Welcome to another week where you can head in any musical direction you can think of, whether it’s to the eighth album of life-awakening rhythms from Michael Franti & Spearhead, R&B and urban pop from British star Jay Sean, the first collaborative album from country star Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, or the newest side project from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.
What does this all sound like? It can be hard to stay on top of all the hot sounds, but here’s a great way to start. Check out our New Music Weekly playlist to hear selections from these and all of the best offerings out there right now. Read on for more info in the Playlist Notes below, and visit the Rdio New Releases if you’d like to browse everything that has just come out.
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Buoyed by the international reception of the racy title track, which has hit summer anthem status, the crooner explores party territory on his sixth album.
AlunaGeorge - Body Music
The hotly tipped UK electro soul duo Aluna Francis and George Reid make an effortless bid for global acclaim on their full-length debut.
Emblem3 - Nothing to Lose
This SoCal trio didn’t win on last season’s The X Factor, but they stole the contest of covers with their boyish charms and original sounds, some of which are finally collected on their debut album.
Tech N9ne - Something Else
One of independent rap’s most enduring success stories celebrates his lucky 13th album with collaborations from Serj Tankian, Cee-Lo Green, and even The Doors.
Flo Rida - “Can’t Believe It (feat. Pitbull)”
The Sunshine State’s leading international hip pop artists like big butts and they cannot lie over this dance beat.