It’s my sincere hope that you’ve been paying close attention to the band Cut Copy these last several years. If you like dance music, in particular the kind that’s laced with psychedelia and references to the past, they’re simply the sort of artist you can’t pass up. I’ve never known them to write anything less than impressive, catchy as all hell beat-driven anthems with a good dose of spaced-out electro-pop for good measure. Their new record Free Your Mind was unleashed about a week ago, and it continues the band’s trend of mining from history. This time the target appears to be both the hippie love fest that was the late ’60s and the neon glow of the coked-up ’80s club scene. The results are decidedly more mixed than their previous efforts, however if you take a step back from close analysis and just go with the flow, the flaws magically disappear and you’re left with another collection of really fun songs. In the live setting those issues are even less prevalent, mostly because that’s the area where the band truly excels, and people are there with one mission in mind: to dance their asses off. Cut Copy are currently in the middle of an international tour in support of the new album, and they’ll be in Chicago this Thursday night at the Riviera for an 18+ show. Tickets are a modest $27.50, and you can purchase them in advance here. Having seen the band a few times before, I can tell you this isn’t something you want to miss should you be available to go. If you’re not from Chicago, or simply feel like Cut Copy isn’t up your alley, let me help you out with today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some strong tracks in this set from Andrew St. James, Bass Science, Foolish Atoms, Fossil Collective (covering The Flaming Lips), The Harmed Brothers, A Million Billion Dying Suns and Suddenly Sunshine. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Art Decade, Cassie, Diane Coffee, Emily Jane White, Juliette Commagere and Metronomy.

Andrew St. James – Visions

Bass Science – Swerve

Bodhi – No More (Charles Murdoch Remix)

Cancellieri – Storyteller

Foolish Atoms – How to Remains Solid Under a Sky of Gas

Fossil Collective – Do You Realize? (The Flaming Lips cover)

The Harmed Brothers – Better Days

Heaven – Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes (Computer Magic Remix)

Little Racer – Vanessa

Michael Persall – Waves

A Million Billion Dying Suns – Plush

Ryan VanDordrecht – Great American Life

Suddenly Sunshine – The Farm

Terminal Gods – The Wheels of Love


Art Decade – Harbor Light

Cassie – Indo

Diane Coffee – Gov T

Emily Jane White – Keeley

Juliette Commagere – Big Star

Metronomy – I’m Aquarius