This week’s bounty of just-hatched releases include some familiar voices breaking out on their own. Former Danity Kane and Dirty Money singer Dawn Richard steps out with a first fiery solo effort, while Last December frontman Pete RG emerges with his second album. There are also unearthed rare grooves from Southern soul hero Lee Fields, a sophomore full-length from Philly rockers Free Energy, and an album from hip-hop collaborators Yung B Da Producer and J. Nolan.
Our New Music Tuesday playlist is bursting with fresh sounds for your ears. Read the Playlist Notes below while you listen for more of this week’s highlights, and since you can never have too much of a good thing, don’t forget to browse the full set of Rdio New Releases for even more music.
New Order - Lost Sirens
Fans of the legendary UK group, which reunited last year without bassist Peter Hook, finally get to hear this album. It was recorded almost nine years ago and was shelved after the band’s breakup, but Hook’s iconic playing is here.
Teena Marie - Beautiful
Before Teena Marie’s untimely passing in 2010, she left a gorgeous final album. We’re now hearing it thanks to the efforts of her daughter, who made sure it saw the light of day.
A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP (Deluxe Version)
The Harlem rapper’s first proper studio album is a sequel of sorts to his popular LIVE.LOVE.A$AP mixtape. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Santigold.
Yo La Tengo - Fade
The band’s lucky thirteenth album arrives just in time to usher in the lucky thirteenth year of the 21st century. Produced by John McEntire of Tortoise, it’s the first record not produced by Roger Moutenot in 20 years.
Vacationer - Good As New Remixes - EP
Kenny Vasoli, best known for singing and playing bass in The Starting Line, started this side project last year. Here he returns with new takes on songs from Vacationer’s debut album Good.