Song of the Day: Is It Real – Emiko

West London singer and songwriter EMIKO rocks up on today hotspot with his single titled ‘Is It Real’. Highly recommended if you like Daniel Ceasar, Ray BLK, and DVSN, and with a velvety smooth, beautiful and piercing voice, an infectious artistic personality, and undeniable storytelling and songwriting ability, this 22-year old is the fast-rising new UK R&B power voice you will fall in love with this year.

Taken from EMIKO’s forthcoming debut EP to be released in the autumn, ‘It Is Real’ – produced by South London musician Hilts and his frequent Turtle Basement collaborator Monks – is a smooth Jazz-esque R&B opus, backed by lush piano arrangements and exquisite horns, over which EMIKO’s glorious vocal dexterity comes to the forefront, as he sings about finding freedom in love.

Heavily influenced by great artists such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, and Erykah Badu, EMIKO possesses a glorious voice that is nurtured in his distinct blend of R&B and Soul music, as well as an infectious energy and character that shine through in his songs. The Notting Hill native expresses his musical hopes and ambitions in one simple statement, “bringing people together, from far and wide, to experience something so special that words alone can never truly encapsulate the feeling”.

Check out EMIKO‘s soothing offering below:

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Song of the Day: Street Poet (Poetry in the Streets) – Natty Boi Zoe

NATTY BOI is back, bringing his first installment of a series of thought-provoking tracks lined up for this year – ‘Street Poet (Poetry in the Streets)’. The track is from his upcoming EP, ‘I Am Who I Am.’

If you feel the hard-hitting truths in his latest offering, be sure to keep your eyes locked on NEW LEASE MUSIC for more of his work…

Song of the Day: My Name – Darryl Morris

Folk singer/songwriter DARRYL MORRIS delivers a stunning piece into today’s hotspot through single ‘My Name’.

Taking strong influences from the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Freddie Mercury, Darryl shares his thought-provoking perspectives, with fresh insight, through the lyrical standard of heavyweights such as James Taylor, Tracy Chapman, Bernie Taupin, and John Waite.

‘My Name’ is one of songs that stop you in your tracks, as a result of his undeniable ability to tell a heart-tugging story of his childhood.

Absolutely stunning…have a listen before you head out…

New Music Video: Unknown – Pluto Lèbon

​Introducing exciting new British talent, London singer and songwriter PLUTO LÈBON, with her brand new single ‘Unknown’, accompanied with a gripping and thought-provoking music video. Produced by Ezzrah (Skepta, JME, Terri Walker) and Ayobeatz (Wretch 32, Alexandra Burke, Chip, Wiley), ‘Unknown’ is taken from PLUTO LÈBON’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Atlantis’, set for release this summer.

Directed by Ash Riley and TGD (Da Beatfreakz, Loick Essien, Rough Copy), the black and white visuals for ‘Unknown’, and the vastly deserted location the video is filmed in, create quite the dark and pensive backdrop, which brings the record and its emotions to life. Additional themes of death, religion, famine, and migration, also run through the music video, causing the viewer to further reflect on Pluto’s message.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Unknown’, Lèbon says, “I wrote this song from a place of real uncertainty, where I just wanted answers for things happening around me, but it can also mean different things for the listener. We’re all searching for our own truths and answers. Whatever the question is, I hope this song can spur listeners into actively seeking the answers we need”.

Check out the video for ‘Unknown’.

 


New Music Video: Side By Side – Franko Fraize

Currently residing in the world that flits between breakthrough and underground, FRANKO FRAIZE has an impressive legacy of music and musical achievements to his name. For those that know him, they love him and for those yet to discover him lays a world of future fans.

New single ‘Side By Side’ epitomizes Franko’s music. It reaches into the soul with bold disposition, giving perspective, empathy and understanding. Coupled with an edgy instrumental that strikes a chord and his charismatic charm, Franko has a gift to connect to listeners. British colloquialisms and familiar tones are the vehicle for a deeper message of growth and the reminder of what really counts in life, even when the chips are down.

To date, Franko has performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape Tramlines and more, plus he has also toured with Mike Skinner and Rudimental. He’s ticked off a prestigious Maida Vale session for the BBC and has released records with Fred V & Grafix via Hospital Records as well as featuring on the newly released Loadstar album.

Check out the video below: