Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:28 minutes | 360 MB | Genre: Alternative
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Together At Last is a new album by songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy. It features the Wilco bandleader performing eleven of his own songs, culled from the Wilco catalog as well as from side-projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog, in a solo acoustic setting. Recorded at Tweedy’s Chicago recording studio The Loft, Together At Last showcases Tweedy’s accomplished and intricate guitar playing and his expressive, plaintive voice, and while audiences have experienced Tweedy live onstage as a solo performer for years, this is the first studio recording of its kind for the acclaimed musician.
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Jean Paul Brodbeck – Extra Time (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:05 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The classically trained pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck has become a creative epicentre of the Swiss jazz scene and is also looked upon beyond the national borders as one of the most significant voices of contemporary jazz. As a member of diverse groups, Brodbeck has over the years developed his own style of piano playing, deeply rooted in jazz tradition, founded in lyrical Romantic elements, characterized by a sensitive spontaneity and enjoying a high recognition value. In 2007 he gained international recognition with his album Song of Tchaikovsky. Following a period of intense work with various international luminaries such as Johannes Enders, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Billy Hart and Andy Scherrer, and eight releases as band leader, Brodbeck, spurred by the desire to play in an intensely cooperative working band, formed in 2015 his Swiss Trio , consisting of himself, the young bass talent Lukas Traxel and rhythm virtuoso Claudio Strüby, who had already been accompanying Brodbeck for ten years, on the drums. Starting with songs from Brodbeck’s pen, the virtuoso musicians celebrate artistic openness in an urgent ensemble performance that extends the art form of the piano trio in a fresh and contemporary fashion. As Florian Keller states in his liner notes: “The three friends distil their musical essences in active engagement with the fundaments of the jazz tradition and thereby go beyond pure traditionalism with the shimmering pop sensibility of the songs. With their modern, fine-tuned trio sound, they amalgamate centrifugal forces of canonical Romanticism and the Groove of 1970s music into a graceful sound that moves elegantly through varied musical sceneries. This trio is a musical organism, defying the gravitational force of the schematic when it roams weightlessly in the wide open spaces of the balladic, only then to sweep nimbly through hard-edged landscapes of Groove with the same serenity”.
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Jaymes Young – Feel Something (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:52 minutes | 498 MB | Genre: Alternative
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Seattle born singer-songwriter and LA resident Jaymes Young is set to release his debut album, “Feel Something.” The title track, “Feel Something” and “Stoned On You” both premiered on VICE’s “NOISEY” to much acclaim and were featured on Nylon, Baeble Music, Idolator and more. After putting in years of touring with acts such as Vance Joy and London Grammar, Jaymes will head out on a headlining tour across the US and Canada starting in July.
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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:22 minutes | 822 MB | Genre: Country
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Alongside Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell is part of that generation of songwriters who are raising the bar for country music today. Theirs is a country music that tends towards Americana, that rattle-bag music genre that mixes country, rock’n’roll, blues and folk. This is what makes the former member of the Drive-By Truckers a worthy heir to the outlaws of the 1970s (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, etc.) but also to people like Bob Dylan (his idol, the lyrics to whose Boots of Spanish Leather are tattooed on his arm) Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Bruce Springsteen or Ryan Adams. With The Nashville Sound, the southerner from Alabama hardly changes his tune in terms of substance, but really gets worked up around the form. With his up tempo numbers, this record is more rock than the two that came before. Like for his cinematic 2015 album Something More Than Free, his group 400 Unit is on hand, only this time Isbell notes it on the liner: surely a signal of their importance, or a way of copying the Boss, whocredits the E-Street Band on some of his albums… Produced by the ubiquitous Dave Coob, The Nashville Sound brings together some of the artist’s best songs. Through his histories of small people (Cumberland Gap), of fixes, fights and the life of outsiders, and even politics (Hope the High Road), Jason Isbell shows that he is on top of his game. And this time, even more so. Much more…
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Jasmine Thompson – Wonderland EP (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 27:25 minutes | 326 MB | Genre: Pop
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Jasmine Ying Thompson is an English singer and YouTube celebrity. Thompson began her career at the age of ten by filming herself singing and uploading the videos to YouTube. In 2014, she was featured on German deep house producer Robin Schulz’s song “Sun Goes Down”. This song charted within the top 10 in multiple countries including Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As of August 2016, her YouTube channel has over 2.36 million subscribers and over 350 million views. “Wonderland” is her first extended play released via Atlantic Recordings.
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Jaska Lukkarinen Trio – Origami (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:29 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Jaska Lukkarinen Trio is one of the most creative working groups in the vibrant Finnish jazz scene. Consisting of drummer Jaska Lukkarinen, tenor sax man Jussi Kannaste, and bassist Antti Lötjönen, the members of this long-standing group have experience in celebrated ensembles such as The Five Corners Quintet, Dalindèo, and Verneri Pohjola Quartet, and it’s only fitting that they’re taking a new look at the music of their close collaborator, composer Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen (of Dalindèo and Ricky-Tick Big Band) here. The 4-track set was recorded at Helsinki’s We Jazz Festival where the group performed at the packed club space Dubrovnik (owned by the famed Finnish film auteur Aki Kaurismäki).
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Jaqee – Fly High (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:20 minutes | 455 MB | Genre: Reggae
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Jaqueline Nakiri Nalubale, also known as Jaqee, is a musician born in Kampala, Uganda. In 1990, she immigrated to Sweden, where she began her musical career. She describes herself as a “musical chameleon”, having no single musical style.
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Jane Birkin – Birkin / Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:08 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Chanson
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Jane Birkin has released a new album featuring symphony versions of songs by her late collaborator Serge Gainsbourg. It’s called Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique. Arranged by Japanese composer Nobuyuki Nakajima and recorded by Gainsbourg producer Philippe Lerichomme, the album features new symphonic arrangements performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
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Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte – Loneliness Road (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:39 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The new RareNoise release by Jamie Saft (piano/organ), Steve Swallow (electric bass) and Bobby Previte (drums), here with the participation of rock legend Iggy Pop on three tracks. That’s quite an experiment, like something Frank Zappa might have tried…
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James Blunt – The Afterlove (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:45 minutes | 438 MB | Genre: Pop
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On his fifth full-length, The Afterlove, British singer James Blunt makes a risky shift in his sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar sound, opting for a taut collection that tugs at the heartstrings with polished pop sheen. The slight departure seems to be a conscious decision, as the confidently self-aware Blunt sings that he “would have said ‘you’re beautiful’/but I used that line before,” referencing his inescapable 2005 smash single. Recruiting OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Ed Sheeran on production, writing, and occasional backing vocals (the trio even joins forces on the pastoral “Time of Our Lives”), Blunt presents his most mainstream offering yet. Indeed, at certain points, his trademark wounded falsetto drifts into Adam Levine territory, turning songs like the soaring “Bartender,” the pulsing “California,” and the shimmering “Lose My Number” into the best Maroon 5 songs released in 2017. For longtime fans, these changes might be jarring. Even peppier tracks from the Mumford-esque Moon Landing — take “Heart to Heart” for example — had the distinct feeling that a band was at least somewhere in the vicinity during the recording sessions. And yet, Afterlove is not Blunt selling his soul to the pop gods. Standout “Don’t Give Me Those Eyes” is Blunt’s dramatic soft rock at its moving best, riding a pensive piano and orchestra to great emotional effect. The Sheeran-produced “Make Me Better” is genuine and sweet, while “Heartbeat” swells with urgency and drama. Earnest toe-tapper “Someone Singing Along” combines his past and present sounds with his affable personality most seamlessly, weaving guitar twang with a thumping heart as Blunt sings “even if some notes are wrong/I’m hoping someone’s singing along/’cause just one voice is not enough/I need to hear from everyone/and even when I’m dead and gone/I’m hoping someone’s singing along.” Even though he’s calling for empathy and strength, his own dreams of the music outliving the man seep through the finer points of the big message. Although he’s pretty much guaranteed that legacy with “You’re Beautiful,” Afterlove is a brave bid for contemporary relevance in 2017, a wonderful step outside his comfort zone that is more memorable and exciting than much of his output this decade. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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