New Release: Die For You – Ironik

Check out the instantly addictive Die for You, the latest single by IRONIK. The track is coming from his  forthcoming E.P Ticking Off Boyhood Dreams.

At the age of 26, the UK alternative hip-hopper has been on the music scene for seven years and has already clocked up: two top five singles, a top ten single, a top ten album along with performances at Glastonbury, the MOBO Awards, T4 on the Beach (and take a deep breath!) He also collaborated with SIR ELTON JOHN, CHIP, LOICK ESSIEN and LEMAR… and made history by becoming the first rapper to perform for the Queen at Buckingham Palace!

Released this week via iTunes,  Die For You  sees the veteran rapper team up with fellow UK talent L Marshall. Go on, brighten up your day and have a listen!

 

New Release: I’m Afraid – Cody Pennington

Listen to this STUNNING new single from Nashville native alternative folk rocker CODY PENNINGTON. The single is coming from his five-track and (I must say) very stylish  EP, To Be Me released in August.

Now residing in Suffolk, the singer/songwriter was nominated for NMG award for Best Male Solo Artist of 2014…I predict he will scoop the award in the very near future. Go on, have a listen.

If you’re captivated by the guy’s soul-baring  raw vocals, To Be Me EP is available on iTunes and Amazon.

EP Review: Lost Letters – Argovia

Argovia Lost Letters

If you’re a fan of the MUSE and PORCUPINE TREE, then I have a sneaky feeling you’ll like ARGOVIA.

The Venezuelan rock duo unleashed their debut EP, Lost Letters late last month, in which they described each emotionally fuelled songs as ‘ love letters that’s never been sent’. So expect the angelic presence of the  keyboard and tranquil vocals with an almighty splash of post alternative metal and grunge. Enjoy!

#The MustListens: Song For Myself, One Day Left

Mixtape Review: I Just Wanna Be Heard Vol.2 – Kwame Katana

Kwane Katana

Now I’m going to be real honest here…when I first clapped my eyes on the album cover, I did a massive internal eye roll, thinking it’s just another rapper wanting some sweet booty and all the cars and gold in the world. But it was my duty, as an independent music writer, to give it a trial…

…So I pressed play and I had to shut my month. As I listen to the mixtape, I quickly realise KWAME KATANA is just a young guy who is going through some personal struggles as well as finding his way to be a successful rapper.

The lyrics of hurt, love and sheer determination, is perfectly complemented by out-of-this world bassline that make you sit up and take note (I mean REALLY take note). The 20-track production gets better with on-point samples from mainly 90s R&B class acts such as SWV, JOHNNY GILL, LAURYN HILL and JADE.

Well after listening to I Just Wanna Be Heard, I (re)learned a valuable lesson…never judge a book (or in this case a mixtape) by its cover.

Listen to I Just Wanna Be Hard Vol.2 mixtape right here.

#TheMustListens: 5th Gear, from track 7 (The World is Waiting for You)

 

 

Song of the Day: Summer Fling – Amir Driver ft. Catastrophic Bee

Virginia hop-hopper AMIR DRIVER is back!!!! This time he teams up with fellow emcee and NEW LEASE MUSIC visitor CATASTROPHIC BEE for the epic track, Summer Fling – go on, check it out!

Summer Fling is the second official single from his latest project, Til Next Summer available on AmirDriver.com

To check out CATASTROPHIC BEE music, have a listen to her latest mixtape, The Thrill of the Chase