Gena Perala Shares Video Of Her Cover On Miley Cyrus Hit, ‘We Can’t Stop’

NEW LEASE MUSIC long-time staple GENA PERALA makes a return with video for the cover of Miley Cyrus’ hit ‘We Can’t Stop’.

Renowned for covering original material which often touches on topics of heartbreak, failure and the difficulties we face in this life, the Canadian singer/songwriter will be releasing a string of cover pop song this year, as a way of paying homage to the genre that she loves so much.

So have a listen to Gena’s first installment of pop covers below…

Song of the Day: Make You Sad – Michaela Slinger

Co-written with JUNO award-winning Kevvy (Carly Rae Jepsen, Fake Shark) and two-time Polaris Prize listed Louise Burns (Haley Blais), MICHAELA SLINGER‘s single, ‘Make You Sad’, reflects on how we glorify relationships that appear easy or effortless, when—in reality—relationships with no attempt to try and really understand each other are destined to leave people feeling empty.

Through her honey glazed vocals, the Canadian singer/songwriter imagines the person inside of the song’s relationship dynamic is describing it as “effortless” to outsiders who interpret that as proof of a happy couple, while it’s actually tormenting the person inside.

Check out the official video for ‘Made You Sad below…

 

 

Song of the Day: Otherside – Marcus Haran

Showing he’s unafraid to broach topics others fear to tread, Toronto’s trap-soul hip- hop artist MARCUS HARAN  drops his new single, ‘Otherside.’

His latest offering explores the theme of addiction, abuse, and mental health, accompanied by Haran’s very real, very raw lyrical storytelling roots found throughout his breakthrough LP — ‘Marcus Haran: A True Story. a Soundscape to in-Difference. (2018)’. The 10-track conceptual album of jazzy, velvet vox was rife with truth-telling, touching on his life story being a Parisian-born Sri Lankan refugee, having vitiligo, and painful childhood memories of being used as a drug mule, and experiences with depression and abuse.

“This is a tragic love ballad,” he offers of “Otherside.” “It’s me telling the story of a fatal attraction between two people in love, but also the relationship between someone and the addiction that loves them. Making the music video for this was an emotional experience for everyone involved,” Haran shares. “Especially the actors portraying the two main characters: some reactions weren’t always an act…”

“Although addiction, abuse, and mental illness in general are topics addressed in ‘Otherside,’ I also wanted to highlight recovery through understanding that there are options. My hope for this video is, if someone recognizes the situation, they can get help — whether for someone they love, or for themselves.”

‘Otherside’ is available now on all DSPs. Watch the official music video for the hard-hitting single below…

EP Review: The Lovers’ Tape – Shantéh x Joshua. James

What meant to be a standalone track to be release on Valentines Day, singer/songwriter SHANTÉH and producer JOSHUA. JAMES’ new EP, ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ was quickly turn into a four-track project that was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in four days (yes, four days!)

Bringing all angles of a love story to the table – from building trust, to an untimely separation, then from re-exploring the idea of a relationship to finally solidifying a true bond and commitment – ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ possesses a fresh take on 90s Slow Jam – thanks to the warming glow of the background vocals (which takes on a Jodeci-ish vibe in third track, ‘Luvin’ You’), the sombre feel from the piano (featured in ‘Foundations’) and the vibrant guitar plucks, giving off a Afro tone (in concluding track, ‘Meant To Be’). Each aforementioned component are all brought together by an uplifting meaty bass.

There’s no doubt about it that this mini set is definitely for those who love them some good old 90s Sow Jam. I, for one, am really impressed by their quick turnaround on a project of such high calibre – and still have it ready in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the South Londoners will join up for another collaboration. Check out ‘The Lovers’ Tape below…

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Sia Shells’ New Offering Is An Empowering You-Got-This Anthem

SIA SHELL‘s toe-curling single ‘Magic Girl’, featuring Ekelle, could be describes as a catchy affirmation to be just your best self.

Draped with melodic lo-fi tones, the lyrics in Sia’s latest offering is fueled with pure motivation to make any girl feel she possesses the magical powers to blast those problems away.

As Sia says: ‘Nothing is impossible. If you have the right energy surrounding you, and the right people by your side, you can achieve your dreams!’

Think of this smooth number as your musical cheerleader or your BFF! Have a listen to ‘Magic Girl’ below…