The latest New Music Weekly playlist will turn you on to artists like art punk act Half Japanese, a capella wonders Pentatonix and soul and jazz musician Diggs Duke. Mostly though, this will be remembered as the week that blessed us with not one but two releases from Prince. Thank you, Purple One! Plus don’t miss the long-awaited seventh album from Counting Crows. Read on for more info about that and other highlights of the playlist, and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll always have the latest one waiting for you. You can also visit the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to venture out on your own.
Sleater-Kinney - Sleater-Kinney (Remastered)
A slew of newly remastered classic albums from the seminal female punk trio that was fronted by Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein begins with the vital 1995 debut.
Sinkane - Mean Love
The London artist with roots in Sudan crafts a genre-blurring album of soulful Afrobeat, reggae and electronic pop.
Maroon 5 - V (Deluxe)
The fifth album from the LA pop rock gods features more big hooks from frontman Adam Levine and a collaboration with Gwen Stefan written by Sia, plus three bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.
Prince - U KNOW and Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - WHITECAPS
The artist formerly known as The Artist is famously prolific, but he still took fans by surprise when he announced he’d return to his old label to drop a solo release and a funk rock collaboration with his touring band 3RDEYEGIRL at the very same time.
Haerts - Giving Up
Another long-awaited EP from the Brooklyn indie pop act poises singer Nini Fabi and crew for more widescreen exposure.
Homeboy Sandman - Hallways
The New York rapper’s second album for Stones Throw Records features production by DJ Spinna and Oh No and explores the fluctuating space between where you are and where you’re going.
TV on the Radio - Happy Idiot
The boldly tripped-out single from the groundbreaking Brooklyn art rock act is the first release since the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011.