New Track! Trickle Trickle – Kill J

Trickle Trickle Kill J

Following the overwhelming success of  You’re Good But I’m Better, which topped the Hype Machine chart at no.1, Danish experimental alt-pop sensation KIll J hopes to bring the same success with her new single, Trickle Trickle.

Drawing on the soundscapes of previous efforts, Propaganda and You’re Good But I’m Better, the three-and-a-half minute production takes on a more fragile and vulnerable feel. Though a more emotionally expressive piece that sees KILL J reveal a tender side to her distinctive charisma, the track’s punchy bass and expertly layered echoing vocals are still unmistakable.

Named ‘Band of the Week’ by The Guardian newspaper, KIll J has already gained a legion of fans, whilst receiving airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mamiko Motto on NTS Radio and even a spin on Beats1. Armed with her latest release, she only looks set to further her position as one of Denmark’s most exciting exports: a reputation that will be cemented when she plays SXSW this year.

Trickle Trickle will form part of her debut EP, Quasi, set for release in March 2015.

 

Album Review: Papa Yon – All On Me

Papa Von All On Me

PAPA YON slammed a hot one in the form of his latest autobiographical effort, All On Me, released on New Year’s Day.

The New Mexican singer/rapper utilises head rolling modern hip-hop and chilled out R&B rhythms to produce 13 very relatable and at times heartfelt tracks, each revealing an aspect of his battle with life.

If you haven’t heard of this multi-talented act, I promise you, he definitely deserves a listen.  All On Me is available via iTunes.

Must Listens: Start the Show, What it Do (watch the video below), Interlude II Ride, Doin’ What I’m Doin, Just Live.

 

 

Interview with: 3KNGZ

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Meru Muad’Dib (right) and Chill – aka 3KNGZ  – have been firm regulars on NEW LEASE MUSIC, always challenging us to seek out serious messages in a string of out-of-sight tracks. Their single, Unload, Explode, Reload was named Song of 2015 by this blog…and it’s about time we got to know these conscious emcees. So are you ready? Good!

NLM: Who’s speaking on behalf of 3Kngz?

It’s Meru here.

NLM: First of all, congratulations on your track Unload, Explode and Reload – it was named the Song of 2015 by NEW LEASE MUSIC. What’s the reception been like on this track?

Meru: Thank you Tracey!! It’s been cool. People dig the beat. Most of the feedback has been that we still have it. We’re old school cats. The beat produced by Dro by the Key(Alejandro Rivera) is newer school. So we had to mos def be on point with the flows. So people saying we still have it means we brought it. That’s a nice compliment! They recognize we have different flows and rhyme patterns based in the beat. They’re listeners which is another compliment because they listen. A lot of people don’t listen very well.

 

NLM: So tell us how did 3KNGZ come to life?

Meru: A guy I used to rhyme with bumped into one of my old producers. I hadn’t seen him in almost 10 years. In those 10 or so years, he went on to receive a few Grammy awards. He is Sham of the world-famous ‘Trak Starz.’ We used to do Christian rap in the late 90’s together. His claim to fame is producing for the rapper Chingy. ‘Right Thurr’ put those guys on the Hip Hop map. They’ve sold like 20 million units worldwide. So we ended up in the studio at Sham’s house and the 3KNGZ were formed. Initially everything was produced by the Trak Starz. Eventually Sham went on to do other things and we’ve kept it going. That was in 2010 when it was formed. We’ve gone through a couple of line up changes but we’re still here!

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

Meru: It’s almost like new age gospel music. Hard beats. Trap beats in some cases. But uplifting hard flowing lyrics being delivered. Definitely poetic and prophetic. Soulful!

NLM: You have pretty neat discography. What’s your proudest work and why?

Meru: An unreleased song called 50 Bullets. It’s our most poignant work to date. Chill is writing the script for the video and it’s going to be a very important statement. It speaks to the heart of what most deem the problem with hip-hop today.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

Meru: For me it’s Saul Williams, Public Enemy, X Clan, Midnite, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why?

Meru: J Cole. He is soulful. He is socially conscious also. He has great heart-felt songs. Or Saul Williams. That guy says some of the craziest stuff. He’s always raising the bar.

NLM: What are your plans for 2016?

Meru: We are continuing our diaper drive and stop the violence movements.

NLM: Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

Meru: We are working on our next mixtape and original album.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

Email us at chillof3kngz@gmail.com

Twitter: @the3kngz

FB: 3Kngz

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

Meru: Conducting writing workshops for children. It’s actually my job. I work with different non-profit organizations. All of them benefit children in some way or another. I teach poetry, creative writing, and hip-hop. I’ve been doing it since 2007.

New Track! Colored Shadez – Black The ILLA

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The chances are you may not heard of  BLACK THE ILLA – well let me tell you, he doesn’t hold back especially in his latest track, Colored Shadez.

With clever samples of Betty White’s 80s single Keep Love New, the Alabama-based emcee addresses the systematic racism that plagues the US today. As a voice in the South, ILLA collects his thoughts giving a thoughtful analysis on the issue of race.

Colored Shadez is available as a free download via SoundCloud.

 

New Music Video: Explode – Kyle Lettman

KYLE LETTMAN unveiled a brand new STEAMY visual to another slamming R&B joint, Explode, set for release this month.

Directed by Chas Appeti, the video sees the UK singer and his love interest struggling to keep a part. The video perfectly captures the tempting, yet excruciating, experience of an illicit love affair expressed in the track.

Kyle –  who worked with the likes of Mary J Blige and Ne-Yo –  had a successful 2015, after dropping tracks including Moving Too Fast, which gained support across 1Xtra, Kiss, Capital Xtra and releasing his Under Construction EP. He ended the year by receiving major attention across social media, with his cover of Adele’s Hello, hitting over 2 million views on his Facebook page in a matter of weeks.

He is now back for 2016, with an EP dropping later this month – look out for that! But for now, watch the video to Explode.

Upcoming Release: Ready & Waiting – Becca B (ft. MceBisi)

Becca

It going to take more than a missed opportunity from a major record label (due to the discouragement of a mentor) to deter  BECCA B from the music business. Instead the R&B/urban pop princess dust herself off and kick-start a promising career with her smooth forthcoming release, Ready and Waiting featuring rapper MceBisi.

The sophisticated R&B number, underpinned by a flawless production and additional rap interlude, is tipped to be her biggest hit to date. She says: “This song is also about new steps. It is about the flirtatious engagements between two new people wanting something more from each other.”

Having honed and experimented with her skills over the years, by supporting acts such as Gareth Gates at Party In The Park and Stacey Solomon at The Ashfield Show, the exuberant singer from Nottinghamshire, who draws inspiration from artists such as Pink, Jason Derulo and Rihanna, is now ready to embark on a rosy future in the music industry with a repertoire of suave and laid-back pop beats.

Ready and Waiting is out on 12th February 2016.