Every week the Monday Mix showcases three new songs we’re featuring on the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a standout track from The National’s latest album, a new addition to Portland’s hip-hop scene and new music from local favorites, Wild Ones.

The National - Turtleneck

“Turtleneck” sits about halfway through The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast, serving as a rock intermission between the rest of the album’s sober, cinematic tracks. The two lead guitars trade tense flutters of notes, with singer Matt Berninger cutting loose between them. Berninger’s voice loses its cool in an unexpected, yet welcome way. Sleep Well Beast was released September 8th.

Daren Todd - Strange

Daren Todd is a newcomer to the Portland scene. A member of the It’s Future Time collective, his latest track “Strange” combines Todd’s fast flow with a smooth electronic instrumentation. Todd originally came to Portland to record and decided to stay. We’re looking forward to hearing what he brings to the local hip-hop community.

Wild Ones - Standing in the Back at Your Show

“Standing in The Back at Your Show” is the second song released off Wild Ones’ upcoming album Mirror Touch. This will be the band’s second full-length album on Topshelf Records. Singer Danielle Sullivan’s lyrics tell a story of wistful, unrequited affection. The music is a timeless, almost retro, mix of surfy guitars and organs that compliment the band’s more contemporary, dream-pop sounds. Mirror Touch comes out October 6th.