New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums Of 2020

NEW LEASE MUSIC presents Top Ten Albums of 2020. Each album/EP on the list demonstrates the artists/acts’ undeniable ability of pushing the boundaries in hip-hop, R&B, punk rock and folk music. So hang around and check out these top albums at your leisure.

Be sure to look out for NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2020, coming out later today.

10. FLYMIX VOL.1 – FLY VON

9. TIME I GOT GOIN’ – HOUSE ABOVE THE SUN

8. DREAM TEAM: A STOKELY HATHAWAY JOINT – GRIFF/SCORCESE

7. ALMANAC – NERU THEE FOURTH FUGEE

6. STILLBORN FLOWERS – RAIN TO RUST

5. BEATS AND PIECES: VOLUME TWO – JOSHUA LUKE SMITH

4. MUSE – ASTHA TAMANG-MASKEY

3. T.H.B – tHbENJ

 

2. The Silence vol. 1 – BLESSIN F

1. bad – ricco barrino

 

 

 

Song of the Day: Mama Dance – Muzi

It has been a hugely successful year for the global genre-bending South African artist, MUZI. The producer and DJ continues his streak of ahead-of-the-game with the second track ‘Mama Dance’ and accompanied video from his internationally acclaimed 2020 EP, ‘MAMA’.

MUZI says of the track, “My mom loved to dance. It’s actually how she met my dad; they were both lovers of music. I wanted to make a song that celebrated that part of her – just a full on dance tune, because she loved these types of songs on my previous albums.”

Enlisting globally recognised and award-winning dancer, Zoyi Muendane as choreographer and lead, the video gives fans and viewers a glimpse into MUZI’s memory of his mother’s love for dance and music.

‘MAMA’ EP singles, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ and ‘The Calling’ have made a huge impact all over the world with features on Spotify’s New Music Friday (South Africa), Made in Africa, Afro Indie, Organica, New Music Friday (France), Apple Music’s Vibes (Electronic) and Sho’t Left (African), and Deezer’s New South Africa and Electronic playlists.

Here’s your chance to check out the epic official music video for ‘Mama Dance’, produced and directed by Clout Killed the Kids.

Song of the Day: No Show – Amy Lilley

South African singer-songwriter, chef, queer activist and venue owner AMY LILLEY is the exciting new talent set to take the music world by storm. Releasing her debut single ‘Formidable’ in July, which amassed an impressive 250,000+ streams in just over a month, Amy Lilley follows up with single, ‘No Show’, out now on Platoon.

Highlighting Amy’s versatility and passionate approach to creating breath-taking soundscapes, with its mesmeric, R&B undertones, coupled with her confident and powerful, yet tender lyricism, ‘No Show’ was a perfect taster for her debut EP ‘She’.

Out now on Platoon, the five-track EP, encapsulates the journey back to her strongest sense of self, which is abundantly evident in the debut single ‘Formidable’ – a track that juxtaposes hope and hardship in the face of depression, self-sabotage, pain and prejudice.

Check out the video for ‘No Show’ below…

South African Sensation Langa Mavuso Shares New Single, ‘Panther’

With his previous single ‘Love Lost’ garnering rave reviews and acclaim in the two months since release, building on recent support for the rising star from the likes of GQ, Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Red Bull Music, ELLE South Africa, and Deezer – where he was recently named their ‘Next
Artist of 2020’ – South African singer, songwriter and musician LANGA MAVUSO is back with a brand new single titled ‘Panther’ as he continues to tease his highly anticipated self-titled debut
album titled Langa’, which is scheduled for release on September 25 via Platoon.

Crafted with production duo Noble, who recently collaborated with Beyoncé on her seminal
Grammy Award-winning album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, ‘Panther’ is a smooth and soulful offering with lush R&B sensibilities and expansive soundscapes that will transport listeners on a late summer evening ride. The infectious slow jam sees Langa pour his heart out about searching for healing in all the wrong places, while highlighting his glorious vocals and exquisite falsetto tones, as well as his penchant for captivating storytelling and vivid songwriting.

Speaking about the inspiration behind his new single ‘Panther’, Langa says, “The song was
inspired by a tumultuous time in my life where I had surrounded myself with many distractions to
try and get over the pain and heartbreak of a difficult breakup, it captures how exhausting it
became to pretend that things were alright with me after this relationship ended. It talks about the many distractions we use to run away from our emotions, whether it’s flashy cars and bottles of champagne to heal the pain, or seeking light in dark places”.

A graduate of the National School of Arts, Rhodes University and the South African College of
Music, where he honed his singing skills, vocal abilities and performance prowess, among other
things, Johannesburg native Langa Mavuso burst onto the scene in South Africa with his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Liminal Sketches’ with Black Coffee’s Soulistic record label, before breaking out to become a star in his own right, buoyed by such fan-favourite and cult classic singles as‘Home’, ‘Sunday Blues’, and last year’s ‘Mvula’.

With his new single ‘Panther’ and upcoming self-titled album, Langa is excited to share his coming of age story with the world…Check it out below…

EP Review: The Slience EP Vol.1 – Blessin F

Upon trailing out BLESSIN F‘s latest project, ‘The Silence EP Vol.1’, I was so sure this was a making of a rapper, perhaps from Atlanta or Florida, with at least five years worth of tracks underneath his belt. Then I checked his bio and to my surprise, the EP is his debut effort and he’s actually from Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The mini set wastes no time and starts with explosive elements of the increasingly popular trip-hop sound fused with modern swing soulful/R&B, which momentarily adopts a Latin-esque flair in second offering, Faults & 6lamez. Duets of rapid-fire flows and alluringly laid-back vocals is another main feature in the EP, giving that extra kick in tracks ‘6east’ and ‘6attlefield’ and ‘Separate Ways’. Further along the EP, the swing R&B becomes prevalent and catchy (listen to ‘Summer Drip) which goes down a tempo or two, to create laid-back summery vibes in concluding track, ‘Separate Ways’.

Blessin F has created an amazing debut and should be deservedly tipped as a R&B/hip-hop sensation on an international scale…don’t hang about, check him out below…

Must Listens: 6attlefield, Summer Drip, Separate Ways