New Music Weekly - August 14th, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlist highlights the key releases across genres; subscribe to receive it automatically every seven days!

The current set brings you a taste of modern surf rock from Wavves, mellow soul ‘n R&B by Son Little, youthful alt-pop from Melanie Martinez, stirring folk by The Waifs and a lot more.

When you’re ready forage for beats on your own, the Rdio New Releases is where you’ll find all of this week’s single, EP and album offerings.


Dillon Francis - 'This Mixtape Is Fire'

Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Chromeo & Kygo join the LA DJ for a pure party EP of old-school house with the deep-bass beats of reggae ton.

Kucka - 'Unconditional'

The Perth artist and one time ASAP Rocky collaborator asserts inventive production and finely tuned pop sensibilities on this EP.

Bullet For My Valentine - 'Venom'

Album number five from the Welsh thrash metal quartet is their heaviest and most intense, also their first since the departure of bassist Jason "Jay" James.

Jess Ribeiro - 'Kill It Yourself'

Shifting from the country sound of her debut, The NT artist explores darker shades of sensuality, folksiness and coyness with ethereal qualities on her sophmore effort.

Dornik - 'Dornik'

A wonderfully retro and crisply modern fantasy RnB pop release from the singer/producer and ex Jessie Ware drummer.

The Jungle Giants - 'Speakerzoid'

The Brissie quartet extend themselves on their second LP, navigating a myriad of influences and genres, resulting in a quirky, experimental indie-rock release.

Stories - 'The Youth To Become'

A distorted and ominous yet more melodic and raw sound defines the debut album from the Sydney-based post hardcore outfit.

∞  08/13/2015 — 9:32PM

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Rdio Australia & Harvey Norman Lead the Way in Connected-Home Audio


Rdio Australia is excited to announce an exclusive promotion with Harvey Norman, Australia’s largest retailer chain of electrical, computer, furniture, entertainment and bedding goods. A first-of-its kind in Australia, the promotion sees Rdio offering Harvey Norman customers complimentary access to Rdio Unlimited for three months.

Over recent years, Rdio has experienced continued growth both in Australia and the 84 additional countries it operates in. This is due to an increased demand for intuitive, seamless music streaming services as well as the growth of connected-home audio system sales, as experienced by retailers like Harvey Norman. Led by a common drive in demand, the exclusive union between Rdio and Harvey Norman will see both companies push the boundaries for music streaming and the connected-home audio industry.

As part of the promotion, staff across 186 Harvey Norman stores will be trained as official Rdio ambassadors. Further broadening Rdio’s reach, these ambassadors will educate customers on the music streaming service and demonstrate the benefits of connected-home audio systems using Rdio’s extensive music catalogue which contains over 35 million songs.

In addition to this, Harvey Norman has worked with Rdio to curate an official profile housing playlists and stations curated by Harvey Norman specifically for its customers.

Giving music lovers in Australia increased access to the benefits of music streaming, the promotion also includes an exclusive offer whereby customers who purchase any compatible connected-home audio system from Harvey Norman will receive three months complimentary access to Rdio’s Unlimited offering.

According to Rdio Australia and New Zealand General Manager, Colin Blake, the promotion cements a mutual commitment to connected–home audio, and allows Rdio to grow alongside one of the nation’s strongest and most reputable brands:

“We’re excited to be partnering with such an influential and deeply entrenched Australian retailer like Harvey Norman. The popularity of music streaming is mirrored in the enormous sales growth Harvey Norman has experienced in connected-home audio systems, and Rdio looks forward to working closely with their team to bring the benefits of music streaming to the masses.”

To learn more, head into your local Harvey Norman store or check out the retailer’s profile on Rdio. For more information on connected-home audio systems and home entertainment solutions, visit the Harvey Norman website.

∞  08/12/2015 — 10:57PM

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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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New Music Weekly - August 7th, 2015

Time to dive right into your latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear the top highlighted songs hand-picked just for you. Remember to subscribe so that you’ll never miss a beat!

This week it's all about Kiwis, mini-albums and metal - read about in in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for even more, browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases and have fun!


The Rubens - 'Hoops'

The boys from rural NSW return with a highly anticipated sophomore effort, laiden with classic rock sounds.

Mac Demarco - 'Another One'

A delightful mini album from the Canadian singer-songwriter, recorded in his home in Queens, New York. Enough of the same to keep fans happy, just enough new to make it fresh.

Avalanche City - 'We Are For The Wild Places'

Kiwi muso Dave Baxter delivers the warm and fuzzies on his sophomore effort.

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - 'Love Is Free'

Swedish pop queen Robyn drops a mini album under the guise of her new project featuring her touring keyboardist and the posthumous contributions of producer Christian Falk.

Fear Factory - 'Genexus'

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal are back with their 9th studio album.

The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'

An adventurous return to form from the Wellington lads on their 6th LP.

Caulfield - 'Outcast'

An intense offering from the up-and-coming metalcore outfit - Quick, upbeat and reckless.

Lindi Ortega - 'Faded Gloryville'

The Canadian country singer releases her 4th LP, a sultry affair full of heart and soul.

Nervo - 'Collateral'

Globe trotting Aussie singer/songwriter sisters deliver a whack of EDM-pop kitsch on their debut album.

Buried In Verona - 'Vultures Above, Lions Below'

The always diverse Aussie hardcore act go big, brash and abrasive on their fourth full length.

∞  08/06/2015 — 8:35AM

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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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New Music Weekly - July 31st, 2015

Lock in to each New Music Weekly playlist by clicking subscribe; then, sit back and enjoy your handpicked set of the latest highlights across genres!

This week, that means new music from awesome Aussie artists like electro-soul crooner Chet Faker and acclaimed indie duo Big Scary, plus more highlights you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

You can also visit the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including full albums from all these artists. Happy listening!

Albert Hammond Jr - Momentary Masters

The third album from The Strokes guitarist is a funked-up afro-pop romp, spiked with lyrical melancholy.

Josh Pyke - But For All These Shrinking Hearts

A series of dense, expertly told, rich folk songs. Just what you'd expect from the seasoned singer songwriter on his fifth studio album.

Saint Asonia - Saint Asonia

The rock supergroup made up of former members of Three Days Grace, Staind, Finger Eleven and more unleash their debut LP.

The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

Bright and beautiful indie rock defines the fourth album from the British 5-piece, recorded in their own London studio.

Lianne La Havas - Blood

The second full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was influenced by her Jamaican and Greek heritage.


The in-demand Los Angeles EDM duo release their highly anticipated EP. Includes a collaboration with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker.

∞  07/30/2015 — 5:28PM

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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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New Music Weekly - July 24, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist is an opportunity for you to discover the best new tunes across genres just as they’ve dropped; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a new one every Friday!

This week, we’re crushing hard on newness from Vance Joy, The Rubens, Travis Barker, Kurt Vile and more major acts described in the Playlist Notes below.

After you’ve listened to the playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases and do more exploring on your own — it’s where you’ll find the complete collection of what’s just come out, including full albums from the artists highlighted here.


MS MR - How Does It Feel

Coated in glossy pop sheen, but also full of depth and nuance, the second album from the New York-based dream pop duo delivers a solid dose of danceability.

Holy Holy - When The Storms Would Come

A brave debut album from the half Brisbanian, half Melbournian duo. The resulting LP is a dense, sophisticated effort that draws on music from the days of old, while still sounding fresh.

Northlane - Node

The Blacktown bred Metalcore monoliths introduce a more melodic, progressive post-hardocre dynamic on their 3rd studio album, their first with new lead vocalist Marcus Bridge.

Eves The Behavior - Eves The Behavior

Illustrious Brisbane artist Hannah Karydas' debut EP is four tracks of brooding yet eloquent experimental pop

Prince Royce - Double Vision

The Latin American pop sensation makes a play at world wide pop domination, calling on big guns like Pitbull, J-Lo, Tyga, Kid Ink and Snoop Dogg to collaborate.

We Came As Romans - We Came As Romans

The latest self titled album from the Detroit metalcore 6 piece sees the band take on a mature, more melodic sound.

Ducktails - St Catherine

Fifth album of psychedelic pop from Real Estate's Matt Mondanile. Delicate, subtle and polished with summery guitar grooves.

Chris Staples - Cheap Shades

Follow up EP to the Washington-based artist's widely acclaimed debut album. Quiet, lulling and lovely.

Sereph - Mas Ysa

Multi-instrumentalist Thomas Arsenault follows up his debut EP LP with more anthemic synth-pop.

Field Music - Music For Drifters

The fifth album from Sunderland brothers David and Peter Brewis is the soundtrack to a fishing documentary by Scottish filmmaker John Grierson

∞  07/23/2015 — 9:30PM

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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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