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Leon Bridges - “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” / “Bad Bad News”

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“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” and “Bad Bad News” are the first singles leading up to soul singer Leon Bridges’ sophomore album, Good Thing. It's dropping May 4 via Columbia and follows his 2015 debut, Coming Home.

With these new singles, Bridges shifts slightly towards a more modern sound than what was on his last album while still clearly retaining elements of classic soul. “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” is a ballad that features a beautiful harp and string arrangement, as well as falsetto vocals from Bridges. On the other hand, “Bad Bad News” is a funky cut centered around a simple beat and bassline, with Bridges delivering some call and response vocals.

-Owen Murray

Sade - "Flower of the Universe"

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“Flower of the Universe” is British soul singer Sade’s first new release since her 2010 album Soldier of Love. The song was written for the A Wrinkle in Time OST, which also features contributions from the likes of DJ Khaled, Sia, and Kehlani. A remix of the song by legendary producer No I.D. was also released.

The original version of the song features piano, plucked guitar, and orchestral elements accompanying Sade’s beautiful layered vocals. For the remix, No I.D. puts the preexisting instrumentation and background vocals lower in the mix, and adds slow, steady percussion in his signature tight, crisp style.

-Owen Murray