New Track: Life Has Only Begun – Wunda

Almost two years out of the NEW LEASE MUSIC spotlight, WUNDA returns with his latest single, ‘Life Has Only Just Begun.’

For those who are not familiar with this South-African singer, he is known for spinning out atmospheric R&B bangers, drawing heavy influence from the spine tingling slow jams back in the 90s.

His 2015 offering, ‘We On!’ stole the top spot on South Africa’s Top 20 Emerging chart…so you’re definitely in good company here.

Hit that play button on ‘Life Has Only Just Begun.’

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EP Review: #DontSleepOnJAS – J.A.S

Jayd Soliar – better known as J.A.S – has bounced back with the first release of the year, which shapes up be a six-track set entitled ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ – out today on all major digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.

Following the epic release of ‘The Massacre’ – which premiered on NEW LEASE MUSIC last September – I wondered if this latest package would be, at least, on par with the collaborative effort.

Featuring a melting pot of talents, ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ introduces a boisterous bass which runs throughout the collection, bouncing off echoic soundscapes. Each featured vocals add a layer to the contrasting arrangements, creating a rich three-dimensional (almost holographic) feel.

So just to answer the question: is the EP, at least, on par with the single ‘The Massacre?’. Gonna say that the singles on ‘#DontSleepOnJAS’ have way surpass the track and it goes without saying that you won’t fall asleep on this South African producer’s latest body of work. Check it out below:

Must Listens: I Feel Alive, Game Switch, Drowning, Shipwrecked

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2017

10. Fever – J.Kas

9. The Stone – Jerome Thomas

8. Someone To Try For – ArtClassSink

7. For The City (WSTRN In2 Remix) – Sonz of Thunder UK

6. Orchids & Feathers – Joanna Rabeson

 

5. Not Alone – ShadowCV6

4. The Moment (ft. Sy’Defect & Nevita) / The Takeover ft. Various Artists – J.A.S

3. Destiny – Nino Wes

 

2. Hip-Hop & Cartoons – Gena Perala

1.Hold You – Sophie Longshaw

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2017

10. Reverse – Vlas Lucan (Mediatrix Remix)

9. Kiss Me – Violeta Skya

8. Madness – Mist

7. Jungle – Makk Mikkael

6. What’s Love Got To Do With It? – XY&O

5. Whispers – 3KNGZ

4. Set Me Free – Mpho & J.A.S

3. Sever – The Fireflys

2. Rain  – Turya

1. Life of the Party – Soho Kings

Song of the Day: Drifting – Escapism Refuge (ft. Zeb Samuels)

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to ESCAPISM REFUGE – one of the highly promising producers to burst up through Johannesburg’s burgeoning underground scene.

Earlier this month, he dropped an A-side double release, ‘Drifting’ and ‘Misfit’ via the indie label Deep Heads. After much deliberation, ‘Drifting’ was chosen as today’s top track for its floaty and spine-tingling combo of heavy hip-hop-esque drive and the sweet lick of the piano keys.

To date he’s released three hot EPs and won the praise of BBC 6Music’s Gilles Peterson, Soulection and Belgian’s Lefto. He also has a string of high-profile collaborations and a full LP in the pipeline…but for now, have a listen to the irresistibly good ‘Drifting.’