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Music Monday: June 9, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Sol Monk - Ata

This is a cut off Sol Monk's forthcoming Beats, Not Words LP dropping June 23. It's got an interesting lo-fi approach. Plus, it's super rhythmic and the interesting vocal sample helps carry it through. It definitely has a nice rawness to it.

Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Well, Caribou is back, and in a big way. It's amazing to me how this track can begin sounding like it's going to be a regular deep-house pitched vocal track, and then rises into this staple Caribou retro '60s vibe. By the end you're hypnotized by the glimmery synths, live drums and soft vocals. 

Balue - Grow Up
This track makes me visualize a beach montage. This is a great bedroom/beach pop song from Balue's Quiet Dreamer LP out June 24 on cassette and digital. Listening to a cassette tape of this while driving to the beach doesn't sound half bad at all. 

A.G.Cook - Beautiful
This is from the PC Music label, which never seems to disappoint. Rave is clearly having a resurgence. If you like this track, check out Unicorn Kid, among many other emerging acts.

Francois & The Atlas Mountains - The Way To The Forest (Ibibio Sound Machine Remix)
"Graceland," anyone? What a killer track. Piano Ombre is out now, and all summery.