New Music Video: Masterpiece – Cilla Raie

Hailing from North London, singer/songwriter CILLA RAIE, has released her first music video for ‘Masterpiece’ produced by Joey Dyer (Iggy Azalea – Fancy, Katy B, Conor Maynard) with guest backing vocals from Ryan De La Cruz. Taken from her self-titled debut EP, ‘Masterpiece’ has racked up over 20,000 plays on SoundCloud since its release.

Directed by Daniel ‘Musical D’ Smith (Dizzee Rascal, Footsie, D Double E), the four-minute production reflects the concept of emotional vulnerability and passion experienced during a relationship, with the use of close-up shots and glitching transitions to give an emotive vibe to the audience.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Aaliyah, Brandy and Toni Braxton, the 23-year-old began recording music at just 14-years-old, with grime producer DaVinche, being one of her key mentors during the early stages of her musical journey. Combining her love of for R&B and pop music, Cilla delivers heartfelt lyrics with a sultry soft tone across this project.

This year will see the release of the songstress’ second EP, a body of work paying homage to growing pains as a young adult, whilst she embarks on a 2017 School Tour with UK Music delivering music workshops to students across the UK.

This is too good to pass up – watch the video to ‘Masterpiece’.

Music Video Premiere: For The City – Sonz of Thunder UK

Following their appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC with inspirational track, ‘Frontline Testimony’ Shane and Dean Brown – aka SONZ OF THUNDER UK – is back, grabbing Friday night’s hotspot, with their music video to Wstrn-sampled track, ‘For The City’, released today.

As supporters of the National Campaign Against Gun and Knife Violence, the hip-hop/reggae duo uses the three-and-a-half minute production to addresses the issue of knife and gun crimes among young people today.

Previously, the brothers have created a buzz with tracks, ‘It’s All About Love’, ‘God on the Mind’ ‘More to Life’ and ‘Frontline Testimony’ which recently created online attention and raised eyebrows from music tastemakers including Vents magazine, Guestlist and  The LinkedUp.

Check out the video clip to ‘For The City’. To view the full version, head right here…and subscribe to their channel!

 

 

New Music Video: 2 Lovin U – Miguel x DJ Premier

Having dropped the audio online last month, which was instantly picked up by the online music tastemakers and shakers, including Rolling Stone, Hot New Hip-Hop, Pitchfork, XXL Mag, Consequence of Sound, Spin and even the Guardian making it their Track of the Week; Hip-Hop icon, DJ Premier, and R&B superstar Miguel, reveal the video for ‘2 Lovin U’.

With the video opening to the vision of Miguel, there is almost an instant sense of relief to know that both parties are bringing everything to the table for the visuals of this worthy record. With Preemo taking his certified position behind the decks, there’s a dreamlike glow to the video that throws back to some 80’s inspiration with the movement of scenes and flashes of gold and light throughout.

Ever the revolutionaries in their own fields, the pair have no hesitation in creating unpredictable music together that is destined to strike a chord. Having previously teased fans with the collaboration via a video snippet on Miguel’s instagram during his Wildheart album campaign, the release of the album, (which was later nominated for two Grammy Awards), left fans in suspense as the track mysteriously eluded the tracklisting.

With the mystery now resolved, we get to enjoy the fruits of their labour via the stirring new single, which comes edged with rocky guitar riffs and splashes of hip-hop undertones as DJ Premier scratches through the beat.

As Miguel has previously stated, he and Premier were always going to find a special way to release this track, now entitled ‘2 Lovin U’; and true to their words, they have. “The track having a different title gives it a new light” DJ Premier stated; a statement reflected perfectly in the video too.”

Here your chance to check out the video for ‘2 Lovin’ U’

New Track: Hi Grade – Angel

Hot on the heels of a hugely successful 2016, which saw him bring his mesmerizing vocals and must-see stage performance to sold-out headline shows at London’s Bush Hall over two nights and a date at Birmingham Academy 3 plus gigs at Wireless and V Festivals and the release of his ‘HER’ EP, which has been streamed over 2 million times globally, the dynamic UK R&B singer-songwriter ANGEL is back with his brand new track ‘Hi Grade’, the first release from his forthcoming project (out this spring on Island Records).

Written and produced by the newcomer and a nod to his own musical upbringing, having a father who played around the world with legendary reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Misty in Roots, Dennis Brown and his own band Zabandis, ‘Hi Grade’ mixes reggae and R&B vibes with Angel’s stellar vocals to create a stunning, fresh sound that fans old and new will find impossible to get out of their heads or off their stereos.

The track follows the massively popular ‘HER’ EP which featured the Harmony Samuels produced ‘Fvxk With You’ that saw west London meeting America’s ‘dirty south’, delivered courtesy of an explosive 16 bars from Atlanta, Georgia’s Rich Homie Quan and made a huge splash across both sides of the Atlantic. The forthcoming project will see Angel building on the waves he created last year, whilst continuing to showcase his incredible songwriting ability and flair for hypnotic hooks and earworm melodies.

So here’s your chance to get some insight into the upcoming project; listen to ‘Hi-Grade.’

Upcoming Release: Fireman – Jake Aldridge (ft. Lisa Ambrose)

Having gone to number one on Zone Radio’s Top 40 Charts, getting his track played on Playboy TV daily and receiving airplay on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape, JAKE ALDRIDGE returns with ‘Fireman’. Fusing R&B, pop and hip-hop, Aldridge tells the captivating story of losing the person you love, a theme he is all too familiar with after losing his own father at the age of 11.

‘Fireman’ features singer-songwriter Lisa Ambrose, who recently won Battle Of The Bandstands, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Rob The Bank. This led to Ambrose supporting Mark Ronson and now collaborating with Norwich-based hip-hopper.

Inspired by the likes of Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre, Jake believes his music is entirely honest and offers his fans an insight to his life and emotions. The song has been produced by Ninety II, an up and coming producer from Bristol.

‘Fireman’ is set for release via iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and many more on 7th April 2017.

New Track: Rendez Vous – Jon Baptxte

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Following his last appearance with track ‘Quitter Paris’ – named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC back in late 2015 – JON BAPTXTE slams another effort entitled ‘Rendez-Vous’, released via The Cartel Records.

The four-minute track sees the French spitter – now residing in East London – makes full use of his ambient R&B/hip-hop signature – well suited for those after hours activities!

It’s definitely worth a trial – check it out – and don’t get too hot under the collar!

Song of the Day: Shape of You (Ed Sheeran cover) – Ruby Francis x Chloe Martini

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Rising UK music artist RUBY FRANCIS and Warsaw raised producer and artist CHLOE MARTINI have released a smooth and sultry R&B remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’. Giving the worldwide smash song an addictive soulful update – merging Ruby’s unique mix of futuristic R&B with retro and funky jazz sounds with Chloe’s one-of-a-kind brand of slinky, hypnotic beats – the new refix is set to be on constant repeat on the headphones and speakers of fans of stellar soul and R&B music everywhere!

Having been raised listening to Chaka Khan, Level 42 and Stevie Wonder, RUBY FRANCIS’ passion for music started when she received her first keyboard aged ten and started writing her own music. Three years ago she began to take her music career to the next level, having already collaborated with producers and artists such as Dornik, Linden Jay, Miles James (NAO) and Shift K3y.

Citing Odd Future, The Internet, NAO and Pharrell as her modern-day inspirations, Ruby released her debut track ‘Fall Asleep’ last month, a track that she co-produced with NK-OK of Blue Beats. With her original style, sound and infectious personality, there’s no doubt that Ruby Francis will be marking her place in the music scene over the coming months and far beyond.

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Ruby Francis
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Chloe Martini

Set to claim her rightful place as one of the music industry’s most exciting talents, Chloe released her new track ‘Change of Heart’ in January, featuring rising star Chiara Hunter. The soulful, dancefloor track has received praise from the likes of Clash, Wonderland and MTV and is the first cut taken from Chloe’s forthcoming second EP ‘Never Twice The Same’, a collaboration with some of the UK’s hottest up-and-coming female artists including Anne-Marie, Vanessa White and BB Diamond. Serving as the follow-up to her debut EP ‘Private Joy’, ‘Never Twice The Same’ is set to make some huge waves with its release in March.

As a self-taught producer and musician, it was her insanely popular remixes of tracks from the likes of Destiny’s Child, Sia, RÜFÜS, Janelle Monae and Pusha T that swiftly brought her onto the radar of established DJs and producers including Annie Mac and Snakehips, who she went on to support on tour alongside her own headline tours and sets at some of Europe’s largest festivals including Bestival, Open’er and Way Out. Chloe’s debut EP saw her garner support from the likes of Radio 1 and 1Xtra and tastemakers such as The 405, Majestic Casual and Eton Messy and amass millions of streams – alongside her highly sought-after remixes – across Soundcloud and Spotify.

Chloe’s most recent production credits include US soul duo VanJess’ next single and two of Vanessa White’s solo releases. Selected by Redbull Music Academy from tens of thousands of applications to join their September 2016 season in Montreal – which saw her collaborating with a range of other musicians such as Kaytranada and River Tiber and performing at a number of the city’s key venues – Chloe Martini continues to prove why she is set to be the name firmly on every music lover’s lips.

Check out their insanely cool makeover to Ed Sheeran’s hit (I think he would be very pleased!)

 

New Music Video: Resuscitate – Fabian Secon

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FABIAN SECON delivers the brand new video for his Nyge produced track ‘Resuscitate‎’, directed by Mornix.

 Hailing from Brixton, London the 20-year-old singer, songwriter and producer comes from a bloodline of musicians: his grandfather Paul Secon wrote for Nat King Cole, and his father Lucas Secon is a Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum producer and songwriter with many hits to his name.

He released his debut EP, ‘Don’t Disturb’ last year, which received strong reviews online. Complex UK have included Fabian in their ’10 To Watch’ in R&B and Soul for 2017. Fabian’s collaborated with many industry movers on material that will be released soon, from AJ Tracey, Young T and Bugsey, he also just completed a duet with Atlantic Records recording artist Taya.

Check out the visual to his latest smooth offering.

 

New Track: Touch Me – Maad (ft. Ro James)

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NYC based singer-songwriter, DJ and model MAAD continues her unstoppable rise on the music scene with the release of her new track ‘Touch Me’ featuring the Grammy nominated soul artist Ro James. The track is the follow-up to ‘90s Love’ – which was released towards the end of 2016 and has amassed over 100,000 streams – and will feature on her highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Le Funk’.

Written by MAAD and Ro James and produced by her regular collaborators TheVAMP, the breathtaking and sensual cut evokes epic soul and funk slow jam classics, showcasing MAAD’s stunning vocal, versatility and outstanding songwriting talent.

Up-and-coming alternative R&B and soul singer Ro James saw his star rapidly rise in 2016. The Stuttgart born and New York raised performer is best known for his single ‘Permission’ which reached the Top 40 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, has been nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best R&B Performance’ alongside the likes of Rihanna, Solange and BJ The Chicago Kid and was praised by Rolling Stone where his debut album ‘Eldorado’ was named one of the ‘Best R&B Albums of 2016’. Also nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award for ‘Outstanding New Artist’, this week he starts his first headline US tour which follows his opening slot for Mary J Blige and Maxwell on their ‘King and Queen of Hearts Tour’.

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Having spent recent years modeling for top publications and brands such as ELLE, NYLON, Seventeen and Anastasia Beverley Hills, along with songwriting alongside the likes of Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Jason Derulo), TheVamp (Ne-Yo) and Jonas Jeberg (Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato) and collaborating with internationally renowned rap artist A$AP Ferg, MAAD has firmly set her sights on the spotlight with her blossoming solo career – and with outlets from Noisey, Earmilk and The 405 to Wonderland and MTV already tipping her for big things she is set to truly make an impact in the lane she is steadily carving for herself.

With MAAD’s debut EP ‘Lé Funk’ due for release soon and more new music and visuals to follow throughout 2017, MAAD is on a one-woman mission to bring throwback funk and soul influenced sounds back to the forefront of the music scene.