New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

10. HIGHLANDS – DELAFAYE

9. DREAMLIFE – J KAS

8. JE NE SAIS QUOI – GEMINI CHRIS

7. 24 HRS – KING BLITZ

6. #DONTSLEEPONJAS – J.A.S

5. LFTP SEASON VOL.1 – 3BUBBLE & J. GRAY

4. SKETCH (ABSTRACT) – MISSION

3. PERPENDICULAR – AMANI

2. Heads in the Clouds – Noep

1. My Fairytale – Dovile Lee 

Song of the Day: Duro Dada – Bimbi Philips

Closing in on half a million YouTube views, the video for ‘Duro Dada’ from BIMBI PHILIPS is his latest to gain an exceptional response seeing the African sensation build a closely watched and exciting profile in the music scene.

Taken from his ‘Go Getta’ Afrobeats musical film series, the track is part of an eight-track EP soundtrack and is already his most streamed release to date, with an instant addition to the Afro Bashment playlist at Spotify. With the video directed by Luke Biggins (Stefflon Don, Skepta, MO Music, Chip) and shot in the beautiful town of Johannesburg, it shines a unique light on African fashion, focussing on urban African prints and designs, following the trail of the Black Panther movie and capturing the deeply rooted musical essence of the track itself.

Beautifully melodic and caramel tones from Bimbi lead the skippy Afrobeats number. The laidback party anthem packed full of dance, feel-good vibes and sweet musings for a loved one holds all of the essence for dancefloors and the airwaves.

Here’s your moment to check out the explosive visuals below:

Album Review: Sketch (Abstract) – Mission

MISSION comes at you with full force with his latest album entitled album ‘Sketch (Abstract)’, released earlier this month.

The South African rapper teams up with long-term collaborator, producer and NEW LEASE MUSIC regular Jayd Soliar – aka JAS – to create abstracted sounds and overtones that’s rough around the edges, accompanied with a bed of scenic soundscapes offering some lightness. His rap delivery to the contracting combo gives that extra rawness to the nine-track project, whereas the female vocalist soothes over the (respectfully) jarring production.

‘Sketch (Abstract)’ is born from a strong partnership, aiming to push out pieces that becomes progressively dark and avant-garde. Rather than making a project that’s autobiographical, the pair deliberately left it open for the listeners to interpret the album through their personal experiences.

So the ball is in your court; check out ‘Sketch (Abstract)’…and don’t be afraid to leave your comments below about your experience of the album.

Must Listens: La Di Da Di, P*ssy, Questions, Ghost Phase

EP Review: Peace Be The Journey – Sy’ Defect

SY’ DEFECT has been a long time collaborator of rapper/producer and NEW LEASE MUSIC regular JAS, featuring on his projects including the singles ‘The Moment/The Takeover’ and his most recent EP, #DontSleepOnJAS.

The South African spitter steps to the forefront and dropped his long-awaited EP, ‘Peace Be The Journey’ last month. Produced by JAS, the set showcases a thin layer of serene soundscapes throughout, with variations of rhythmic overtones. This is all rounded off by the rolling presence of the bassline, adding that real meat to all tracks.

Introductory effort,’Hello’ punches out splashes of melodic tones, inspired from the Motherland, which gives a rich tropical house-esque vibe. Among the bed of that atmospheric soundscapes and rolling bass line, the rhythmic tones pick up the pace and switches up to a more blissfully satisfying sound, as featured in ‘Floating Waters (ft. Palesa Blossom) and ‘Peace Be The Journey’.

As for SY’ DEFECT‘s delivery, well he was at complete ease, providing that certain swing to his usual mellow flow which, at times, can pick up at great speed, adding those fire moments in the EP.

Guys, I truly recommend checking out SY’ DEFECT‘s ‘Peace Be The Journey’ – like digging into a cake, it gets sweeter with each sample.

 Must Listens: This Life, Peace Be The Journey, Run Home

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.’