It’s been way too long since we were blown away by someone from around here, but we feel like these brilliant throwback soul jams from Crowley’s Leon Bridges are pretty undeniable. We don’t know much about Bridges at this point, and it’s hard to believe that this kid channeling a young Sam Cooke comes from our own backyard, or anywhere, but we can’t escape the promise of greatness we keep hearing in his timeless songs. Recorded in Fort Worth and produced by Austin Jenkins + Josh Block of White Denim; download “Coming Home” + “Better Man” below:
Download an adventurous, very deep lil’ pre-CMJ-warm-up mix from one of our favorite new producers/eternally shining cave diamond, Lexington’s Ellie Herring. Ellie says the mix is made up of “sounds that remind me of a lot of things I’ve <3′d about this year so far“, so immerse yourself in the aqueous future vibes below, and catch Ellie live along with TOPS, Saint Pepsi, Tei Shi, and Lydia Ainsworth next Thursday night at our CMJ party. Full tracklist after the jump…
We’re teaming up with our friends at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn to bring you this very special late night CMJ party on Thursday, October 23. Starring Saint Pepsi, TOPS, Tei Shi, Lydia Ainsworth + Ellie Herring. Doors / fog machine at 11 PM. Get familiar via the playlist below, and get your tix HERE.
Tei Shi (née Valerie Teicher) returns with an intense first glimpse at the wealth of new material she has in store (says Val: “Bassically is the first birdy to fly away, and it’s one that I hope will make you guys dance around in your room like this“), and it’s one of the more badass, body-movin jams we’ve heard this year. It did make us dance around our room like that, and we are ready for more. “Bassically” is out now on Mermaid Ave / Double Denim.
[as always, you should listen on PC Music's site for the full effect]
“Way With Silence” is the dreamily downcast new single from Canadian experimental pop duo Vogue Dots, taken from the group’s stellar new Mauka EP — which also features their CSCN single “Way Out” — due October 21 on Indica. Almost feels like a throbbing, significantly more danceable Beach House jam, until the duo takes a darker and more intense turn near the end.