Studio Quality Downloads
Imagine hearing your favorite albums afresh, with every tiny nuance sharpened, every detail enhanced. That’s the experience these studio quality downloads deliver. Capturing recorded music exactly how the artist intended it to be heard, 24-bit FLAC is the optimum digital format for music lovers. Below you'll find our selection of the week's hi-res highlights, ranging from brand new releases to all-time classics, plus carefully-curated artist, genre and label spotlights.
If anything can make us feel better about the raging garbage fire that is global politics right now, it’s perhaps the fact there are many, many people just as appalled as we are. Certainly, Depeche Mode share our sense of unrest, with latest single "Where’s The Revolution" explicitly referencing governments that “manipulate and threaten, with terror as a weapon / Scare you 'til you're stupefied, wear you down until you're on their side.” Spirit doesn’t get a great deal brighter (“We’re going backwards to a caveman mentality” is another sample lyric), but it’s all the more compelling and cohesive for its sense of purpose. Combine this with production from Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, and Basildon’s best sound stronger than they have in years.
If you were to have predicted the first member of The xx to have a successful solo career, you’d probably have picked from vocalists Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim, rather than singling out their notoriously shy and retiring beat-maker. Regardless, it was Jamie Smith who was thrust into the mainstream in 2015, earning a Mercury-nomination for his debut, In Colour. It’s understandable, then, that on The xx’s third album, Smith’s influence is now more prominent than ever. From the synthetic horns and garage beats of bass-heavy opener "Dangerous" to the Hall & Oates-sampling "On Hold", I See You is the trio’s most extroverted collection to date, all the while retaining the crepuscular feel for which they were first famed. Album centrepiece "Replica" might even be their finest song to date.