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Month: June 2018

Her – Her (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Her – Her (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:22 minutes | 549 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Barclay

Crafting seductive R&B, Indie Pop that homes in on the simplest and most mysterious aspects of desire, Nantes, France’s HER is the project of Simon Carpentier and Victor Solf. The pair met in high school, where Solf, a German native, was in choir and played classical piano and Carpentier played saxophone. Prior to forming HER, they played in another group that achieved some success in Europe before disbanding. Solf and Carpentier then took their music in a very different direction, borrowing inspiration from sounds ranging from Motown to Kendrick Lamar. After several EPs (Tape and Tape Live), HER released their first full-lenght self-titled studio album, which includes their classics: Swim, Union, Quite Like and Five Minutes, as well some new titles, including a collaboration with Belgium’s Hip-Hop sensation Romeo Elvis.

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Groundation – A Miracle (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Groundation – A Miracle (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 55:07 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Reggae
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Soulbeats Records

“A Miracle”, the exciting eighth album from Groundation, the West Coast’s most accomplished reggae band, abounds with unique modal flourishes that reveal the jazz training of its founding members, taking the music to new heights of invention. Filled with anthemic tracks like “Hold Your Head Up” and “Liberation Call,” plus the group’s first love song, “Cupid’s Arrow”, Groundation revels in the unexpected. This is 21st century music meant to inspire and educate, Jah Music to elevate the mind and move the body.

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FM – Atomic Generation (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

FM – Atomic Generation (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 52:51 minutes | 633 MB | Genre: Hard Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Frontiers Music s.r.l

2018 will see the release of British Rock band FM’s eleventh studio album, “Atomic Generation” and plenty of touring, including their first-ever USA appearance in May – headlining MelodicRock Fest 5 in Chicago, IL. FM will also headline at the sister festival MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia in June and have been confirmed for Frontiers Rock Festival in April. To kick off the year FM will appear at Giants of Rock festival in Minehead in January with more UK dates underway. FM are true Melodic Rock Giants and “Atomic Generation” is going to build even more on their Rock solid foundations!

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European Jazz Trio – West Village (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

European Jazz Trio – West Village (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 53:37 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Booklet, Front Cover | © Audioguy

The European Jazz Trio consists of pianist Marc van Roon, Frans deHoeven on bass, and drummer Roy Dackus who have been performing together since 1995. This most recent album celebrates the music from the West Village in various distinct arrangements from the members of this ensemble.

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Cazzip Project – Stories (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Cazzip Project – Stories (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:34 minutes | 388 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Tmc Film Muzik

Founded in 2012 the Istanbul-based jazz trio, the Cazzip Project expands their own rhythmic and melodic works in their latest album “Stories”. In addition to their own compositions this trio is known for the brilliant musical interpretations of a variety of different jazz standards.

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Billy Childs – Rebirth (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Billy Childs – Rebirth (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 56:30 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Mack Avenue Records

The Grammy-winning American pianist and composer Billy Childs is a contemporary-classical composer as much as a jazz artist, but “Rebirth” means exactly what it says. Much of this scintillating set is a return to the snaking quickfire hard-bop Childs played in the 70s, albeit infused with all the musics he has visited so intelligently since, and his partners here include alto saxist Steve Wilson, Charles Lloyd drummer Eric Harland, and Chilean singer Claudia Acuña. The snappy, twisting Backwards Bop never lets up, whether in Childs’ cannily paced and sleekly phrased piano improv against Harland’s whipcrack accents, or Wilson’s swerving, Art Pepper-ish alto solo. “Rebith” won the 2018 Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”.

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Bill Conti – Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score (1976/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bill Conti – Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 31:04 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front Cover | © CAPITOL

Bill Conti’s soundtrack to the film Rocky includes one of the most iconic movie songs ever composed, the number one single and Oscar nominated hit Gonna Fly Now. Featured in a pivotal scene in the film, the American Film Institute includes the inspirational theme at number 58 on its list of the 100 greatest motion picture songs. Conti composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced this album, his first big break that launched his legendary career as a film composer.

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Barbra Streisand – Back To Broadway (1993/1997/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Barbra Streisand – Back To Broadway (1993/1997/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 50:14 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia

“Back to Broadway” is the twenty-sixth studio album by Barbra Streisand, released in 1993. The album was Streisand’s second collection of songs from Broadway musicals, after 1985’s “The Broadway Album”. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and gave her the title of “only female artist to have a number one album in four different decades”. The album has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA, her fifth album to do so.

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Ayreon – Ayreon Universe (Live) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Ayreon – Ayreon Universe (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 02:02:37 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Music Theories

It’s proof that you should never say ‘never’. After creating rock operas in the studio for more than 20 years, prog mastermind Arjen Lucassen, aka Ayreon, finally took his Universe to the stage in September 2017. Three shows sold out within hours after announcing. 9000+ Fans from all corners of the world flocked to the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands to see this long-awaited show live. “Ayreon Universe” is the best of Ayreon Live – an unique performance featuring 16 singers, 28 songs for this live show.

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Aruan Ortiz Trio – Live In Zurich (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Aruan Ortiz Trio – Live In Zurich (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 1:00:23 minutes | 659 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Intakt Records

The close relationship between the musicians in the Aruán Ortiz Trio is quite clear based on their incredible collaboration and balance on this live-recorded album. Their energy and passion for this unique program shine throughout their Zurich performance.

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