Album Review: No Stems – Dutch Rebelle

In preparation for her upcoming project, ‘BANG BANG’, DUTCH REBELLE kept her supporters titillated and dropped a collection of sample tracks, forming the 11-track offering, ‘No Stems’, earlier of this month.

Her heavy bassline trademark makes no apologies and runs riot throughout the entire set – but deeper, harder and twice more infectious than her previous releases. The seriously dope, head-rolling combination is topped of by the female emcee’s tighter-than-tight flow. Go further along this project and there a slight reggae fusion working its way through that dense drive in track, ‘Is This Love?’

This is an excellent run up to the next big project – better hit that play button!

Must Listens: Young OG, Stripper, Not Sleeping, Miss Me

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New Music Video: For The Crime – Fusion

Catapulting into the scene with his incredible debut on the Lord Of The Mics 10th Anniversary compilation and following up with a succession of heavy hitting grime including ‘No’, ‘Rudeboy’, the ode to his neighbourhood, ‘Newham’ and self-produced ’24 Hours Riddim’, which garnered acclaim from iD, Complex & Mixmag, FUSION kicked off 2017 deservedly being named as one of Complex Magazine’s ‘Ones To Watch’ via their ‘13 British Emcees Destined For A Big 2017’

About to prove exactly why he was chosen for the list and pitched for success alongside the likes of Stefflon Don and Mist, FUSION releases ‘For The Crime’, which paves the way for the grit-laden E.P ‘Ready’, made up of 5 tracks packed with lyric laced dirt. Surpassing an impressive level of energy, FUSION opens up his arsenal, spitting over the instrumental, which is a stark reminder of what makes up grime’s sonic backbone. Entwining his slick yet punchy flow that hammers through the screeching, bouncy instrumental, this grime star marks himself out as one of the new generation worth a reload.

Check out the video…

New Track: Big Big Trouble – Torii Wolf

After premiering ‘Flow Riiot’s’ anthemic lead-single, ‘Free,’ featuring Macklemore and DJ Premier with Complex a few weeks ago, TORII WOLF now deliver ‘Big Big Trouble’.

The latest release sees the promising upcomer sprinkle some of her hypnotically raspy vocals over a fusion of old school hip-hop beats with a dramatic drive.

TORII WOLF’s debut solo-debut, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.

Have a listen to ‘Big Big Trouble.’

Mixtape Review: The Mixer – Coco Peri

I don’t know how this all-rounder slipped under my radar, but from now on, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on her. Just in case you’re baffled, I’m talking about COCO PERI. Maybe I’m giving the game away too early in this review, but her latest mixtape ‘The Mixer’ made me sit up and raise my eyebrows with approval.

The ten track production seamlessly weave between the atmospheric arrangements of R&B hip-hop/rap and dancehall, topped off with the occasional show of the tropical-esque overtones. This north Londoner had no trouble switching it up from her a rich jazzy vocal to a smooth flow that just melts into the dreamy soundscapes.

‘The Mixer’ serves as a great outro for the summer – and is well worth a place in your valuable record collection….hit the play button on this bad boy mixer!

Must Listens: Keeper, Muse, Futuristic, Ready Good Loving, Live Good

New Music Video It’s Not A Thing 2 Man – Skatta (ft. BFAST, Outz, Ridla & ShadowCV6)

The SKATTA led Coventry collaboration of MCs have upped the levels on this video which has been unleashed to SBTV last week.

Fusing the sounds of grime and garage, ‘It’s not a thing 2 man’ is SKATTA‘s latest outing, as he shares the attention and brings through a range of heavy Coventry MC talent. Echoing what he did in 2015 with ‘Has it come to This’ which saw him appear live as a guest on BBC 1xtra, this is a high paced energetic sing a long grime hit which is all about the mindset of being able to hit your goals without it being a big deal!

The song features Coventry talent  BFAST, Outz, Ridla & ShadowCV6. ShadowCV6’s track ‘Not Alone’ was named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC for two consecutive weeks in May.

New Music Video: The Warning – Lil Probz

LIL PROBZ returns bolder with a brand new music video for track, ‘The Warning’ taken from his E.P, ‘Concrete Vol.1’, released on Sunday (13 August) via Underground Kulture.

In the two-and-a-half minute production, the grime MC spits effortlessly over a rhythmic bounce of the infectiously heavy bass line – warning every one of his mammoth return!

‘The Warning’ is a the first release from the EP, ‘Concrete Vol.1’. Tracks ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘All Stars Remix’ inject energy into the six-track collection with a woofer of a bass line. The EP also includes laid-back bangers, ‘No Chill’ (sampled from Mobb Deep’s hit ‘Quiet Storm), ‘Letter to My Son’ (sampled Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird) and the reggae-fused ‘Smoked Out’.

Hailing from East London, LIL PROBZ shot onto the Grime scene like a ball out of a cannon. Having support from SBTV, Link up TV, Rinse FM, and other big channels, LIL PROBZ has also garnered attention from the likes of Tim Westwood where he has previously been a guest on the 1Xtra show.

With a bombastic EP and music video now out for your inspection, 2017 will see this MC on-a-steady-rise go viral.

‘Concrete Vol.1’ is available as a free download right here.

Song of the Day: Own Thang – Spike Geez

It’s been sometime that NEW LEASE MUSIC staple SPIKE GEEZ stole the blog’s limelight…but he’s here now, hogging today’s hotspot with this SERIOUSLY dope track, ‘Own Thang’. In the accompanied video the slick emcee from Philadelphia stresses that he follows his own path – nobody else’s!

‘Own Thang’ is from his latest EP, ‘After Dark’ – check it out here.

But before you head off, watch the video for ‘Own Thang’ – enjoy!

Album Review: Primative Beats and Rhymes

Veteran producer REDDTUNE called upon a mammoth lineup, in a bid to keep golden hip-hop/boombap alive, through his latest album, ‘Primative Beats and Rhymes’.

The 11-track production kicks off on a smooth note, with elements of classical and rich sounds of retro soul met with feather-light boombap. Halfway through the album, the tempo does a full 180. Entering full on into the golden era of the eighties/nineties, the bassline becomes more prominently gusty in the latter tracks, giving them that added spice.

Have a listen to ‘Primative Beats and Rhymes’ at least a few times and you’ll discover some real gems shattered throughout the production…real hip-hop heads will get it straight off. Check it out here.

Must Listens: Last of the Classics, Act A Fool, My Waves, Hustler’s Theme, Primative Beats and Rhymes.

 

New Track: Picture Me Rollin’ – A1

It’s been sometime this underground rap contender has been out of the NEW LEASE MUSIC limelight, but A1 is makes a bold return with all guns blazing with his take on  Nipsey Hussle’s banger, ‘Picture Me Rollin’.

This track is part of A1‘s series called #A1Mondays where he’ll freestyle over mainstream instrumentals every Monday of this month.

So go ahead and listen to the first installment from the epic series.

New Track: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

Kicking the weekend off with a massive bang, COCO drops his latest banger featuring Scrufizzer.

The track marks the occasion COCO and the Red Bull Music Academy held a launch party in his hometown, where he performed ‘Ingredients’ alongside Toddla T. To cap off an epic weekend, the sheffield spitter then opened the World Snooker Championship final with a re-work of ‘Big N Serious’, watched by over 4 million viewers!

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint, the track unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will be savoured by fans of the genre and beyond. With both MCs flowing over the Toddla T’s hard-hitting instrumental with bite, ‘Ingredients’ is sure to go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances, solidifying s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.