As you ponder what to play at the next holiday party, this week’s batch of fresh releases satisfies a wide range of styles that are united in their potential to make people feel festive. UK indie band Singing Adams is back with a sophomore album, EDM DJ Steve Aoki drops a booty-rockin’ EP, Jamaican reggae star Jah Cure brings the uplifting island sounds, and hip-hop vets Game and Masta Killa rep for the West and East Coast crews with anticipated new heaters.
Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for more fun tunes dropping today. The Playlist Notes below provide context on some of the big releases of the week. And there’s still more music waiting for you in the complete listing of Rdio New Releases.
Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
It’s a tall order to follow up his smash debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans, but Mars is shooting for the stars with this sophomore effort. Luckily, he has the help of the meteoric lead single “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which manages to channel the best of early '80s hits by The Police.
Green Day - ¡TRÉ!
The year’s awesome pop-punk trilogy concludes with an epic, all-out free-for-all full of big songs. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has called this one a “mixed bag” and likened it to cleaning up the mess at the end of an amazing party.
Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Explicit Version)
OutKast’s streetwise half drops his second solo album with a surprisingly widescreen array of guests, including indie pop darlings Little Dragon and Phantogram, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, and rappers T.I., Killer Mike, and A$AP Rocky.
Boys Like Girls - Crazy World
After more than a year hiatus as a band (and three years since the last album Love Drunk), the Massachusetts rockers return with renewed energy.