EP Review: Blaise Pascal

Just from the strength of the first soulful effort’ I Can’t Wait’ – featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC last month – BLAISE PASCAL‘s self-titled debut EP seems like a real contender.

In the five-track set, the London-based singer/songwriter adds ambient elements of hip-hop/boom bap and reggae to smooth futuristic (ish) soul (which I suspect is his trademark) – take it from me, this newcomer is no one-trick pony.

Overall, this EP serves as a great introduction into his endless talents and it would be very intriguing to see what he does with his future releases. Worth a trial; have a listen.

Must Listens: Dead Man’s Shoes, Without You, Know Love.

Music Video: Platinum & Gold – Basheba

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It’s evident from previous music videos that the North London dark soul singer/songwriter  BASHEBA  has a flair for creating engaging and moving visuals.

‘Platinum & Gold’ is no exception as the beautifully shot video (directed by Vasilisa Forbes with art direction from Luke Nugent) is the perfect foil for her haunting vocal delivery and sparse production courtesy of XVR BLK. Previous video ‘Don’t Go’ accumulated over 100K views on YouTube in its first two months and followed other fan favourites ‘High And Dry’ and ‘Dirty Love (Your Love)’.

Known for combining breakbeat and jungle rhythms in previous work, ‘Platinum & Gold’ continues to show a progression in sound for the young Londoner. Her ‘from the heart’ lyrics and dark soulful vocal delivery always stands out in her music, and it’s this which she has been able translate effortlessly to other areas like trip-hop, bass and R&B. It is the lead track taken from her latest EP ‘Axiom Pt. 2’ which is out now on iTunes and Spotify (via her own label Y.O.B Records) and is the second instalment of the ‘Axiom’ EP, released in April 2016.

Check out the video for this outstanding track.

New Track: I Can’t Wait – Blaise Pascal

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London-based future-soul artist BLAISE PASCAL unveiled single ‘I Can’t Wait’ last Friday, taken from his debut EP, set for release later in the year. The track samples the melodic hook from Billy Cobham’s ‘Heather’, famously used in hip-hop classic 93 ’til Infinity’ by Souls of Mischief.

Speaking of his latest release, Blaise says: “It’s about a long distance relationship I was in and the feelings of excitement I had knowing I would see her after much time apart. We are no longer together but still very close and she’ll always be a special person in my life”

Born in Pembury and raised in London, Blaise’s career began with a scholarship to Sylvia Young. He began to focus on singing and dancing and his talent was recognised and rewarded by yet another full scholarship to the esteemed Rambert School of Contemporary Dance & Ballet. This led to a career as a professional dancer, taking him around the world and giving him the opportunity of working with some of the UK’s best known establishments including The Royal Opera House and The English National Opera.

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At the age of 17, his uncle Martin Rex (engineer & producer of artists such as Alison Moyet, Neneh Cherry and The Shamen), saw potential and gave him a guitar, igniting a passion for playing and writing that would soon surpass all else.

The result of this was Blaise’s debut album ‘Wild Life’ released through his own label SJH Music. He then spent the next few years gigging around the country and building a reputation working as an accomplished musician and has recently taken time out from this to begin writing his second album. As well as following his pursuits to be an accomplished songwriter and musician, Blaise has a strong sense and belief in the spirit of community and in particular amongst fellow musicians. With that in mind he founded the company Acoustic Roots, a ‘featured artist/open mic’ nights offering a platform for up and coming artists.

‘I Can’t Wait’ is now available for purchase via iTunes. For now, have a sample of the single.

 

 

WATCH Joanna Rabeson’s video for single, Orchids and Feathers

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Paris-born/London-based JOANNA RABESON‘s latest alternative soulful effort, ‘Orchids and Feathers’, is the first release from her eponym project, which displays the tribulations of a woman through her different personas.

Now it’s over to you: experience the first of many tribulations – watch the heartfelt production for ‘Orchid and Feathers’.

Song of the Day: Rise – Laurrhie Brouns

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OK peeps, it’s time to put your New Year’s Resolution to the test with single Rise by fiery singer-songwriter LAURRHIE BROUNS.

As you will hear from the four-minute must listen, the Haitian/Dutch powerhouse puts her rich soulful/modern R&B spin on K-Pop (in which she calls EuroKPop), creating a real sugary and spine tingling sensation.

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Her K-Pop/Soulful combo hasn’t fallen by the waste side: The 26-year-old performed three times at the huge Arena in Amsterdam for a crowd of 50,000 people at a time and also shared the stage with heavyweights including Emeli Sandé and Bob Marley’s legendary band The Wailers, whilst club touring across Netherlands.

In 2012, the upbeat pop songstress took her talent to new heights and auditioned for The Voice of Holland and instantly became the viewer’s favorite and was dubbed “The discovery” & “The one to watch”.

Now that’s all the credentials over with, it’s time to check out Rise. The single is taken from her EP, Ascension: Golden Seeds of Light, released in November on all major music outlets, including iTunes and Spotify.

New Track: Meditations – Mr. Metronomo

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Coming straight out of Los Angeles, experimental band MR METRONOMO released their latest single Meditations, available on all major music digital platforms, including Bandcamp.

Judging from the newest offering, their music can’t be pigeonholed under one genre. Led by lead vocalist John Perea, this almighty band typically provides a steady/laid back flow of electronic beats, horns and low-key vocals, with Rory Mahtews offering up the smoothest guitars riffs.

The rest of the members include: Tenor Sax, Sarah Rosenkrantz on vocals,  Isaac Lopez on bari sax, Gabe Martin on trumpet, Nick Kennerly/Bonnie Brooksbank on violins, Mathew Witmer on viola and Evgeny Tonkha on the cello. That’s a pretty big band, which can fuse a variety of new sounds together; a completely different sound that’s very fitting for that lazy Sunday morning.

Meditations is the latest release from their 13-track album, The La Metro Experience, released in August…take time out and have a listen.

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2016

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10. Down – XamVolo

9. Honey B – Bella Loka

8. Waters Run Deep – Coco (ft. Shola Ama)

7. Not Staying The Same – Big Rain & Trigga Rider

6. Royal Blood – Sound Glyphics

5. Vogue – 3Bubble & J. Gray

4. Don’t Be Shy – Kane

3. Divinity Machine – Crisis Renegade

2. Falls – Awir Leon

  1. Pixelate – Shaefri

Song of the Day: Skip The Talking – Unique Hastings

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Elements of seductive soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and pop, has pushed  UNIQUE HASTINGS‘ latest single, Skip The Talking to the dish of the day hotspot by NEW LEASE MUSIC. The sultry banger is set to appear on his upcoming album The Heart of a Dreamer.

A singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, the South Londoner soul-pop sensation, is a multi-talented artist with music in his veins. His father owned a recording studio and his mother taught him to sing. On top of this, both his grandparents were musicians.

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All this spurred him to follow his passions as a musician. He has since been involved in a number of exciting projects, producing music for a Virgin Media digital campaign as well as collaborating with Chris Brown for a remix of the R&B artist’s single Run it. His touring meanwhile has taken him all over the world, playing acclaimed venues such as the O2 Arena in London and Apollo Theater in New York, supporting names as big as Ludacris and De La Soul.

Unique Hastings is likely to appeal to fans of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Seal, combining their collective pop appeal, whilst also channelling his own distinct smoky vocal tone and stylistic diversity.

On top of his musical endeavours, the singer has also co-starred in an award-winning short film titled Shantell Town, the soundtrack of which he also co-produced.

The slick crooner has another exciting single on the way titled Gimme All Ur Luvin, plus a full-length album titled The Heart of A Dreamer set to drop next year.

Now you know everything you need to know about this hot property, it’s time to sample his latest track…happy Friday!

EP Review: Chirality – XamVolo

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If you heard of XAMVOLO then you’ll certainly heard his leading soulful/jazz number, Down…and if you dig the single, well you’ll be in for a treat with his four-track EP, Chirality.

The laid-lack set is, by large, a continuation of Down – a hazy juxtaposition of the aforementioned genres, which showcase a Sade-level of class – and that’s REALLY hard to top.

With irresistibly hypnotic pieces that can be hailed as modern classics, this (clever) cool cat has positioned himself as a promising and timeless artist who will have music fanatics, all from generations, buying his future projects blind. If you’re not convinced, hit that play button.

Must Listens: Down, Gold Leaf

New Track: Falling – Lulu James

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Following up new single It’s the Time, with accompanied visual voted Video of the Week two weeks in a row by NEW LEASE MUSIC, LULU JAMES released the second track from taken her new EP – Falling, produced by DJ Simbad.

Her new releases so far have featured work with award-winning producer Ronni Vindahl, who has written and produced albums for MO and Kendrick Lamar, and a collaboration with DJ Simbad accompanied by a remix from Gorgon City.

Speaking of the latest effort, she said: “It’s is a song of power, courage and self-awareness. The words just rolled off my tongue, and it all comes from a very honest place. DJ Simbad pulled the magic out of this track by keeping the beat simple and allowing the vocals and harmonies to shine through. We had a great time jamming sounds, but both felt the most important thing was the self motivational message, that this 21st Century soul track offers.”

It’s the Time EP is now out on all major music outlets..before you go, listen to Falling.