EP Review: Reset II – Obsidian Cane

In the midst of unprecedented times brought by Covid-19 pandemic back in March 2020, London producer OBSIDIAN CANE was about to throw in the towel as the uncertainty of the music industry took its toll; with clubs and music festivals shutting down one by one. As he was about to turn his back on the music industry for good, his manager gave him one piece of valuable advice and that was to: keep releasing music. After all, people will be listening to music more than ever, now they were effectively in complete isolation. Following the advice of his manager, Obsidian produced a collection of music and his debut EP Reset was born.

Released on August 2020, Reset EP signifies the rebirth of his musical direction under a new alias. In his former life, Obsidian Cane scored a club hit, ‘I Need a Rhythm’ as UKG duo KP with fellow acclaimed producer Paul Benjamin. He also produced music for BBC1, BBC2, amongst others. As his new direction in the music industry goes from strength to strength, Obsidian released his second EP Reset II, where he called upon three promising upcoming singers/songwriters who are holding their own in London’s music scene: Joy Ami, Ferraz and Stacey Pierre – all of which their featured tracks signifies the EP theme of regrowth.

Joy Ami’s ‘Mr. Creep’ and Ferraz’s ‘Shine’ both tell the story of breaking away from the overbearing and controlling partner, feeling completely freeing themselves from the language that was set upon them, thus feeling renewed. Stacey Pierre concludes the mini project with a different perspective of renewal with ‘Secret Place’: the message of this single is that it’s OK to step into your personal to regained your yourself in order to fight another day.

Sonically, the EP possesses that familiar sound of UKG, that’ll be most welcomed to the nostalgics of the 90s version of the genre, while simultaneously sitting well with the younger generation thanks to its fresh spin.

Released on Christmas Eve, ‘Reset’ II EP was perfectly timed for release into the new year, as subconsciously it provokes all of us to release ourselves from all the luggage that’s weighting us down and look forward to be a better (and revitalised) version of ourselves.

Take a listen now…

Must listen: Shine, Secret Place

Song of the Day: If (Remixes) – Kemi Sulola

Since British R&B singer KEMI SULOLA has made such an impression on you guys with her single titled ‘IF’ (featured on the blog back in October 2021), I thought I’d give you an update on the remixes of the smooth R&B number.

The IF More Night Remix gives the R&B version a UK Garage makeover which carries over Kemi Sulola’s infectious UK R&B and pop sensibilities from the original track. Producer MoreNight, whose previous credits include working with Manga Saint Hilare, Scrufizzer and Footsie, to mention a few, all but turns the original track on its head and transforms it into a sun-soaked dance floor filler. The captivating UK Garage remix adds another dimension to ‘IF’, with its glorious bass-line, infectious drum patterns and lush synths. The remix has already gained support on BBC Radio and part of the CDPool Beats November CD of new releases. Have a listen below…

The IF Andre Solid Remix– Kemi works with the Grammy nominated beat maker and producer Andre Solid, who has worked with the likes of Randy Valentine, Tippa Irie, Marla Brown and Gappy Ranks to name a few. This collaboration gives IF its new flare, but also introduces the world to Kemi’s first official reggae release. Opening with a warm stack of vocal harmonies and cymbal sounds gives this remix a grand introduction to the reggae beat and base that comes soon after, making us enjoy the calming sounds. Supported by colourful radio, the reggae fraternity UK and the Off Beat Reggae show.

While you’re here, why not check out the official video for the R&B original below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs Of 2020

So here it is…NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2020!

Here you will find an electric mix of genres – from rock/rap, adult contemporary to fun filled UKG and EDM/pop. Some of the tracks featured reflects the events of 2020, while others serves as great escapism songs.

So knock yourself out and check out the top ten list below…

10. Y -THBENJ

9. M TO THE B – MILLIE B

8. DANK’O’HOLIC – MARINA MASSANOVA

7. FEELS LIKE THE WORLD’S STOPPED TURNING –  DARREN PARRY

6. NEVER THE SAME – KANDA

5. SALT – VOXXEN

4. PHOTOGENIC – ASANDA JEZILE

3. STAGED HAPPINESS -THEO NOBLE

2. HEY – TOM ONE (FT. LAUREN MAY)

1. PAPI CHULO – rich nana

Interview with: Stacey Pierre

Introducing singer/songwriter STACEY PIERRE into NEW LEASE MUSIC’s hot seat – and on your music radar. The emerging artist has hooked up with UK Garage producer Obsidian Cane for track, ‘Body Talk’, taken from his EP Reset. Obsidian Cane was one of the key players in the UKG movement back in the nineties who scored a hit with club filler, ‘I Need A Rhythm’ as UKG duo KP, alongside fellow producer Paul Benjamin.

So get acquainted with this UK talent as she dishes up her next move for the rest of the year and her coping mechanism during the pandemic…

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How’s 2020 treating you so far?

SP: Thank you so much for having me! Considering the circumstances, it actually hasn’t been too bad. There were a few projects that have been put on hold, but this has given me time that I didn’t realise I needed to focus on myself and get a plan in place for my career moving forward.

NLM: Your single ‘Body Talk’ was released under Obsidian Cane’s UKG EP, ‘Reset’ in August. What sparked the collaboration?

SP: The idea of us collaborating came up after I applied to a job he posted online. We both saw the potential in each other and decided to stay in touch. The working relationship grew from there.

NLM: What’s the public’s reception on ‘Body Talk’?

SP: I’ve had really good feedback so far! Two things that keep coming up are my voice and the drop that introduces the second verse. It’s very different from my style as a solo artist so I’m really happy that my listeners are engaging with this collab.

NLM: What was it like working with Obsidian Cane, one of the figureheads of the UKG movement back in the nineties?

SP: Well, I when we first started making plans towards working together, I could tell he knew his craft and had experience, but it was a revelation to me once he started taking in more depth about the things he had accomplished. He’s truly excellent at what he does and it’s an honour to be working wit him.

NLM: Are there any plans to work with Obsidian in the future?

SP: 100 per cent, we are working on new music as we speak! This collaboration has really opened my eyes to the possibilities when branching out into new genres. I’m so grateful for his patience and willingness to allow my style to shine through in the music.

NLM: Do you have other musical projects on the go?

SP: Yes I do. I’m working on a solo project, a second EP. A follow up to my first; EDEN. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so things sometimes take a little longer than they should, but I figure if I’m sharing a piece of myself with the world, why not take the extra time to make sure it’s something I’m proud of.

NLM: How has the current climate (CoVid19 pandemic) and lockdown affected you as an artist?

SP: A few jobs musical opportunities have been put on hold, which is frustrating but as I mentioned in my first answer, it has given me the time to re-evaluate myself as an artist. There have been many times before the pandemic where I would see others progression and feel that I should be doing more, which would actually halt my growth, but this space has given me the opportunity to realise that everyone’s journey is different and I should just focus on enjoying mine.

NLM: What advice would you give to new artists who are trying to get noticed in these challenging times?

SP: I would say, firstly think outside of the box. The market is saturated with new music, so be true to yourself and don’t follow the crowd. Be pro-active but smart, if you can build a support network of trusted people to help motivate you and even share tasks based on each others strengths, it will help ease any pressure and keep ideas fresh. And lastly, always have your reasons as to WHY you’re doing this. There will be times when its very hard or unfruitful, but when you are grounded in your reasons it will help you through.

NLM:  How can potential fans contact you?

SP: People can get in touch via social media:- Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @spierremusic and I also have a website http://www.staceypierremusic.com

NLM: Finally, if music did not exist, what profession would you do?

SP: Firstly, that would suck! But, I would certainly do something artistic, the thought of spending the day in an office makes me want to cry! So either an artist or wood worker- anything that would allow me to create.

Obsidian Cane Presses The ‘Reset’ Button On Latest EP

Giving old skool UK Garage a new lease of life, producer/artist OBSIDIAN CANE’s latest three-track EP, ‘Reset’ came along by complete chance…

The tracks on the EP were originally separate projects for three artists – Bryonii, I Am Born and Stacey Pierre. The plan to release the summer bangers came to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck the UK back in March.

Obsidian explains: “My plan was to complete each project then go back to performing at live events. Then the world went into lockdown and everything changed. Music events were cancelled, clubs closed, and social distancing gave me some tough decisions to make. I had a serious discussion about quitting the music industry for good, but my music promoter convinced me the Covid-19 lockdown was the best time to release new music as a new artist. Since everything felt reset and new, I used that energy and produced the three songs and title the EP.”

‘Reset’ EP may be the first solo release from Obsidian Cane, a seemingly unknown artist, who received over 13,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, but he’s certainly no novice to the UK underground dance scene. The Londoner scored success with club hit (I Need A Rhythm) as Garage duo KP with UK Garage producer Paul Benjamin and has performed live at 51st State music festival as KP.

Away from his partner-in-crime Paul Benjamin, Obsidian has other projects up his sleeve: he has produced music for artist in development Warner, EMI and Parlophone, as well as producing music for popular TV shows, including Get Up Stand Up and EastEnders.

‘Reset’ EP is now available on various download/streaming platforms.

Follow Obsidian Cane: https://www.instagram.com/obsidiancane/

Have a listen below…