Beep! Beep! Beep! Class of 2012 update time! Let’s take a moment to check in with some of my Class of 2012 artists to see what they’re up to. First up, Kreayshawn. I’ve been a little hesitant to talk about Kreayshawn, possibly because I chose her for rather nefarious reasons. I don’t consider myself an admirer of her music, but I think she’s going to go far in the music industry i.e. “become popular”. Step one in that process will be when her debut full length album Somethin’ Bout Kreay finally arrives in stores on August 14th. In the meantime, she just unleashed a new music video for her song “Breakfast”, which will be on that aforementioned album. Check that out if you’re intrigued. Next up, Nicolas Jaar. While we wait for him to unleash The Prism, he went ahead and pieced together a 2-hour “Essential Mix” for the BBC. It’s an excellent collection of songs that includes some original Jaar pieces as well. You can download the entire thing simply by clicking here. As for Azealia Banks, I’ve got no real news to report on her, save to say that her 1991 EP will officially be released (after delays) next Tuesday, followed by a mixtape called Fantastic on July 4th, and her debut full length Broke With Expensive Taste will arrive this fall. Have you seen A$AP Rocky’s video for “Goldie” yet? In case you missed it, it’s NSFW and viewable here. Oh, and how’d you like to hear a new Frank Ocean track? This one’s tentatively called “Summer Remains”, and he recorded this performance video of it at home. Finally, for you Lana Del Rey fans out there, you can now buy a handbag she designed for Mulberry. For those who have $1,250 in pocket change lying around. Anyways, that’s all the updates I’ll be giving for now. We’ll check in with these guys and gals of the Class of 2012 again soon enough, including the ones I’ve neglected to mention here. Now onto today’s Pick Your Poison. Highlights today include tracks from Andrew Johnston, Elite Gymnastics, Guided By Voices, JOhn Maus, Markus Mehr, School Knights, Unicycle Loves You and Young Moon. In the Soundcloud section you can stream good songs from Big Science and Castanets, among others.

Andrew Johnston – Beat Down Your Stereo

Crystal Shipss – My Dark Slimy Soul

Elite Gymnastics – Life/Trap

Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots A UFO

John Maus – Mental Breakdown

LRN GRN – Quilts

Markus Mehr – Flaming Youth

Michael the Blind – Sympathies

Rachael Sage – Invisible Light

Saint Motel – 1997

School Knights – Powerslut

Sons of Fathers – Burning Days

Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor

Twin Trip – Man on the Moon

Unicycle Loves You – Bitch Eye

Volcano! – Long Gone

Young Moon – Winds Light


Big Science – Blind Our Eyes

Castanets – I’m No Stranger to the Rain

Cosmo Jarvis – Love This

Hunt in Pairs – Prayers

Kevin Daniels – Crazy Kind of Life