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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Last month, music gurus The 405 gave our ears a treat with their recommendations for the very best new tracks. We think they’ve outdone themselves with these latest picks and can’t wait for you to give them a whirl.

Here are The 405’s top finds, all ready for you to enjoy on Rdio!

Ang Low
Brooklyn's brightest R&B talent is Ang Low, a platinum-gulleted dude supreme with a penchant for soul, indie-pop and electronica. Firmly hitched to the '90s revival bandwagon, Ang Low stands out head and shoulders above the common rabble. Heavy on emotional content, pop pizazz and ingenuity, he is a prime example of how to be a true original in a saturated genre. “Can't Describe Her” and the twinkling parade “Life Goes Down” are essential listens.

Sylvan Esso
North Carolina twosome Sylvan Esso came together serendipitously back in 2012. The pair swiftly began doodling with noise, sculpting sublime synthpop that careens between skulking dance lurches (“Coffee”) and quaint folk handclappery (“Hey Mami”) – the combinations they make are both fascinating sonic explorations and technically flawless ditties, showcasing Nick Sanborn's eclectic genre-hopping penchant and Amelia Meath's golden pipes. 2014 is set to be a big year, and it's easy to hear why.

Zhala
Like Naomi Pilgrim, Swedish singer Zhala once got her kicks as a backup vocalist for Lykke Li, but is now striving to create her own pop dynasty. Unlike Pilgrim, Zhala's manic electro-pop skirts demonic rather than sweet; tracks like the distorted dance-pop barrage “Prophet,” with its rhythmic flippancy and gyrating synth pulses, prove Zhala to be a more tarnished force. These are otherworldly musings, drenched in '90s house. Her oldest cut, “Slippin Around,” is less frenetic, and her distinct vocal tones shine through amongst the glitches, digi-blips and tribal beats.

Check back for more recommendations from Rdio influencers and Follow The 405 on Rdio for more essential emerging music.

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∞  11/04/2014 — 11:10AM

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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Here at Rdio, we believe you can never have enough new music and we’re always on the lookout for impressive fresh talent. Luckily, there’s no shortage out there, and our friends over at online music and culture mag The 405 are also on a mission to seek out the very best.

As a treat for Rdio listeners, The 405 have shared their top picks of the most intriguing and exciting new artists of the moment for your listening pleasure. Read on to hear what sets these artists apart, then turn them up and enjoy on Rdio!

Ian Isiah
New York City singer Ian Isiah is an exhilarating prospect in the R&B world. Full of slick production (from ShyGuy, Brenmar and Sinjin Hawke) with a silver-tongued gift of the gab, Isiah's recent album The Love Champion went down a storm with fans, onlookers and critics alike. The track “Sweat” is a particular stand out and a dancefloor-ready, honest-to-God banger.

Fifi Rong
Fifi Rong is an exciting prospect in the world of electronic music. Fusing satin-sleek R&B vocals, reminiscent of the late ‘90s trip-hop, she creates a progressive kind of downtempo, dub-slathered post-electronica that also skirts pop and soul. High profile collaborations and her well-received debut album, Wrong, demonstrate she’s already garnering attention from bigger players and it’s only a matter of time before we see her burst forth into the limelight.

The Casket Girls
The Casket Girls are a trio comprised of Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow) and sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, who met in Georgia under a tree while the sisters were busking with an autoharp. They’re prepping their second LP, True Love Kills The Fairy Tale, for release as we speak, and when you hear efforts like their track “Same Side,” you'll wonder why they’re not the outfit on everyone’s lips.

Clarence Clarity
Haywire R&B enigma Clarence Clarity is set to leave a scorched wasteland in his wake this year. He is silver-tongued and maniacal. His tracks “The Gospel Truth” and “Alive In The Septic Tank” are elysian delusions, assuming a horror-hop guise. Join his cult today and save yourself from being enslaved when he conquers the planet!

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∞  04/03/2014 — 10:03PM

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Introducing BBC’s Weekly “Now Playing @6Music” Collaborative Playlists

BBC 6 Music

We are so excited to have BBC's "Now Playing @6Music as an Rdio Influencer. Every week they'll be featuring a playlist and asking for your submissions. First up is Franz Ferdinand!

Where were you when you first heard the band's heartbeat takeover track, “Take Me Out”? Or how about the sultry single, The Dark of the Matinee? Now it’s your turn to send Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand’s lead vocalist, your favourites by adding them to his #Franz6Music playlist on Rdio. Alex will be acting as DJ on Sunday’s Now Playing@6Music and airing the songs you share. He’s looking for variety, so upload your top tracks – be it a hit, b-side, rarity or bands that are possible influences like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music or Blur? Know of any artists they’ve collaborated with or covered? Perhaps LCD Soundsystem, Pulp, David Bowie or Hot Chip? Hurry, you only have until Sunday to add tracks here.

Tune in on Sunday to BBC 6 Music’s prime time radio show to hear the playlist. Now Playing @6Music airs a new playlist curated by an artist or music expert every week. Start following their profile on Rdio now to help build playlists and get a new way of interacting with the bands you care about. Also keep an ear out for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album, due out later this month.

∞  02/08/2013 — 1:00AM