The mercury is steadily rising on a blazing summer of music and the best way to know what’s hot is to subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist. It refreshes automatically every Tuesday, so check back to hear the latest.
For a taste of what’s happening this week, we’re grooving to songs such as the sizzling Disclosure remix of “Good Kisser” by Usher, “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis (the title track to her upcoming album) and “Summer Noon” by Tweedy, the duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer. The Mexican Summer label also drops an EP by Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong and the metal icons known as Judas Priest return strong even without a founding member. But those are just some of the highlights that await; read the Playlist Notes below for more artists we don’t want you to miss.
Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
Buoyed by the international hit “Chandelier,” the notoriously shy Australian songwriter behind anthems for Rihanna and Beyoncé steps into the limelight in her own way on her sixth solo album.
Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
The Canadian noise act drops a new single in advance of The Physical World. The sophomore album will be first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a breakup in 2006).
Babe Rainbow - Falling Apart
Cameron Reed jumps from Warp Records to the Kinky Beggar label in time to release his debut album of cinematic electronic pop.
Fifth Harmony - “BO$$”
Oprah and Michelle Obama get name checked in this peppy piece of empowerment pop from the diverse five-member girl group assembled by Simon Cowell on season 2 of The X Factor.
Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
The country pop duo known for experimenting with different styles (including rap!) offer what they describe as a “good life ballad” as a teaser from the upcoming sophomore album.
Martin Garrix - Gold Skies
The teenage EDM titan’s omnipresent “Animals” is beefed up with an EP featuring collaborations with fellow movers and shakers Sander van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Jay Hardway.
Looking for more sizzling songs? Click over to the Rdio New Releases to view a comprehensive selection of everything new in music this week.