Studio Quality Downloads
Imagine hearing your favourite 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.
The fifth album from Franz Ferdinand might not find them on the cutting-edge of arty, guitar-led dance music – like their astounding, Mercury-winning debut – but that doesn’t make this any less thrilling. Where most of their early 2000s British indie peers have either faded into irrelevance or transformed beyond recognition (the mystery of Alex Turner’s accent might never be solved), Always Ascending finds the energetic Scottish rock group comfortable in its own skin but also nonchalantly expanding and experimenting with new sounds. With two new band members in tow, there’s a lithe and rich almost-disco groove that underpins the whole record, with quasi-psych synths that lend them a Tame Impala-style lushness. All jagged hooks and exquisitely smooth, seductive vocals, it’s a euphoric listen, and enables Franz Ferdinand to assert their much-deserved longevity.
How to follow an album as exquisitely devastating as Vulnicura? For mere mortals it might be difficult, but Icelandic nymph goddess Björk has created consistently outstanding, astounding albums throughout her career. There was never any doubt that Utopia would be excellent. All the same, the strange majesty of the album will still blow you away: this is a record that engulfs you in a forest glade of careening harps, mystical flutes and that intensely striking yet brilliantly soft voice. After the dark heartbreak of its predecessor, Utopia deals in epic sonic spaces of light and pretty airiness, exploring nature, feminine power and the tentative, sweet possibilities of falling in love in the digital age.