Published Dec 02, 2014If you're already tired of hearing holiday music everywhere you go, our New Release Roundup has some worthy auditory alternatives for you. Featuring reviews of some of the top releases this week, give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few things you may have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for many more.
After delays presumably caused by internal conflict, the latest record from the Wu-Tang Clan has finally arrived. Their first in seven years, A Better Tomorrow looks to "impart wisdom to the next generation," speaking on topical fare such as racial profiling, incarceration and even disease. With Wu hallmarks such as kung-fu movie snippets and references to Blaxploitation very much intact, is it a welcome return for the influential rap crew? Read our review to find out.
Veteran Aussie rockers AC/DC have added another chapter to their 40-plus-year career with Rock or Bust. Perhaps shaken by the health issues of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and continuing legal troubles of drummer Phil Rudd — both of whom were absent during the recording sessions — our reviewer calls the result "AC/DC's loosest record since the Bon Scott era, and one that favours their blues roots."
Taking a trip across the pond to work with prominent English names such as Sam Smith, Disclosure and Emeli Sandé, Mary J. Blige has undergone what our reviewer calls "an artistic renewal" on her latest offering, The London Sessions. Elsewhere, Bonobo seems displeased with the idea of sitting still after releasing a full-length record, embarking on a supporting tour and recording a live album. With his three-track Flashlight EP, the man's new sounds straddle "the line between club beats and late night/early morning downtime."
Finally, Diplo is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his major label debut with F10rida. On top of the original tracks "unfurling lazily with more focus on atmosphere rather than the dance floor," ten additional remixes and reworks are included to beef up the release.
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Soul, Funk & World
Dance & Electronic