Album Review: Eight Days A Week – King Blitz

After a loooong spell away from the scene, KING BLITZ came back bolder with track, ‘That’s Real’, featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in January. Now the Indiana wordsmith is keeping the momentum at full speed with his ten-track album, ‘Eight Days A  Week’, released late last month.

A downtempo and menacing bass dominates and runs riot in the latest project, where this young emcee slams down his flow at varying speed. Somehow this smooth operator always comes out on top as his spats seamlessly weave throughout in every single track – well I guess that’s why he’s called KING BLITZ!

There’s some real gems in this set for those who are into alternative hip-hop; go and check it!

Must Listens: 99, New Wave, No Surprise, Yuu, Does It Matter 

Music Video: Figo – Tayfun

A myriad of strong influences taken from his Turkish background and unsettled upbringing make for the hard-hitting debut single ‘Figo’, from 20 year old, Tottenham based, TAYFUN.

The track, produced by SLVNG MAJOR and Patrick Osei (mastered by Chris Athens (Drake – Views), proves to be a real juxtaposition of cultures as TAYFUN details what life was like growing up in Tottenham over an echoing middle-eastern chorus that is accentuated by the genuine Turkish sounds of the saz guitar, played by the man himself. The rapper lays bare a previously troubled soul as his honest lyricism tells a captivating story. ‘Figo’ is paired with an equally compelling video and the cinematic visuals for his debut track comes courtesy of director Teeeezy C of Frankincense and Myrrh.

Growing up in a family that was well known for crime, TAYFUN slipped into a number of situations that made him question which path to choose. Biding his time, he made the decision to travel Europe where Tayfun found salvation in music and subsequently acknowledged it as his true destiny. As well as the pride in his Turkish heritage, TAYFUN is inspired to share his story and struggle with other young people, particularly the Turkish youth he feels will relate to him, and inspire them to fulfil their own destinies.

With an impressive debut and cultural influences that set him apart from other rappers in the emerging scene, 2017 is set to be a destination for this young emcee.

New Music Video: Lines – Franko Fraize (ft. Great Skies)

Taking you back to the days of old school garage raves, Reebok Classics and gold chains, FRANKO FRAIZE reveals the retro visuals to his latest single ‘Lines’, alongside Great Skies via his VEVO channel.

The blurry video captures the bright lights of London’s skylines and the essence of the night life that used to fill the city, while complementing the laid back garage style beat from Great Skies and Franko’s unmistakable vocal.

The track has generated support on BBC Introducing across Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk and Franko has just played a show with UKG legends Oxide & Nuetrino. He will also be performing in Ipswich, Swindon and Norwich at Tropico alongside Ghetts this month.

First broadcast by BBC Introducing in Kent, ‘Lines’ draws on influence from the UK electronic music scene and showcases Frankos’ vocal delivery over a melodic laid back beat from the Great Skies. The lyrics detail the exhilarating feeling of throwing shapes on a night out until everything starts to blur. Known as the “voice for the everyday”, he talks tales of everyday life that resonates across the board. His lyrics and presence are archetypally English and strike a chord with many a listener for their charm and wit.

Last year was phenomenal for the charismatic rapper from Thetford, seeing him support Rudimental and Chase and Status as well as completing a busy festival period that included the 1xtra stage at Reading & Leeds festival.

With an E.P alongside Great Skies due for an imminent release, a massive collaboration in the pipeline and a wealth of support already behind him, FRANKO FRAIZE presents ‘Lines’.

New Track: Overtime – Adian Coker

Following the recent release of ’24 Carat’, ADIAN COKER shares his brand new effort ‘Overtime’, the second single from his forthcoming EP ‘Buena Vistas’, to be released June 2nd on Kitsuné.

‘Overtime’ certainly reflect his busy schedule as the three-minute inspirational smasher documents the long hours he spent investing in, not just only his dreams and aspirations, but for others from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The London-based spitter has always been involved in community work – from working at Youth Clubs, participating in workshops for various charities to supporting social causes such #BlackLivesMatter last year and recently the #ZeroDiscrimination movement for which he recorded a touching video poem that the United Nation on released on Zero Discrimination day (watch here.)

But before you head off, have a listen to ‘Overtime.’

 

 

New Music Video: I Woke Up – Fazer

Having recently laid his soul bare in a very honest interview with Not For The Radio, FAZER continues to lay his ghosts to rest as he ditches the pop and gets right back to his roots with new single, ‘I Woke Up’.

The record makes for a welcomed return of the producer/rapper that sees him provides a sincere account of his time in the music industry and reconnect with the music that so clearly inspires him, allowing him to be the artist that his experience and growth has led him to be. Detailing the lows he has faced within his lengthy career, the self-produced beat draws on elements of trap, tinged with soulful strings, hi-hats and adlibs.

In a current climate that sees superstars rise from the underground and attention on the here and now, FAZER’s previous achievements may come as a surprise to some. As a platinum-selling artist/rapper, songwriter and producer, FAZER has been in the public eye for over 10 years, releasing three certified platinum studio albums and selling over 3.2 million albums in the UK. His production skills are unquestionable as he has worked with some of the worlds biggest stars and has previously helped to arrange the highly acclaimed Urban Classic’s BBC Proms at the world-renowned, Royal Albert Hall.

With a refreshing, feel-good vibe on a reminiscent record that oozes growth, FAZER is set to ‘wake up’ the scene once again.

Watch the video for ‘I Woke Up.’

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’.

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: They Don’t Know – Big Narstie (ft. Xaviour)

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Making a significant entrance to 2017, BIG NARSTIE releases the first single from his forthcoming album in the shape of ‘They Don’t Know’ featuring Xaviour. Delving into a side of BIG NARSTIE that is often overlooked due to his fun-loving and comical character, the record illustrates the story behind the Brixton emcee and demonstrates his lyrical prowess as a talented wordsmith.

2016 proved to be an impressive year for BIG NARSTIE, which saw him top the charts alongside Craig David on the Top 10 record ‘When The Bassline Drops’ and later went on to be certified gold. The scene veteran also performed at a number of the world’s most famed festivals including Ibiza Rocks, Wireless, Reading & Leeds and even made an appearance on the Jonathan Ross show. He went on to release his own Bass Invaders app and single ‘BDL Skank’ and now prepares to release the fruits of his studio labours with some exciting and unexpected collaborations.

Giving us a reflective and intimate understanding of his journey and battles faced as he grew up, ‘They Don’t Know’ shines a spotlight on BIG NARSTIE allowing a very honest and bold figure to be displayed; one which seems almost opposite to the infectious laughs, hysterical sketches and the animated bars that we’ve seen of late. As he raps over the melancholy beat, Narstie’s lyrical aptitude is evident and proves why he is not only one of the most loved, but also one of the most respected and key figures in the scene.

Taking 2017 to new heights, BIG NARSTIE has just announced a six date UK tour kicking off in XOYO in London 3rd May.

EP Review: Pagemaster – Scriptzrphrenic

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Coming from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, upcoming spitter SCRIPTZRPHRENIC laid on his cards on the table and poured his heart and soul into inviting you in a series of hard-knock events in his life through the latest six-set EP, ‘The Pagemaster’.

The introductory track provided the perfect build up to the infectiously dense bassline over the next couple of tracks, before entering the realms of laid-back, vintage hip-hop.

Our kid deserves a trial; check it out.

Must Listens: My Life, Daydreaming, Just A Rap

 

Song of the Day: Secret Tunnel – Emma Ballantine

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Today EMMA BALLANTINE serves up a very soothing dish with her single, ‘Secret Tunnels’, taken from her new project, ‘Somebody’s Story’.

The three-minute track, released on her own label, Shut Up Jo Records, is the first of four new songs that the London-based artist (originally from Salisbury) will be sharing between now and March this year.

Each of the of the tracks in ‘Somebody’s Story’ are based on a true story sent to the singer/songwriter by her followers since she announced the idea just three months ago. ‘Secret Tunnel’, gives a moving and inspiring account of a young girl’s determination to move on with her life after a harrowing experience.

 The new tracks have all been produced by Brixton-based producer Moseley and reflects a
departure from the traditional folk sound of Emma’s earlier EP, ‘Tourist’. Layered synths and beats combine with her usual storytelling style to create a more contemporary feel.

Since being tipped by Glamour magazine as ‘One to Watch in 2016’, Emma has had a busy year, performing at a string of festivals, including Glastonbury and reaching the final of the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year competition. She is due to announce a new string of tour dates for spring 2017 to mark the launch of the four tracks as a full EP and physical record.