Album Review: The Introduction – Zoe and Zara

Since appearing on NEW LEASE MUSIC with their single ‘Get Up Now’ last January, my mind would sometimes wonder on the whereabouts of twin sisters ZOE & ZARA. A few week ago, my curiosity was quashed when received an email from the duo.

After five years on London’s music scene, the pair decided to start a new chapter on their journey. So after much deliberation, long hours in the studio (which came with tears and near-breakdowns – their words, not mine!) ZOE & ZARA now present their debut album, ‘The Introduction.’

Recorded at The Blue Studio in Dalston (my hometown!), ‘The Introduction’  displays a delightful journey of Jazz (modern and from the golden era), old school soul and neo soul alternating between the down right funky and the ambient/easy listening.

The flood of tears and near breakdowns definitely paid off –  their neo-soul signature is more rich and refined (compared to their previous releases). The sisters’ venture into other genres by far didn’t disappoint. Their soothing vocals in fourth effort ‘Hey Sir’ were well suited to the golden jazz/big band/rat pack combo.

After reading the review, I think you guys know how I feel about this album. All there’s left say is – ZOE & ZARA, I salute you!

Check out the album and song recommendations below:

Must Listens: Weather Is Golden, Autumn Afternoon, Butterfly, Talk About It

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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: 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 Track: What Do I Do – Rayed R

After a short spell away from the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight, RAYED R drops latest single ‘What Do I Do’.

Produced by Enlightenment, the three-minute track documents the Alabama artist’s determination to take a different paths from his peers and also reminisce the days of golden hip-hop…go check this one out!

‘What Do I Do’ is now available on iTunes.

Song of the Day: Rich in Spirit – St. Jude (ft. Mike Kalle)

ST.JUDE is back with ‘Rich In Spirit’, the second single from his upcoming and highly anticipated LP, ‘Natural Progression.’

Featuring the award-winning and bi-lingual lyrical talents of Mike Kalle, this track oozes positivity and is testament to the fact that you don’t need cash to be wealthy. Both emcee’s tackle the topics of self-improvement, the importance of family and staying true to your art.

‘Rich In Spirit’ encapsulates a sense of optimism in uncertain times and delivers poignant content in both English and Spanish. This combined with the soulful, boom-bap production of Canadian producer, Think, gives the bouncy track a summery vibe.

‘Rich In Spirit’ is now available for download exclusively on from 4DPresents.