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.
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.
Four years ago, Emeli Sandé’s meteoric rise appeared unassailable; her presence seemingly a permanent fixture of popular culture. But behind the multi-platinum record sales and sell-out shows, the increased scrutiny was taking its toll on the Scottish singer-songwriter’s personal life and so – following 2014’s Band Aid single – she retreated from the spotlight. Having used this period of self-imposed exile to experiment, and to reconnect with her Zambian roots, Sandé now re-emerges sounding stronger and more assured than ever. Encompassing everything from gospel-influenced balladry (‘Sweet Architect’) to sensuous R&B (the Jay Electronica-assisted ‘Garden’), Long Live The Angels packs plenty of surprises while still delivering all the soulfulness fans have come to expect from Sandé.