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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New Music Weekly - July 17, 2015

We have a lot of fun assembling each hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist for your listening enjoyment and education — make sure to subscribe so you never miss a beat!

This week, we’re excited about the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below, including the latest instalment in our Rdio Sessions series. You can also enjoy an EP from indie-rockers Cold War Kids; X-Factor alumni Samantha Jade and hardcore heroes Bring Me The Horizon. Sample the playlist and then explore the full albums and much more on our Rdio New Releases page.


Tame Impala - 'Currents'

Produced by frontman Kevin Parker, the third album from the Australian psych-rock outfit has critics singing it's praises.

Little Boots - 'Rdio Session'

UK electro pop artist Victoria Hesketh works it on the latest recording in our Rdio Sessions series.

The Chemical Brothers - 'Born In The Echoes'

One of dance music's most enduring duos drop their 8th album. Includes guest appearances from St Vincent and Beck.

Pitbull - 'Dale'

Mr Worldwide embraces his latin roots by releasing a Spanish-language album.

Future - 'DS2'

A surprise release from the Atlanta rapper and a follow up to his last LP, 'Dirty Sprite'. Includes a collab with Drake.

Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses - 'Tunnel At The End Of The Light'

The last LP in a trilogy from the reformed rock outfit instantly takes you back to an old Western, one in which Tex Perkins is more than happy to play the cowboy.

Ratatat - 'Magnifique'

A fusion of French influences and funk proves a winner for the fitfh album from Brooklyn-based electronic/instrumental duo Ratatat.

∞  07/17/2015 — 2:24AM

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Exclusive: Little Boots Works Her Rdio Session

British angel of electropop Little Boots is the latest artist to bless us with a live show to be recorded for our intimate Rdio Sessions series. Her set features 'Taste It' which appears on her brand new album Working Girl and was previewed for Rdio fans first during the recording.

Check out her session above and while you're in a live mode, turn on our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive performances from stars around the world.

∞  07/16/2015 — 6:46PM

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New Music Weekly - Moving to Fridays!

For the past 2 years, we know you've looked forward to hearing New Music Weekly on Rdio every Monday - well, now you don't need to wait as long! Starting this week, the New Music Weekly playlist will go live on Fridays, and not just in Australia and New Zealand, but all around the world!

We're getting the party started right with a whole batch of newness. There's fresh albums from English electro duo Groove Armada, sandy-haired surf popster Cody Simpson and Sydney indie rock quartet Day Ravies. Singles more your thing? Then try on some new Peking Duk, Stafford Brothers or Coheed & Cambria on for size.

Still not satisfied? Then look into our heavy hitters below, or check out the New Releases page, the home of all things new music on Rdio.

Years & Years - 'Communion'

An accomplished, well-crafted and fresh-faced debut from the London-based electronica trio.

Tuka - 'Life Death Time Eternal'

Sydney emcee Tuka takes time out from Thundamentals to release his third solo album. Ripe with emotion and melody.

Remi - 'Rdio Sessions'

Awesome x Infinity. The acclaimed Aussie rapper gets raw & intimate in this slick six track Rdio Session, recorded exclusively for Rdio in Austin, Texas.

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - 'Twelve Reasons To Die II'

The former Wu Tang man again teams up with film composer Adrian Younge to follow up their 2013 concept album. Lavish, jazz and soul tinged production paves the way for one of rap's greatest yarn-spinners.

I'lls - 'Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country'

Minimal, yet slick. Fractured, yet highly polished - Melbourne outfit I'lls manage to do a lot of electronic experimentation with very little.

Various - 'Music From The Motion Picture Paper Towns'

The soundtrack for the movie adaptation of the popular John Green book is an indie pop goldmine - features Santigold, Vance Joy, Grouplove and more.

High Tension - 'Bully'

Balanced brutality and cacophonic chaos defines the second album from the Melbourne hardcore quartet.

∞  07/09/2015 — 11:58PM

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EXCLUSIVE: Remi goes Raw x Infinity for Rdio Sessions

Australian rapper Remi commands the spotlight for the most recent chapter of Rdio Sessions.

2014 was a huge year for the young MC with his awarded debut album, Raw x Infinity, receiving immense critical acclaim both locally and abroad. To top it off, in 2014 Remi was nominated for the coveted ‘Australian Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ award and was also presented the Australian Independent Record Labels Association’s $50,000 ‘Global Music Grant’. 2015 is proving to be even more explosive for the hip-hop star, with Remi having already won the Australian Music Prize.

Remi took to the studio in Austin while in town for his killer SxSW showcase earlier this year; laying down six stripped back tracks including ‘Livin’, ‘Sangria’ and ‘Tyson'.

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, featuring a wide range of cutting edge artists from around the world.

∞  07/08/2015 — 10:22PM

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Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio


Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio.

Rdio’s Label Stations feature handpicked highlights from a music label’s catalogue, genre specialty or the music label staffers are most excited about right now, all individually curated by the labels. We’re pleased to welcome the following label stations to Rdio:


Create Control is a new label for a new wave of independent artists. They seek to give artists a new perspective on record companies and how they work; with higher returns to the artist, the latest technologies to connect musician and fan and extremely flexible terms that allow the artist to control their releases and own their copyright in an ever-changing recording market.

Def Jam

Def Jam is the definitive voice of hip hop and urban music. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip hop have made Def jam the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today's stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists, from Frank Ocean to Big Sean.

Dew Process

Dew Process is an Australian Indie Record Label. From it's humble beginnings in sunny Brisbane, it now releases records from some of Australia’s best and most acclaimed artists, as well as releasing some of the most interesting albums from around the world.

Domino Recording Co.

An independent record label of over ten years vintage, Domino is now one of the longest running and most successful independent record labels in the UK.


I OH YOU was founded in 2009 after four teenage housemates received final notice on their overdue gas bill that they couldn’t pay off. Fast forward a few years and I OH YOU is now a record label, creative agency and host to many of Melbourne’s much loved party nights. The label also took out 'Label Of The Year' at the 2014 AIR Awards.


Liberation Music is an eclectic Melbourne-based independent record label dedicated to signing, nurturing and developing domestic artists for markets around the globe. It also houses the most comprehensive Australian music catalogue in the country, working alongside iconic local talent.


Est in 1972 in Melbourne, Mushroom is Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent entertainment group.

Rice Is Nice

Rice Is Nice is an independent record label based in Sydney, Australia that takes its name from Welsh post-hardcore band Mclusky's 2000 single "Rice Is Nice". The label aims to promote local musicians that are unique and whose music will have longevity, rather than based on popularity.


UNFD is Australia’s leading heavy music label focusing on releasing and developing Rock, Metal, Punk and Hardcore music from all around the world.

You’ll find all these stations in a new section under STATIONS called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. We'll continue to update these topics with new and timely labels in the coming months, so stay tuned!

∞  07/07/2015 — 6:30PM

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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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