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.
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.
From Dave Grohl and Shirley Manson to James Lavelle and Julian Casablancas, Queens of the Stone Age have never shied away from big-name collaborations. Nevertheless, the announcement that they’d secured Bruno Mars’ pal Mark Ronson to produce their seventh album came as an unwelcome surprise to some loyal fans. They needn’t have worried. Villains isn’t stuffed with Daptones-style horns, nor has Ronson decreased the riff ratio. There is, however, an increased emphasis on rhythm, and it’s to the record’s credit. If you rate Led Zeppelin’s more groove-focused outings, Villains should hit the spot.