Thomas Dolby – A Map Of The Floating City (2011) [B&W 24-48]

Thomas Dolby – A Map Of The Floating City (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:13 minutes | 595 MB | Genre: Synthpop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W | Front Cover | © Lost Toy People, Inc.

Thomas Dolby, the iconic ’80s star whose smash hits ”She Blinded Me With Science” and ”Hyperactive” helped define the MTV generation/revolution, will break his 20-year silence with A Map of the Floating City. The album, featuring appearances by special guest artists Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Woolley, Imogen Heap and Eddi Reader. Of the album, which is divided into three parts, Dolby says, “The new songs are organic and very personal. A Map of the Floating City is a travelogue across three imaginary continents: In Amerikana I’m reflecting with affection on the years I spent living in the U.S.A., and my fascination with its roots music. Urbanoia is a dark place, a little unsettling… I’m not a city person. And in Oceanea I return to my natural home on the windswept coastline”.

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Ofeliadorme – Secret Fires (2017) [B&W 24-44,1]

Ofeliadorme – Secret Fires (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 46:24 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W | Front Cover | ©  HB Recordings Ltd

Inspired by Rimbaud’s poem, Ophelie, Bologna-based trio Ofeliadorme live up to their name. Seductive, tender, immersive, and shrouded in a mystery befitting ancient prose, theirs is a crossroads between the serenity of Cocteau Twins, Portishead’s emotive darkness, and PJ Harvey’s shape shifting pop qualities. It’s ambient, New Wave, dreamy, stargazing electronica. One part foggy warmth, another stark desperation, the results are truly unique, and utterly compelling.

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The Gloaming – The Gloaming 2 (2016) [B&W 24-96]

The Gloaming – The Gloaming 2 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:49 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Folk, Celtic, Irish Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Real World Records

The Gloaming’s new album will be out 26 February 2016 but can be pre-ordered now. The vinyl release will follow on May 6. However, if you pre-order the LP format via the Real World Store you will receive a download of the audio on 26 February, so you won’t have to wait until May before you hear the album.

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The Gloaming – The Gloaming (2013) [B&W 24-48]

The Gloaming – The Gloaming (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:53 minutes | 659 MB | Genre: Folk, Celtic, Irish Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Real World Records

The debut album, entitled ‘The Gloaming’, was released on Real World Records in January 2014. The reviews have been unanimous in their praise for The Gloaming’s unique approach to Irish music: their respect for the traditions whilst bringing an unconventional energy into the mix. At sell-out shows in prestigious venues internationally, audiences have been blown away by The Gloaming’s breathtaking virtuosity and spirited set.

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Slowly Rolling Camera – London (2016) [B&W 24-96]

Slowly Rolling Camera – London (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:05 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W  | Front Cover

Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013 and brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in vocalist/lyricist Dionne Bennett, composer/keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer/sound design artist Deri Roberts. The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. The product was their eponymous album, released on Edition Records in February 2014, described by The Guardian as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it.

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Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet (2012) [B&W 24-44,1]

Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Portico Quartet sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.

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Peter Gabriel – Passion (1989/2016) [B&W 24-96]

Peter Gabriel – Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:07 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W  | Front Cover

Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there’s no mistaking the record’s stirring power. Like much of Gabriel’s solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film’s resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel’s best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.

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Gwyneth Herbert – Ten Lives (2008) [B&W 24-48]

Gwyneth Herbert – Ten Lives (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:32 minutes | 434 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bowers-wilkins.co.uk | © Real World Records

…In early 2008, Herbert was commissioned by a collaborative project between Peter Gabriel and Bowers & Wilkins to record an acoustic album at Gabriel’s Real World Studios. The result of these sessions – Ten Lives – was released as a digital download in July 2008, available only from the Bowers & Wilkins website as part of their Music Club…

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Evelyn Glennie & Jon Hemmersam – Sound Spirits (2012) [B&W 24-44,1]

Evelyn Glennie & Jon Hemmersam – Sound Spirits (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 73:27 minutes | 734 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. Evelyn is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers. As a double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. With over 86 international awards to date Evelyn continues to feed the next generation through advice and guidance.

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9Bach – Anian (2016) [B&W 24-88.2]

9Bach – Anian (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:27 minutes | 880 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W | Digital Booklet | © Real World Records

Anian is the third release from Welsh artists 9Bach, and the most interesting to date from Lisa Jên, Martin Hoyland and company.

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