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.
When you’ve scored the bestselling album of 2014, sold out the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium three consecutive nights, and written chart smashes for the likes of Justin Bieber and Major Lazer, what do you do next? Well, in Ed Sheeran’s case, the answer is a brief break and then straight back into the studio to attempt the seemingly insurmountable task of following up the insanely successful x. Ironically, ÷ looks set to unite hardcore fans, not to mention most of your relations, in their adoration of the loop pedal overlord. From Coldplay-esque epic ‘Castle on the Hill’ and dancehall-referencing ‘Shape Of You’ to wedding-staple-in-waiting ‘Perfect’, Sheeran seems destined to remain ubiquitous for a long time yet.
Though tipped by the BBC, NME and Billboard back in 2014, Sampha Sisay has been in no hurry to capitalise on the hype, opting to embellish the work of stars like Kanye, Drake, Frank Ocean and Solange rather than seize the spotlight. Now, almost four years on from his last EP, the South London soul man finally steps out of the shadows to unveil his first full-length release. Process is all the stronger for its protracted gestation period, providing a perfect match of intimate songwriting and sensitive production, and showcasing the spellbinding power of Sampha’s emotive tones. Surely a strong contender for this year’s Mercury Prize.