Kellylee Evans – Nina (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Kellylee Evans – Nina (2010)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 49:05 minutes | 553 MB | Genre: Vocal Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: qobuz.com | Digital Booklet

2004 winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Vocals whose judges were none other than Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kellylee Evans began his career in earth soul pop.This Canadian Ottawa native Jamaica sign turn two albums that earned him a Gemini Award and the award for Best Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards in 2007. Homecoming end of 2009 for this goddess velvet voice with the recording of the album Nina , beautiful tribute to the artist since it carries with it many years and for which she feels admiration particular, the great Nina Simone. Surrounded by François Moutin on bass, Marvin Sewell on guitar and Andre Ceccarelli on drums, Kellylee Evans and Ninajust “start” a great jazz career. (more…)

Capital Cities – Swimming Pool Summer EP (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Capital Cities – Swimming Pool Summer EP (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 17:11 minutes |  355 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © CAPITOL

Los Angeles-based pop duo Capital Cities return with more feelgood dance anthems on their Swimming Pool Summer EP, a bright and groove-heavy take on alt-pop.

It’s been three years since LA-based Capital Cities released their debut, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery, luring us to the dance floor with their hit single “Safe and Sound”, but now they’re back with the aptly titled Swimming Pool Summer EP, just in time to cool you off from the sweltering summer sun. The new EP celebrates summertime romance with four brand new tracks and a remix of the title track, “Swimming Pool Summer” – a song about a pool party we all wish we were invited to, peppered with the lyrics “I can’t escape the heat” a double entendre explaining what it’s like to fall in deep for a sunglassed girl at a pool party and a nod to life in summertime in general. The highlight of the EP is “Girl Friday”, featuring Rick Ross, a track about a guy who can’t get a date with his busy dream girl. With lyrics like “she’s got things to do every day of the week”, it’s the kind of modern day love story we can get behind. (more…)

Sergei Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances / Igor Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2012) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Sergei Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances / Igor Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 58:29 minutes | 2,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © LSO
Recorded live 7–8 May 2009 at the Barbican, London

Did Rachmaninov realise that the Symphonic Dances would be his last work? Whether he had such a premonition or not, few composers have ended their careers with such appropriate music, for the Symphonic Dances contain all that is finest in Rachmaninov, representing a compendium of a lifetime’s musical and emotional experience.

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Pete Alderton – Roadside Preaching (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Pete Alderton – Roadside Preaching (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:03 minutes | 566 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Gubemusic.com | Front cover | © Ozella Music

Roadside Preaching sees Pete Alderton collaborating with musicians he met while touring Germany’s blues bars – true originals, to whom the blues is not just a musical style, but a way of life. It has made Roadside Preaching, mastered by Hans-Jörg Mauksch at Pauler Acoustics, his most authentic and intense album so far. An essential part of its appeal stems from the tightness of his backing band, which has cut its teeth through an endless string of gigs, performing both at renowned jazz spaces and small pubs. Eric Clapton once said: “From time to time, you need to revisit the blues to recharge”. Pete Alderton has never left its side. (more…)

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:28 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

David Bowie’s 1974 concept album remastered. Diamond Dogs was Bowie’s eighth studio album and features singles “Rebel Rebel,” “Diamond Dogs,” and “1984.”

Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. Thematically it was a marriage of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Bowie’s own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell’s book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights. The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicate, the Nineteen Eighty-Four theme was prominent. (more…)

Lou Donaldson – Here ‘Tis (1960) [APO Remaster 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Lou Donaldson – Here ‘Tis (1960) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:04 minutes | Scans included | 1,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 774 MB

Here ‘Tis is in the front rank of Lou Donaldson records, an exceptionally funky soul-jazz session that finds the saxophonist swinging harder than usual. As he moves from hard bop to soul-jazz, Donaldson reveals a bluesy streak to his playing while keeping the vigorous attack that defined his best bop. Donaldson’s playing is among his finest in the soul-jazz vein, but what makes Here ‘Tis such an enjoyable session is his interaction with his supporting trio of guitarist Grant Green, organist Baby Face Willette, and drummer Dave Bailey. As support, all three know how to keep a groove gritty and flexible, following Lou’s lead and working a swinging beat that keeps flowing, never growing static. Green and Willette also have their time in the spotlight, and both musicians are frequently stunning. Green’s single-note leads are clean and inventive; Willette is rhythmic and forceful, but also capable of soulful, mellow leads on the slow blues. Their talent, combined with Donaldson at a peak, results in a terrific record. (more…)

Joe Satriani – Surfing With the Alien (1987/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joe Satriani – Surfing With the Alien (1987/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:37:41 minutes | 871 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  © Epic Records

Surfing with the Alien is Joe Satriani’s second album and one of his most successful albums to date. Originally released in 1987, it peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed on the chart for 75 weeks. The album was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Instrumental Performance Grammy awards in 1989, and was certified platinum in February 1992, Satriani’s only release to do so. Remastered by John Cuniberti, analog mixes are 30ips 1/2″ tape, transferred and mastered to digital at 96/24. (more…)

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) [MFSL 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) [MFSL 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,84 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 990 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2005

Released at the tail end of the ’60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early ’70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses or as well-known as Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul remains an undeniably seminal record; it stretched its songs far beyond the traditional three-to-four-minute industry norm, featured long instrumental stretches where the Bar-Kays stole the spotlight, and it introduced a new, iconic persona for soul with Hayes’ tough yet sensual image. With the release of this album, Motown suddenly seemed manufactured and James Brown a bit too theatrical. Surprising many, the album features only four songs. The first, “Walk on By,” is an epic 12-minute moment of true perfection, its trademark string-laden intro just dripping with syrupy sentiment, and the thumping mid-tempo drum beat and accompanying bassline instilling a complementary sense of nasty funk to the song; if that isn’t enough to make it an amazing song, Hayes’ almost painful performance brings yet more feeling to the song, with the guitar’s heavy vibrato and the female background singers taking the song to even further heights. The following three songs aren’t quite as stunning but are still no doubt impressive: “Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic” trades in sappy sentiment for straight-ahead funk, highlighted by a stomping piano halfway through the song; “One Woman” is the least epic moment, clocking in at only five minutes, but stands as a straightforward, well-executed love ballad; and finally, there’s the infamous 18-minute “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and its lengthy monologue which slowly eases you toward the climactic, almost-orchestral finale, a beautiful way to end one of soul’s timeless, landmark albums, the album that transformed Hayes into a lifelong icon. (more…)

Godsmack – 1000hp (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Godsmack – 1000hp (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:29 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Republic Records

Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum hard rock heroes, Godsmack are revving up their highly anticipated sixth full-length album, 100hp, for release on August 5th.

The lead single off the upcoming album, 1000hp bursts out of the gate with the Boston group’s signature stomp and newfound thrashed-up “punk” energy. It’s a rowdy, rousing, and rough anthem that tells the story of the band’s journey from playing tiny clubs to packed arenas worldwide.

Once again Godsmack teamed up with producer Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence) for the album, recording it back home in their new HQ just 30 minutes from the heart of the city. (more…)