Pentatonix – PTX Vol. IV: Classics (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Pentatonix – PTX Vol. IV: Classics (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 25:08 minutes | 282 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RCA Records Label

A five-person a cappella group originally from Arlington, Texas, Pentatonix first found a national spotlight by winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011. With a decidedly contemporary spin on the format and unique strengths at each position in their lineup, they followed the appearance with a string of Top Ten albums, multiple Grammy Awards, and international chart success. “PTX, Vol. IV – Classics” is their fifth extended play album. It marks a departure from the group’s typical sound, which mostly consists of either modern pop songs or Christmas music, choosing instead to focus on standarts of rock, blues, country, and older pop music. The EP made the Top Ten in Canada, Australia, and the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard 200.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Junk Culture (1984) {Deluxe Edition 2015} [Qobuz 24-96]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Junk Culture (1984) {Deluxe Edition 2015}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:53:02 minutes | 2,33 GB | Genre: Punk, New Wave
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH

30 years after the release of O.M.D’s Junk Culture comes the remastered double HighRes-Deluxe Edition. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys returned to the Virgin Archives to revisit the album. The album was remastered at Abbey Road and the other tracks featured on double album have previously only been available on vinyl.

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Omer Klein – Sleepwalkers (2017) [Qobuz 24-48]

Omer Klein – Sleepwalkers (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:16 minutes | 616 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © WM Germany

Sleepwalkers is the Israeli-born pianist’s seventh album, and his label debut for Warner Music. Klein, whose music has been called “borderless” (The New York Times), recorded his newest work with his regular trio featuring Haggai Cohen-Milo on bass and Amir Bresler on drums. A student of Fred Hersch’s and a vital part of the New York scene, appearing everywhere from the Blue Note to Jazz at Lincoln Center, he is now a Steinway artist and lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Oh Wonder – Ultralife (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Oh Wonder – Ultralife (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:09 minutes | 488 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Island Records

This London duo’s self-titled debut made unlikely, but successful, bedfellows of soul-jazz sophistication and glitchy alt-pop. Here, they take the formula to new extremes, fusing earth-clearing wub-wub synths with cocktail-lounge piano on “Heavy”. Ultralife’s melodic sharpness, however, is its most striking quality. It will take only one listen for the love-struck title track to tattoo itself onto your brain, before the whack-a-mole rhythms and grinding synths of “High on Humans” are wrangled into a euphoric head-rush of a chorus.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (2016) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 39:42 minutes | 432 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Bad Seed Ltd

The 16th studio album from alt-rock pioneers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This follows the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013). Skeleton Tree began it’s journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout it’s career. They have released 15 previous studio albums and completed numerous international tours.

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Neil Young – Decade (1977/2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Neil Young – Decade (1977/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:25:48 minutes | 2,97 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Reprise

Released in October 1977, the essential anthology Decade (a triple vinyl album back then!) gives a detailed overview of Neil Young’s work between 1966 and 1976. In 35 titles (including 6 unreleased pieces), the Loner’s genius bursts out for all to see. Mostly solo, but also with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, this collection particularly shows that this decade was his most fascinating. Building on masterfully written songs, Neil Young mixes rock, folk and country with great originality for the time. In both ballads and much meaner songs, his style is like fireworks. He is most likely the most original artist of his generation. One that never shies away from questioning himself either. Novices can start climbing the mountain of his works with this five-star compilation record, before digging deeper, one album at a time.

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Mr. Big – Defying Gravity (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Mr. Big – Defying Gravity (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:04 minutes | 573 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Frontiers Music s.r.l

Defying Gravity is the ninth studio album from American rock outfit Mr. Big and follows 2015’s The Stories We Could Tell. Recording over an intense six-day session in Los Angeles, Mr. Big deliver a collection of melodic rock that harks back to their earlier albums. The nostalgic single “1992” is included. ~ Rich Wilson

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Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:18 minutes | 469 MB | Genre: Alternative, Inide
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Records

Indie rock singer/songwriter Mondo Cozmo presents his debut album, Plastic Soul. The album was recorded over a two-week period in Joshua Tree, with only his dog Cozmo for company. Plastic Soul was released by Republic Records and contains the songs “Shine,” “Hold on to Me,” and “Higher.” ~ Liam Martin

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Misha Mullov-Abbado – Cross-Platform Interchange (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Misha Mullov-Abbado – Cross-Platform Interchange (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:27 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Edition Records

London bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado burst onto the scene in 2015 with a debut that prompted a stream of plaudits. As the son of late great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, there was great anticipation for the album, which not only exceeded expectations but demonstrated that Mullov-Abbado is an accomplished instrumentalist and composer in his own right. His sophomore recording Cross-Platform Interchange not only confirms his promise as an artist of real depth and vision, but demonstrates his intention to do things his own way. Playing on his love of trains as well as the reciprocity and stylistic openness within his music, the title perfectly symbolizes the interconnectivity of inspiration in his life and art.

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Melanie De Biasio – No Deal (2013) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Melanie De Biasio – No Deal (2013) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 33:22 minutes | 397 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Play It Again Sam

Tasteful, subtle and inscrutable, Belgium’s Melanie De Biasio and the band have made one of the few modern vocal jazz records. The singer, who also plays flute on the album, which she studied at the Conservatoire Royal De Bruxelles – was born in Charleroi, Belgium, to an Italian family originally from Venice and grew up listening to Maria Callas, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley and Rage Against The Machine. But you wouldn’t necessarily infer such diverse influences from No Deal. It’s a record that she produced herself and is steeped in the language of blues and jazz. “No Deal” is a dark, transcendent songs that seem to suspend time.

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