Studio Quality Downloads
Imagine hearing your favorite albums afresh, with every tiny nuance sharpened, every detail enhanced. That’s the experience these studio quality downloads deliver. Capturing recorded music exactly how the artist intended it to be heard, 24-bit FLAC is the optimum digital format for music lovers. Below you'll find our selection of the week's hi-res highlights, ranging from brand new releases to all-time classics, plus carefully-curated artist, genre and label spotlights.
It’s hard to say what exactly Arcade Fire have been listening to in the build-up to their fifth album. The Canadian indie-baroque outfit have certainly gotten poppier lately, and Everything Now feels their poppiest outing yet. Sugary, lilting brass, lithe bass and upbeat choruses, tracks go from new wave-y anthems to squelchy quasi-reggae, via a Francis Bebey sample or two. There’s even rapping from frontman Win Butler. Though tracks like 'Creature Comfort' feel more familiar territory for the group, this largely feels worlds away from the subdued grandeur of debut Funeral. However, the consistently rich instrumentation and poignant lyricism reminds you why Arcade Fire remain one of the biggest bands in the world.
Though dewy-eyed insouciance has always been Lana Del Rey’s calling card, in the build-up to this fourth album she’s seemed – dare we say it – upbeat? Indeed, while Lust For Life’s singles haven’t exactly broken with her “Hollywood sadcore” vibe, there’s definitely something fresh going on. For starters, there are features aplenty, including the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Atlanta’s latest hip hop star Playboi Carti, and even Stevie Nicks. There remains an eerie edge to these ever-cinematic songs, but this time around they occasionally swirl with smoky trap. So while Del Rey’s voice maintains that striking summer wine-sweetness, this feels a record set to reach fans outside her core fanbase.