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’.

New Track: Over – Sleeplust

Since claiming the limelight on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘My Place’ last February, there’s been a reshuffle in the SLEEPLUST lineup, with two new members (vocalist Amber Ruthe – replacing Meghan Tartamella – and drummer Sarah Luffred) joining twin brothers guitarist Michael Pepe and bassist Joseph Pepe.

With the big change comes an even more honest approach to their songwriting with highly emotive arrangements of floating electro pop/rock soundscapes through their latest offering ‘Over’. Released last Monday, the almost four-minute single gives an account of one refusing to end a relationship and the burning desire to keep it alive.

To date, SLEEPLUST has released two EPs, their debut Self-Titled EP and its follow-up remix EP simply titled Remixes. Together, those EPs have accumulated over one million plays across digital streaming services, and tracks from both have also been placed on television shows such as The Real World, Bad Girls Club and Total Bellas.

Their new single is the beginning of the band’s next chapter as they prepare their forthcoming album for Summer 2017.

Have a listen to ‘Over’.

EP Review: This Is For You – Quincy

If you’re a regular visitor of NEW LEASE MUSIC, then you’ll know that QUINCY is all about churning out slow jam R&B numbers… the type that puts some serious heat under the collar and steam up spectacles within seconds…and his latest EP, ‘This Is For You’ makes no exception.

Released last month, the six-track set brings back that rich, old-school R&B, when the upcoming crooner takes on and remakes his father, AL B Sure’s 80s hit ‘Night and Day’. Elements of raunchy guitar plucks makes a surprising appearance, in tracks including, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Late Night Flex’, ensuring the temperature is kept way above 100.

‘This Is For You’ will be greatly received by die-hard nostalgics of late 80s/90s soulful R&B…it’ll be a shame to miss out – better check it out!

Must Listens: I Can Tell You, Late Night Flex, Me Time

New Music Video: Brother – Gents

Danish duo GENTS have released their brand new video for latest single ‘Brother’. The second release is taken from their forthcoming LP ‘About Time’ out 7th April through The Big Oil Recording Company.

With Theis Vesterløkke on synths and production and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s characteristic baritone vocals, GENTS’ sound is founded in a shared passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, alongside obvious nods to distinguished crooners Elvis, Scott Walker and Rick Astley. Their sound screams fun, but the pair are keen to emphasise their sincerity in what they do. Citing artists such as Wham!, Tears for Fears and The War on Drugs as influences, they champion musicians who are not afraid to open up their hearts and use music as a direct mode of expression, with no distance or irony.

In this sense ‘Brother’, following up the recent release of ‘Cold Eyes (feat. Emma Acs)’, is a successful embodiment of the influences GENTS aspire to represent. Wearing its heart on its sleeve, ‘Brother’ is a buoyant pop banger, with a proud, playful synth lead darting across a dreamy landscape of bright guitars, light bouncing keys and Juhl’s dulcet baritone tones.

Having already featured on Noisey, The 405, Hunger Magazine and C-Heads, the two have gigs booked in March at The Waiting Room, London, Amsterdam’s s105 De School for Subbacultcha and Berlin’s Loophole for Shameless/Limitless on the 8th, 9th and 11th respectively.

Having been listed in Sound of Copenhagen’s most rapidly rising stars compilation for their debut single ‘Young Again’, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for this Copenhagen pair.

Song of the Day: Rabbithole – Shaefri

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After stealing the top spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Music Video of 2016 list with previous effort, ‘Pixelate’, London-based electronic-pop artist SHAEFRI returns with second single ‘Rabbit Hole’ from her forthcoming EP ‘Pixelate’.

While ‘Pixelate’ explored a dysfunctional relationship, ‘Rabbit Hole’ deals with the agony of yearning for love. SHAEFRI paints a desperate character though her pained, heartfelt lyrics imploring the object of her affection to love her.

Born and raised in London with a mixed Irish-Egyptian heritage, SHAEFRI spent years honing her talents and developing her unique brand of haunting vocals and minimalistic beats amidst the London scene. Having performing at venues such as Notting Hill Arts Club and The Borderline alongside famous names including Babyshambles and Craigie Dodds (producer for Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse and Eliza Doolittle), the electronic-pop singer knows what it takes to pull her listeners in with mesmerising vocal hooks and warm, pulsing pads.

This one is very worthy of your time – have a listen to ‘Rabbit Hole’.

New Music Video: I Got You – Leska (ft. Batuk)

leska-i-got-you-leskaFrench alternative electro duo LESKA are back with an avant-garde visual to their latest track, ‘I Got You’. Featuring eccentric South African singer Batuk, the three-minute vibrant production displays an unbreakable bond between two people (pictured above).

‘I Got You’ is out now via French innovative label, Nowadays Records…go check out the video.

New Music Video: Satellite – I.AM.WILLOW

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I.AM.WILLOW debuts the music video for her debut single Satellite, a soaring, sweeping pop song “about giving that special relationship a second chance.”

Her music is a cinematic-pop explosion of influences, highlighted by the contrasting subtlety and power of her vocals, melodic arrangements and evocative lyricism.

The London-based, Malta-born musician, who counts Annie Lennox as a fan, has gained support from BBC Introducing, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, and Time Out (Top 5 Rising Stars of 2015) over the past 12 months.

Watch out for her  EP,  coming in 2017…but for now, check out the video to Satellite.

Song of the Day: Why Do I Hurt You? – King Dice O (Sakinah Iman)

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Continuing the beautifully-raw/spoken word combo, displayed in his previous reflective effort, Who Am I?, KING DICE O dropped his latest single –  this time in the form of a thought-provoking, bitter-sweet love letter. This offering is too good to pass up…have a listen.

Why Do I Hurt You? is from his Forthcoming LP, Who Am I?

Upcoming Release: Played – Melisa Whiskey

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Overflowing with soul and emotion, Played is the rousing introduction to the velvety, caramel tones of MELISA WHISKEY.

A poignant reflection of a relationship, Played is both atmospheric and poetic, displaying Whiskey’s finesse as both a writer and singer.

The record is the first to be taken from her forthcoming debut E.P, due early 2017, which is the first release on her own label Whiskey Music. However, Melisa is no stranger to music and you may recognize her unmistakable vocals from the anthemic ‘Threshold’ by UK dance producer Redlight and ‘Searching’ from the house legend Roger Sanchez, both of which have been released over the last year.

Taking to her roots and influence, from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Sade and Amy Winehouse, Melisa’s own releases lay her expressive, soulful style bare and in full glory. Elements of vulnerability glint through and are met by the juxtaposition of the power and strength within her voice as the lyrics resonate.

Not to be missed…have a listen to Played.

New Track: Strings – Nick Ryan

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NICK RYAN is definitely the one to watch.

Hailing from Houston, Texas this upcomer takes hip-hop/Trip-hop to a whole new level with his latest release, Strings. Almost five minutes long, this masterpiece carry irresistibly heavy drive  accompanied with intermittent harp/Far East-esque overtones.

It’s an acquired taste and it worth checking out…like NOW.