Released today, new single “Fine Line” by Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC and Edinburgh producer Brelstaff, taken from the album ‘Urban Testimony’ which released on November 3rd through New Dawn Records and has just been featured on Bandcamp’s front page New & Notable spotlight section.
The album’s entire theme depicts events leading up to, during and following Justo’s curtailed and troubled time studying at Clark Atlanta University some years ago, and the future chosen with lessons learned. “Fine Line” documents a conflicted mind, weighed down by the expectations derived from a background of faith while straying from the path of opportunity in a rueful narrative.
Brelstaff’s atmospheric soundtrack cuts deep into the concept, and was first broadcast on BBC Radio 1’s Focus Beats programme during the summer.
Released today through New Dawn Records, the new album “Urban Testimony” by Justo the MC and Edinburgh lofi hip hop producer Brelstaff.
The entire theme is documented in a deeply personal narrative depicting events before, during and after the Brooklyn rapper’s curtailed and troubled time studying at Clark Atlanta University. Details unfold of a conflicted mind on a potential escape route to academia straying rapidly on a hedonistic path and the consequences incurred. While regrets are clear, the spirit of resilience prevails. Emerging scathed but undaunted and emboldened by second chances, the final scenes present a renewed sense of optimism for the future with lessons duly learned.
A fascinating and brutally honest account is relayed through trademark slick rhymes and deft lyricism, the art of storytelling set to a suitably atmospheric soundtrack provided by Brelstaff’s blend of soulful chilled lofi hip hop beats and ambient electronica. Essential listening.
Released today, “Sunday” marks the final chapter of the forthcoming album ‘Urban Testimony’ by Justo the MC and Brelstaff, out on November 3rd through New Dawn Records.
Track by track the Brooklyn rapper narrates his ill fated time attending Clark Atlanta University, documenting the journey which led to a turning point in life. A fascinating insight of a mind conflicted with regrets, but here also in the latest offering to one filled with hope for the future and lessons learned.
Brelstaff’s soulful cool groove production mirrors the upbeat renewed sense of optimism contained within the trademark slick rhymes. Scarred but undaunted and emboldened by second chances, the art of storytelling lives on.
Justo will be performing tracks from the album at Deep Dive in Ithaca on Saturday November 18th as a special guest of Anthony Kannon and Frost Gamble at their “Cautionary Tales” album launch event.
Available to stream & download from all major digital platforms including Apple / iTunes, Amazon, Tidal and below on Bandcamp & Spotify
Official video playing on the label’s Youtube channel
All press, media and radio station DJ inquiries about any of New Dawn Records’ releases can be sent to us, the label’s in house promotional division. Contact us HERE
The Focus Beats programme airs weekly on both BBC Radio 6 and then repeated on BBC Radio 1.Broadcast through the night, it is a playlist of instrumental music setting a chilled vibe to help with focus, studying or justto relax.
Earlier in the summer the show included several instrumentals already released through New Dawn Records by various artist’s and most recently have done so again, this time “High” by Edinburgh lofi hip hop beatmaker Brelstaff , taken from the album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” released back in the Spring.
You can listen back to the programme now on BBC Sounds HERE
The album is available to download and stream on most digital platforms including Apple / iTunes and Tidal Music. Also on Bandcamp, Spotify and an entire video playlist on Youtube
The instrumental version of the album was the appetiser to the main course of the full vocal version of “Urban Testimony”, a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, which releases on November 3rd.
Singles “High” and AA side “Falling / Satan’s Grip” have already been released, with “Sunday due out on Tuesday October 10th
There will again be official videos for every track on the label’s Youtube channel, appearing on the existing playlist created for the singles to date.
All information regarding New Dawn Records’ releases and their artist roster is available at their official website www.newdawnrecs.com
All media, press, radio and DJ enquiries regarding any of the label’s releases can be sent to ourselves, the in house promotional division. Our contact details are HERE
The new episode of Focus Beats was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 at the weekend, and is due to be repeated on BBC Radio 1 this Wednesday.
Produced for the BBC by Reform Radio, the programme features a mix of instrumental lofi hip hop chilled beats, ambient electronica and other soothing sounds designed to assist students focusing on study and alsoprovide a generally relaxing backdrop through the night. The concept will be well known to those familiar with several Youtube and Spotify playlists also designed for that exact purpose.
The programme is also available on BBC Sounds for approximately 6 weeks after first broadcast, so you can listen back to it HERE
Included in this week’s playlist are instrumental versions of tracks by De La Soul, Method Man, Aretha Franklyn and three separate artists with albums either already released or set for release later this year by New Dawn Records
BRELSTAFF “FINE LINE [Instrumental]”Taken from the album “Urban Testimony (The Instrumentals) released in the Spring, the full vocal version of the album, a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, drops November 3rd
Instrumental album on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Deezer, Amazon & Tidal)
Full vocal album video trailler on Youtube
FROST GAMBLE “LONG RIDE [Instrumental]”. This is the instrumental version of a track which will appear on the album “Cautionary Tales” out on October 20th. Another collaborative project between veteran producer Frost Gamble and upcoming award winning upstate NY rapper Anthony Kannon.
The first single “Pitfalls” released in June with the new single “Make It Rain” due out on July 18th
Pitfalls on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Tidal, Deezer & Amazon)
Album video trailer on Youtube
HUSKY BROWN “VEGANITE [Instrumental]”This is the instrumental version of the track which appeared on the album “Panacea”, another joint venture with London rapper Phoenix da Icefire, and which was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2020
“Panacea” on Spotify (also available on Bandcamp, Apple, Deezer, Tidal & Apple)
“Veganite” on Youtube
For further information about all of New Dawn Records’ releases, visit their official website www.newdawnrecs.com
All written media and radio DJ enquiries about the label’s releases can be sent to ourselves, their in house promotional division. Contact details available HERE
The Focus Beats show, produced by Manchester’s Reform Radio, broadcasts through the night at the weekend on BBC Radio 6, and is then repeated through the week on BBC Radio 1.
With the exponential rise of Spotify and Youtube playlists geared towards specific usage designed to help with studying, focus and relaxation, the UK’s national broadcaster has recently moved into this territory with its schedulingand broadcasting output, initially aired through the nightbut of course available for playback at any time via its Sounds platform.
This weekend’s edition of the show included the track “Is She [instrumental]” by Edinburgh producer Brelstaff, released as part of his album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” in April of this year by New Dawn Records.
You can listen back to the full programme on BBC Sounds HERE
You can hear the full album on Spotify, and also watch a full video playlist on Youtube
As was announced on Friday, the full vocal version of the album “Urban Testimony” is a collaboration with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, and will release on November 3rd 2023. Three singles will precede the release beginning with “High” on August 1st.
A video trailer was published on the label’s Youtube channel as an early taste of what you can expect
All information about New Dawn Records’ releases is available from the label’s official website www.newdawnrecs.comAll media and DJ enquiries regarding their releases can be directed to ourselves, the label’s in-house promotional division. Simply visit our CONTACT PAGE for details
Music to soothe the soul and help focus with work and study in equal measure, Edinburgh producer Brelstaff has today released his new album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” through New Dawn Records.
Ten titles fusing chilled, soulful lofi hip hop with downtempo jazz and ambient electronica in an ethereal soundtrack that rests easy on the senses.
Originally operating under his born name Daryl Donald, his reputation as one of the most respected emerging beatmakers in this genre grew from 2017 through a series of projects which generated over a million streams on Spotify, and since adopting the new pseudonym has continued to flourish, most notably earlier this year with the single “Cursive” featuring renowned west coast rapper Fashawn.
The instrumental album is the pre-cursor to the full vocal version which will release later in the year. A collaborative project with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC which acts as a narrative documenting his curtailed and turbulent time at Clark Atlanta University, including a fascinating insight and depiction of the trials and tribulations of student life he witnessed there which ultimately led to the crossroads of his life.
As announced by New Dawn Records today, their first of several releases scheduled for 2023 comes courtesy of Edinburgh hip hop producer Brelstaff who laces us with his trademark concoction of chilled, soulful, lofi hip hop vibes with further influences of progressive rock, jazz fusion and ambient electronica fused together effortlessly in an ethereal soundtrack that focuses minds and soothes souls in equal measure.
“Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” drops on April 28th, and is the pre-cursor to the full vocal version, a collaborative project with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, which is due for release in the autmn preceded by a series of singles.
The label have just published a Video Trailer and Audio Teaser for the album on Youtube and Soundcloud
The album will be available on all major digital platforms including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal Music and Amazon Music. Official videos for each track will also appear on the label’s Youtube channel upon the album’s release.
We’ve created a new playlist on both Spotify & Soundcloud of some joints we hope will help take the edge off from time to time, whether you’re looking to just chill or have a little something in the background as you focus on work or study.
Whatever the reason, you can stream it now on Spotify & Soundcloud
All these tracks were released through New Dawn Records and there are also audio and video versions playing on the label’s Youtube channel, such as this most recent release “Anuket” by Shahin
On the flip side, if you’re looking for some motivational energy, you can check out our Hip Hop Bangerz playlist on both Spotify & Soundcloud. All thrillers, no fillers !
New Dawn Records round off 2022 with this new track which after yet another turbulent year will help soothe the soul.
During the summer, the label released producer Shahin’s remix of “Lame Duck” featuring New Jersey rappers Tru Trilla, Fly Kwa and Prince Ak. He has now returned with a new bonus cut, a soundscape drawing on his own cultural and historical influences which blends electronic chillout and lo fi hip hop with a fusion of Nubian strings, woodwind, hypnotic keys and ethereal voices.
Set sail with Anuket on a journey of enlightenment into the new year…….and breathe.