New Track: Loving That – Matti Roots

MATTI ROOTS’ extensive musical background and stylish imprint of soul and pop has been sought out by numerous unsigned and signed artists, such as Dua Lipa, Paigey Cakey, July Jones, Age of Luna, Shae and Jaguar Skills.

Causing a stir in the music world in 2015, he teamed up with Jaguar Skills and Chords to release an energetic reworking of his funk fuelled gem, ‘Lust’. The track came out on RAM Records and was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and hit #1 in the Drum & Bass charts. This later followed with the release of his last album, ‘Beatroot’ in 2016. The lead track ‘Let’s get back Together’ found it’s way onto Spotify’s Viral Chart, reaching 500,000 plays.

Now with the release of his new single ‘Loving That’, MATTI ROOTS bonds his love for soul, funk, trap and R&B in a sensual mix. A loose arrangement of slick house bass hooks and light hip-hop beats, the track has an instant feel good catchiness that Matti is becoming quickly known for. Matti has been constantly making new music and after recently teaming up with Kwame Kwaten’s Ferocious label, he’s now set to release an exciting collection of works, he’s been working on the last few years.

 

 

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Song of the Day: Control – Full Crate x Mar

Soulful Dutch duo FULL CRATE X MAR ​claims today’s hotspot with their latest single ‘Control’, taken from the highly anticipated collaborative EP​ ‘A Woman’, released earlier this month​.

The mysteriously soulful single, featuring iLL BLU, offers a taster of the new FULL CRATE X MAR EP, also including previous effort, ‘​Gorgeous’​.

The EP follows previous collaborative releases of Full Crate and Mar, including ‘Nobody Else’, ‘Man x Woman’ and ‘Conversations with Her’.

The ‘A Woman’ EP is now available on Apple Music and Spotify.

New Track: The Little Things – Marlon Percy

London-based singer-songwriter & producer MARLON PERCY unveiled new single, ‘The Little Things’, the lead track from his debut EP of the same name.

Blending jazzy keys, soulful vocals and chilled house vibes, The Little Things EP is available to stream now. The EP also includes recent single Your Fool.

EP Review: Highlands – Delafaye

After periods of recording from the bedroom of his Louisville apartment , Andrew Shockley -aka DELAFAYE – presents his latest EP ‘Highlands, released last month.

The acoustic guitar and drums takes lead in ‘Part I’ and ‘She Shook Me,’ giving off a sultry soulful rock sensation, where the alternative rocker’s vocals lures between the arrangements. Further along the EP, a sweet harmonica makes a brief presence through third effort, ‘Tripping and Rolling’, adding a feather light folkore feel.

‘Highlands’ EP routes back and concludes with that real gritty soulful/rock combo along with the alluring vocals from the beginning.

There are some potential favorites in this mini package – it was VERY hard to choose – so it’s over to you; have a listen to the EP and pick your favorites and say in the comment box.

Must Listens: Part I, Tripping and Rolling, Part II

New Music Video: Dreams – Lánre

British Nigerian singer/songwriter LÁNRE is ready to start writing new music but before that, she has released an official music video for ‘Dreams’, taking from her ‘Human’ EP. The video directed by Alexandra MacEwan features contemporary artist Rebecca Sangster.

The visual centers around the constant push and pull, mostly internal that comes with living one’s dreams. LÁNRE hopes that this will encourage the dreamer in each and everyone to go for what’s theirs and to respond to the soul’s call to live one’s dreams.

In the last few months since the release of her ‘Human’ EP, this Yoruba songstress has been commissioned to write two songs for COAT, a sold out stage play at the Roundhouse by Yomi Sode and a song for the 80th Anniversary celebration of Cable Street. She was also one of the 14 artists selected by Brighter Sound for a 4-Day Residency Artist Director’s Series led by the Mercury Award Nominee Eska and Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director Adrian Jackson.

LÁNRE as well as touring Canada, France, NYC and Sweden, has taken her unique sound of Acoustic Soul, Folk and captivating storytelling influenced by her Yoruba heritage, to the Royal Albert Hall, Greenbelt Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Bath Music Festival, Folkstock Festival, Musicport Festival and the Brighton Fringe among others.

She’s currently working on a new album that will be released in 2018. For now, what the video to latest single, ‘Dreams’.

 

Song of the Day: Hidden – Bianca Rose

British/Jamaican/Nigerian singer-songwriter BIANCA ROSE has been writing and composing for the best part of a decade. In 2007 she self released her debut EP ‘Truth and Tiny Tragedies’, and has continued to collaborate and write songs for other artists ever since. Accompanying herself on guitar and ukulele, Bianca’s live shows have included sets for Sofar Sounds, Tigmus, London Jazz and One Taste Festivals, City Showcase, The Vortex and the CrimeJazz Festival in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, along with additional performances for Playstation, OH TV, & radio play on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. As a lyricist in the Ready Riters song writing collective, Bianca recently co-wrote X-Factor contestant Annastasia Baker’s debut album, resulting in Annastasia’s 2014 MOBO nomination.

Bianca has decided that 2017 is the right time to focus on her own music again, and release some of the songs she’s written over the last few years. Her debut album ‘No Fear Here’ (released in January 2017) is an expansive interpretation of the singer songwriter genre, fusing Bianca’s folk/gospel sensibilities with both Bianca and Femi’s African diasporic perspectives. It was part-funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and produced by critically acclaimed jazz musician and producer Femi Temowo, (George Benson, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Winehouse, The Roots, ESKA & Soweto Kinch).

‘Hidden’ is the third single from Bianca’s debut album ‘No Fear Here’. Directed by Dominic Döring, the visuals are set around the issue of men and mental health and how difficult it is to share these particular struggles with those closest to us. Bianca adds: “Even as a woman, it is never easy to reveal you have battled with any kind of mental oppression. But sharing is often the first step to breaking its power.”

Interview with: Sophie Longshaw

SOPHIE LONGSHAW is well on her way to becoming one of NEW LEASE MUSIC’s new favourites. Not only the flame-haired songstress bagged of herself the Music Video of the Week title for latest single ‘Hold You’ – for two consecutive weeks – her previous effort, ‘In the Morning’ was also featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC’S Top Ten Songs of 2016. I think it’s about time we find out more about this star-on-a-very-steady-rise.

NLM: Hey how you doing? Thanks for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC

SL: Hey! Not too bad thank you, I can’t believe Summer is here. Thanks for having me!

NLM: First of all, I wanted ask you about your latest single ‘Hold You’ – which was the most popular track on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in March – what was the public perception of the single beyond the blog?

SL: Yeah it did incredibly well. I think people were surprised to hear something that wasn’t indie-folk and a little bit different to my other tracks. It’s got a real punch to it and it’s the track I get the most messages and comments about!

NLM: Your single ‘In the Morning’ was ranked #8 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2016. Have a generated other accolades elsewhere? Please share!

SL: That’s nuts! The video for it premiered on Gigwise and we were No.1 trending for over a week. I’ve had the most amazing messages where fans have told me they really connected with the song and it helped them through difficult times in their life. For me, knowing my music can help someone is an accolade for me.

NLM: You’ve cranked up quite an impressive discography! What’s your favourite track to date and why?

SL: Definitely ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’! When I first started writing it, it was a private letter to myself to get through a tough time and now it’s my most listened to track on Spotify! I love playing it live, I’ve seen people slow-dancing to it and the love you feel in the room at that moment is unreal.

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

SL: I guess you’d say soulful indie-folk with a modern twist.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why?

SL: She’s not exactly chart-topping but I absolutely ADORE her… and that person is Lianne La Havas. She is so so so talented. I don’t know anyone else who can hold an audience like she can. What a woman.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

SL: *Creating quality music takes time and it’s a shame that unless you’re selling millions of albums you just can’t make a living so I’d say higher rates for streaming and YouTube views. No-one wants to pay for music anymore but unfortunately we can’t make music all our lives for nothing.

* EQUALITY FOR MEN AND WOMEN!!! More women in higher jobs with better pay – Vanessa Knight is a prime example. She mentored me at the start of all of this and I think she is just fantastic…. she runs her own label, has managed and helped many artists and I think we need more women like her. It hasn’t been an easy road for her but slowly but surely we are paving the way to equality.

* Unfortunately to get anywhere these days you need the image. I’d want press to change completely. Image isn’t everything and I am so sick and tired of seeing polished photoshopped artists all over magazines and the internet. Critiques of female artists often refer to their appearance as well as their musical ability which is ludicrous!

NLM: So what plans you have for 2017? Any upcoming gigs or album?

SL: No plans for an album as of yet, but we’ve definitely got a few singles in the pipeline… watch this space…

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

SL: If you want to have a little listen to my tracks you can search “Sophie Longshaw” into Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Soundcloud and YouTube.

If you wanna keep up with what I’m up to, you can find me on the usual social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

NLM:  Finally, If music didn’t exist, what would you do?

We’d probably have turned into some mutant zombies by now if music didn’t exist. What a dull world that would be! If I wasn’t writing songs I’d be writing anything and everything!

 

Song of the Day: Midnight Moon – John Tracy

Today’s song comes from one of JOHN TRACY‘s recent releases, entitled ‘ Midnight Moon’.

The ‘performing songwriter’ from Virginia has built a solid reputation for combining lyrics reflecting real life with heart-wrenching soundscapes of folk, blues, acoustic rock and soul.

He’s a national charting artist with two singles from his 2016 album ‘Happy Ever After’ breaking the top 10 on the US FMQB AC Chart, as well as playing on radio and syndicated shows across the UK and Europe. John’s music videos have attracted attention from all over the music video programming spectrum in the US and Canada.

So far, JOHN TRACY has released three singles this year entitled ‘I’ve Got To Find Myself’,’ The Shallow Game’ and ‘Midnight Moon’. However it was ‘Midnight Moon’ that make it to today’s hotspot as Tracy’s folk/soulful vocals inject full-on passion to the soothing trademark, which somehow leaves you inspired and full of hope.

It goes without saying that this folkser produces real music for real life – so I highly recommend you have a listen to ‘Midnight Moon’ – simply beautiful.

New Music Video: Without You – Cherri V

Radiating an abundance of soul and endearing, yet playful reality, singer and songwriter CHERRI V released the visual for her single ‘Without You’.

Produced by the Grammy award-winning UK producer, Harmony Samuels, who is responsible for a catalogue of hits from Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland and Chip, CHERRI V’s velvety tones echo over a piano-led instrumental that is laced with percussion allowing her powerful voice and emotion to burst through the seams.

Painting a vivid picture on the construct of a relationship, the visuals are presented in a sprightly and flirtatious form which capture the mischievous and lighthearted aspect of CHERRI V‘s charming character.

The accomplished songstress, recognised for her striking, fiery red hairstyles, has always kept it real with her straight talking lyrics. Unafraid and eloquent in her ability to discuss the truths of her life and her battles, she has previously been ‘Cherri-picked’ to work and perform alongside Wiley, Dawn Richard and Lethal Bizzle, with whom she celebrated the top 20 hit ‘The Drop’.

Opening the page on a new chapter, ‘Without You’ opens the gateway on CHERRI V‘s journey to releasing her captivating album ‘Brown Eyed Soul’, which is set to be the most personal and autobiographical project to date. Having nurtured, matured and cultivated her music for the album, it is set to tell a story its entirety via her compellingly rich and dynamic voice.

New Track: Comfortably Me – Chloé Leon

Fresh on the scene – Midlands born, CHLOÉ LEONE brings a unique blend of velvet melodies, pungent vocals and tongue-in-cheek wordplay through her debut release of 2017, the feel-good and emancipating ‘Comfortably Me’.

Produced by Fred Cox (Janelle Monae, Lion Babe), ‘Comfortably Me’ is Chloé’s personal ode to the world. Her take on the highs and lows of life as a young woman making her way in the world; dealing with relationships, purpose and hangovers; showing that it’s ok to be real.

Standing as the first from a string of releases due out throughout 2017, Dalston resident CHLOÉ LEONE is making a statement with her latest offering and is showcasing exactly why she is one of Britain’s most promising new artists…have a listen.