Song of the Day: 24 Carat – Adian Coker (ft. Tamaraebi)

 

Today’s song comes from ADIAN COKER‘s latest effort, ’24 Carat’, taken from his upcoming EP ‘Buena Vistas’.

The South London rapper/producer has been trailblazing a path since the release of his debut mixtape – receiving critical acclaim from hip-hop tastemakers and beyond, heralding him as a pioneer of the new-school of British hip-hop for his lyrical ability, the quality of his production, creative visuals and overall ambitious artistic vision.

Supported by BBC 1Xtra, Adian has hosted three shows as part of Xtra talent, played the 1Xtra stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, had many tracks championed by Semtex and his single ‘Get Money’ playlisted on BBC Introducing.

2016 saw the release of his second EP,  ‘Connect’ was spotted by international tastemaker label Kitsuné, co-signing the track ‘Krispy’ on its signature compilation ‘Maison 18’ and releasing the track ‘Blue Collar’ on its Hot Stream channels, garnishing international acclaim.

A one to watch for 2017, Adian is about to release his new EP ‘Buena Vistas’ on Kitsuné, composed of 6 original tracks, to be released early June. ’24 Carat’,  is one of those feel good songs that makes you want to jump up and move – so here’s your chance to shake up your Monday – go check this bad boy out.

New Music Video: Masterpiece – Cilla Raie

Hailing from North London, singer/songwriter CILLA RAIE, has released her first music video for ‘Masterpiece’ produced by Joey Dyer (Iggy Azalea – Fancy, Katy B, Conor Maynard) with guest backing vocals from Ryan De La Cruz. Taken from her self-titled debut EP, ‘Masterpiece’ has racked up over 20,000 plays on SoundCloud since its release.

Directed by Daniel ‘Musical D’ Smith (Dizzee Rascal, Footsie, D Double E), the four-minute production reflects the concept of emotional vulnerability and passion experienced during a relationship, with the use of close-up shots and glitching transitions to give an emotive vibe to the audience.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Aaliyah, Brandy and Toni Braxton, the 23-year-old began recording music at just 14-years-old, with grime producer DaVinche, being one of her key mentors during the early stages of her musical journey. Combining her love of for R&B and pop music, Cilla delivers heartfelt lyrics with a sultry soft tone across this project.

This year will see the release of the songstress’ second EP, a body of work paying homage to growing pains as a young adult, whilst she embarks on a 2017 School Tour with UK Music delivering music workshops to students across the UK.

This is too good to pass up – watch the video to ‘Masterpiece’.

Music Video Premiere: For The City – Sonz of Thunder UK

Following their appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC with inspirational track, ‘Frontline Testimony’ Shane and Dean Brown – aka SONZ OF THUNDER UK – is back, grabbing Friday night’s hotspot, with their music video to Wstrn-sampled track, ‘For The City’, released today.

As supporters of the National Campaign Against Gun and Knife Violence, the hip-hop/reggae duo uses the three-and-a-half minute production to addresses the issue of knife and gun crimes among young people today.

Previously, the brothers have created a buzz with tracks, ‘It’s All About Love’, ‘God on the Mind’ ‘More to Life’ and ‘Frontline Testimony’ which recently created online attention and raised eyebrows from music tastemakers including Vents magazine, Guestlist and  The LinkedUp.

Check out the video clip to ‘For The City’. To view the full version, head right here…and subscribe to their channel!

 

 

New Track: What’s Love Got To Do With It? – XY&O

Haze pop trio XY&O return with their first release of the year with a remake of Tina Turner 80’s smash hit, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. The summery synth pop makeover re-introduces the band back in 2017 before two of their own singles drop in the spring.

“We got asked to work on a cover so we wanted to stay away from anything too obvious or close to home. So, an 80s slammer from an iconic behemoth voiced diva felt far enough away.” – Skip Curtis (vocals)

2016 saw huge things for the band with over 10 million streams on their debut EP ‘Shimmer + Shade’ , playing at Glastonbury Festival, and signing a label services deal with Kobalt, launching their own brand.

Listen to what could be one of the biggest summer anthems of the year.

EP Review: Blaise Pascal

Just from the strength of the first soulful effort’ I Can’t Wait’ – featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC last month – BLAISE PASCAL‘s self-titled debut EP seems like a real contender.

In the five-track set, the London-based singer/songwriter adds ambient elements of hip-hop/boom bap and reggae to smooth futuristic (ish) soul (which I suspect is his trademark) – take it from me, this newcomer is no one-trick pony.

Overall, this EP serves as a great introduction into his endless talents and it would be very intriguing to see what he does with his future releases. Worth a trial; have a listen.

Must Listens: Dead Man’s Shoes, Without You, Know Love.

New Track: Hi Grade – Angel

Hot on the heels of a hugely successful 2016, which saw him bring his mesmerizing vocals and must-see stage performance to sold-out headline shows at London’s Bush Hall over two nights and a date at Birmingham Academy 3 plus gigs at Wireless and V Festivals and the release of his ‘HER’ EP, which has been streamed over 2 million times globally, the dynamic UK R&B singer-songwriter ANGEL is back with his brand new track ‘Hi Grade’, the first release from his forthcoming project (out this spring on Island Records).

Written and produced by the newcomer and a nod to his own musical upbringing, having a father who played around the world with legendary reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Misty in Roots, Dennis Brown and his own band Zabandis, ‘Hi Grade’ mixes reggae and R&B vibes with Angel’s stellar vocals to create a stunning, fresh sound that fans old and new will find impossible to get out of their heads or off their stereos.

The track follows the massively popular ‘HER’ EP which featured the Harmony Samuels produced ‘Fvxk With You’ that saw west London meeting America’s ‘dirty south’, delivered courtesy of an explosive 16 bars from Atlanta, Georgia’s Rich Homie Quan and made a huge splash across both sides of the Atlantic. The forthcoming project will see Angel building on the waves he created last year, whilst continuing to showcase his incredible songwriting ability and flair for hypnotic hooks and earworm melodies.

So here’s your chance to get some insight into the upcoming project; listen to ‘Hi-Grade.’

New Track: Monster – Shaefri

Following the releases of ‘Pixelate’ (video to single stole NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Video of the Week title for two consecutive weeks) and ‘Rabbit Hole’ (was recently named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC), SHAEFRI returns with her third single, entitled ‘Monster’ ahead of her forthcoming debut EP.

The three-and-a-half minute emotive offering is about resisting the weaknesses and deals with the ongoing struggle of the internal self, all over a bed of steadily building synths and beats.

Speaking of the song SHAEFRI explains “I wrote Monster at a time when I was in a bit of a dark place, and I found it to be a useful way of helping me accept that I had this ‘creature’ within me, that likes to self-destruct, but to try to resist it whilst learning to live alongside it – we all have our demons, but they help to make us who we are.”

After the success of her previous releases, the London-based electro-pop singer has seen an influx of support from Clash, C-Heads, and Hattie Pearson at Radio X, whilst her unique brand of haunting vocals and minimalistic beats have seen her perform at venues across London, such as The Borderline and Bush Hall.

On 6th April,  SHAEFRI will mark the release of the debut EP ‘Cracks’ by playing live at The Notting Hill Arts Club, alongside her producer J Harvey Jones and supported by Tay Salem…so if you’re in area, stop by and see her perform.

For now, listen to ‘Monster’ released today on all major music platforms.

Upcoming Release: Fireman – Jake Aldridge (ft. Lisa Ambrose)

Having gone to number one on Zone Radio’s Top 40 Charts, getting his track played on Playboy TV daily and receiving airplay on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape, JAKE ALDRIDGE returns with ‘Fireman’. Fusing R&B, pop and hip-hop, Aldridge tells the captivating story of losing the person you love, a theme he is all too familiar with after losing his own father at the age of 11.

‘Fireman’ features singer-songwriter Lisa Ambrose, who recently won Battle Of The Bandstands, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Rob The Bank. This led to Ambrose supporting Mark Ronson and now collaborating with Norwich-based hip-hopper.

Inspired by the likes of Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre, Jake believes his music is entirely honest and offers his fans an insight to his life and emotions. The song has been produced by Ninety II, an up and coming producer from Bristol.

‘Fireman’ is set for release via iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and many more on 7th April 2017.

New Music Video: Find A Warmer Place – House Above The Sun

London-based folksters HOUSE ABOVE THE SUN have released their brand new video to single ‘Find A Warmer Place’, directed by the band’s singer/rhythm guitarist Ariel Moreton. The single is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Five Hours North’.

Their laid back approach to folk/country music has kept them busy with live performances within London’s underground music scene, with their next gig at Camden Town’s prestigious spot The Monarch on 22nd March. For more dates, head over to their website…but before you rush off, watch to video to their soul-glowing effort, Find A Warmer Place.