August 2012

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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Celebrate Father's Day on Rdio

This Sunday, Dad gets his due — it’s Father’s Day. Don’t forget to make him feel special for everything he’s done for you: send a card, take him out to a ball game, or sit back and have a chat. While you do that, bump the appropriate playlist.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far is a compilation of songs by musical fathers and their kin: Bob and Jakob Dylan, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and many more. Have we forgotten any good ones? Add it to our collaborative playlist above and have a very happy Father’s Day.

Still not sure what to get Dad to say thanks? If you love Rdio, he might just love it too. Give him a gift certificate.

∞  08/29/2012 — 4:00PM

Influencer Spotlights

Rdio Influencer: Follow Soundway Records


If you’ve ever had your mind blown by a Soundway Records release, you know just how founder Miles Cleret felt ten years ago in Ghana, when he heard a local DJ spinning African funk, soul and blues. He was inspired to start Soundway, and since then, the label has released albums and compilations featuring genres from all over the world: afro-beat, funk, highlife, ethio-jazz, molam, calypso, cumbia, champeta, biguine, and latin-jazz.

The label has traditionally been known as the go-to for reissues of out-of-print albums that, in some cases, were never released outside of their native countries, and has focused on modern DJ culture and dance-music. 2012 finds Soundway in a new frame of mind, shifting from exclusively reissuing albums of the past to pushing music into the future. New albums like Ondatropica, on which modern DJ Quantic and veteran Colombian musician Mario Galeano collaborated, demonstrate the kind of forward-thinking releases that the label is pursuing this year.

Be sure to follow Soundway Records on Rdio to hear all of the label’s recent and forthcoming releases, including those by Batida, Edzayawa, and KonKoma, the latter of which can be heard below.

∞  08/22/2012 — 4:00PM


Hear an Rdio-only track on DJ Shadow’s MPC Era tracks


Revered producer and songwriter DJ Shadow’s newest project is something special. The MPC Era archival project is Shadow’s collection of beats and songs from the years surrounding 1996’s classic Endtroducing..., when he was using only an AKAI MPC-60 sampling drum machine, two turntables, and Pro Tools to make his music. MPC Era is available from but it's on Rdio now, featuring the Rdio-only bonus tune, “Bigger Beats.” You won’t find it anywhere else but below:

Follow DJ Shadow on Rdio to keep up with his Heavy Rotation.

∞  08/14/2012 — 4:00PM


Rdio Exclusive: Alpine Explain the Making of Their Debut with Track-by-Track Commentary

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Layered vocals, synth-y beats, multi-instrumental arrangements: Melbourne sextet Alpine does pop music right. The band release their debut album, A Is For Alpine, this week, and it’s the culmination of years of friendship, musical influences, and honing their unique sound.

But don’t take our word for it — Alpine are also releasing an Rdio-exclusive peek behind the scenes with the Commentary Version of the album. Members of the group give insight into how A Is For Alpine came to be below:

∞  08/13/2012 — 6:00PM


Afro-beat orchestra Antibalas present Favourite Songs of Protest Playlist


Antibalas might be Brooklyn based, but since 1998, the Afro-beat orchestra have been channeling all the horn-driven funk and rhythm of Cuban and West African music with authenticity and gusto. On August 7, the collective released their new self-titled album, Antibalas.

The band are very politically-minded, so when you’ve finished listening to the full-length, why not begin their playlist of Antibalas’ Favorite Songs of Protest? Says Antibalas’ Martin Perna: “Music has always served as a vehicle for speaking truth to power, and giving voice to the voiceless. Protest music of the ‘60s and ‘70s is at the core of the musical and spiritual inspiration for Antibalas. I curated this playlist my favourite political songs whose messages are as relevant now as they were when they first hit the airwaves. May these songs entertain, uplift, and inspire you to imagine and create a more peaceful world.”

∞  08/09/2012 — 4:00PM