New Track: Over – Sleeplust

Since claiming the limelight on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘My Place’ last February, there’s been a reshuffle in the SLEEPLUST lineup, with two new members (vocalist Amber Ruthe – replacing Meghan Tartamella – and drummer Sarah Luffred) joining twin brothers guitarist Michael Pepe and bassist Joseph Pepe.

With the big change comes an even more honest approach to their songwriting with highly emotive arrangements of floating electro pop/rock soundscapes through their latest offering ‘Over’. Released last Monday, the almost four-minute single gives an account of one refusing to end a relationship and the burning desire to keep it alive.

To date, SLEEPLUST has released two EPs, their debut Self-Titled EP and its follow-up remix EP simply titled Remixes. Together, those EPs have accumulated over one million plays across digital streaming services, and tracks from both have also been placed on television shows such as The Real World, Bad Girls Club and Total Bellas.

Their new single is the beginning of the band’s next chapter as they prepare their forthcoming album for Summer 2017.

Have a listen to ‘Over’.

New Track: Say My Name – Cherry White

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Four-piece act CHERRY WHITE unveiled their first single in over a year, coming in the form of ‘Say My Name.’

Draped in strong elements of brooding bluesy rock, the perfect build up to the mind-blowing soulful vocals, ‘Say My Name’ serves as a platform for anyone who feel powerless to voice their opinions, whether it’s in the workplace or at a place they suppose to call home.

Their rock bluesy trademark earned them various live spots, including Planet Rockstock festival in Wales and White Trash in Berlin. Recently they chalked up their 200th gig with a show at London’s legendary 100 Club, cementing their reputation as one of the UK’s premier up and coming rock bands.

These guys are REALLY good; have a listen to their latest creation.

Album Review: Fairytale Land – Pedro Syrah

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Featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in September, PEDRO SYRAH‘s delicately warm effort, ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ is the built up to his long-awaited debut album, ‘Fairyland’… and as much as I enjoyed the single – because it does spark a soul-glowing sensation – I wondered if I could survive ten tracks of the same tempo….

…Well I stand corrected, as from the very beginning, the bass guitar and drums receive a good workout in the introductory track, creating that real gritty funk. Soothing ambient soundscapes with, at times, feather light elements of Americana/new-wave follow through to the first half of the album, completed with tingling harmonies providing a real magical and folklore kick.

The second half of ‘Fairyland’ becomes progressively emotive and intense when Syrah takes to the limelight with put his vocals to almost stripped-back pieces – a combination that will smooth over manic traffic in an instant.

This collection is worth investing in for those quiet spring/summer nights…here’s your chance to have a listen.

Must Listens: Cocaine and Cigarettes, Paper Thoughts, Release the Clocks.

 

 

New Track: 2 Lovin U – DJ Premier x Miguel

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Hip-Hop icon, DJ PREMIER, and R&B superstar MIGUEL, connect on eclectic new single ‘2 Lovin U’.

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.

Now the mystery is resolved as we not only get answers and closure, but a stirring new single, edged with rocky guitar riffs and splashes of Hip-Hop undertones as DJ PREMIER scratches through the beat.

Shedding some light on to the situation, DJ Premier declared: “Miguel and I were vibing at a session and just really seeing what we could come up with. What we came up with was a dope, but a rough version of what you hear today. Miguel and I had deadlines and we never got around to finishing it. We both really believed in this version of the track and we both felt very strongly that it needed to come out and be released as a single. Miguel and I approached the label about releasing it and everyone was on-board”

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 states. “Wait until you see the video!”

But for now, check this sizzling hot collab!

Song of the Day: Justice – Cherryshoes

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CHERRYSHOES have made a return with a completely upbeat south through their single, ‘Justice’.

The Welsh pop/rockers, seemed to have dropped the infamous hypnotic tone, featured in their previous effort, ‘Ride On’ and adopted a slight housey, 1990s Massive Attack feel in the almost five-minute offerings.

have a listen and see what you think.

Song of the Day: Shredded Jeans – Mark L. Oakes

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Today’s song is ‘Shredded Jeans’ from Belgian singer/songwriter MARK L. OAKES, taken from his debut album, ‘Call Me The Moon’.

With the acoustic guitar and woeful violin taking centre stage and existing in sweet harmony, the nine track production is certainly worthy of the description as the ‘ideal soundtrack for a karmic road trip’.

After much deliberation, ‘Shredded Jeans’ made it to the hotspot for its heartfelt and subtle  influences of folk/rock heavyweights, Neil Young, Tom Petty…oh this is too good to miss; have a listen.

Song of the Day: Sever – The Fireflys

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After a prominently heavy hip-hop week here on NEW LEASE MUSIC, I decided to take it down a couple of notches and inject some soothing rock through this track entitled ‘Sever’ by THE FIREFLYS. The four-a-half minute piece of heaven is taken from their latest album, ‘The Illumination of Everything’ released last April.

Take time out and have a listen.

Upcoming Release: The Grass Ain’t Always Greener – Darren Parry

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After a successful 2016, DARREN PARRY  is not slowing down (literally) anytime soon and kicks off the new year with a ZZ-Top-esque stomper, ‘The Grass Ain’t Always Greener’, set for release later this month.

The self-penned reflective production features the Welsh multi-award winning singer/songwriter on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, with long-term collaborator, Rob Devereux providing the go-wild guitar riffs, and vocalist Kaysha Louvain (heralded as the “Welsh Bonnie Raitt”) on backing vocals.

Last year,  Darren extended his impressive CV by writing and producing for other artists, including teen sensation, Nina Jones (‘Promises’) – featured here on NEW LEASE MUSIC-  and Lee Gilbert (‘Soar’). ‘Promises’, written especially for Nina, has received a Semi-Finalist position in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest (judges included Stuart Epps, Shelley Peiken and Kipper Eldridge) and an enviable Runner Up position in the 2016 USA Song Of The Year contest (judges included Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler and U2’s The Edge).

‘The Grass Ain’t Always Greener’ is out for download on 28th January via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all good retailers.

For now, go crazy and check the single.

 

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2016

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10. Down – XamVolo

9. Honey B – Bella Loka

8. Waters Run Deep – Coco (ft. Shola Ama)

7. Not Staying The Same – Big Rain & Trigga Rider

6. Royal Blood – Sound Glyphics

5. Vogue – 3Bubble & J. Gray

4. Don’t Be Shy – Kane

3. Divinity Machine – Crisis Renegade

2. Falls – Awir Leon

  1. Pixelate – Shaefri

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2016

 

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10. New Drug – Tre’lb

 

9. A Place Far Away – Goldsands

 

8. In The Morning –  Sophie Longshaw

 

7. Razor – 1000WAYSWASTED

 

6. Expensive (from The Intent Soundtrack) – Big Tobz

 

5. Stay Up, Stay Blessed – Meru Maud’ Dib

 

4. Ready & Waiting (ft. MceBisi) –  Becca B

 

3. Thinking About It (Let It Go) – Nathan Goshen (KVR Remix)

 

2. See You In The Stars – The Optical Illusion

 

1. Kick  – 3KNGZ