Video // Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin'”

Smooth Sailin'

Oh my sweet lord – it’s Leon Bridges in FULL TECHNICOLOR. *church fan* Let me find out Mr. Bridges has moves, too. (He actually does, though. Turns out, he was an aspiring choreographer before he realized he could really carry a tune.)

“Smooth Sailin'” will be on Leon Bridges’ debut album, Coming Home, out on 6/23 via Columbia.

Video // Leon Bridges – “Better Man”

Better Man

Adding to the tangible anticipation surrounding the impending release of Leon Bridges‘ debut album, Coming Home, the Fort Worth soul-revival singer just dropped another music video – this time for one of his very first singles, “Better Man”.

Sticking with the grey scale, love-soaked theme of the “Coming Home” video, Bridges finds himself begging his lover for forgiveness in “Better Man”. “What can I do? What can I do?/ To get back to your heart/ I’d swim the Mississippi river/ If you would give me another start, girl.”  IT’S ALL GOOD, BOY, YOU ARE FORGIVEN.  Seriously – I’m swooning.  If a guy ever said something that sweet to me…boyyyyy.

Coming Home is out on 6/23 via Columbia Records!

Video // Röyksopp – “I Had This Thing”

I Had This Thing

UGH – WHO IS CUTTIN’ ONIONS IN HERE?! Geez.  I’m catching all the feels with Röyksopp‘s latest video for “I Had This Thing” from their fifth and final studio release, The Inevitable End.  Directed by Roboshobo, the video for “I Had This Thing” chronicles the emotional breakup of a couple via superimposed text conversation.  By the end of the video, there’s still hope for the couple, but maybe not so much for the world.

Video // Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”

Close Your Eyes

Run The Jewels duo, Killer Mike and El-P, brought to life their emotionally-charged track, “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” with the help from director A.G. Rojas.  Wow.  With lyrics that incite blacks from all types of loyalties (from Crips to Bloods and everyone in between) to unite and kill the police – “Where the fuck the warden?/ And when you find him we don’t kill him, we just waterboard him/ We killin’ them for freedom ’cause they tortured us for boredom/ And even if some good ones die, fuck it, the Lord’ll sort ’em” – you already know it’s gonna be an intense story.  And they surely delivered with this piece that shows a white cop and a black man fighting in the street as the day moves into night.  By the end of the video, you can see the sheer exhaustion from both parties – something I think that represents the current state of the war between police and black America.

Video // tUnE-yArDs – “Wait For A Minute”

Wait

Check out my girl Merril Garbus as tUnE-yArDs in her latest visual treatment for her song, “Wait for a Minute”. Featured on her most recent album Nikki Nack, “Wait for a Minute” is a super blissful way of saying “GET TO WORK!”  With lyrics like “Why do I spend the soul of my day/ Looking for any way to waste away?”, this track is a really great way to ask yourself why wait for the perfect moment to start?  The moment is now!

Video // Jamie xx ft. Romy – “Loud Places”

Loud Places

It’s always exciting when there’s new music from Jamie xx on the horizon.  Not only did he announce his forthcoming album, In Colour, but also released two brand new track and unveiled a rack of international tour dates to celebrate.  It’s like Christmas!  In Colour will feature collaborations from The xx’s Oliver Sim, Popcaan, Four Tet, and Young Thug.

“Louder Places” features Romy, his bandmate from The xx, on vocals.  It’s a beautiful anthem, really.

In Colour is out on 6/1 via Young Turks.

Bonus:  Another track from In Colour, “Gosh”.

Video // Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”

Coming Home

I’m pretty sure I lose every ounce of professionalism I have when it comes to writing about Leon Bridges.  Because honestly, I just want to write him a love letter telling him how much his music saved my soul and filled my entire world with a love I haven’t felt in a really long time, but I’m not sure if that’s how music writing works these days. (WHO CARES – I LOVE THIS MAN.)

So we’re finally seeing a beautiful treatment to his single, “Coming Home”.  The video features Bridges during his day-to-day life, all while totally in love.  Life is beautiful, yes?

Video // D.R.A.M. – “Cha Cha”

D.R.A.M.

 

If I had half as much fun as D.R.A.M. has just livin’ his damn life, I’d be doin’ quite alright for myself.  From visiting with Rick Rubin to gaining the attention of Chance The Rapper (and the rest of the world), I think it’s safe to say he’s having the Best Year Ever.

“Cha Cha”, the standout hit from his #1EpicSummer mixtape, was in my Top 5 favorite tracks of 2014 – no question.  I mean, it’s alarming how quick this track gets stuck in your head.  It’s so damn breezy and the Super Mario sample he sprinkles within the track just shows how much fun he’s having.  It’s levels to this bitch!!

Anyway, D.R.A.M. shot a video for “Cha Cha” in his home state of Virginia.  There’s confetti and emoji hearts and pillow fights and D.R.A.M.’s big baby smile – IT CAN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS.  (Actually – it can if you download his #1 Epic EP from iTunes.)

Listen // Ava Luna – “Coat of Shellac”

Ava Luna

I just love how low key sexy this track is from New York’s Ava Luna. “Coat of Shellac” boasts these slightly suggestive riffs behind lead singer Felicia Douglass’s groovy vocals that make this one of those tracks that you gotta spin back for another go ’round.

“Coat of Shellac” is on Ava Luna’s forthcoming album, Infinite House, due out on 4/14 via Western Vinyl.

Video // Kelela – “A Message”

A Message

I can’t stop watching this video. Kelela has such a commanding presence that the video needs not much more than her and that’s it.  Add powerful moments like when she cuts off her own dreadlocks and when the vision shifts into this trippy animated version of Kelela herself, and you’ve got a masterpiece here.  Directed by Daniel Sannwald, the video for “A Message” is one of my favorites of the year so far.  Kelela, the DC native, has included this track on her forthcoming album, Hallucinogen, due out on 5/5.

Listen // ALA.NI – “Cherry Blossom”

ALA.NI

With a voice like this, preserving the past seems to come second nature for ALA.NI. Her delicate voice seems to quiver as she travels her way from the speakers into the depths of my soul. It all started with the first glimpse of her through “Suddenly” and now we’re all traveling way down the rabbit hole of nostalgia with “Cherry Blossom”. This track is the first single from her forthcoming EP, You & I – Spring, which is due for release on 3/23 via paradYse and No Format Records.

In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, ALA.NI explains that true love and heartbreak is the driving force behind her music and that she plans to release four EPs this year, one for each season.

My love for you was sprung in Spring
And flourished in the Summer sun
Autumn killed the fresh green leaves
By Winter all was said and done

(Dummy)