New Music Weekly - October 9, 2015

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This week, we’re enjoying a ton of quality Aussie albums that read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the full albums from these artists and hear even more fresh tunes.


Slum Sociable - TQ

Rdio's Artist To Watch for October release a debut EP that spans lo-fi to trip hop and is impossible not to like.

City & Colour - If I Should Go Before You

From the psychedelic solos to the slightly R&B rhythms, Dallas Greene cuts loose on the band's 5th studio album.

Art Vs Science - Off The Edge of The Earth & Into Forever, Forever

The Sydney trio succeed in producing an ambitious and more sophisticated second album without losing their dance floor appeal.

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

The former Czars frontman's third album holds a confrontational, unapologetic sensuality that is celebratory, but also tempered by melancholy.

Boy & Bear - Limit Of Love

Mostly recorded straight to tape, the five piece let their power as a live outfit translate into their music-making process, resulting in their most refined effort to date.

Reece Mastin - Change Colours

The Adelaide artist puts his poppy X-Factor roots to bed and explores his soul-blues side on his first independent LP.

Kelela - Hallucinogen

The latest EP from the R&B / grime Washington-born, Los Angeles-based artist is fluid, organic and psychedelic.

Dan Kelly - Leisure Panic

A kaleidoscopic listening experience -the celebrated Aussie troubadour delivers a sense of pop wonderment and his finest songwriting to date.

Selena Gomez - Revival

With tracks about love, overcoming struggles and standing up to the haters, this new LP is the pop artist's best body of work to date.

∞  10/08/2015 — 9:40PM

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New Music Weekly Playlist - October 2nd, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist brings you the best overview of what’s just been released across genres; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a fresh set every Friday.

This week, you’ll hear the latest from emerging Aussie rapper Dylan Joel, Pop royalty Janet Jackson, heavy metal lords Trivium and more heavy-hitters called out in the Playlist Notes below.

You’ll also find all of these albums and more in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Happy listening!


Avicii - Stories

The Swedish DJ and producer returns with a potent collection of genre-hopping bangers.

Rudimental - We The Generation

The East London collective's Jamaica recorded second album is chock full of chunky drum’n’bass rhythms.

Banoffee - Do I Make You Nervous?

Melbourne-based singer and producer Martha Brown follows up her debut EP with an intensely personal yet universally-accessible release.

Bleachers - Terrible Thrills Vol. 2

An array of female vocalists - Sara Bareilles, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia and more - reimagine Bleachers’ acclaimed 2014 album 'Strange Desire'

Born Ruffians - RUFF

The fourth album of indie rock from the Canadian three-piece is an engaging and fun indie-rock record.

Porter Robinson - Worlds Remixed

The young producer handpicks electronic mates like Odesza, Slumberjack and Chrome Sparks to remix his debut album.

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Third album of shoegazing black metal from the San Fransisco outfit, the follow-up to 2013's 'Sunbather'.

Mercury Rev - The Light In You

First studio album in seven years from the psychedelic dream pop band - clearly painstakingly crafted yet still effortless in sound.

∞  10/01/2015 — 10:40PM

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Artist To Watch - Slum Sociable


Throughout October, Melbourne Lo-Fo washed-out jazz hop duo Slum Sociable will be highlighted as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

2015 has already been a solid year for long-term friends Edward Quinn and Miller Upchurch, with singles ‘Anyway’ and ‘All Night’ garnering the duo much deserved attention from fans and music critics alike, with the latter track reaching the Top Five of Hype Machine’s Most Popular Chart.

Their new EP, titled TQ, is due for release on October 9. All seven tracks on the EP were co-produced by Tom Iansek, of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame. Set to be part jazz, part hip-hop, part trip-hop, part acoustic electronica – the duo have developed an ambient yet brooding twist on new age jazz, with Ed and Miller playing pretty much everything on the record themselves.

Tune into Slum Sociable's artist station or give our free Artist To Watch station a spin to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break.

∞  09/30/2015 — 5:17PM

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#MonoMonday: The Pretenders Self-Titled Debut Continues To Impress

Very few rock bands leap into the public eye as fully-formed icons. Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders did just that with their self-titled 1980 debut, which turns 35 years old this year.

Pretenders featured three singles: a cover of the Kinks’ 'Stop Your Sobbing' (produced by Nick Lowe), 'Kid', and the international hit 'Brass in Pocket'. But it’s in the album’s deeper tracks where something really interesting was going on. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott’s take-no-prisoners approach in songs such as 'The Wait', 'The Phone Call', and 'Tattooed Love Boys' combines punk, new wave, and straight-up rock and roll - and of course, Chrissie Hynde purrs and screams, enticing all in her path.

Pretenders broke barriers and sounds as fresh today as it did upon its release.

∞  09/27/2015 — 6:32PM

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New Music Weekly, September 25th, 2015

It’s time for the New Music Weekly playlist, your exclusively curated look at the very best sounds across genres; don’t forget to subscribe now so you never miss a beat!

This week, we are dancing to the latest efforts Peaches and greeting the return of alt-rockers Silversun Pickups - Read about more key offerings of the week in the Playlist Notes below and hear the full albums via the Rdio New Releases page.


Disclosure - Caracal (Deluxe)

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence create soulful house cuts with Lorde, Sam Smith, Miguel and more on their sophomore album.

The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn

The alt-blues supergroup featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart returns for a raucously rocking third album.

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (Special Edition)

The second album from the Scottish synth-pop specialists features soaring choruses and an uplifting outlook.

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap (Deluxe)

The buzzing New Jersey rapper’s first album features the platinum selling debut single “Trap Queen” alongside hits “679” and “My Way.”

Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m goin down...

Guitar, banjo and piano help Philadelphia’s indie folk hero craft the sweet and lonely songs on his sixth album.

Parkway Drive - IRE

Fast, furious, aggressive and ambitious - Australia's most prolific heavy act put forth a progressive album that combines hardcore, metal and punk elements in a unique way.

Ash Grunwald - Now

The Aussie blues and roots luminary seamlessly weaves personal tales and political views together on his 9th LP.

∞  09/27/2015 — 6:25PM

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#MonoMonday: Hear Duran Duran From The Beginning

After you enjoy the brand new Duran Duran album Paper Gods, which grooves with guests like Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Kiesza, it’s time take it back to the very beginning. Pair it with the New Wave idols’ eponymous first album, a platinum-selling Eighties classic that spawned hits like the debut single 'Planet Earth', the mega-catchy 'Is There Something I Should Know' and the saucy 'Girls on Film'.

These enduring anthems helped this album stay in the Australian and American charts for a year and on the UK charts for nearly two years. Three decades on, the band is still performing at peak power.

∞  09/20/2015 — 6:55PM

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Announcing This Year's Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Performers

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Some of Australia’s most impressive new and emerging talent is today announced to perform at the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.


Brisbane based singer Airling, aka Hannah Shepherd, has had a huge year with the release of sultry single ‘Stallin'' following on from a collaboration with Japanese Wallpaper on ‘Forces’. Airling kicked off 2015 peddling her sophisticated R’n’B on national tours with Vance Joy and Pieater label mates #1 Dads, and more recently performed at Splendour in the Grass with Japanese Wallpaper.


Up for an award this year with single ‘Cuffed and Collared’ nominated for Best Independent Single or EP, four-piece rockers Bad//Dreems are also set to perform at this year’s awards. Working with veteran rock producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne, the band released their debut LP Dogs At Bay in August through Ivy League Records. Ragged rock, Dogs At Bay is about the band’s relationship with their native Adelaide. A well honed live show has landed them spots at Splendour in the Grass, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as support spots for The Preatures, Wavves, Cosmic Psychos and were also booked to play on The Black Keys tour before its cancellation.


Also joining the line up, one of Australia’s most celebrated rock acts, Dead Letter Circus. Their recently released third album Aesthesis debuted at #1 on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Album Chart and #2 on the ARIA Album Chart. Released via label UNFD, the album was produced by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Birds Of Tokyo) and Matthew Bartlem (Matt Corby, Jarryd James) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Green Day). Previous albums This is the Warning and The Catalyst Fire have sold over 100,000 records combined, and both albums debuted at #2 on the ARIA Charts. Dead Letter Circus have taken the stage with giants such as Linkin Park, Muse, Judas Priest and Karnivool and have had entries in the triple j Hottest 100, and had their debut album This is the Warning voted into the triple j Hottest 100 Albums of All Time at #86.


Often credited with crossing cultural and musical boundaries, Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert, he sings in his native tongue and English. Latest album Uncle12 (produced by long time friend and musical collaborator David Bridie) is out through Wantok Musik Foundation and showcases Frank’s honest songwriting, rich voice and exceptional guitar skills. Uncle is nominated for this year’s Best Independent Country Album at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, and was also nominated for a National Indigenous Music Award this year. Frank began performing at the age of 9 and has toured extensively both at home and abroad and we are thrilled to announce him as part of the line up.


Lastly, but by no means least is musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harts. Blistering guitar shredding and deep funk grooves have seen Harts likened to Jimi Hendrix and Prince (whom he was invited to jam with at Paisley Park). Latest single ‘Breakthrough’ follows on from previous single ‘When A Man's A Fool’ and Harts’ 2014 debut album Daydreamer. The album was released through A&R Records/Shock and was written, performed and produced entirely by [Harts][13 who has affectionately been labeled a “one man music making machine”.

The 10th annual awards will take place on October 22nd at Meat Market in North Melbourne.

Listen to the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Performers Playlist on Rdio and follow AIR on Rdio to check out all of the Official Awards Playlists.

∞  09/15/2015 — 5:55PM

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#MonoMonday: The Foo Fighters’ Debut Album Turns 20

Twenty years ago, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl went into the studio to perform and record 12 songs he’d written over the previous few years, including those written after the death of Kurt Cobain just a year before. Calling himself “Foo Fighters,” Grohl gave cassettes of the sessions to his friends, and buzz around the music grew stronger. The resulting album, Foo Fighters, was a smash hit, spawning four hit singles and a GRAMMY Award nomination, establishing Grohl’s place in rock history.

'This is a Call' 'Big Me' and 'I’ll Stick Around' are among the highlights of Foo Fighters. This album struck a chord with grunge and rock fans alike, whether or not they loved Nirvana. Foo Fighters went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and set the stage for later success for Foo Fighters in the following two decades.

This year, to commemorate the albums release, the band dropped an EP on Record Store Day. Titled Songs From The Laundry Room, the includes two demo versions of songs from the band's debut, a cover and a previously unreleased song.

Take this classic for a new spin!

∞  09/13/2015 — 7:09PM

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New Music Weekly - September 11th, 2015

The latest edition of your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist mingles iconic names with up and coming artists across genres, including the return of metal stalwarts Slayer, playful punks The Libertines, indie pop kids I Know Leopard and more key releases highlighted in the Playlist Notes below.

There’s even more music waiting for you to play on the Rdio New Releases page once you’ve warmed up here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a fresh set each Friday.


I Know Leopard - Another Life

A wistful indie-pop release. This celestial collection from the quartet centres around nostalgia and second chances.

Slayer - Repentless

Highly anticipated 12th album from the thrash metal institution and the first recorded without Jeff Hanneman. Unapologetic and infectious.

Jarryd James - Thirty One

If you enjoyed hit single 'Do You Remember' then you're sure to love the debut LP from the Brissie singer-songwriter, which is loaded with similar-sounding tracks.

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit

The prolific nu-metal scenesters explore a decidedly softer and more commercial side. An album that is sure to divide their dedicated fan base.

Beirut - No No No

Zach Condon, the creative force behind the musical project casts off musical as well as emotional baggage on this release.

The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

Carl Barât, Pete Doherty and co reunite in Thailand for an unexpected 3rd album from the UK garage rock band.

Duran Duran - Paper Gods

The synth-pop survivors are still bouncing, teaming up with in vogue producers (Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson & Nile Rodgers) and heaps of speacial guests including John Frusciante, Janelle Monae, Kiesza and Lindsay Lohan.

Nick Skitz - Skitzmix 50

One of the country's best known DJ's celebrates 20 years, 50 albums and 1 million sales with his latest compilation.

Ellie Drennan - Close Your Eyes

Debut album from The Voice 2015 winner. Includes tracks she performed on the show, 2 new covers and winning single 'Ghost'

∞  09/10/2015 — 10:29PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:29PM in Music |

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Enjoy Rdio Everywhere: From Smart TVs to Multi-Room Speaker Systems, Bring Music Into Every Room of Your Home

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Rdio brings music into your earbuds, onto your desktop, on your drive home, and now throughout your home — on a variety of multi-room wireless speakers and smart TVs. Now no matter where you listen to music, Rdio’s got you covered.

Multi-Room Speaker Systems

As a result of recent global partnerships with multi-room wireless speaker system manufacturers, you can choose the right speakers for your home — and for your wallet — and start listening.

By enjoying music on Rdio through these great speakers, you can tune your rooms to your music, or turn your whole home into a concert hall.

Joining our existing support for Sonos, today we are announcing availability on speakers from:

  • Harman-Kardon
  • Denon
  • Devices supporting Google Cast for audio (such as LG’s Music Flow)
  • The DTS Play-Fi Whole-Home Wireless ecosystem, featuring leading brands such as Definitive Technology, Phorus, Polk Audio and Wren

Smart TVs

Rdio has always been known for great design, and now we're extending that craftsmanship to the big screen, ensuring that the music looks as good as it sounds, right in your living room.

You’ll now be able to play your music through an all-new Rdio app built specifically for smart TVs. Rdio is now live on Samsung Smart TVs and launching soon on additional connected TVs by LG and Hisense.

As soon as you open the app, you’ll be welcomed by an Rdio that lends itself naturally to your TV screen, with the music that interests you front and centre.

Rdio for smart TVs isn’t just a personal experience. It’s a global one. Listeners with smart TVs in all 85 countries where Rdio Unlimited and Rdio Free are available can access Rdio features on their screens. Models that support Rdio are:

Rdio is also available across a broad range of “over-the-top” TV services, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Roku customers have instant access to Rdio’s catalogue of more than 35 million songs with the Rdio shortcut remote button.

∞  09/08/2015 — 7:04PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:04PM in New Features, News |