives a futuristic makeover from the bold and vibrant presence electropop overtones. Together with Verde’s quirky yet somewhat sultry vocals, this mini collection brings on a real enticing and spine-tingling experience.

Over the years, I’ve seen many artists break out in a cold, nervous sweat when it comes to combining unlikely genres – but this newcomer burst onto the scene and pulled it off effortlessly with such Sade-esque style and grace. This one too good to pass up; have a listen.

Must Listen: Broken Records, I Know Better Now.

 

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New Track: For A Long Time – Pleasure P

Marcus Cooper – aka PLEASURE P – steals today’s spot with a relationship ballad sure to get couples to cuddle up close. Produced by the legendary Brian Michael Cox  the single, ‘For A Long Time’, is a glimpse of his new music, that’s set to be released leading into the new year.

The song was an original hit for the late Static Major. PLEASURE P a former member of R&B/hip-hop group Pretty Ricky – pays homage to the Grammy-Award winning rapper and producer who died suddenly in 2008.

Hit the play button on this smooth banger.

New Track: Stuck In My Feelings – Andreas Moss

Swedish-born, Nashville-based nu-R&B, singer-songwriter ANDREAS MOSS  unveiled his new single, ‘Stuck in My Feelings’, last Friday via Curb/Warner.

Following highly praised singles, ‘Thinking About You’ and ‘Stop Me’, actively gaining upwards of 2.8 million Spotify streams following their debut on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, the new cut – Written and co-produced by Moss himself with fellow collaborators Sam Tinnesz and Joe Williams – has been mixed by Grammy Award-winner Serban Ghenea, also responsible for the mixes of The Weeknd ‘Starboy’ and Ariana Grande ‘Dangerous Woman’.

ANDREAS MOSS‘ powerhouse vocals draw comparison to fellow songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man, while his music is influenced by the same blend of nu-R&B and neon-bright arrangements that made ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ and ‘Starboy’ so successful.

Growing up in a musical household, Moss followed in his parents’ steps and became a travelling musician. By age nine, Moss was on tour, singing gospel and playing the piano. Before he reached his teens, he was already part of a multi-disciplinary artists’ collective, where he switched between mediums; from ghost-writing to directing music videos and short films. It’s no wonder Curb Records appointed him to lead their newly created pop division, where the gifted songwriter has control over co-writing and vocal producing of the label’s new pop signings.

Following his performance at this year’s SXSW and The Great Escape festival, ‘Stuck In My Feelings’ is tipped to be ANDREAS MOSS’ most enticing offering yet which may well cement his status in the international music scene.

Have a listen…

New Track: Loving That – Matti Roots

MATTI ROOTS’ extensive musical background and stylish imprint of soul and pop has been sought out by numerous unsigned and signed artists, such as Dua Lipa, Paigey Cakey, July Jones, Age of Luna, Shae and Jaguar Skills.

Causing a stir in the music world in 2015, he teamed up with Jaguar Skills and Chords to release an energetic reworking of his funk fuelled gem, ‘Lust’. The track came out on RAM Records and was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and hit #1 in the Drum & Bass charts. This later followed with the release of his last album, ‘Beatroot’ in 2016. The lead track ‘Let’s get back Together’ found it’s way onto Spotify’s Viral Chart, reaching 500,000 plays.

Now with the release of his new single ‘Loving That’, MATTI ROOTS bonds his love for soul, funk, trap and R&B in a sensual mix. A loose arrangement of slick house bass hooks and light hip-hop beats, the track has an instant feel good catchiness that Matti is becoming quickly known for. Matti has been constantly making new music and after recently teaming up with Kwame Kwaten’s Ferocious label, he’s now set to release an exciting collection of works, he’s been working on the last few years.

 

 

New Track: 3 Times – Marged (ft. AOBeats & Jailo)

Following the success of her Billboard-approved single ‘Call From U’, Welsh electronic artist, MARGED, is back with the second release of the year – ‘3 Times’ – ahead of a show at Hackney’s Sebright Arms (London) on 30th September.

Sonically ambient and lyrically poignant, the latest release is “a reaction piece to the sexual expectations that women face.” Having illustrated how vulnerability can be sexy and acceptable for a feminist with her previous single, this particular track exposes the objectifying, negative sense of the word.

She explains: “Our bodies are so often seen as objects filled with stamina with no off button. My interest in the representation of women in porn really made me begin to question how we as females are perceived through the male gaze”. It is the artistic depiction of this subject that has helped MARGED amass support from Billboard, Clash, Indie Shuffle and Idolator, underlining the Cardiff-born artist’s reputation as one of the most exciting young London creatives this year.

Having previously worked with Sakima, MARGED now collaborates on the new release with two forward thinking and like-minded beatsmiths, Jailo and AObeats. Both are acclaimed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Earmilk and Thump for their ability to seamlessly incorporate the mix of styles that MARGED suits so well – notably hip hop, wavy future R&B and electronic pop – and their collective portfolio includes collaborations with Son Lux, Louis The Child and Annabel Jones.

‘3 Times’ accentuates the feminist narrative of MARGED’s music, and with a vision and purpose for her art clearly demonstrated, the South-London based artist looks to stimulate and inspire at her upcoming live performance this month…have a listen.

New Music Video: Snapchat (Ain’t No Killing My Vibe) – J. Kas x Ruell

NEW LEASE MUSIC staple J.KAS is back with the music video for track ‘Snapchat (Ain’t No Killing My Vibe)’ , taken from his EP ‘Snapchat’ – read the review here.

With long-term collaborator, singer Ruell, J.KAS provides us with four minutes of after hours smoothness.

Check out the video for ‘Snapchat (Ain’t No Killing My Vibe)’.

Song of the Day: Control – Full Crate x Mar

Soulful Dutch duo FULL CRATE X MAR ​claims today’s hotspot with their latest single ‘Control’, taken from the highly anticipated collaborative EP​ ‘A Woman’, released earlier this month​.

The mysteriously soulful single, featuring iLL BLU, offers a taster of the new FULL CRATE X MAR EP, also including previous effort, ‘​Gorgeous’​.

The EP follows previous collaborative releases of Full Crate and Mar, including ‘Nobody Else’, ‘Man x Woman’ and ‘Conversations with Her’.

The ‘A Woman’ EP is now available on Apple Music and Spotify.

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.

 

Mixtape Review: The Mixer – Coco Peri

I don’t know how this all-rounder slipped under my radar, but from now on, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on her. Just in case you’re baffled, I’m talking about COCO PERI. Maybe I’m giving the game away too early in this review, but her latest mixtape ‘The Mixer’ made me sit up and raise my eyebrows with approval.

The ten track production seamlessly weave between the atmospheric arrangements of R&B hip-hop/rap and dancehall, topped off with the occasional show of the tropical-esque overtones. This north Londoner had no trouble switching it up from her a rich jazzy vocal to a smooth flow that just melts into the dreamy soundscapes.

‘The Mixer’ serves as a great outro for the summer – and is well worth a place in your valuable record collection….hit the play button on this bad boy mixer!

Must Listens: Keeper, Muse, Futuristic, Ready Good Loving, Live Good