Song of the Day: Alright – Ragers

RAGERS enters NEW LEASE MUSIC’s song of the day hotspot for the first time with single ‘ Alright’.

Capturing an uplifting combo of electronic-esque beats and hip-hop, the almost five-minute summer cruiser addresses that although losing a love interest can make you feel lost, things will work out ‘Alright’ in the end.

Since 2013 RAGERS have caught the attention from both hip hop and pop tastemakers and maintain their growing stardom ever since. The Montreal rap quartet are now getting geared up for the release of their album,  ‘Raw Footage’ in June.

Definitely a cracker…get your listening gear around ‘Alright’.

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New Track: Black Crow – Louis Baker

LOUIS BAKER has been under the radar since the release of his single ‘Addict’ a year ago…however his the newest release ‘Black Crow’ makes up for his absence from the scene.

Written and produced in Sydney in just six hours, the soul-fuelled groover  sounds like alchemy freed from an artist’s DNA, rather than the chiseled result of time and toil. Produced by Grammy-nominated Steve Rusch (Solange, Miguel, Rhianna), the deeply organic production bears a strong message of exorcising those demons and leaving the past behind in order to gain wisdom through experience.

Prior to ‘Black Crow’, the New Zealand singer/songwriter has earned ten million Spotify plays worldwide for songs including ‘Rainbow’ (4.7 million) and ‘Addict’ (over 850,000). ‘Addict’ also reached number six on the Radioscope Alt Charts and was premiered on MTV.

LOUIS BAKER proves that good things comes in time…when you hit play on ‘Black Crow’, you’ll hear why…

Song of the Day: Role Models – Lady Sanity

Following her win at the recent GRM Daily Rated Awards, Birmingham MC LADY SANITY shares the lead track off her forthcoming EP ‘For Figures’. The track is unapologetically raw and is about “finding inspiration in the amazing people around you in your everyday life, opposed to this unrealistic, overpriced culture that’s thrown in our faces so often.”

She has already performed at Glastonbury Festival and is certainly one of the most exciting and passionate lyricists in the underground Birmingham hip hop scene at the moment.

Check out her work…have a listen to ‘Role Models.’

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

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.