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.
Texan singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has long since established herself as a serious, self-aware artist in the country arena. Indeed, her first two studio albums showcased a proclivity for wry wit and defiant, deft intelligence. This third outing is a little softer around the edges and a little poppier, with Musgraves purportedly asking herself the question, "What would it sound like if Imogen Heap made a country album?" The answer, apparently, is a sweet and gleaming record that revels in its vulnerabilities more so than its quickfire barbs - though it’s still every bit as assured as her earlier work. As Golden Hour ebbs and flows between gentle lulls and shimmery pop, it becomes obvious why Musgraves stands at the forefront of country’s revival.
How to follow an album as exquisitely devastating as Vulnicura? For mere mortals it might be difficult, but Icelandic nymph goddess Björk has created consistently outstanding, astounding albums throughout her career. There was never any doubt that Utopia would be excellent. All the same, the strange majesty of the album will still blow you away: this is a record that engulfs you in a forest glade of careening harps, mystical flutes and that intensely striking yet brilliantly soft voice. After the dark heartbreak of its predecessor, Utopia deals in epic sonic spaces of light and pretty airiness, exploring nature, feminine power and the tentative, sweet possibilities of falling in love in the digital age.