We’re in the middle of a heat wave in Chicago, so maybe stay indoors and blast some AC along with some fresh tunes. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Air Traffic Controller, Allie & Ivy, Chase City and Nathan Oliver, among others. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Count Counsellor, Great Grandpa, Hater, Jesse (of Pure X), Living Colour, Lost Balloons, Michael Nau, Nyck @ Knight, Paris Lain, The Pollyseeds, Punctual and Robotaki (ft. Claire Ridgely).
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Get your psych-pop on with another characteristically odd yet catchy song from Ariel Pink at the top of this set. It’s sure to prepare you well for “Another Weekend” (sigh, I know). You may be familiar with Jack Cooper from his band Ultimate Painting, but he’s venturing out for his debut solo album Sandgrown, which will be out at the end of August. You can hear a pretty chill yet lovely track from it below, following in the tradition of many other singer-songwriters before him. Thee Oh Sees have been around for quite awhile now, but with their next record they’re making a change. Specifically, the “Thee” has been chopped off to leave just Oh Sees. Good thing they haven’t lost any of their edge, as “The Static God” absolutely destroys. And then there’s Chicago’s own Twin Peaks, back with a new track as part of a “Sweet ’17 Single Series”. It’s a nicely fuzzed out jam that may not be their loudest or catchiest, but still very nice for your summer playlist. Other tracks in this set come from Action Bronson & Big Body Bes, B Boys, Nidia, Peaking Lights, Pierce, Secret Colours, Slotface and Tyga (ft. Vince Staples).
Ariel Pink – Another Weekend
Jack Cooper – North of Anywhere
Oh Sees – The Static God
Twin Peaks – Tossing Tears
If we’re lucky enough, maybe there will be so much new music released this summer that Pick Your Poison can sustain extended editions with downloads twice each week instead of once! Time will tell, but in the meantime, there’s plenty to go around. I’ll wholeheartedly recommend tracks in this set from ANA ANA, Beta Days, Impuritees and Jelly Ellington. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Andrew Applepie (ft. Bjurman), Ashe, Barns Courtney, BLESSED, Bok Bok, The Dears, Doldrums, Jordan Rakei, Noise Cans (ft. Jesse Royal), Tora, Twinsmith and Umm.
The line between pop and R&B continues to be blurred with EXES’ “Cain,” a song that evokes feelings of Lana Del Rey or The xx filtered through Frank Ocean. It’s lovely and sweeping and minimalist while firmly planting its tender hooks into your ears. If you’re a fan of glitchy electro-pop, the latest from FEMME will satisfy quite nicely, as it bounces and loops with recklessly joyful abandon. Instrumental tracks don’t show up on Pick Your Poison playlists too often (not purposely, I assure you), but Mikey Young’s “Walking For Pleasure” is an offbeat delight, taking synths and other electronic elements into an almost sci-fi or outer space type of atmosphere. Then there’s EDM artist RL Grime, who teams up with Miguel for a new single, which basically blends airy beats and drops with R&B flair. Other artists in this set include Gramatik & Eric Krasno, Jaymes Young, Lunice, NOTS, Sleep Party People, Tall Friend, Todd Terje (ft. Det Gylne Triangel) and more!
EXES – Cain
FEMME – Fire With Me
Mikey Young – Walking For Pleasure
RL Grime – Stay For It (ft. Miguel)
Oof, I’ve had a wild weekend of fun that’s spilling over into Monday, and I’m feeling a little worn down today as a result. Having your mind blown by Sigur Ros and then reveling in the communal joy that is a U2 show can really take a lot out of you. But I’m ready to spend some time with Phoenix tonight, which should be another celebration that’ll have me cursing Tuesday morning. Anyways, enjoy the great stuff loaded into today’s Pick Your Poison, which includes downloads from Fronds, Kazyak, Parker Longbough and Sebastian Blanck (ft. Hannah Cohen). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amelia Airhorn (The Knocks + Skylar Spence), Bok Bok, Front Porch Lights, Gundelach, Jay Prince (ft. Shakka), Katie Von Schleicher, Luna (covering Fleetwood Mac), matt pond PA, Misty Coast, Partner, Simian Ghost, and Slow Skies.
There’s warmth radiating out of Anna of the North’s new song “Lovers,” even as its synths tend to take on an almost icy distance. It’s her vocals that really re-center it, I think, in the most lovely and sensual way. Speaking of lovely and sensual, Mutual Benefit are doing more of what they do best, which is stunningly gorgeous folk music. They’re taking on a full album cover of Vashti Bunyan’s 1970 classic Just Another Diamond Day, and you can get a sample via “Jog Along Bess” below. A little more upbeat and catchy is the new single from synth-pop scenesters VHS Collection, which might make a nice addition to your summer playlist. Other tracks in this set come from Beauty Sleep, Cousin Stizz (ft. G-Eazy), Gang of Youths, Institute, Novo Amor, SahBabil, Shanti Celeste, Tora and more!
Anna of the North – Lovers
Mutual Benefit – Jog Along Bess (Vashti Bunyan cover)
VHS Collection – So I Met Someone
It’s a special “end of May” extended edition of Pick Your Poison today, complete with a whole bunch of bonus downloads for your listening pleasure. Might I recommend tracks from Alex Bent + the Emptiness, Foxholes, Henke Wermelin & His New Love and She Makes War. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Active Child, Chelsea Cutler, Diamond Thug, Justin Cudmore, Litany, Luna Shadows, Mabel, Milburn, Single Mothers, TOPS and more!
Last weekend saw the revival of the campy Baywatch TV show, now turned into a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron. Reviews were…not kind. Neither were moviegoers, as its abysmal performance at the box office would appear to indicate. But that’s no reason to associate the word Baywatch with bad things. The same could be said for Guantanamo. See, the band Guantanamo Baywatch makes some quality garage rock that’s far better than the other things associated with their name might imply. Also really liking the bouncy and hazy R&B groove established by Lion Babe’s latest single “Hit the Ceiling,” as well as the dynamic power punk of Pet Symmetry’s “LTCTLYB”. Other artists with tracks in this set include Alex Lustig (ft. Akacia & OnCue), Forever, G-Eazy (ft. Snoop Dogg), Jabu, Jakob Ogawa (ft. Clairo), JMR, Makeness, The Polyseeds (ft. Chachi), and Chicago’s own Secret Colours.
Guantanamo Baywatch – Video
Lion Babe – Hit the Ceiling
Pet Symmetry – LTCTLYB
Happy Memorial Day! You may have the day off of work, but that doesn’t mean the music stops. In fact, you may want to turn it up with a fresh set of downloads including tracks from Beta Days, Big Fresh (ft. Robert Schneider), Cool American and The Solars. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Pearce & Miles Away, Coast Modern, Crumb, Dasher, Death Grips, Desert, Downtown Boys, Felix Hagan & The Family, Katie Ellen, Marnik & Miami Blue (ft. Marano), Swet Shop Boys and more!
Memorial Day weekend is dead ahead, and Pick Your Poison is here to supply a fresh batch of tunes to keep your BBQ going strong. There’s something utterly compelling about Children of Pop’s new song “Poids” that defies easy explanation. It skitters and scrapes along at an almost minimalist level with vocals that barely rise above exhaustion, yet you don’t really want to turn it off or ignore it. DAWN continues her streak of spectacular R&B with an emotional yet soaring unreleased track. Chicago’s own Pink Frost return after a short break, and it’s clear things have changed in a big way for them, particularly since the light, semi-psychedelic acoustic guitar strums and piano combination is a far cry from the intense, loud and not-very-radio-friendly noise rock/drones of their earlier work. I mean, they had softened up a bit on their last album in 2013, but this is almost completely defanged. But it’s still pretty great, and I’ll happily recommend that you give it a shot. Other tracks in this set come from ALASKALASKA, Allure, Braqueberry, David Nance, DonMonique, Elysia Crampton, French Horn Rebellion, SAM F (ft. JVZEL) and Wafia.
Children of Pop – Poids
DAWN – Break Me
Pink Frost – Avian
There’s something about “If Before I Wake,” the new song from The Districts, that feels like a gritty mixture of Interpol and Joy Division. Granted the vocals are largely responsible for that comparison, but there’s also some gripping aesthetics at play as it charges forward, like a man walking against high winds during a storm. Much more mellow and heartfelt is the slowed down, acoustic version that Maggie Rogers put together for her hit single “Alaska”. It makes a good case for the original version, which is not to say this acoustic one is bad, just so different that you understand better why the final record version earned her so many fans. If you prefer dreamy songs with a heavy synth component, I’ll also recommend the gorgeous new one from Sleep Party People. Other artists in this set include Amine (ft. Missy Elliott & AJ Tracey), Love Theme, Madou, Marnie, T-Pain & Lil Wayne, Xan Griffin (ft. WILD) and a whole bunch of remixes.
The Districts – If Before I Wake
Maggie Rogers – Alaska (Acoustic)
Sleep Party People – The Sun Will Open Its Core
In terms of disco revival sounds, Luxxury do a remarkably good job of blending those classic flourishes with modern era influences to create something unique and fun and addictive on their latest single “I Need You”. After scoring a moderate radio hit earlier this year with the gospel-tinged acoustic ballad “Shine”, Mondo Cozmo keeps soaring with a sky-high anthem that burns bright with positivity. Then to balance it out, STRFKR create an emotional black hole on the appropriately titled mellotron ballad “Downer”. They can’t all be upbeat party songs. There’s plenty of other great stuff in this set too, from artists such as Baba Stiltz, The Floozies (ft. Ryan Zoidis), Jay Prince, Nina Las Vegas, Sofi de la Torre, Two Inch Astronaut, USA/Mexico, VACAY and Zola Blood.
Luxxury – I Need You
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic
STRFKR – Downer
It’s Monday, so let’s skip the small talk and jump right into the new music. You’ll want to check out downloads in this set from Flying Lotus (x2!), Jet Trash, Stay Away and W I N C H E S T E R. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Andy Stott, Art School Jocks, Au.Ra, Beach Fossils (x2!), DWNTWN, Liana Bank$ (ft. Ayo Jay), Lil Yachty (ft. Evander Griiim), Mikey Young, Naomi Punk, Needles//Pins and more!
Pretty much once a week, there’s an edition of Pick Your Poison that really hits it out of the park. I mean, every one is great in some form or another, but ten great songs is still better than eight great songs, y’know? Anyways, I can’t think of a better way to head into the weekend than with this collection of tracks. Briana Marela has a new record out this August titled Call It Love, and you won’t be able to “Quit” the ethereal and catchy first single below. There’s a great playfulness that oozes out of Dent May’s “Across the Multiverse” as it blends the sounds of ’70s MOR pop with squiggly synths for a very Of Montreal-meets-The Clientele sort of feel. Throw in some guest vocals from Frankie Cosmos and it’s an early summer delight. Fans of Broken Social Scene’s early, mostly instrumental recordings (think Feel Good Lost) will find a wonderful kinship with Public Service Broadcasting’s latest, which surges and sparkles with horns and glockenspiels. I don’t know about you, but I can’t ever recall Rivers Cuomo lending his vocals to any sort of electronic or dance track. Of course I’m not keeping that close of an eye on Rivers’ activities outside of Weezer, so maybe I’m wrong. But his collaboration with RAC actually works better than you might expect. Then again, given Weezer’s recent trend skewing even more pop than usual, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Still worth a listen though, as are tracks in this set from Hayden Calnin, Holmsey, Jackal (ft. Josh Congress), The Kickback, Mutoid Man, Oumou Sangaré, Travis Scott and Young Thug.
Briana Marela – Quit
Dent May – Across the Multiverse (ft. Frankie Cosmos)
Public Service Broadcasting – They Gave Me A Lamp
RAC – I Still Wanna Know (ft. Rivers Cuomo)
I’m not a huge fan of describing any music as angsty, primarily because it has come to denote a certain style of music that doesn’t always have positive connotations associated with it. Yet Great Grandpa’s latest track “Fade” kind of perfectly fits the angst label without succumbing to a lot of the red flags that might otherwise come to mind. It’s also a fantastic vocal showcase for Alex Menne, so give it a shot! If you’re in the mood for something a little funkier and more soulful, Kwaye has you covered with his new single “Little Ones”. You may be pleased to learn that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are putting out a new record this July. The first single from it is called “Anymore,” and it’s pretty much right on target with their throwback dream pop style, complete with fuzzed out guitars and keyboards. There’s a certain appreciation I have for slightly off-kilter, genuinely odd pop songs. The hooks might not grab you immediately and the obtuse melodies may make you want to shut it off initially, but sticking with it brings rewardds. Plus, who doesn’t like the excitement of not knowing where a song will go next? Palm tends to do a solid job in making that sort of music, and their latest “Shadow Expert” is a strange delight you need to hear. It’ll grow on you, I promise. Other tracks in this set come from Abhi//Dijon, Carneyval (ft. Hudson Thames), Doldrums, Jaymes Young, Steve Aoki’s remix of Mangchi, Mothica, No Vacation and Stillwave.
Great Grandpa – Fade
Kwaye – Little Ones
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Anymore
Palm – Shadow Expert