Michael Nau

Michael Nau

Courtesy of the artist

Every week the Monday Mix showcases three new songs we’re featuring on the opbmusic broadcast. This week it’s a fast-paced rocker from a Portland band, a collaboration from a Chicago R&B singer with Chance the Rapper, and some soulful low-fi crooning from rural Maryland.

Autonomics - Bad Blood

Although they’ve been together for almost a full decade, Portland’s Autonomics have just released their debut record, “Debt Sounds.” And it was worth the wait. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s Ice Cream Party Studios with producer Jeremy Sherrer, the album features this incredibly catchy garage rock burner called “Bad Blood.”

Jamila Woods featuring Chance the Rapper - LSD

R&B singer Jamila Woods has been riding the wave created by her debut record, “HEAVN,” since its release last summer. And she was recently named as one of the inaugural Slingshot artists, a new collective effort among taste-making public radio stations to elevate the profiles of exceptional emerging musicians. On her latest single, “LSD,” she’s joined by fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper for a soulful defense of their hometown. “I won’t let you criticize my city like my skin, it’s so pretty If you don’t like it, just leave it alone,” Woods sings in a not so subtle rebuttal to public figures who’ve used Chicago as a prop in debates about policing and gun violence.

Jamila Woods plays Holocene in Portland on Dec. 4.

Michael Nau featuring Natalie Prass - Diamond Anyway

Based in Cumberland, Maryland, Michael Nau is the frontman for low-fi indie rock band Cotton Jones (and previously for the band Paige France). Cotton Jones often built shaggy rhythmic surroundings to cocoon around Nau’s sweetly observant songs about passing time in the countryside. An underrated singer, Nau is not unlike the Pacific Northwest’s Karl Blau.  Like Blau, Nau’s folk voice expands and warms his way into your head, the further he ventures into soulful and melancholic sounds like this song, “Diamond Anyway,” with Natalie Prass.