Studio Quality Downloads
Imagine hearing your favourite 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.
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.
For all the initial excitement around LCD Soundsystem’s reunion, it’s difficult not to approach this comeback record with the fear that James Murphy and co might be about to undermine their whole legacy. Happily, from the classic punk-funk feel of ‘Other Voices’ to the motorik, slow-build of ‘Oh Baby’, American Dream offers plenty to please casual fans, plus packs enough surprises to keep long-time devotees engaged. ‘Change Yr Mind’ sounds like The Slits with Robert Fripp on guitar, while ominous album centerpiece ‘How Do You Sleep’ combines discordant, John Cale-esque strings with industrial synths to create a twisted banger of epic proportions. All in all, a valuable addition to, what is arguably, one of the best back catalogues of the century.