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.
It’s funny to remember that funk-soul band The Internet started out as an Odd Future side-project, because - since their 2011 beginnings - they’ve grown into such a beautiful force. Their last album, GRAMMY-nominated Ego Death, was a sublime exploration of breezy funk licks largely topped off with Syd's heavenly breathy vocals. But the LA group’s latest comes following their core members having pursued (excellent) solo careers for a hot minute, and the result is a fourth album that has stepped-up a notch: fuller, more assured, and more resplendent than ever. Full of lilting, lithe bops and honey-smooth odes to queer love, Hive Mind finds a band in their prime, and having delicious fun while they’re at it.
With most bands, it would be natural to be cynical about a rushed album borne out of a self-professed desire for more material to play live - but Gorillaz are not “most bands”. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s famed virtual group have long since proven their ability to defy expectations, and if their sixth full-length is about having new material to play, then you know they’re not about to phone it in. All warm and low-key hip-hop electronics, Albarn’s soft, jaded vocals and a whole host of cleverly-curated guests (this time around Snoop Dogg and George Benson make appearances), this is another ambitious album from the cartoon British innovators.