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Month: December 2018

Annie Oakley – Words We Mean (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Annie Oakley – Words We Mean (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:43 minutes | 472 MB | Genre: Folk Rock, Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Horton Records

Words We Mean is the debut full-length album of Oklahoma City-based indie-folk trio Annie Oakley. In the works for three years, the album follows the all-girl band from youth to womanhood through songs with remarkable artistic range. Immaculate vocal harmonies and sharply observant lyrics embody themes of grief, recovery, wistful regrets and misplaced hopes, and new love in this much-anticipated release.

The award-winning band is fronted by twin sisters Sophia and Grace Babb on rhythm and lead guitars and vocals, with Nia Personette on violin and third-part harmony. Official showcase artists at Folk Alliance International in 2017, the trio toured on weekends and breaks from college. University seniors who plan to tour full-time nationally and internationally in 2019-20, Annie Oakley plays regularly to sold-out crowds throughout the Midwest and on both coasts.

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Annie Goodchild – Meditative Mouthfuls (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Annie Goodchild – Meditative Mouthfuls (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 21:22 minutes | 169 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Radicalis

The world of music creation is as wild as a jungle circus, and «Meditative Mouthfuls» has broken through every safety net of stale cohesion. Its cinematic swells carry conversations of the organic and electric far above the canopy, while deep in the underlay, American roots music creates the grounding to outgrow any box or boundary. With the release of her first solo EP «A Random Physical Sensation» after breaking away from the band Melou, Annie Goodchild gave us our first taste of the witch’s brew that is her lush composition and spell- binding performance. Her dripping voice weaves you through worlds unrestrained by genre, fortified by the earth and carried by her magic. «Bring me a drink and I’ll sing like an open book» the goblet has been filled, and with the upcoming release of her second EP we have finally been invited to drink deeply.

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Anne Niktin – This Beautiful Fantastic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Anne Niktin – This Beautiful Fantastic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:44 minutes | 501 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Ambi Distribution Corp

Anne Nikitin is an award-winning Canadian composer based in the UK. From sweeping orchestral scores to dirty guitars, mesmeric synths and delicate piano refrains, Anne is known for creating unique sound worlds spanning a wide range of genres. Her debut into film came when she scored Bart Layton’s “jaw-dropping” BAFTA-winning film The Imposter. The Guardian described her work as “a classy score”, while Indiewire dubbed it “a cosmic score”.

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Anna St. Louis – If Only There Was a River (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anna St. Louis – If Only There Was a River (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:55 minutes | 389 MB | Genre: Indie Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Woodsist – Mare

If Only There Was A River is the first full-length studio album from Anna st. Louis. The songwriter, who originally hails from Kansas City, began writing songs after moving to Los Angeles five years ago and has previously released a cassette of recordings on Woodsist / Mare Records, appropriately titled First Songs. The tape received notice from NPR: All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. On her proper debut, St. Louis spreads her wings and expands on the promise hinted at on First Songs. To achieve that end, she enlisted Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) and Kevin Morby to produce the album, which was engineered by Thomas in his home in Mount Washington, LA. The collection of eleven songs also features Justin Sullivan (Night Shop) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo). While hints of influences like Loretta Lynn, John Fahey and Townes Van Zandt peek out of the corners of the songs, this album is not a nostalgic affair. Rather it marks the emergence of an artist fully coming into their own.

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Anna Murtola – Fuego por dentro – The Fire Within (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Anna Murtola – Fuego por dentro – The Fire Within (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 37:30 minutes | 639 MB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alba

Anna Murtola from Oulu is known to be the northernmost flamenco singer in the world. Murtola has found her own strong voice as an interpreter of this intense Spanish tradition, but also acts as a versatile musician who performs both as a solo artist and collaborates with various musicians, dancers, artists and projects over cultural and genre ranges. Anna Murtola is a pioneer in Finnish flamenco singing education and in addition to her solo career, she has a duo with flamenco guitarist Joonas Widenius. She also performs as vocalist in world Fusion band Bajo Cero and in several smaller groups. She has performed extensively at various festivals and clubs from Pori Jazz to Provinssirock and from Oulu to Southern Italy. Murtola has graduated as a master of music from the Nordic Master of Global Music program between the Sibelius Academy and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. On this new release, she is accompanied by Joonas Widenius, Hannu Rantanen, and Karo Sampela.

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Anathema – Internal Landscapes (Best of 2008-2018) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anathema – Internal Landscapes (Best of 2008-2018) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:57 minutes | 872 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Kscope

‘Internal Landscapes’ showcases the highly influential Liverpool sextet’s uncompromising dedication to fearless artistry. They’ve continually evolved since 1990 by placing hope in the future from leaving the underground scene they were fundamental in establishing to continually mesmerising the world with dramatic post-progressive alternative rock that knows no borders.

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Amira Kheir – Mystic Dance (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Amira Kheir – Mystic Dance (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:32 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Sterns Music

The Music of Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, who has been tagged by BBC World News as the “diva of the Sudanese desert”, is rooted in ancient Nubian and Niolitic melodies, and is confidently married with experimental jazz and bursts of futuristic, electric desert blues. ‘Mystic Dance’ is her 2018 album.

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Amaro Freitas – Rasif (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Amaro Freitas – Rasif (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 57:30 minutes | 632 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Far Out Recordings

In the sweltering North-Eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco lies the coastal city of Recife, where Amaro Freitas is pioneering the new sound of Brazilian jazz. For the prodigious young pianist, the spirit of his hometown runs deep. From the Afro-Brazilian maracatu born on the sugar plantations of slavery, to the high intensity carnival rhythms of frevo and baião, Amaro’s heavily percussive approach to jazz is as indebted to these Pernambuco traditions as it is to Coltrane, Parker and Monk.

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Ali Farka Toure – The Source (Remastered) (1993/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ali Farka Toure – The Source (Remastered) (1993/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:32 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © World Circuit

Third album, recorded in 1993, by Ali Farka Touré for the English of World Circuit, The Source marks a pivotal moment in the career of the legendary Malian guitarist. For the first time he is surrounded by his close guard, the group Asco, which includes Afel Bocoum singing and Hama Sankare Oumar Toure and chorus and percussion. But these musicians who will remain with him until the end of his life (2006) are not the only ones to highlight the song and the precious riffs of the leader of what we call, in spite of himself, the desert blues. This music, which partly electrifies the traditions of northern Mali, radiates authenticity and sounds like the mother of the one that springs up in the delta of Mississippi. As soon as his records spread in the West, Ali Farka Touré attracted many artists curious to refresh their practices at this limpid source. Here, Indo-British tablas Nitin Sawhney respectfully dialogue with calabash strikes on Inchana Massina and six years before his joint album with kora player Toumani Diabate, American bluesman Taj Mahal improvises on Roucky and Mahini Me. his discography, The Source precedes his fruitful meeting a year later with Ry Cooder for Grammy Award-winning Talking Timbuktu, which will endorse Ali Farka Touré’s immense talent in the eyes of the world. This superbly remastered version of The Source is enhanced by Takamba, an unpublished instrumental from the same sessions that softly closes this classic Malian music.

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Alessandro Quarta – Alessandro Quarta Plays Astor Piazzolla (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Alessandro Quarta – Alessandro Quarta Plays Astor Piazzolla (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:58 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © IAN solutions

His versatility enables him to improvise raw Blues-riffs just as passionately as contemporary Jazz- or classical music. Besides working as a side-man, Quarta also performs with his Bluesband or within a Quintet. He is always eager to explore the infinite realms of sound. Some composition may feature a romantic theme by Rachmaninov before transforming into Blues, Rock, Be-bop or an italian folksong. So Alessandro Quarta renders his very own Cross-Over reaching way beyond, right into music ́s emotional matter.

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