August 2013

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Cee-Lo Selects The Best of Goodie Mob

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Long before the incomparable Cee-Lo was judging singing contestants on The Voice and starring in a dazzling Las Vegas revue, he was one-quarter of Goodie Mob, Atlanta’s seminal rap group that coined the “Dirty South” genre with an early song of the same name and rose to prominence alongside the likes of Dungeon Family affiliates OutKast. Now, for the first time since 1999’s World Party album, Cee Lo has joined Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp for Age Against the Machine, Goodie Mob’s fifth album and first in nine years.

Cee-Lo’s hand-picked Best of Goodie Mob playlist will get you up to speed with the group’s legacy whether you’re discovering them for the first time or have been down since day one. Goodie Mob’s impact on Southern rap music still resonates today. Press play for timeless lyrical wisdom and “Soul Food” for your ears.

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Early Listen: Depeche Mode Meets The Jim Jones Revue

Depeche Mode

Remixes just got taken to a whole new level! UK garage rock mavericks The Jim Jones Revue has just completed a wild and unexpected new version of “Should Be Higher” by the legendary electronic group Depeche Mode. Enjoy this early exclusive listen of a very special remix and prepare to be blown away by the creativity.

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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favourite Songs

Black Joe Lewis

Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favourite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  August 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 27, 2013

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If you’re hungry for new music this week, you can start by feasting your ears on the sweet Southern multi-instrumentalist Dent May, a debut from viral video sensations Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, feel-good dance music from Australia’s Charles Murdoch, or the latest from Buenos Aires’ psych rockers Capsula. Our New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the sounds of these and other artists who we think have put out the best releases of the week. The Playlist Notes below provide additional context on key releases. Once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be ready to tackle the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
    Four years on since the last album and Scotland’s indie rock leaders are back, this time with musings on a skeptic’s search for optimism.

  • Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
    The British synth pop ingenue expands on her momentous Halcyon album with 10 new songs

  • Big Sean - Hall of Fame
    The Detroit MC makes his bid for classic status with his second official studio album, which features appearances from Nas, Nicki Minaj, and more.

  • Juicy J - Stay Trippy
    The Three 6 Mafia man and Oscar winner enjoys a second wind with his newly popular solo career and a third album with guest stars like Justin Timberlake.

  • Black Joe Lewis - Electric Slave
    Austin’s new-school blues and funk leader, now sans his Honeybears, turns up the party vibes.

Giveaways

Live in Toronto: Depeche Mode and You

Depeche Mode

Whether you’re a purist for the 1981 debut album Speak & Spell or ride for the latest full-length Delta Machine, picking favourite songs from the 32-year-old hit-laden catalog of seminal British band Depeche Mode can be tough. If you can narrow down such a tough choice and enter Sony Canada’s Depeche Mode giveaway, you’ll earn a chance to win a pair of concert tickets and a meet and greet with the band at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on September 1.

Simply head over to the app and type in your favorite song from Delta Machine as well as your all-time top Depeche Mode tune and you’ll be in the running!

∞  August 22, 2013 — 11:00AM

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John Mayer Walks Rdio Through Influences Behind Paradise Valley

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John Mayer is receiving praise from critics and fans for reaching a new height of technical ability with the songs on Paradise Valley, his new album which features guest collaborations from his former love Katy Perry and R&B artiste Frank Ocean. Now, the star is sharing a playlist of songs and artists who influenced the creation of this sixth studio album with Rdio listeners, and there are some surprisingly wonderful selections.

Listen to the Influences on John Mayer’s Paradise Valley to trace the lineage between artists such as Grateful Dead, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney and Mayer’s timeless sound.

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New Music Weekly - August 20, 2013

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Looking for what’s hot and new? Music lovers, you’ve come to the right place! Among the highlights of the week, we meet two young rap voices, Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg and New Orleans-bred newcomer August Alsina, and welcome the return of blues act Tedeschi Trucks Band and punk-experimental duo No Age. But that’s just to name a few.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, is designed to introduce you to these artists as well as what we think are the standout selections of the week. If you’re the kind of listener who prefers to do all the picking yourself, you can also head on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse all of the latest songs.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Typhoon - White Lighter
    Oregon’s indie pride and joy turns back on for an album that explores the emotions of a near-death experience.

  • John Mayer - Paradise Valley
    The guitar-armed crooner and tabloid magnet’s sixth studio album features his former beau Katy Perry and friend Frank Ocean.

  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    The 19-year-old rapper from the Odd Future collective emerges from island exile (aka boarding school) with his long-awaited debut album.

  • Jennifer Nettles - “That Girl”
    The Sugarland singer steps out on her own for this sassy single inflected with Spanish guitar.

  • Ludacris - “Helluva Night”
    Luda enlists the ratchet talents of DJ Mustard on the beat for a wild ride through an untame evening.

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Take an Early Trip to The Kissaway Trail’s Breach

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Buoyed by the hit response to the single “New Lipstick,” which appeared in the first promo video for Google Glass and garnered over 20 million views, Denmark’s The Kissaway Trail is on the verge of releasing a third album called Breach. Most people have to wait to hear it, but Rdio listeners aren’t most people. Hit play below and get ready to take an early trip into the Breach right now.

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Parachute’s Will Anderson Unleashes His Summer Jams

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In honor of the release of the third album Overnight, frontman Will Anderson of Virginia pop-rock band Parachute has made this irresistible Summer Jams playlist just for you. Anderson’s idea of a hot summer involves healthy doses of Ray Charles, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and John Mayer. How about yours? What makes your “Hearts Go Crazy?”

Listen to the playlist and offer your thoughts in the comments!

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In Guards' Rdio Sessions We Trust

Guards

It’s been a great year for Guards, the hotly buzzed-about indie band fronted by Richie Follin, previously known for his work in his younger sister Madeleine’s band Cults. The band’s Rdio Sessions, recorded live at South by Southwest, features songs from the debut album In Guards We Trust: “Coming True,” “Nightmare,” “Not Supposed to,” and “Silver Lining”. Without further ado, press play to enjoy the show! You can also click over to our Rdio Sessions playlist to hear other exclusive live performances from this series.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  August 14, 2013 — 11:00AM