EP Review: Mum’s House, Philosopher – Otis Mensah

Straight from his mama’s house, OTISH MENSAH knuckle down and crafted what could be described his autobiographical collection, coming in the shape of his latest EP, ‘Mum’s House Philosopher.’

With the help from his brother and producer, The Intern, ‘Mum’s House Philosopher’ sports a smooth boombap/soulful grooves as featured in track, ‘Outside the Cave’. Over the hypnotic arrangements, the North England street poet churns out one-liners that encourages the listener to step back and perhaps view their life and today’s society from a fresh perspective.

Regardless how you perceive this mini collection, it will provide those moments of euphoria. So get your happy on and check it out below:

Must Listens: Buffer Rings, Outside the Cave, Solar Eclipse.

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Christmas Song: Don’t Need Nothing Else This Christmas – Darren Parry

DARREN PARRY delivers the first Xmas song on NEW LEASE MUSIC titled ‘Don’t Need Nothing Else This Christmas’. The soft rock/pop number is now available on all download/streaming sites – so grab yourself a copy for the festive season!

For now, watch the chirpy video for the single below:

 

New Music Video: You Saw The Devil In Me – Liam Bailey

Nottingham soul musician LIAM BAILEY is marching on with his highly anticipated comeback, already garnering support from Clash Magazine, Complex, BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk and SoulBounce, among others, as he gears up to release his fourth studio EP titled Brand New on February 1, 2019. Today, he double backs with the EP’s excellent second single ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ and its accompanying visuals, premiered via Billboard.

Written by LIAM BAILEY and produced by frequent collaborator on this new project, Rich Cooper, whose previous production credits include work for Banks, Lucy Rose, Billie Marten and Tom Odell, ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ is an introspective and thought-provoking piano ballad backed by minimalist yet stirring string arrangements and gospel choral backing vocals, over which LIAM BAILEY bares his heart out, about facing his inner demons.

The visuals for ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ see Liam Bailey collaborating once again with James Beale, who directed the video for his recent single ‘Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her’ featuring Maverick Sabre. Beale also directed the visuals for Temples’ ‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’ and Lion’s ‘Self Control’, as well as previous work for Adidas, Meadowlark and River Island. Filmed in Bulgaria, the visuals are stripped back, and allow for the record to take centre stage and grip the audience.

From his debut EPs, which were released by Amy Winehouse, his UK top 5 single with Chase & Status, and his seminal debut album, to collaborations with the likes of Gorillaz and Salaam Remi, touring with Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding, and support from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Jools Holland, LIAM BAILEY continues to be one of the finest voices and purest talents in British soul…check out the video below…

New Music Video: Free Up – Coops

Taken from his critically acclaimed album ‘Life In The Flesh’, COOPS drops his latest video for what is one of the most conscious tracks on the project, ‘Free Up’.

Delving deep into the issues and environment that today’s generation find themselves in, COOPS paints a vivid picture of the mental and physical control that society has over them. Providing an inspirational and insightful social commentary, ‘Free Up’ aims to open the mind to a new ideology that allows us all the freedom to think for ourselves rather than be subjected to a predetermined mind state. Partnered with an equally captivating, yet simplistic video, released via the High Focus YouTube channel, COOPS delivers an engaging performance alongside a series of scenes and clips that add further depth and diligence to the lyricism within this beautifully crafted joint.

Having created serious awareness with his latest release, COOPS has excelled as “an artist that stands for something and seeks to use his soulful, yet urgent voice to bring awareness” (Bloggers Gamut). Whilst ‘Life In The Flesh’ generally has a chilled and traditional Hip-Hop tone, it is the lyricism and subjects that need to have close attention paid to them. Conceptualising the cycle of life, death and reincarnation of the spirit and soul, his project captures the middle state, known as life. He incorporates an introspective glimpse into the mental and physical trials and tribulations of his own life, eloquently pieced together, track by track.

As the title would suggest, ‘Life In The Flesh’ is an unadulterated reflection of modern-day life as he sees it. Pulling no punches, COOPS and producer Talos have meticulously pieced together an epic record echoing all the ups and downs of existence in the present day. Whether it be with his poetic turn of phrase or the stories told via Talos’ dense emotive production, ‘Life In The Flesh’ is one of those special projects brings us back to a time when Hip-Hop had meaning, with plenty of food for thought.

Check it the video below:

 

New Track: Call Me In The Morning – The Streets (ft. Chip & Grim Sickers)

Fresh off its premiere as both Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on Radio 1 and DJ Target’s ‘Targo Embargo’ on BBC 1Xtra, THE STREETS return with a slamming new release entitled ‘Call Me In The Morning’, featuring Chip and Grim Sickers.

Landing straight on the Spotify ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, Apple Music ‘Best of the Week’ and picking massive support from the likes of Julie Adenuga at Beats 1, Dev at Radio 1, NME, Dork, Complex, Clash, Joe.co.uk, The Line of Best Fit, Hot New Hip Hop and more, the visuals were exclusively revealed via GRM Daily last week. Check it out below: