Song of the Day: When You Feel What Love Has – Lenny Fontana (ft. D-Train)

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DJ and producer LENNY FONTANA and Brooklyn singer James ‘D-TRAIN’ Williams , have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

D-TRAIN is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as You’re the One for Me and  has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire.

Meanwhile, LENNY FONTANA is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single What You Need with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and Chocolate Sensation. Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.

D-TRAIN now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst LENNY FONTANA is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.

Since its release earlier this month, When You Feel What Love Has has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in the pipeline…look out for that..but for now, have a listen to this instant favourite.

New Music Video: To The Homies – FreshFrom DE

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FRESHFROMDE  released the video to his latest single, To The Homies, taken from the forthcoming studio album Home Is Where The Heart Is which is an 8 track collaborative project, that documents FreshfromDE’s past to present living in his native state Delaware, produced entirely by Boston producer Rekordhead. This visual exemplifies what to expect from the album, which is set for release sometime this Spring.

New Track: Cave In – KYOTI

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London-based art pop project KYOTI released their debut offering Cave In.

With a focus on narratives that tell of love, loss, isolation, madness, the sugary-sweet 80s-inspired song is about the past and the future, with a friendship caught in the midst. It addresses the increasing divide between people who have grown up together and is a plea to those who have moved on, sold up, and mellowed out, to remember where they come from.

Already confirmed a session at London’s Sofar Sounds and with further material in the pipeline, the trio will also prove their multiple talents with Cave In‘s accompanying monochromatic visuals, featuring nostalgic archive footage characterised by a mesmerising motif of hands in an echo of the single’s artwork.

Having forged their own paths individually across the disciplines of music, theatre, art and film, KYOTI bring a broad spectrum of influences to the table in their unification as a band. The result is a unique meeting of music and visuals that promises to resonate with any listener looking for a sweet escape.

Song of the Day: Blue Leaf – Unno

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Of late, Nowadays Records have been signing up a string of hot properties. Last Thursday, BRNFKD slammed their epic upcoming  masterpiece, Shining here on NEW LEASE MUSIC. Now it’s French trio UNNO‘s turn to show what they’re made of…

The group’s name, UNNO – which stands for ‘the UNexpected NOte’ – exemplifies the group’s individual approach to creating music and this is definitely reflected their track Blue Leaf.  Produced by fellow Nowadays signees BRNFKD, the four-minute production showcases the group’s distinctive style; constantly prompting the listener to expect the unexpected with dreamlike synths, droning bass and erratic percussion. With hugely varied influences, the trio display an insolent freedom in the way they create their music.

Since forming in 2011, UNNO – consisting of Awir Leon, J.Kid and Tismé, who are all members of the prolific Dunkirk-based Jayfly collective – have been making a name for themselves in the French music scene. Following their first ever live performance on a French TV show, the group have since been delivering unforgettable performances bursting with an energy that is both dreamy and explosive, which led to them being named ‘The Discovery of Printemps de Bourges.

Blue Leaf is coming from their EP, As We Land (Take Off Edition)…so expect the unexpected and have a listen to the single.

New Track: Human – Lanre

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In five days’ time, British singer-songwriter LANRE will hit you between the eyes with her powerful new single, Human, the first release from her forthcoming EP of the same name.

A strong acoustic drive makes its way to introduce the latest effort, leading into an unexpected marshmallowy fusion of soul/folk. Influenced by her Yoruba heritage, the  captivating delivery contains compelling messages such as, ‘We’re all broken so that light can come in’, giving the most-worn out listener that glimmer of hope.

Born in Stoke-On-Trent in England, LANRE has spent most of her youth in Nigeria where she started singing and performing live from the age of eight. In 2002, the flamed-haired songstress toured around the globe as a member of award-winning UK collective GK REAL. This experience ignited in her the desire to pursue a solo career with the launch of the debut album Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing For Change  in 2011 followed by the critically acclaimed EP Home in 2014 (praised by MOBO, MTV UK among others).

Her new EP Human is set to be released on April 29th. This new record is a collection of uplifting songs, which encapsulates the essence and depth of this newcomer’s artistry. Relating the struggles and celebrations of life, Human is a hopeful hymn to togetherness. So if you like what you hear, pre-order your copy the EP with the immediate release of the single.

Upcoming Release: Shining – BRNFKD

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Nowadays Records’ newest recruits BRNFKD are all set to release their eponymous debut EP on 22nd April, available on major music outlets. Leading single Shinning displays six and a half minutes of blissful fusion of  deep downtempo plus hip-hop/trap-influenced vibes, featuring the hazy R&B vocals from Eli Sostre.

Behind those six special letters (pronounced – excuse my French – ‘brain fucked’) lurk two rising talents of the French scene: heavy trap range artist Ikaz Boi and prolific producer Monk, whose creative focus lies in more delicate soundscapes. Together, the two producers play with the codes of electronic and hip-hop music; merging aggressive percussion, deep bass, sharp kicks and ethereal synthesizers to craft an atmosphere that is all at once sensual melancholic and powerful.

Having performed in the past alongside hip-hop heavyweight Just Blaze, Ikaz Boi has collaborated with Amine Edge and DANCE on the Radio 1-playlisted Came Around as well as remixing and producing a plethora of rappers such as Vic Mensa and Leather Corduroys’ hit Have U Eva. With Monk also having seen success with a track release on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Electric 4, BRNFKD presents the perfect platform to see their talents amplified.

You read their credentials, now it’s time to sample the masters at work; check out Shining.