It takes a lot of funk and drive to stand out in a crowded field of new music, but artists like Midwestern crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Malibu party rapper Shwayze, and Aussie pop phenom Vydamo are making lots of noise this week.
Take a quick trip through the best from these colorful artists and many more in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes that follow. You can also hop over to the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if you want to take your time and go for the longer and more scenic route.
Gauntlet Hair - Stills
This Denver duo pushes the quiet and polite boundaries of pop with something noisier.
Ace Hood - Trials and Tribulations
The Florida rapper who’s known for street hits like “Hustle Hard” is back with more motivation for the grinders, including the strong lead single “Bugatti”.
Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
The singer-songwriter goes big with anthemic songs that reflect her coastal relocation from California to New York.
Kodaline - Love Like This EP
An extended take of songs from the debut album of these Irish popstars features an instantly memorable harmonica-driven title track that has achieved chart success back home.