New Music Video: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

The Oliver Brian-directed visuals for the track, ‘Ingredients’ blend the hook’s literal and metaphorical meanings, with COCO joining a host of chefs in the kitchen and whipping up a storm, before joining Scrufizzer on a bar-filled shopping run. The video culminates with both MCs kicking off their own after-hours cooking session, mixing their chosen ingredients to create the perfect dish.

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint the banger, released earlier this month, unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums, courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will sure go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances – solidifying Coco’s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.

New Track: Comfortably Me – Chloé Leon

Fresh on the scene – Midlands born, CHLOÉ LEONE brings a unique blend of velvet melodies, pungent vocals and tongue-in-cheek wordplay through her debut release of 2017, the feel-good and emancipating ‘Comfortably Me’.

Produced by Fred Cox (Janelle Monae, Lion Babe), ‘Comfortably Me’ is Chloé’s personal ode to the world. Her take on the highs and lows of life as a young woman making her way in the world; dealing with relationships, purpose and hangovers; showing that it’s ok to be real.

Standing as the first from a string of releases due out throughout 2017, Dalston resident CHLOÉ LEONE is making a statement with her latest offering and is showcasing exactly why she is one of Britain’s most promising new artists…have a listen.

New Music Video: Mention Nothing – Thidius

South London alt-pop five piece THIDIUS have brought their latest single ‘Mention Nothing’ to life with a psychedelic and eye-catching video. ‘Mention Nothing’ is the lead single from their upcoming release ‘Inversion.’

The video features singer Izzy Risk performing stunning vocals, and contrasts kaleidoscopic, distorted imagery with black and white footage. Thidius’ five-piece line-up allows them to create a sound that is multi-layered, but beautiful and cohesive. The song itself features catchy guitars and soulful singing which, when combined with a funky rhythm section and more moody synths, allowing ‘Mention Nothing’ to be at once upbeat and atmospheric.

THIDIUS’ line up also include Ben Hayes on synths, Tom Driessler on bass and Harry Pope on drums. Hailing from New Cross in South East London, THIDIUS are in good company and have made a name for themselves through collaborating with a plethora of creative’s from this growing artist hub. They achieved recognition by supporting their South London contemporary King Krule on his 2014 European tour. THIDIUS’ live performances have received praise from the likes of London on the Inside, who described them as “a young band that are completely in their element on stage.”

Blending a range of influences including jazz, funk and synthpop,THIDIUS have an exciting sound that is both soulful and ethereal. The video brings this out by taking simplistic footage of Izzy Risk’s charismatic performance and giving it colourful, dizzying distortion. With an EP to follow this summer 2017 looks set to be a defining year for these south Londoners.

EP Review: Boxed In – Oloff

‘Boxed In’ is the second EP release of the year from Bristol’s groundbreaking spitter OLOFF. In just three tracks, the latest project addresses a mixture of emotions – from depression and wishful longing to a great sense of optimism towards the future.

To represent the feeling of uncertainty, ‘Boxed In’ alternate between subdue and downtempo  soundscapes to an lifting folk/western-esque arrangements, with the dominant presence of OLOFF‘s  awkwardly-smooth delivery.

If you unfamiliar with this guy, well be prepared to listen to the most unconventional combinations; a recipe that’s rapidly making of the most intriguing alternative hip-hop artist of today.

It goes without saying that ‘Boxed In’ is an acquired taste…take your ears to new heights and press play.

New Track: Ingredients – Coco (ft. Scrufizzer)

Kicking the weekend off with a massive bang, COCO drops his latest banger featuring Scrufizzer.

The track marks the occasion COCO and the Red Bull Music Academy held a launch party in his hometown, where he performed ‘Ingredients’ alongside Toddla T. To cap off an epic weekend, the sheffield spitter then opened the World Snooker Championship final with a re-work of ‘Big N Serious’, watched by over 4 million viewers!

Bringing an updated twist on grime’s blueprint, the track unleashes a taste of the classic grime sound, with COCO and Scrufizzer trading rapid-fire flows over a distorted bassline and full-bodied drums courtesy of Toddla T. Cooking up bars that explore realness in the scene, COCO represents Sheffield to the fullest and West Ealing MC Scrufizzer peppers ‘Ingredients’ with his trademark skippy flow – turning up the heat on the track’s second verse.

‘Ingredients’ brings to the boil a new Yorkshire and London connection, spicing up the original grime formula over a beat that will be savoured by fans of the genre and beyond. With both MCs flowing over the Toddla T’s hard-hitting instrumental with bite, ‘Ingredients’ is sure to go down as one of 2017’s most relished grime performances, solidifying s reputation as one of the genre’s most underrated stars.

Song of the Day: Rich in Spirit – St. Jude (ft. Mike Kalle)

ST.JUDE is back with ‘Rich In Spirit’, the second single from his upcoming and highly anticipated LP, ‘Natural Progression.’

Featuring the award-winning and bi-lingual lyrical talents of Mike Kalle, this track oozes positivity and is testament to the fact that you don’t need cash to be wealthy. Both emcee’s tackle the topics of self-improvement, the importance of family and staying true to your art.

‘Rich In Spirit’ encapsulates a sense of optimism in uncertain times and delivers poignant content in both English and Spanish. This combined with the soulful, boom-bap production of Canadian producer, Think, gives the bouncy track a summery vibe.

‘Rich In Spirit’ is now available for download exclusively on from 4DPresents.

New Track: You – Rainbow Shark

Produced in the shadows of railway arches in their adopted home of Camberwell, South London, RAINBOW SHARK unveiled their new single ‘You’.

Their four-minute offering boasts merging contemporary electronic soundscapes coupled with elements of murky Bristol soul and haunting guest vocals, provided by Scandi songstress Monceyron.

Since first joining forces on a colourless Manchester afternoon, Jack Levy and Bill Wright have enjoyed glowing praise for both their recorded and live work. This first offering of 2017 sees the pair explore a more sultry side to their songwriting, following on from November’s ‘Level With Me’ – hotly tipped by the likes of Record of the Day, Gary Crowley at BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.

‘You’ is available now on all major music platforms…have a listen to their latest offering.

Song of the Day: Crank – Khaos Brown

Coventry seems to be blazing with upcoming rappers these days – and we’re not talking about the type that sold their soul to the mainstream: last week, NEW LEASE MUSIC featured upcomer ShadowCV6, who broke the taboo and went right in to address male mental health, through his latest single, ‘Not Alone.’

Now it’s KHAOS BROWN‘s turn to steal today’s limelight. The rapper/songwriter started out in secondary school as a release for the feelings and came to realise his friends and family related to his work, pushing him to go into overdrive. The result, is a pretty dope discography…and track ‘Crank’ is one of them.

Categorise as ‘realist rap’ by the hip-hop upriser, the three-track offering is accompanied by a crisp black and white visual which gives a glimpse into his reality…trust me on this one; it’s worth checking out.

To sample his complete discography, visit his SoundCloud profile (KhaosBrown) and YouTube (Bckwrdz Vision).

New Music Video: Julia – Bella Loka

Following the release of music video for single, ‘Go Down’, Tea and David Boothby – otherwise known as BELLA LOKA – shows no sign of slowing down and churns out another video for bittersweet single entitled ‘Julia’, release in conjunction with their album, ‘The Light, The Mud & The Dark’ on 28th April.

The four-minute offering documents a complicated relationship between mother, son, and daughter-in-law. Featuring cello from guest musician Mark O’Connor, the song was produced by guitarist David Boothby and mixed by Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre at Abbey Road Studios.

Tea Boothby’s touching video was partly filmed at the Alton Towers theme park resort along with  glimpses of video footage of David as a child….so it’s time to watch the video for heart-wrenching single ‘Julia’…and if it did pull your heartstrings, it’s worth sampling their album here.

New Track: Glow – Stash Peso

Straight from the rap breeding ground of North-West London’s Stonebridge estate, STASH PESO releases his new joint, ‘Glow’.

Differing from fellow rappers in content, subject and vision, Stash’s style is unorthodox and intelligent in production style and wordplay, exemplified in this latest track. He has impressive lyrical flow, which is instantly captivating, provoking attention to his lyrics and he is said to treat his music like a personal diary. His trademark singing and rapping style over harmonising production marks him out as one of the more intriguing, left-field rappers coming out of London right now.

Pricking the attention of avid rap fans, Stash’s latest releases have been premiered and featured across Complex, SBTV and Clash Magazine and have received fundamental support from the UK music gatekeepers, GRM and Link Up TV.

Part of the London collective TOORARETODIE – a creative team made up of rappers, singers, writers and designers, Stash and his compadres have cultivated a street trend in the caps he features in his videos – the rare snapbacks are so highly in demand across London that they’re constantly sold out.

A true creative talent in more ways than one, Stash’s lyrical sophistication sets the tone for an impressive artist making his move..so it’s over to you: it’s time to check out the visual for ‘Glow’.