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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: A Look Back At Pulp's "Different Class"

Twenty years ago, British band Pulp, led by charismatic singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker took to the stage at Glastonbury as a last-minute fill in for The Stone Roses. It was a stroke of luck that helped the band’s fifth album, the uncommonly smart Different Class become a commercial pinnacle. Britpop was king in the summer of 1995, and Different Class stood out among its classmates.

Powered by the hit single 'Common People' and including popular tracks such as 'Disco 2000', 'Sorted for E’s & Wizz', and 'Pencil Skirt', this Pulp album went on to influence later acts such as Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power and Belle and Sebastian. Listen like “Common People” to this classic ‘90s release, and you’ll see why.

∞  08/09/2015 — 6:34PM

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#MonoMonday: 25th Anniversary for Depeche Mode’s timeless 'Violator'

British techno-pop pioneers Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, were already a staple on the U.K. charts and college radio in the U.S. when they released Violator 25 years ago. But upon its release, Violator catapulted the group into superstardom.

Boasting four big singles, 'Personal Jesus', 'The Policy of Truth', 'World in My Eyes' and 'Enjoy the Silence', Violator was huge. Depeche Mode filled stadiums in the summer of 1990 and flooded the screens with their videos. Violator inspired not only fans, but also other up-and-coming artists, such as Chromeo, Hot Chip, and Empire of the Sun. Like many of Depeche Mode’s albums, Violator combined smart, synthy dance with rock chords and tender ballads. Celebrate the album's anniversary and listen to Violator this #MonoMonday.

∞  08/02/2015 — 4:00PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Last Dinosaurs


The start of another month means it's Artist To Watch time, and this August we're featuring Brisbane quartet Last Dinosaurs!.

The indie kids best known for their tropical-tinged tracks and infectious pop hooks are scheduled to drop their second album, Wellness on August 28th. Until then, you can get a preview of what's to come from singles 'Evie' and 'Apollo'.

You can also get an exclusive glimpse into their world – what they’re listening to and what they’re loving - by following their Rdio profile.

“We have been working hard on our new album Wellness for 3 years now” said Sean Caskey. “We can’t wait for the full album to be out, but for now you'll get a taste of Wellness on Rdio”.

Later this year, Last Dinosaurs will be heading off around the country for their ‘Wellness’ tour, which will hit some of the largest venues the band will headline to date.

Tune into the Last Dinosaurs 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.  

∞  07/31/2015 — 5:52AM

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#MonoMonday - All-4-One 20th Anniversary

MonoMonday this week sees us paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of Californian contemporary R&B vocal quartet All-4-One.

Shooting to fame in 1994 with their Grammy award winning smash ballad 'I Swear', Tony Borowiak, Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, and Alfred Nevarez went on to sell over 22 million albums worldwide.

To acknowledge two decades as a quartet and being one of the longest running boy bands in history, All-4-One have released Twenty+, which includes new versions of their greatest hits 'I Swear', 'I Can Love You Like That', and 'So Much In Love', plus thirteen new songs.

∞  07/26/2015 — 11:59PM

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#MonoMonday - The Angels 'Beyond Salvation' 25th Anniversary

Introducing #MonoMonday, where we highlight some of the fantastic and extensive catalogue of music available on Rdio. First up, seminal Aussie rock band The Angels.

In their prime, 1977-1991, The Angels were an explosive and theatrical rage – a guaranteed great time band. Fronted by the devilishly dynamic Doc Neeson and powered by guitarist-brothers Rick and John Brewster, the band are synonymous with the Australian rock and roll landscape.

First released in 1990, and preceded by the smash hit single 'Dogs Are Talking', Beyond Salvation was The Angels' first and only number one Australian album, and the biggest album of their career. Produced in Memphis with ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin engineer Terry Manning, the album contained four huge hits – 'Dogs Are Talking'3, 'Back Street Pick Up', 'Let The Night Roll On' and 'Rhythm Rude Girl'.

The 25th Anniversary reissue has been lovingly restored and remastered by original producer Terry Manning and contains the original album as well as some b-sides and rarities from the period, as well as a number of the band's earlier hits re-recorded for the US version of the album. It also includes the audio of 'Beyond Salvation Live' a gig from 1990 featuring live versions of songs from the album.

∞  07/19/2015 — 7:41PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Golden Features


Masked electronic maestro Golden Features is Rdio's Artist To Watch for July.

The mystery EDM producer first garnered attention with the sensually surly track 'Tell Me' featuring vocalist and Peking Duk collaborator Nicole Millar. This dark and moody vibe has since become a signature sound that critics and fans alike just can't get enough of.

The Sydney producer has just kicked off an almost sold-out national headline tour, where fans will enjoy tracks from his newly released EP XXIV. Riding on the success of the Australian tour, later this year he will also be playing HARD Summer Music Festival in LA alongside The Chemical Brothers, Porter Robinson and Jack Ü.

“I’m excited to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for July and getting XXIV out there as I head on tour.” said Golden Features.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Alison Wonderland, Shamir, and Tkay Maidza.

∞  07/01/2015 — 10:53AM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Hiatus Kaiyote


Since debuting in 2012, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has made some notable fans worldwide, including Questlove and Prince. The Purple One even tweeted about them! Now it’s time to hear why this neo-soul act is truly buzzing.

The band’s latest effort is the cinematic second album Choose Your Weapon, which applies their transcendent and totally immersive hybrid of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, electronics and world beat polyrhythms to topics such as love and technology. The intention was to make each song as lush and visual as possible within the audio realm, so let your mind wander as you listen.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Shamir, BANKS and Joywave.

∞  06/01/2015 — 5:24PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world!

His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet coming May 15th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays and Girlpool as well as local artists Doprah and Courtney Barnett

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station.

∞  05/04/2015 — 4:00PM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

Rdio is excited to announce Milo Greene as the latest installment of Rdio Sessions; a series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively and gob ally on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions showcases today’s hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before.

This time around, LA’s cinematic pop band, Milo Greene, have recorded a four-song live set for Rdio Sessions. Stripping back the complex layers of previously released songs, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions track list features 'Lie To Me', 'On The Fence' and 'White Lies' from the new album Control, as well as a killer cover of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home'.

Raw, honest and beautifully emotive, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions are not to be missed by music fans.

∞  04/26/2015 — 8:06PM