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Bibio – Sleep on the Wing (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bibio – Sleep on the Wing (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 28:11 minutes | 268 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warp Records

Bibio returns, just over a year on from his latest album Ribbons, with a new ten track EP titled Sleep On The Wing on Warp Records. The release follows a pattern Bibio has established in his work; releasing a follow up EP after an album exploring similar sonic ground. This release draws on a familiar range of influences from traditional folk, peaceful atmospheric soundscapes and field recordings from the natural world. Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) once again demonstrates the breadth of his musicality, embracing a wide range of self-played instruments including the strings which gave Ribbons much of its flavour and features some new accouplements for good measure.

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Beyond The Black – Horizons (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Beyond The Black – Horizons (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:40 minutes | 707 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Napalm Records Handels GmbH

“Horizons ascends to an energetic, spell-binding melodic manifesto!German symphonic metal institution BEYOND THE BLACK emerges from their cocoon and reaches the next level with the upcoming album Horizons, to be released via Napalm Records on June 19th. Led by vocalist Jennifer Haben, the band unbolts their unequalled, differentiated spectra of symphonic and melodic rock spiced with sonorous melodious metal soundscapes in 13 manifold songs. The album kicks off with a heavy, yet atmospheric title track, spanning the range of intumescent soundscapes and Haben’s crystal clear, striking vocals. Followed by their first single, “Misery”, BEYOND THE BLACK prepares a powerful manifesto of self-confidence and draws its listeners into a wide melodic range between symphonic mellifluousness and uncompromising energetic metal fragments. Beautiful yet strong harmonies, emotional storytelling and powerful vocal lines weave throughout “Wounded Healer” (feat. Elize Rhyde off Amaranthe) and will light your way in gloomy times. Dark subliminal grooves coalesce with harmonizing guitar lines and form the prevailing nexus of “Human” and its unmistakably catchy chorus. Another facet rises with “You Are Not Alone”, which is dominated by electronic influences as well as symphonic sounding violins. Horizons’ atmospherically dark harshness creates the stylistic bow over the distinctive melodic rock meets pop sound in symbiosis with fragile yet strong fragments. The charismatic outfit persuades with a rousing, emotional clout and their strong, confident message off self-assertion. This is a multi-layered, metallic offer proving BEYOND THE BLACK’s standing in the scene!”1. Single:German symphonic metal fire-starters BEYOND THE BLACK return with their smashing single “Misery”, a first taste off the upcoming album Horizons, to be released via Napalm Records (except GSA) worldwide on June 19th. The explosive quartet manages to perform the tightrope act between scene solidarity and the constant motivation to conquer new musical horizons.

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Bernhard Forck – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 – C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies, Wq 175 & 183-17 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bernhard Forck – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 – C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies, Wq 175 & 183-17 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:35 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Cleverly paired with two symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – written in 1755/56 and 1775/76 respectively – Beethoven’s first two contributions to the symphonic genre reveal the bubbling creativity of a thirty-year-old composer determined to go even further in the renewal of the genre than another, very recent reference, Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’. So much is clear from the very first chord of his Symphony No. 1! Relive this decisive moment in the company of the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik, under the guidance of their Konzertmeister Bernhard Forck.

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Bernard Fort – FRACTALS / Brain Feve (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1-48kHz]

Bernard Fort – FRACTALS / Brain Feve (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1-48 kHz | Time – 38:29 minutes | 417 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Recollection GRM

Avant garde, electro-acoustic pearl from the GRM archive 1981/2017, drawing the ear’s eye into richly illusive fractal patterns with heavily psychedelic effect. The first one is quite uncompromising in its vision, while the later 2nd piece is more naturally textured and absorbing with it…

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Benny Green – Benny’s Crib (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Benny Green – Benny’s Crib (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:44 minutes | 695 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sunnyside

Benny Green’s notes on his upcoming album, Benny’s Crib: My primary instrument will always be the piano, but as a child of the 1970s, I grew up in an era in which the sound of an electric piano was more prevalent in the popular music of the day than was the acoustic instrument. The sound of the Fender Rhodes and the Wurlitzer were heard regularly on the radio and records played at parties while I a kid.

I’ve long wanted to integrate the Rhodes into my musical palette as a bandleader and my 2018 Sunnyside release, Then and Now, my twentieth record as a leader, was the first time that I recorded with the instrument on an album of my own. I greatly enjoyed the kind of sonic liberation I found in freely combining and blending the Rhodes with the acoustic piano for a few tracks.

I love the warm, dark saturated overtones of the Rhodes. It is a beautiful sound and, like an acoustic piano, the way its overtones spill into one-another gives the instrument a truly orchestral quality. Although the Rhodes has bell-like characteristics in some ways similar to a vibraharp, it allows a lusciously orchestral dimensional expanse and substantiality.

I planned Benny’s Crib to be a continuation of the ensemble cast I’d presented on Then and Now, which is my working trio augmented by three guest performers, flautist Anne Drummond, vocalist Veronica Swift and percussionist Josh Jones for a few of the selections, as a further extensions of my basic instrumental palette of piano, bass and drums. With Anne’s flutes and Veronica’s voice, I like to “stack” or “layer” a virtual “few” of them to make chords and counterpoint, sometimes doubling the clusters I play on the piano with my right hand.

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Benny Goodman Tentette – The Bremen 1959 Concert & Brussels 1958 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Benny Goodman Tentette – The Bremen 1959 Concert & Brussels 1958 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:31:07 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jube Legends

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the “King of Swing”.

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz’s ‘coming out’ party to the world of ‘respectable’ music.”

Goodman’s bands started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. He performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.

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Benjamin Smith – Ethio-Inspired Jazz (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Benjamin Smith – Ethio-Inspired Jazz (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 33:03 minutes | 370 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © KPM Main Series

Filmic, grooving, psychedelic jazz inspired by the Ethiopian jazz generation of the 60s

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Benjamin Righetti – Flowers of Degrowth (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Benjamin Righetti – Flowers of Degrowth (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:15:43 minutes | 2,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Claves Records

Spring 2020: The fight against coronavirus brought all concerts to a halt for musicians. Among the various initiatives that rapidly flourished, here are Benjamin Righetti’s “Flowers of degrowth”, recorded on the Organ of Saint-François in Lausanne.

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Benjamin Appl, Berliner Barock Solisten, Reinhard Goebel – Cantatas of the Bach Family (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Benjamin Appl, Berliner Barock Solisten, Reinhard Goebel – Cantatas of the Bach Family (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:55 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © haenssler CLASSIC

As we reflect on Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons, we are all too likely to overlook the fact that there were six sons from two marriages who inclined towards Music. True, Maria Barbaras third son Johann Gottfried Bernhard, born in Weimar in 1715, more or less disappeared from view in 1737, and it is plain that Anna Magdalenas first son Gottfried Heinrich, born in 1724, was mentally handicapped: A great Genius, which however was never developed, wrote his half-brother Carl Philipp Emanuel in the family chronicle. For thirty years, making and writing music, he had been the musical front-runner in Saxony and Thuringia: the vanguard was located wherever he was, in his hands and at his writing-desk. Increasingly, twenty-year-olds and a few late starters in their thirties were coming on to the market and showing Bach a new way forward: the galant style, spreading north from Naples ever since 1715, and the flamboyant, ever more richly ornamented music of the late Baroque, constantly threatening to break down under the weight of emblematic connotation and religious symbolism, in contrast to that simpler form, written by mortals for mortals, distinguished by its slow, easily comprehensible harmony and its truly singable melodies in what was at most an expanded two-part structure.

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Becca Mancari – The Greatest Part (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Becca Mancari – The Greatest Part (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:54 minutes | 345 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Captured Tracks

Born on Staten Island to an Italian/Puerto Rican family with strict religious beliefs, Becca Mancari spent much of her childhood wrestling with issues of identity and belonging. When she set out on her own, Mancari followed the wind from Appalachia to Arizona, from south Florida to India, drifting in search of purpose and community. She eventually found both in East Nashville, where she garnered widespread acclaim for her strikingly honest songwriting and moving performances. Her debut Good Woman was a critical smash, praised by NPR and hailed as one of 2017’s best by Rolling Stone. Her songs racked up millions of streams, which helped land Mancari dates with the likes of Margo Price, Natalie Prass, and Julien Baker, among others. On top of her solo work, Mancari also teamed up with Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and songwriter Jesse Lafser to form Bermuda Triangle, which earned similarly glowing reviews as they performed sold-out headline shows across the country.

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