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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-25-17

With its relatively sedate beats and light orchestration, Colouring’s “Heathen” is subtle and gorgeous in a way that bears similarities to The xx. It seems like Mating Ritual’s “Drunk” will be headed in a similarly slow and pulsating direction, until it suddenly switches gears and turns into a sky high guitar tune with an assist from some synths. It left me markedly impressed. There’s certainly nothing subtle about Palm’s latest, which dives into the math rock pool and goes for a swim with some obtuse guitar riffs. It’s wild and frenetic and absurdly well constructed. For something fun and upbeat and danceable, Youngr’s new single “Monster” satisfies all of those requirements. Skate past the jump for other tunes from Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano, Daddy Issues, Falcons (ft. GoldLink), Forever, GunFight!, Jaymes Young, Kilchhover, and The Legends.

Colouring – Heathen

Mating Ritual – Drunk

Palm – Walkie Talkie

Youngr – Monsters

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-24-17

Oh hey there, Monday. You crept up on me. As always, I hope your weekend was excellent. Let’s get right back into some new music though, shall we? Don’t miss downloads in this set from Au.Ra, the black watch, Hnry Flwr, Shards and Someday I Will Miss You. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from adhoc, Anya Marina, Blondage, Frida Sundemo, Front Porch Lights, Keke Palmer (ft. Quavo), Mothica, Orchards, Pomo (ft. Harrison Brome), Wifisfuneral and more.

Au.Ra – Applause

the black watch – Way Strange World

Dead Parties – 93 (Radio Edit)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

Hnry Flwr – Down, In Carolina

Screamfeeder – All Over It Again

Shards – Headland

Someday I Will Miss You – Nine Days

Trapper Schoepp – On, Wisconsin

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-20-17

Ahead of the season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley, DJ Shadow has shared a new track he composed with Nas specifically for the show. It’s pretty killer. There’s an effortless and soaring beauty to the new Highasakite single “5 Million Miles” that also lends itself well to the dancefloor. If this is great, imagine what remixers will be able to do with it. Will “Hope for Something” finally be the single that turns Panama into a household name? Quite possibly. If you like Bastille, you’ll really like these guys too. Join me after the jump for additional tracks from Adam Jensen, Bobby Raps, Borgeous & MORTEN, Cende (ft. Greta Kline), Close Talker, Courts, Katie Von Schleicher, Swick (ft. Spank Rock), and tricot.

DJ Shadow – Systematic (ft. Nas)

Highasakite – 5 Million Miles

Panama – Hope for Something

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-19-17

There’s a certain ramshackle, bass guitar-heavy groove that Art School Jocks’ “Catdog” sinks into that’s remarkably compelling and worth giving a listen to if you haven’t done so already. I’ve also got great admiration for the visceral grind that powers Cayetana’s latest single “Bus Ticket”. It reminds me of ’90s Alanis Morissette, but a bit heavier. If you like alt-J but wish that band were a little more energetic and louder and maybe had a splash of Dinosaur Jr. thrown in, try CHILDCARE’s new one on for size. The effervescent Briana Marela lends her voice to the gorgeous harmonies on Hoop’s track “Baseboards,” which injects a whole lot of charm into the simple synth-and-drums melody. Other artists in today’s Pick Your Poison include Allday (ft. Mallrat), Brothertiger (covering Tears for Fears), Dasher, Mikey Young, NoMBe (ft. New Mystics), Pr0files, Sofi de la Torre (ft. Taylor Bennett), and Umm.

Art School Jocks – Catdog

Cayetana – Bus Ticket


Hoop – Baseboards (ft. Briana Marela)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-18-17

Fans of R&B who wish the choruses were more explosive and the hooks more stadium-sized might find plenty to enjoy in Arlo’s new single. It’s always nice when we get new music from Iggy Pop, as rumors of his impending retirement continue to grow louder. This at least suggests he’s not completely disinterested or unable to find inspiration. We just got a new Little Dragon record last Friday, and if you’ve not yet heard it perhaps the track below will inspire you to check it out. Yesterday happened to be Chance the Rapper’s birthday, and his equally musical brother Taylor composed a new song in his honor, which you can hear below. Other artists in this set include Bedouine, Dean Blunt, Dylan St. John, Goss, Haux, Landis & Luciana, Savoy and Bright Lights, plus a couple of remixes. Gramatik & Ramzoid put their own spin on Flume’s “Wall Fuck,” and Classixx give Night Drive’s “Rise and Fall” a bit of an energy boost.

Arlo – Ivory

Iggy Pop – Asshole Blues

Little Dragon – Celebrate

Taylor Bennett – Only Brother (A Special Remix)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-17-17

Hope you had a wonderful Easter! The weather in Chicago has been awesome these last couple days, and the trend’s set to continue for a day or two more, so let’s make the most of it with another wonderful edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The March Divide (covering Culture Club), Matthew Ryan, Quicksilver Daydream and vox. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Casey Dienel, Cool American, Hoops, HUNNY, Jesse, Joseph of Mercury, The Night Game, Ratboys, STUFF., Sweater Beats (ft. R.LUM.R), Terribly Yours and more!

Little Reader – Speed of Light

The March Divide – Karma Chameleon (Culture Club cover)

Mark Crozer and The Rels – Haunted Head

Matthew Ryan – Hustle Up Starlings

PIPSY – Why Can’t I Get What I Want, For Once?

Quicksilver Daydream – Echoing Halls

The Solars – Goddess of the Suburbs

vox – I / You

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-13-17

Following the departure of Chris Walla, guitarist Dave Depper joined Death Cab for Cutie to help fill out their roster. It’s a role he continues in today, but prior to joining the band he also put out a number of solo records under his own name. He’s got a new one coming out on June 9th, and you can stream a track from it below. GEMS continue their project to release a new song on every full moon in 2017, and something about the title “Poison” feels strangely familiar. Then there’s Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado doing his best cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic “Thunder Road”. Grab another taste of the forthcoming Mac DeMarco record with “On the Level” in this set. Get your psychedelic folk on with the latest from Woods as well. Other tracks in this set come from Flasher, Foodman, Peaking Lights, Shay Lia, Slackk, a Four Tet remix of The xx, and more!

Dave Depper – Communication

GEMS – Poison

Jonathan Rado – Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Mac DeMarco – On the Level

Woods – Bleeding Blue

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-12-17

Danger Doom, the collaborative project between Danger Mouse and MF Doom, was technically a one-off album-length experiment from 2005. But a dozen years later, their record is getting a re-release and a couple of previously unreleased tracks will be on it. You can hear one of them below, with guest stars Black Thought (The Roots) and Vinny Price. Similarly, despite the wealth of new music we got from Frank Ocean last year with the releases of Endless and Blonde, he continues to leak additional tracks via an occasional radio show on Beats 1. The latest is “Biking,” and it features Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator. There’s a sparkly yet laid back quality to the new song from Her’s, which continues to reinforce their status as a band to watch. I’ve always had a certain affection for the band Polica, and even though their popularity hasn’t been in full blossom as of late, their new track with Spank Rock is a pulsating gem worthy of a fucked up dance floor. Check those ones out, along with other new music from Allure, Felicia Atkinson, Harts, Husky, Lotic, Lou Phelps (ft. Innanet James), Playboi Carti (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) and SADAF.

Danger Doom – Mad Nice (ft. Black Thought & Vinny Price)

Frank Ocean – Biking (ft. Jay Z & Tyler, the Creator)

Her’s – I’ll Try

Polica – Still Counts (ft. Spank Rock)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-11-17

There are too many good new songs in today’s Pick Your Poison! It’s tough to single out just a few, which I suppose is why I’ll recommend you sample them all. Still, if you must make some choices, Jai Wolf’s latest features a guest spot from Mr. Gabriel and is eerily reminiscent of M83. Kate Nash is back and raising money via Kickstarter to make a new record. Get an early sample below, and go contribute! Low Roar continues to give previews of the next record with another solid slow burn. Speaking of new records, Michael Nau has one coming out on June 16th. Get a sample with the lovely waltz that closes out the album. Other notable artists in this set include Djustin, Jaymes Young, Kidepo, Lia Lia, RITUAL (ft. Denzel Curry), Tara Caroiselli, Two Another and Yumi Zouma (covering Oasis). Enjoy!

Jai Wolf – Starlight (ft. Mr. Gabriel)

Kate Nash – Call Me

Low Roar – Give Me An Answer

Michael Nau – Light That Ever

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-10-17

Monday already? Feels like the weekend just started. Maybe these songs will help make the time pass more quickly. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Calan, Naomi Wachira, Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum and Time Is Fire. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Blond Ambition, Daddy Issues, demen, Elohim, Exhibition (ft. Julian Casablancas), Kevin Gates, K’Valentine (ft. Styles P), Knox Fortune, Nightwave, Novo Amor, Steve Lacy and Turtlenecked.

Ali Jamieson – The Sweetest Taboo (ft. Raff)

Calan – Apparition

Denrei – itzashayme

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

Moemaw Naedon & Billy Hoyle – The Red Crow

Naomi Wachira – Beautifully Human

Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum – Little Boxes

Time Is Fire – Angels

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-6-17

There are a couple of featured guests and a couple of remixes in this set of music, which can be par for the course, but feels a little extra special this time around. Let’s start with a gorgeous and thoughtful new track from Cayetana. Hurray for the Riff Raff and Alaina Moore from Tennis contribute to the tropical and relaxed vibes of Making Movies’ latest. Really liking the sky high hooks packed into this new Mating Ritual song. There’s a certain neon glow that I envision is contained within SunSquabi’s “Deluxe” that also shares some DNA with Justice and Daft Punk. Cool stuff. Other notable tracks in this set come from Czarface, Sasha’s remix of Klangstof, Shlohmo remixing Groundislava, Liana Bank$, Mutoid Man, Needles//Pins, shallou (ft. Wales) and Xavier Omar (ft. GoldLink).

Cayetana – Certain For Miles

Making Movies – Brave Enough (ft. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)

Mating Ritual – Second Chance

SunSquabi – Deluxe

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-5-17

There are some great songs from some lesser-known artists that I hope you’ll check out as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Taking on Leonard Cohen is no easy task, but The Districts do a remarkably good job with it. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s new song is about the season of summer, which I miss dearly and can’t wait for it to return. Kodak Black’s latest is remarkably catchy hip hop. And Sleep Party People manage to create something beautiful and coherent while mixing a variety of genres. Other artists in this set after the jump include Amtrac, Doug Tuttle, The Johnsons, Paperwhite, Shadowgraphs, Synead, Welles and Wild & Free.

The Districts – Lover, Lover, Lover (Leonard Cohen cover)

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – A Song of Summer

Kodak Black – Why They Call You Kodak

Sleep Party People – The Missing Steps

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-4-17

In an odd coincidence, there are two artists in today’s Pick Your Poison that don’t capitalize their names. What does it all mean? Absolutely nothing. Just wanted to point that out for all my fellow grammar and capitalization nerds. Anyways, if you like sultry and skittering R&B, alxxa’s new one has you covered. ayokay’s latest is more upbeat synth-pop, which to be honest is kind of a mood booster in the best way. That playful vibe continues straight through Coast Modern’s “Pockets Full of No,” which effortlessly blends synths with some Jamaican dancehall rhythms into something remarkably catchy. Fans of Disclosure might find plenty to like about the new Lipless song, which features vocals from Australian pop star Georgi Kay. After the jump, you can check out streams of new songs from Benny Cassette, The Bingers, Blessed, False Witness, Marnie, Sandro Cavazza, StarBenders and more!

alxxa – Pistol

ayokay – The Shine

Coast Modern – Pockets Full of No

Lipless – Where Do We Go (ft. Georgi Kay)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-3-17

Welcome to April, where the weather is warmer and rainier, and the music somehow automatically adjusts itself to fit that mood. There are some wonderful downloads in this set from Beth // James, James Raftery, Outer Gods, Syd and Wild Skies. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alyeska, Audien x MAX, Fedde Le Grand, Hayden Pedigo, JMSN, Joey Fatts (ft. Vince Staples & April), Motez, Sofi de la Torre, SWIMM, TRP, The Wooden Sky and more!

The Asteroid Shop – On the Rise

Baked – COSMIC

Beth // James – Bring Your Fire to Me

Houses of Heaven – Black Waves

James Raftery – Frame

Outer Gods – Farewell to Summer

Secret Science – War Movie

Syd – Treading Water

Wild Skies – Black Water

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-30-17

Let’s close out March with another quality collection of new music for your ears. If you’re at all familiar with the band DIANA (if not, look them up), singer Carmen Elle lends her vocals to an icy dance track from Beta Frontiers. Frequent Ty Segall collaborator Charles Moothart has a solo record coming out next week under the moniker of CFM, and you can enjoy a psychedelic new track from that below. There’s a stellar Joey Bada$$ collaboration with ScHoolboy Q that’s absolutely worth a listen if you enjoy quality hip hop. There’s also something strangely Pavement-esque or Dismemberment Plan-esque about the Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else song, and I mean that in the best way. Other artists you can hear tracks from after the jump include Art School Jocks, Azizi Gibson, BIRTHDAY, Chick Quest, Conner Youngblood and Nylo, Grace Sings Sludge, Lisbon and PANGEA.

Beta Frontiers – If I Stayed (ft. Carmen Elle)

CFM – Voyeurs

Joey Bada$$ – Rockabye Baby (ft. ScHoolboy Q)

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Wrong Turn

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