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)’.

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New Track: Aurora – Otis Mensah

Following his last appearance in July with single ‘Free The Slaves’ , OTIS MENSAH is here with a follow-up single entitled ‘Aurora’ – which paints the story of frustration with a system in modern-day society.

Unlike his previous release, which sports feather light boombap-esque soundscapes, ‘Aurora’ goes down the atmospheric hip-hop/rap route, where the Sheffield conscious emcee, delivered in a rapid light flow, shed light on his personal journey of self-doubt.

This guy has a lot to say…check out ‘Aurora.’

Song of the Day: Free The Slaves – Otis Mensah ( ft. Tonia Victoria)

During his debut show at Glastonbury, BBC Introducing stage last month, OTIS MENSAH dropped his track, ‘Free The Slaves’.

Sporting a sporadically dope elements of sugary-light hip-hop/R&B, the three-minute slammer talks about rebellion, and breaking out of a mundane, oppressed life.

If you haven’t heard of this conscious artist from Sheffield, covering everyday issues are the core subject of his expanding discography, often coupled with a rich soulful hip-hop/boom-bap -esque groove – a sound similar to heavyweights, Mos Def, Common and The Roots.

OTIS MENISH has previously released ‘Creep & Crawl’ which received appreciation from online hip-hop tastemakers…and the crowd at his Glastonbury show.

His upriser is worth a visit; start with ‘Free The Slaves’.

Song of the Day: Dem Gyal Deh – J.Kas (ft. Franz-Von)

J.KAS dropped a fiery Mantra-produced track entitled ‘Dem Gyal Deh’ bang in the middle of the hot season.

For this two-and-a-half minute deep house number, the Sheffield emcee enlists local spitter Franz-Von to add that extra kick.

Turn this one up to the max…check it out!

New Music Video: Smack ’em All – J. Kas (ft. Cryptic Wisdom)

Sheffield spitter J.KAS has been cooking up some new material which includes a brand new visual for track, ‘Smack ’em All’ from the EP ‘Hometown’.

The the four-minute production came to fruition when the BBC Introducing artist was in the process of moving home and had two burning bins in the backyard for unwanted items. A lightbulb moment came and J.KAS called a local upcoming videographer, Shakeel Robinson – and here it is!

The video is a filler in the run up to the official release of the ‘Snapchat EP’ (June 2017), which will be accompanied by videos to ‘All Night (Sugah, Sugah)’ and ‘Snapchat (Ain’t No Killing My Vibe’. Also there will be a another track dropping titled ‘Dem Gyal Deh’, which features Sheffield alumni Franz-Von of K.O.G. And The Zongo Brigade.

New Music Video: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

The Oliver Brian-directed visuals for the track, ‘Ingredients’ blend the hook’s literal and metaphorical meanings, with COCO joining a host of chefs in the kitchen and whipping up a storm, before joining Scrufizzer on a bar-filled shopping run. The video culminates with both MCs kicking off their own after-hours cooking session, mixing their chosen ingredients to create the perfect dish.

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint the banger, released earlier this month, unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums, courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will sure go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances – solidifying Coco’s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.

New Track: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

Kicking the weekend off with a massive bang, COCO drops his latest banger featuring Scrufizzer.

The track marks the occasion COCO and the Red Bull Music Academy held a launch party in his hometown, where he performed ‘Ingredients’ alongside Toddla T. To cap off an epic weekend, the sheffield spitter then opened the World Snooker Championship final with a re-work of ‘Big N Serious’, watched by over 4 million viewers!

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint, the track unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will be savoured by fans of the genre and beyond. With both MCs flowing over the Toddla T’s hard-hitting instrumental with bite, ‘Ingredients’ is sure to go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances, solidifying s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.

EP Review: Snapchat – J.Kas

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I gonna kick off the first review of the year with NEW LEASE MUSIC staple J.KAS‘ five-track EP ‘Snapchat’.

This hot property from Sheffield continues to dash A WHOLE HEAP of hot pepper sauce in the latest project, by adding his seamless flow to dangerously infectious dance bangers, uptempo and rhythmic after hours hip-hop/R&B.

This one is definitely a keeper; add to your collection for free via Bandcamp.

Must Listens: All Night (Sugah Sugah), Cold Love, Fxck With Me.

New Music Video: Waters Run Deep – Coco (ft. Shola Ama)

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COCO continues his rapid ascent with the release of the compelling Waters Run Deep featuring an inspired collaboration with the urban scene’s sweetheart, Shola Ama and fellow Sheffield spitter, Deep Green.

The soft instrumental bed radiates a warm and deeper edge to COCO’s sound as he leads his vocals from Shola Ama on the opening hook. From the instrumental, the variance in tone of the three contributing vocals accentuates mystery and empathy, whilst  displaying a raw edge of reality from the rougher vocals of COCO and Deep Green.

The Sheffield emcee’s artistic unpredictability and vision to experiment with different flavours and styles has made for an inspired catalogue of music over the last 18 months, resulting in him hitting the polls as one of the ’15 MC’s Out Of London You Need To Know Today’ via Complex Magazine and being chosen as ‘One To Watch in 2016’ for MixMag by Annie Mac. From the hefty grime remix of Big N Serious with MOBO nominees AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose, through to his recent Jamaican-peppered collaboration with Protoje, (making him the first UK act to collaborate with one of the biggest reggae stars across a grime beat), COCO has taken a fearful and inspiring route to releasing music in 2016; making the music speak for itself.

Finishing what has been a defining year for the Sheffield native, which has seen him perform at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage, alongside Stormzy at Ibiza Rocks, Red Bull’s Manchester Carnival, Notting Hill Carnival, Bestival and the Royal Albert Hall for Jamie Cullum’s BBC Proms, this promising upriser gives an idyllic and retrospective send off to the year with Waters Run Deep – check out the video.

New Music Video: Always – Toddla T meets Andrea Martin (ft. Silkii Wonda)

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TODDLA T dropped the video for bittersweet single Always featuring the legendary Andrea Martin. Filmed on the streets of Jamaica, the official video captures the sweet reggae vibes and the off-beats of the drums whilst bringing the Jamaican sunshine. With the dance moves in full swing, the power and soul coming from the vocals of Andrea Martin and the patois from Silkki Wonda, the combination make the record the perfect remedy for even the darkest days.

The Sheffield native has had a year of big productions that have seen his records hit a multitude of radio, Spotify and TV playlists however this is his first self-named Toddla T release via his new label Steeze.

TODDLA T’s music has always been heavily influenced by music and culture from around the world, particularly the genres that represent a voice or culture. From the essence and soul of R&B, the energy of grime, the vibes of reggae and dancehall to the excitement of electronic beats, TODDLA T productions stand out on a limb for their daring and courageous sounds, captured in his two-day sound system at the iconic Notting Hill Carnival.

A stark reminder that Toddla T brings the vibes to the speakers as well as the party, Always is a perfect taster to a new period in this artists career.

Check out the video for the stellar single.