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Monday Mix: La Luz, Helado Negro, Kingsley

This L.A. (via Seattle) outfit’s new single “In The Country” features a catchy surf-guitar groove sprinkled with elemental sounds that build an entire world of surreal natural imagery. “I love how in this track some of the most unnatural elements of the arrangement (synthesizers, fuzz, effects) create an atmosphere around the instruments that ends up feeling very natural” says frontwoman Shana Cleveland.

Musician Rogerto Carlos Lange drops his sixth feature-length recording, “Fall In,” as Helado Negro on Oct. 22 via 4AD. The first single off that album is the funky “Gemini and Leo.” The song features instrumental work by Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Zenizen’s Opal Hoyt, which propels the track with delicate jauntiness while Lange lyrically paints the picture of a couple immersed in a cosmic connection. It’s a great addition to any summertime playlist.

Rising Portland-based pop artist Kingsley returns with the second song and video from her new album “Crying On Holidays.” Kingsley says the song called “Therapy” was inspired by her “journey back to self-love after giving so much away in a relationship.” The track is an enchanting display of lyrical vulnerability with a chilling deep bass instrumental seemingly designed to induce goosebumps.

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