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.’

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Mixtape Review: Return of the White Beard – Redd Emcee

Producer/rapper REDD EMCEE steals today’s limelight with his first mixtape in two years, ‘Return of the White Beard.

In this eight-track collection, the white-bearded emcee gives a comic insight into his life and also his views on the true meaning of hip-hop. The lineup of UK and US producers on the eight-track collection truly captured the London spitter’s signature sound – a  laid-back and, at times, sporadic hip-hop/boom bap-esque arrangements which is reminiscent of the late eighties/early nineties.

It’s definitely worth the trip to his Reverbnation profile; head right here to check out ‘The Return of the White Beard’.

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New Release: Free – Torii Wolf (ft. Macklemore & DJ Premier )


TORII WOLF has emerged onto the music scene as if she was shot out of a cannon. The singer/songwriter from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts-bouncing around West Coast cities and in doing so enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, genres, confinement and convention.

Thanks to her sultry voice, range and musicality, Torii has enjoyed a precipitous rise. With an iconic producer who has a habit of producing and contributing to classic projects manning the boards, TORII WOLF & DJ Premier’s forthcoming collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genres, age and expectations to let the world know a Flow Riiot is upon us.

Flow Riiot’s anthemic lead-single ‘Free’ tackles the battle we face every day to be our authentic selves and a reminder that our freedom comes from within and how we hold the key to how “Free” we really are. “Free” features Macklemore, who makes the lone guest appearance on Flow Riiot and the single was exclusively premiered by Complex.

The tracks topic matter holds very special meaning to Torii, as she expressed to Complex. ‘Free’ is a special tune. It’s very relatable. True freedom comes from within; it’s the battle we face each day with our own identity. Having the confidence to be comfortable in our skin and with who we are; and being our true authentic selves.”

TORII WOLF’s debut solo-album, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint. For now, listen to the first installment of the upcoming album, ‘Free’.

New Track: What’s Done Is Done – Alisha Brown

ALISHA BROWN is a London-based singer/songwriter who explores different genres, including R&B, gospel and reggae. Her lyrical content is empowering which encourages others to overcome traumatic experiences.

In her brand new single ‘What’s Done Is Done’, which features singer Natty Joshia and rapper Triple O, Alisha draws from her experience of being raped and how the love of God helped her to heal from the painful experience.

Processing influences of 90s R&B, ‘What’s Done Is Done’ was produced and co-written by Luke Grant (GKID), who added the story of a single mother, who left a bad relationship with the father of her child.

Alisha has previously released singles ‘The Apple Of My Eye’ and ‘Let It Be Revealed In Me’. ‘Apple Of My Eye’ received attention on Urban Gospel Radio (Dave P) and BBC Luton.

In addition to her solo career, Alisha has been featured on numerous musical projects. The young songstress was involved in ‘Paul Hardcastle’s, updated version of his 80′s hit, ’19’ and ‘Sonz of Thunder UK’s track ‘He’s Been Good To Me’. She was also the backing vocalist for Faye Simpson, (former lead singer of Nu Colours) and has been a member of groups, ‘Free2B’ and ‘David’s Praise’.

Now 2017 sees this powerhouse continue to touch and heal people’s lives through her new heartfelt single.

‘What’s Done Is Done’ is available today on iTunes .The single will be available on Spotify later this month.

 

 

Song of the Day: I’m Done – Justine Giles

Canadian singer-songwriter JUSTINE GILES, stole today’s Song of the Day hotspot with single, ‘I’m Done’, which (in her words) ‘serves as an empowering anthem for all’.

Featuring heartfelt plucks of the acoustic guitar, ‘I’m Done’ was written in her hometown, Sudbury and came to life in Toronto.

Speaking of her single, Giles states. “It’s about saying goodbye and fully letting go of what no longer serves one’s health and happiness. It of course can be applied to a romantic relationship scenario, but the overall intention of the song far surpasses that, and I believe it can be applied to many situations. It may actually act as an anthem to stand up against multiple forms of abuse.”

Though this release greatly differs in style from her previous singles, it’s just as strong and impactful as it touches on the subject of standing up for yourself.

Have a listen to ‘I’m Done’…and if you like what you hear, look out for Justine’s new album later this year.

Song of the Day: Humble – Kreative (ft. Anthem)

KREATIVE drops the sweet mainstream pop element, featured in previous releases, and gives full-on gritty hip-hop in his latest track, ‘Humble’.

This track is about finally reaching a breakthrough and paying homage to the supportive friends and loved one who saw the struggle to progress.

Go on, have a listen…

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’.

New Track: Street Poet 2 (Poetry In The Streets) – King Dice O

Rob Cash – aka KING DICE O – delivers another powerful installment entitled, ‘Street Poet 2 (Poetry In The Streets)’. The spoken word effort is coming from his upcoming album, ‘I Am Who, I Am’.

Seriously, this is some powerful stuff…have a listen.

New Track: On Me – Miles Glyphers

Setting a smooth tone for the summer, MILES GLYPHERS dropped his brand new single, ‘On Me’ on Friday.

The slick production comes from common collaborator Sound Of Fractures (Raye, Scott Quinn, Ritual). Inspired by his upbringing and real life experiences, the song explores Miles’ realisation that while people (and life itself) may try to bring you down, but it’s on you to stand tall and prevail.

The 21-year-old rapper who was born in Ivory Coast, in Africa, before fleeing the war-torn country to stay at a refugee camp in Guinea. At 11 years of age, Miles finally moved to the safe-haven that was Sydney, Australia.

Since 2015, MILES GLYPHERS has had a monumental rise, with in excess of 160,000 Spotify streams and kudos from Noisey, Clash Magazine and Highsnobiety among others.

This is powerful stuff…check out ‘On Me.’

Song of the Day: By The Lake – Blaccc Lotus

NEW LEASE MUSIC is glad to see old fav BLACCC LOTUS still doing his thing. His last appearance was back in September with the sinisterly dark track, ‘SS 96’.

Now the conscious emcee presents an offering that’s equally sinister and dense…it’s worth checking out!