This week is a particularly fruitful one in the land of new music releases. For example, Phish comes back jamming after a five-year recorded absence, Atlanta’s shining metal band Mastodon drops a sixth full-length, LA indie rock act Kitten nails down an album amidst lineup shuffles, smoldering soul singer Sebastien Mikael drops a hot debut and the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys emerges to fulfill all your guilty pleasures.
Our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these and many more releases; you can read about the key ones in the Playlist Notes below. You can also subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically see a new one each week. Pro tip: After you check out this playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases page to see everything that’s come out this week.
Ed Sheeran - X (Deluxe)
The UK’s hot singer-songwriter, most recently seen touring with Taylor Swift, drops a third album pronounced “multiply.”
Jamie xx - “All Under One Roof Raving”
One-third of the British sensation The xx, Jamie strikes out on his own with this single, a slice of laidback retro rave funk tinged with steel drums.
Riff Raff - Neon Icon
The colorful reality and Internet star said to inspire James Franco’s Spring Breakers role snags heavyweight collaborations from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and DJ Mustard for his debut album.
Lucius - Rdio Sessions
Hear the first of Rdio's SXSW Sessions from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from 2013's debut album Wildewoman.
How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
Stylish avant soul producer Tom Krell draws from influences as diverse as The Velvet Underground and Backstreet Boys for his third album of experimental pop tunes.