Here’s another week’s worth of daily downloads from Today’s Top Tunes. We’ve got a new single from the mysterious local electro-pop angel Elohim. Grab “New Song” from Warpaint before heading out to see the band at The Fonda on October 13. We also hear from soul troubadour Cody ChesnuTT. Get hypnotized by our latest obsession, The Seshen, and swoon to a new collaboration from The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam of Vampire Weekend.
The members of Warpaint spent the better part of 2015 working on solo projects and their own endeavors. A new year brought them back into their LA downtown studio where they got cracking on a new album. For the first time, they recorded individually and in different configurations, rather than as a full band, allowing them a new creative freedom. Here’s “New Song.”
Back in 2015, we introduced you to Elohim on our music blog. Just a few weeks ago we highlighted her work on KCRW’s email blast “5 Songs to Hear This Week.” The classically trained pianist released a new EP earlier this year, and we’re looking forward to even more new songs – and more tour dates – from her. Until then, we leave you with her new single “Hallucinating.”
This week, KCRW is offering an exclusive advance listen to the full length album by The Seshen as our album preview. The San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece has been building its fan base since 2012. A DJ favorite, its work is an alchemist’s blend of synthesizers, swirling harmonies and a fusion of R&B. Today’s Top Tune is a keeper. It’s “Distant Heart.”
What happens when you combine a member of The Walkmen with a member of Vampire Weekend? Something beautiful — and a dream come true for both parties. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam created an album worth of songs to make their own beautifully crafted collective narrative. Take in “A 1000 Times.”
Raw and unabashed, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour with a poetic license. As he readies his third full-length, slated for release in 2017, he shares the song “I Stay Ready” with fans.