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Nocturnal – Serpent Death (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Nocturnal – Serpent Death (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 47:18 minutes | 617 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Dying Victims Productions

An intermittently resuscitated effigy to die-hard blasphemic German thrash metal traditions, Mainz-entrenched quartet Nocturnal were giving us the ’85-’88 witching metal experience long before the craft would become a too-public habit among also-ran revivalist thrash metal sect across the globe. Gratifying as it might’ve been to drive stakes into the dirt early and claim high honors upon the blackened thrash metal landscape in both war and peacetime, founding guitarist and visionaire Avenger (Angel of Damnation, Front Beast, Sacrifixion, et al.) is yet thrall to seek an infinite war against foulest religion with the perfection of the decidedly Teutonic thrash metal riff as his major modus. We’ve always gotten classicist thrash metal without consideration for trendiness or timeliness from ’em but on this fourth full-length, ‘Serpent Death’, we can consider Avenger & co. riders on a wave of timeless apocalyptic speed metal appeal as they come full circle with their latest attack.

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Nils Petter Molvaer – Stitches (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Nils Petter Molvaer – Stitches (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 51:34 minutes | 496 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Modern Recordings

Nils Petter Molvaer is one of the most prominent performers within an electroacoustic jazz hybrid that has, since the 1990’s, become a genre all of its own. In this domain, sometimes referred to as ‘future jazz’ or ‘nu jazz’, the Norwegian composer is both a pioneer and a veteran having been one of the first jazz musicians to embrace the new digital and electronica tendencies at the turn of the century. With his signature sound that brings together poignant trumpet and dynamic electronic soundscapes, Molvaer has achieved heavyweight status for showing a path forward for the genre in a new age, a path which, faithful to jazz’ past, remains cool all the way. His upcoming release, ‘Stitches’, is no different. Unafraid to explore new sounds and emotions, Molvaer once again shows us that not only jazz has a future, but one that is both bright and exciting.

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Night Beats – Outlaw R&B (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Night Beats – Outlaw R&B (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 39:39 minutes | 510 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fuzz Club

On June 4th 2021, Night Beats – the Texas-born brainchild of Danny Lee Blackwell – will release their fifth full-length, ‘Outlaw R&B’, via Fuzz Club Records. The album arrives following the 2019 ‘Myth of A Man’ LP (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and released by Heavenly Recordings) as well as last year’s ‘That’s All You Got’ 7″. Made during the height of the California wildfires (where Blackwell currently resides), rioting in the streets and a nation in lockdown, the raucous technicolour rock’n’roll of ‘Outlaw R&B’ is a call to rejoice in some sorely needed post-apocalyptic hedonism.

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Night Beats – Levitation Sessions (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Night Beats – Levitation Sessions (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 50:40 minutes | 566 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reverberation Appreciation Society

“For our Levitation Session we recorded on reel-to-reel 1/2 inch tape in the middle of the Mojave Desert in Antelope Valley. Due to my natural tendencies to explore the layers of my ancestry and being forever inspired by the beautiful sounds coming out of the Saharan desert, I wanted to challenge myself to produce a recording that doesn’t filter but fully embraces a similar environment. A search for symbiosis between the music and the ground it’s made on. Thanks to a place I love and respect, a welcomed challenge, and some of my closest friends, what you are hearing is Night Beats in one of its truest and rarest forms. Thank you for listening and thank you to those who lived on and cherished this land before us”.

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Nicole Glover – Strange Lands (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nicole Glover – Strange Lands (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 50:51 minutes | 985 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Savant

Time was when a jazz trio without a piano or guitar was a rare occurrence. But once Sonny Rollins went chordless at the Vanguard the die was cast and, though the instrumentation is still not exactly thick on the ground, it is an important subset in the list of saxophone-fronted jazz groups. For the last three years tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover has embraced this format with her regular band featuring colleagues Daniel Duke (bass) and Nic Cacioppo (drums). Here, for her first album with the group and her Savant Records debut, she has attracted the attention of keyboard great George Cables, who appears on four tracks of the recording. Michael J, West points out in the album’s liner notes that to Glover, “Cables represents the continuum of the music, it’s past, present and future; she wanted that wisdom and energy to manifest itself and inform the band’s work.” In the trio numbers, mostly originals, the musicians display a unity of thought that goes far beyond the notes, one that takes the freedom of a chordless ensemble and runs with it. Their music is full of strength and power, challenging but communicative with a sly sense of playfulness peeking out occasionally all providing a memorable musical experience that is at once high-spirited and deeply felt.

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Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Fleur Barron, William Thomas, Dylan Perez, Joseph Middleton – Brahms: Liebeslieder (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Fleur Barron, William Thomas, Dylan Perez, Joseph Middleton – Brahms: Liebeslieder (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:06:41 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Resonus Classics

Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer (1869, 1875), Op. 52 and Op. 65, are a cheerful, short, witty set of songs full of anger, joy and rejection. These part-songs are accompanied by one piano, with four hands and any number of voices can perform any selection. These enchanting works are performed as part of Barbara Hannigan’s Momentum project, which teams up new talent with more established performers. Here, tenor Nicky Spence, soprano Mary Bevan and pianist Joseph Middleton are joined by three rising stars (mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, bass William Thomas and pianist Dylan Perez) in these love songs said to have been motivated by Brahms’s unrequited love for Clara Schumann.

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Nicholas Daniel & Doric String Quartet – British Oboe Quintets (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nicholas Daniel & Doric String Quartet – British Oboe Quintets (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:07:26 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

The legendary British oboist Leon Goossens inspired all the composers represented on this recording, and all but one of the pieces were written for his oboe, on which he premi`ered the works by Delius, Bax, Bliss, and Finzi. The piece by Vaughan Williams is arranged for cor anglais, but it was on his own precious instrument that Goossens would premi`ere Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto, in 1944. Nicholas Daniel has, with special permission from Goossens’s daughter Jennie, recorded Delius’s Two Interludes on Goossens’s (now 110-year-old) oboe, rather than his own modern oboe, and contributes a fascinating booklet note on the influence and experience of playing this instrument.

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NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo & Paavo Jarvi – Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo & Paavo Jarvi – Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:04:24 minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Music Labels Inc.

The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. When first performed at the Th’e^atre des Champs-‘Elys’ees on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation. Many have called the first-night reaction a “riot” or “near-riot”, though this wording did not come about until reviews of later performances in 1924, over a decade later. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

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Nathalia Milstein – Visions fugitives (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nathalia Milstein – Visions fugitives (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:17:38 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mirare

Taking Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives as its starting point, this programme explores five contrasting universes of miniatures and presents a journey through the infinitely rich palette of the ephemeral. Liszt, Bart’ok, Chopin, Arzoumanov and Prokofiev revealed themselves in these short and sometimes apparently lightweight works, granting us access to their inner worlds, which each of us is free to explore through our own prism of the imagination.

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Nat King Cole – Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer (1963/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nat King Cole – Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer (1963/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 26:59 minutes | 605 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer is a 1963 album by Nat King Cole, arranged by Ralph Carmichael.[1] The album reached #14 on Billboard’s LP chart.

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