EP Review: CurrentSee – Raphael Blake

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Following the roaring success of his debut conceptual mixtape, The Undergrad, RAPHAEL BLAKE finds his way back to NEW LEASE MUSIC and slams an innovative EP, CurrentSee.

Coming in the form of four striking visuals, the Nottingham spoken word emcee boldly takes on and elegantly spits the UK’s current affairs, including BREXIT, over the smoothest soulful soundscapes you’ll ever hear in the music industry of today.

The four-track video EP – which was written, filmed, recorded and edited within the 24 hour period (yep, you read right!) by the musical prodigy himself – will further cement his place on the major tastemakers’ playlist….Check out CurrentSee…not to be missed.

Must Listens: You Decide to Exit, Enough

 

New Music Video: Sweet illusion – Raphael Blake (ft. Georgia Copeland)

It’s been several months since RAPHAEL BLAKE was feature on NEW LEASE MUSIC with a series of installments from his 2014 mixtape, #TheUndergrad….and as you can see, he’s back with his latest effort, Sweet Illusion.

As part of BBC Radio 1Xtra’s #WordsFirst campaign this November, ‘seeking to find the hottest and freshest spoken word talent from across the country’, DJ Target premiered the soulful/electronic effort late last month.

The spoken word poet has been busy within those last several months with performances at various festivals over the summer including Lovebox 2015 as well as  gaining online support from Complex, Clash and Hunger TV.

Watch the video to Sweet Illusion.

 

 

Upcoming Release: The Undergrad (1st Year: Ambition) – Raphael Blake

 

Spoken word poet RAPHAEL BLAKE is all set to release his debut body of work entitled The Undergrad.  Having already garnered the support from various BBC Radio stations, the free 18 track mixtape is being released in 3 parts, each containing 6 tracks.

The Undergrad is a body of spoken word  poetry over a backdrop of ambient electronic, chilled house and soulful sounds that encompasses the tales of the South Londoner’s life and ideas, capturing his experiences within the 3 years post college. The concept of the The Undergrad project mirrors the journey of a university student that is partitioned into 1st (Ambition), 2nd (Reality) and final years (Sacrifice), each having its own theme revealing Blake’s ambitions, realisations and trials throughout.

The release of part one ‘1st year’ follows the theme of Ambition touching upon autobiographical stories and thoughts – check it out!

New Music Video: Pilot – Raphael Blake

Spoken word poet RAPHAEL BLAKE has dropped the video to his latest track, Pilot. The South East Londoner’s body of work entitled The Undergrad is set for release later this year. The free 18 track mixtape will be released in 3 parts, each containing 6 tracks. 

The third track taken from the Ambition body of work is ‘Pilot’ which follows previous tracks ‘The Undergrad’ and ‘Its More Than Poetry’. Pilot explores Blake’s ambition of becoming a pilot, but reveals the harsh realism.
The Undergrad is a body of poetry over music that encompasses the tales of Blake’s life and ideas, capturing his experiences within the 3 years post college. The concept of the The Undergrad project mirrors the journey of a university student that is partitioned into 1st (Ambition), 2nd (Reality) and final years (Sacrifice), each having its own theme revealing Blake’s ambitions, realisations and trials throughout. There are 5 spoken sound tracks in each year of the Mixtape including and intro and outro.

RAPHAEL BLAKE has walked the BRIT School path to graduation and started performing spoken word in open mics sets all over the capital as a 16 year old. During this introduction, BLAKE made appearances at Shoreditch Festival, and found himself a finalist at South’s Got Talent and a winner of various local talent competitions.The co-operate working system and typical monetary purist pulled Blake away from his passion but five years on he returns and switches the 9-5 for his pen and thought-provoking word-pictures to finally reunite with his hearts one true desire.
Experience the world of RAPHAEL BLAKE and have a listen to pilot.