Song of the Day: Clouds – INEZ (ft. Clara Kent)

Proud Homewood resident and Pittsburgh native INEZ uses music as a tool to navigate her life. Releasing her debut LP, ‘Voicemails and Conversations’ in December 2019, she follows the project with lead single, Clouds’ – accompanied by a dreamy set of visuals.

A late night groove, ‘Clouds’ is filled with soulful vocals and shimmering synth patterns – whisking you away into a smoky paradise. Richly romantic, “‘Clouds’ is about the newness of a potential courtship, where you are both vulnerable yet open to the possibility and bliss of what could be”

Born to two musical parents, INEZ quickly developed an intense love for the artform. Studying at Berklee College of Music, she prides herself in being a musical polymath – singing, producing, arranging, songwriting, drumming and audio engineering. These skills coalesced into LP, ‘Voicemails and Conversations’ – an audio diary of her navigation of love and growth as a Black woman.

Since its release, INEZ has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition, Bandcamp Daily, and most recently headlined City Theater’s Drive-In Arts Festival. With every release, INEZ hopes to continue using her gifts to uplift, love and create space for Black femmes and women worldwide.

‘Clouds’ is out on all download and streaming sites…check out the video for the mesmerising number below…

Alba Shares Endearing New Single, ‘Sister’

After kicking off 2020 with the release of ‘Mass Extinction’ and playing a sold-out fest with Extinction Rebellion to raise funds to combat climate change, ALBA is back in a post-lockdown world with her new single, ‘Sister’.

Speaking of her latest effort, the Tenerife singer and guitarist says: “Sister is an introspective song about reconciliation between sisters. I believe that sibling love is not something many tunes touch upon nowadays, however in these unprecedented times where quarantines and distance are putting us to the test, having healthy family relationships is key for mental health and happiness. Recognising one’s mistakes can be hard at times but we should always strive to make things better.”

ALBA has made her way into the UK music scene armed with her smoky, soulful vocals, virtuoso guitar skills and captivating live performances. The songstress uses her music to make a difference and raise awareness about social and environmental issues, speaking up as a feminist and a climate activist.

Produced by James Sanger (Dido, Keane, U2), ‘Sister’ will be accompanied by a music video, filmed in Paris by up and coming Ivorian/French video creator Giles Ambo.

Have a listen to ALBA’s stunning single, out now on all downloads and streaming sites…

Song of the Day: Third Degree Love Crimes – Lili Kendall

Australian singer/songwriter LILI KENDALL‘s single, ‘Third Degree Love Crimes’ chronicles the crazy things we do for love…we’ve all been there at some point in our lives – and if you pretend you haven’t experienced those feelings, then you’re in serious denial!

Produced by her good friend SLMN, the emotionally-charged soulful ballad is taken from her full-length debut album ‘Love, Herself’, released late last month. The project displays a transformative and healing body of work that chronicles womanhood, self-empowerment, love and life.

Check out ‘Third degree Love Crimes’ below…

New Track: Think We’re Fine – Sub Blue (ft Manga Saint Hilare)


NEW LEASE MUSIC regular and favourite SUB BLUE hooks up with his favourite MC, Manga Saint Hilare and brings something a little different to the table with brand new single ‘Think We’re Fine.

The promising soul newcomer exchanges his melancholic take on soulful R&B for a mid-tempo combo of hip-hop/R&B. SUB BLUE‘s vocal instrument injects a summery nineties vibe (think Usher), whereas Saint Hilare, vibrantly spits over the laid back bars.

Speaking of his latest release, SUB BLUE says: “Think We’re Fine’ is about how we live our lives carefree; spending money, doing whatever it is we want – without worrying about consequence or seeming not to. This is often glorified publicly making it so easy to bask in the glory of it. But behind all that, we are all fighting our own battles that not everyone knows about.

For the artwork, I used an image of Mac Miller, who I felt perfectly personified the emotion of the record to me. I am a big fan of his music but I think that tragedy, like many others, reflects the duality of celebrated recklessness and internal pain vs external perceptions.” 

‘Think We’re Fine’ is the lead single from his forthcoming project, ‘Wilfully Blind’.