Lucille Chung, Alessio Bax – Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lucille Chung, Alessio Bax – Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:12 minutes | 1,00 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | ©

Poulenc was a skilled pianist, cultivating a style of playing characterised by colorfulness and clarity, possessing an ear for melody that distinguished him as France’s finest song composer since Fauré. Canadian pianist Lucille Chung – acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance” – appears as a soloist on this new recording, performing Poulenc’s Improvisations and Novelettes before being joined by her duo partner (and husband) Alessio Bax for L’embarquement pour Cythere, the Sonata for Four Hands and Concerto for Two Pianos.

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Powerwolf – Call of the Wild (Deluxe) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Powerwolf – Call of the Wild (Deluxe) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:02:12 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Napalm Records Handels GmbH

The number of metal bands formed after the turn of the century that have managed to become real headliners can be counted on one’s fingers. Powerwolf is one of them. Call of the Wild is their tenth album: the group was formed in 2004 and has been releasing records like clockwork ever since. The band has stuck, limpet-like, to its chosen style (power metal) from the outset. But over the years it has added various spices to its unchanged basic recipe in order to avoid the “photocopier” effect that plagues this rather formalised genre. The increasingly grandiloquent Powerwolf serves up a collection of hymns with some larger than life choruses. Increasingly focused on arrangements worthy of a big-screen film soundtrack, the quintet’s music gives pride of place to Falk Maria Schlegel’s flamboyant keyboard performances, which are better for creating a cinematic atmosphere than those of many competitors, who often struggle to recreate the majesty of a symphony orchestra with two Casios and a Roland. With Call of the Wild, Powerwolf could even appeal to fans of musicals: their music is always melodic and accessible to a wide audience, and Attila Dorn’s vocals remind one of the powerful and spirited performances for which Demis Roussos became famous. The reference to Roussos might raise eyebrows at first glance, but it is actually much more accurate than you might think. Unsurprisingly, the band have announced that they are planning a very major stage production for their coming tour. It makes sense: it’s hard to imagine such a forceful musical explosion being performed without a visual counterpart to match. Bursting with out-of-the-box hits (Beast of G’evaudan, Dancing with the Dead, or the lighter Undress to Confess), Call of the Wild is a very smart move by the Saarbr”ucken band: it’s accessible for a lot of people but as power metal, it is still eminently credible and expertly written so as not to alienate purists. Great work. – Charl’elie Arnaud

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Sophie Karthauser – Francis Poulenc: Melodies – Les Anges Musiciens (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sophie Karthauser – Francis Poulenc: Melodies – Les Anges Musiciens (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:10 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Francis Poulenc’s songs are among the most beautiful and accomplished in the entire French repertoire. A friend of poets like Apollinaire, Eluard, Aragon and Louise de Vilmorin, he was constantly alert to their imaginative worlds and their mystery. The voluptuous or nostalgic nonchalance, the gentle melancholy or the impertinent flippancy of these works never appear to take themselves seriously, and invariably represent the highest art. On this recording, the renowned Belgian soprano Sophie Karthauser returns to harmonia mundi for her first recital program, performing a generous selection of Poulenc’s Melodies.

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Potter Natalizia Zen – Magari (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Potter Natalizia Zen – Magari (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:44 minutes | 388 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ecstatic Recordings

Master synthesists Colin Potter (Nurse with Wound), Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving), and Guido Zen (Vactrol Park, Brain Machine) reprise their supergroup for Ecstatic with a seductively serpentine follow-up to their superb debut from a couple of years ago.

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Post Malone – Stoney (Deluxe Edition) (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Post Malone – Stoney (Deluxe Edition) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:22 minutes | 782 MB | Genre: Hip-Hop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Records

Billboard 200 – #6, 2016
Billboard Hot 100 – #14, 2016 – White Iverson
Juno Award Nomination – International Album of the Year, 2018

American hip-hop artist Post Malone (real name: Austin Post) shot to fame after generating over four million streams and selling three million copies of his song White Iverson, followed by Too Young, a tribute to rapper A$AP Yams who died at the age of 26. Both hits are included along with the gold single Go Flex on Malone’s debut album Stoney, boasting a guest list headed by Justin Bieber on the fourth single Deja Vu.This deluxe edition contains four bonus tracks, notably Money Made Me Do It featuring 2 Chainz.

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Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:04:14 minutes | 801 MB | Genre: Hip-Hop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Records

He’s been labeled a hip–hop artist, but as the song says, Post Malone is a rockstar too. His second album regales fans with tales of the hedonism and excess that 2016’s astoundingly popular Stoney afforded him. The beerbongs & bentleys universe is one of partying, girls, money, and Saint Laurent clothes, but he makes no secret of the downsides to success. Money is everything—except true happiness, and this tenderness adds a dark depth to his addictive songs. This album, like his previous releases, proves that Post holds the recipe for the perfect chart-topper: a wild lifestyle, exceptionally catchy melodies, and the ability to fit Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and heartfelt acoustic ballads alongside fiery features from Nicki Minaj, YG, and 21 Savage.

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Post Animal – Forward Motion Godyssey (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Post Animal – Forward Motion Godyssey (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:38 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polyvinyl Records

The sophomore full-length from Post Animal, Forward Motion Godyssey unfolds with a frenetic momentum, mercurial and unhinged and gloriously volatile. In a bold leap forward both artistically and sonically, the Chicago-based alt-prog band sets their existential questioning to a wildly kinetic sound, mining inspiration from genres as divergent as electronic and psych-rock and at one particularly sublime point achieving both stoner-metal brutishness and dreamy R&B elegance in the very same instant. At turns rhapsodic and unsettling, meditative and chaotic, the result is anything but subtle: a body of work that beckons deep involvement from the listener, a richly layered experience primed to leave its audience indelibly transported.

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Posi-Tone Swingtet – One for 25 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Posi-Tone Swingtet – One for 25 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:07:35 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Posi-Tone Records

Conceived out of long standing relationships and artistic camaraderie, several of our closest friends and trusted collaborators have brought their considerable talents together to celebrate our label’s 25th anniversary with a series of captivating and unforgettably straight forward performances. We can only hope this collection of recordings presented together here as “One for 25” will succeed in bringing as much enjoyment to our audience of listeners as the music did to all of us while we were creating the record.

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Portugal. The Man – Woodstock (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:40 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Atlantic Records

Woodstock is the eighth full-length album by Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man. After having released Evil Friends in 2013, Portugal. The Man began work on a new project, under the working title Gloomin + Doomin. This album was eventually shelved, partly due to a conversation between John Gourley and his father and the discovery of a lost ticket stub from the Woodstock festival. Work began on the Woodstock album shortly thereafter, involving new music as well as material from the Gloomin + Doomin era.

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Portrait – At One with None (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Portrait – At One with None (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 797 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Metal Blade Records

A magical proposition from the start, PORTRAIT somehow tapped into heavy metal’s unerringly atavistic principles without ever sounding like some self-consciously retro knockoff. Along with WOLF’s “Evil Star” and a handful of others, the Swedes’ self-titled 2008 debut album gave substance and sustenance to the welcome return of old-school clangor in the 21st century, with some much-needed mystique and malevolence thrown in as a bonus. Vocalist Per Lengstedt’s KING DIAMOND-saluting shriek was simply the blood-spattered icing on the cake.

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Portico Quartet – Untitled (AITAOA #2) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Portico Quartet – Untitled (AITAOA #2) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 31:54 minutes | 377 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

Portico Quartet has always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular sound.And while their new music mixes dense layers and textures with electronic and acoustic instruments the sound remains uniquely, recognisably their own.

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Portico Quartet – Terrain (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Portico Quartet – Terrain (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:45 minutes | 436 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

Portico Quartet announce Terrain, a three-part suite drawing on American minimalism and ambient music alongside their own rich heritage as they explore new musical vistas.

When Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie – the driving force behind Portico Quartet got together in their East London studio in May 2020 and started work on the music that would become their new album, the world, or most of it, was in the midst of the first lockdown. The unique impact of the events of 2020 became the backdrop to their time composing and recording; causing them to take stock, re-think, and plot a new musical path.

Indian novelist Arundhati Roy expressed the sense of grief and rupture from the pandemic as “a portal, a gateway between one world and the next”, and as they created the music that would become Terrain they were drawn towards longer, slowly unfolding pieces, which are perhaps the most artistically free and also the most beautiful they have ever made.

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Portico Quartet – Monument (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Portico Quartet – Monument (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:02 minutes | 475 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

Portico Quartet announce Monument, the electronic driven follow-up to their acclaimed ambient-minimalist suite Terrain, presenting the band at their most direct.

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Portico Quartet – Memory Streams (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Portico Quartet – Memory Streams (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 44:50 minutes | 536 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

“For better or worse”, says Duncan Bellamy, the drummer from Portico Quartet, “we have always been a group that’s quite isolated from others. We’ve never really felt linked to any scene since the day we began making music.” Since their formation in 2005, the British group have always occupied a unique space in the “young British scene”, a kind of catch-all marketing term. Spotted by Peter Gabriel who signed them to his label Real World, the group attracted the spotlight with their jazz that was infused with post-rock, ethnic influences and repeated sounds, using the technological evolution as one of the cornerstones of their project. From Radiohead to the label ECM, from E.S.T. to Steve Reich, and even exploring Burial-style dubstep and Brian Eno’s ambient sounds, Portico Quartet have never been faint-hearted. True to form, Memory Streams is rooted in these values and influences without ever being samey.

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Portico Quartet – Art in the Age of Automation (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Portico Quartet – Art in the Age of Automation (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:36 minutes | 597 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet has always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of three studio albums, from their 2007 breakthrough ‘Knee-Deep in the North Sea’, and 2010 John Leckie produced ‘Isla’, to the self titled record ‘Portico Quartet’ in 2012. Now rebooted as Portico Quartet after a brief spell as the three-piece Portico, the group are set to release their fourth studio album Art In The Age Of Automation this August on Manchester’s forward thinking indy jazz and electronica label Gondwana Records. It’s an eagerly anticipated return, with the band teasing both a return to their mesmeric signature sound and fresh new sonic departures in their new music.

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