New Track: Set Me Free – Mpho & J.A.S (ft. Blossom)

He scooped NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Music Video of the Week title for singles, ‘The Moment/The Takeover’ and now J.A.S is back, teaming up Innocent Mpho Seema – otherwise known  MPHO – for a brand new infectious housey number, entitled ‘Set Me Free’.

Their latest offering boasts a bombastically heavy tribal-esque bass with blissful vocals, provided by Blossom, giving the club filler a sweet lick.

The two met back in 2015, when they discover a common love for unique house music, leading to the start of their collective, Mpho & J.A.S. Their first single titled, ‘Ngiyakholwa’, generated attention on radio and online.

Away from the collective, MPHO has made a name for himself as a pianist for big band jazz group, ODD Meter and also as a percussionist for PolyrithmiX and Nubia Soul. The Music and Production graduate played drums for CRC Music band, before delving into the house music scene, co-founding the House band, Sa Kosha ke Lerole.

As well as being a reputable rapper in South Africa, J.A.S (Jayd Soliar), puts life-long passion of house and electronic music into co-founding Tiger X, which garnered support from major tastemakers across his homeland and globally.

Let your weekend start now and hit the play button on ‘Set Me Free.’ If you’re feeling this track, look out for their album, coming out later in the year. Enjoy and Happy Good Friday!

Music Video: The Moment – J.A.S (ft. Sy’Defect & Nevita / The Takeover)

After appearing on NEW LEASE MUSIC with effort ‘The Moment’, J.A.S (Just A Star), has dropped the long-awaited visual to his debut single.

The ten-minute production features the South African rapper/producer/songwriter (pictured far left in the above image) partying hard from dusk till dawn with fellow native emcees, including Sy’Defect and Nevita. The explosive visual also features J.A.S‘s follow up track, ‘The Takeover’.

Unsurprisingly, the music video received heavy rotation on various South African TV networks, including MTV Base, Trace and Channel O.

Formerly with South African electro-pop group, Tiger -X, J.A.S real name Jayd Soliar – is currently working on his debut album, entitled ‘L.I.F.E: The CAUSE’.

‘The Moment’ is now available on iTunes.

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.

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Wunda

Wunda

Take a good look at this face, because it’s going to be around quite A LOT in 2016! Star-on-the-rise WUNDA cause serious waves on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his super smooth effort, We On. So before his worldwide hype really kicks in, get to know this South African hip-hopper.

NLM:  I need to ask this question straight off – is Wunda your real name?

W: Yes & No. It’s a nickname my mom gave to me at birth & I’m currently in the process of putting it on my ID documents officially.

NLM: What’s the rap game like in South Africa? Is there anything you would change (or not)?

W: It’s on the rise, the quality of our music is definitely improving. The one thing I feel needs to change is our huge focus on pushing numbers. I get it, I know they don’t lie but what begins to happen is artists rush their albums because they’ve got one hit single that needs a follow-up. Which begs the question “what about making the classic album?”

NLM:  You dropped your track We On a couple of months ago on SoundCloud. What’s the reception been like since its release?

W: It’s been great! It’s beginning to heat up. I have high hopes for that single & once radio begins to spin it, I believe it will make big waves.

 

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

W: It’s new, It’s fresh & nothing like what they’re used to hearing.

NLM: You have pretty neat discography on SoundCloud. What’s your proudest work and why?

W: Thank you! Woah that’s a tough one. Well Night lights is one of my favourites but We On has this smooth & authentic bounce which I’m really proud to have achieved. I have to commend Gordo for his production on that record.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in music?

W: All I’ve ever wanted to do was to make music. Well & design cars & shoes… At the age of 5 I could recite entire songs and my sisters would be so shocked because they couldn’t, so they encouraged me to follow this dream. Ultimately it’s always been music & it’s always going to be music.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

W: My mother. She has some pipes on her. But from a lyrical & performance stand point, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Nwa, Nas, Kanye west… I’m a fan of a lot of music so list is really long.

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

W: Adele. Without a doubt!

NLM: What are your plans for 2016 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

W: In 2016 I plan to drop my debut album titled By Design; I plan to tour Brasil & to shoot awesome videos for some of the tracks on the album.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

W: They can follow me on twitter my handle is @wundaoftheworld also like and follow my band page on Facebook Wundaoftheworld & for more music they just search for Thewunda on Soundcloud.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

W: Wow It’s difficult to imagine a world without my first love but I would most definitely design cars & shoes.