Song of the Day: Easy – Juliet July

‘Easy’ is the latest single from Dutch artist JULIET JULY, following ‘Sunday Afternoon’ which was praised by the likes of Earmilk, Stereofox, Fashionably Early and more for its quiet energy and deft minimalism. Once again, Juliet’s fusion of R&B, soul and jazz drifts in like a soft breeze across the ocean in ‘Easy’, which explores the possibilities that are open to us once we put negative thoughts aside.

Speaking in great detail about her new single, Juliet July says:

“As a creative, we need to deal with lots of opinions of others. How many times have we, as creatives, artists, entrepreneurs heard how difficult, risky and challenging it is or going to be to follow our dreams? What is our plan B? etc etc..I know some people mean well, while some are secretly just envious as they wished they had the courage to do the same.

Either way, I got tired of listening to these ‘warning’ voices about how difficult everything was going to be. And I wrote ‘Easy’ as an answer. Easy gives an alternate perspective on the road to following your true heart desires. This is not to say that you will never come across obstacles or that you can just sit around and wait for your dreams to manifest. I believe a lot in the power of thoughts and hearing everyday how difficult a task is going to be is in my opinion not the way to go about it. ‘Easy’ acts as a POSITIVE affirmation , as a reminder that when we truly listen to what our heart whispers everything is possible.”

Produced by Nelson Clark, ‘Easy’ is also accompanied with a video filmed on the South African coast and within a magical forest just on the outskirts of Cape Town, where Juliet worked and lived for a while expanding her creative endeavours for a couple of months. The video was filmed by Momentum Production, with colour editing by Manny Nickpour.

‘Easy’ and ‘Sunday Afternoon’ will feature on Juliet July’s upcoming ‘Palmtrees In The Mist’ EP.

Song of the Day: Island – Quietype

Toronto-based trio QUIETYPE‘s latest single, ‘Island’ chronicles the feeling of isolation just before the end of a relationship, despite best efforts of keeping it alive. Through the message in the song, Quietype hopes to reach to those who had the same experience.

The guys confessed that ‘Island’ is their proudest work from their brand new self-titled debut EP as the piece is one of the first songs they wrote as a group.

Speaking of the release, Quietype says: “This one was a really interesting song to tackle when it came to recording. There were so many layers, so many unique sounds and tones we wanted to incorporate. For us, it was mainly about finding the balance of incorporating all the sounds we had in our heads while still keeping the song subtle and clear.”

Have a listen to ‘Island’ below…

Neak And Since9ine6ix Link Up For Brand New Joint, ‘Abstract’

Following his debut appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC late last month, Illinois’ very own spitter SINCE9INE6IX circles back, this time teaming up with artist/producer NEAK for brand new track, ‘AbstracT’ released yesterday (26th February).

Possessing strong influences from hip-hop heavyweights, such as Nas and Mos Def, Since9ineSix drops one heavy-slick flow, focusing on the perspective of today’s past and present culture and how it effects everyday life.

The latest offering adds to the pair’s burgeoning working relationship. Since9ineSix’s latest album, ‘BLESSED’ was produced by Neak. 2019 was a great year for Neak: his soulful jazz album, ‘KWESBAAR’ was named one of the Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2019 by HHGA and GBC.

Time to listen to the masters at work; have a listen to ‘AbstracT’ below…

Song of the Day: Cocaine Corbin [2] – Rigga Romez x Lord Jones

London-based producer RIGGA ROMEZ and Philadelphia MC SCORCESE LORDE JONES link up for the second installment of the Cocaine Corbin series, ‘Cocaine Corbin [2]’.

The first official leak off their currently untitled EP, ‘Cocaine Corbin [2]’ continues the story that began on the Dream Team “Signing Bonus” project.

Look out for the EP dropping very soon…for now, get the taste of the project below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2019

Here’s NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten music videos of 2019! Based on both readers viewing and editor picks, a few of the singles featured were first shown on the blog in the previous year (2018) and managed to held on for a well-deserved place on this list.

Go ahead and check out the videos below and I hope you enjoyed the top ten lists

10. HARD LABOR – LIQUID

9. JEALOUS – ASTHA

8. DRIVER – GOLD COMPLEX

7. SIMMER DOWN – SHIRAZ HEMPSTOCK

6. PROPERLY – NIZZY

5. DON’T GIVE UP – MAGGIE SZABO

4. LIAR – LUKE FRIEND

3. SOLILOQUY (WOULDN’T FEEL ALONE) – MARSHALL CECIL

2. SWEET LITTLE LIES – BÜLOW

1. Duro Dada Bimbi Philips