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RJD2's private holiday jam, Rollo Grady's CMJ mix, Shit Robot and more in our look at music this week

Poliça: Shulamith NPR Music gave readers a first listen to Poliça’s upcoming sophomore album, Shulamith, which the erudite outlet has dubbed “nearly perfect.” Channy Leaneagh’s silvery vocals have the magical ability to both soothe and probe, while the lyrics take listeners on a philosophical journey “about rejection and questioning cultural ideals.” Complexly arranged and simply beautiful on the ears, Poliça’s latest work shows this blossoming …

Poliça: Shulamith

RJD2's private holiday jam, Rollo Grady's CMJ mix, Shit Robot and more in our look at music this week

The latest musical incarnation from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo, Future Punx are starting to garner underground love for their modern swipe at retro ’80s soundscapes. Dancey and drawn from New Wave greats, their track “Livin’ In A Movie” chops and hops forward on synths, drum and guitars. There’s more than a hint of futurism and a reveling in the angst that reformed post-punk. …

Future Punx: Livin’ In A Movie

RJD2's private holiday jam, Rollo Grady's CMJ mix, Shit Robot and more in our look at music this week

“I generally try not to acknowledge the existence of a musical ‘guilty pleasure’ because I think treating music as some kind of cultural trophy hunting, or game of cool, denigrates the role music can play in our lives,” explains musician RJD2 in our request for his #PrivateJam. “But I’m going to play along on this one song, only ’cause I’ve heard multiple people say that …