Xing Rong – An-lun Huang: Piano Music (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:09:57 | 164 MB
Label: Toccata Classics
An-lun Huang, born in Guang Zhou, Guangdong, in 1949, and a resident of Toronto since 1986, survived the hardships of the Cultural Revolution to make his mark as pianist and composer both in China and in the west. In his piano music he is concerned with finding a meeting ground between the piano as a western instrument and his own roots as a Chinese musician. This album shows the cross-fertilisation going in both directions, with a lively dance suite from a ballet inspired by the ancient cave art in Dunhuang, in western China, and the universal figure of Bach stimulating a substantial set of polyphonic compositions where western harmonies are refracted through Chinese colours.
Vincent Larderet – Debussy Centenary (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 214 MB
Label: Ars Produktion | Tracks: 21 | Time: 79:53 min
In celebration of Claude Debussy’s Centenary in 2018, the French pianist Vincent Larderet presents a recording of three masterpieces: Images (Book I), Prludes (Book II), and the world premiere recording of Andr Caplet’s transcription of the Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sbastien, revised and completed by Vincent Larderet. Following three highly acclaimed recordings that won 23 awards worldwide and were nominated for the prestigious ICMA Award, ARS Produktion presents an 80-minute album by a pianist whose interpretations have been compared to legends of the piano such as Michelangeli, Arrau and Zimerman and who was praised for his astonishing range of pianistic colours (PIANO News, Germany). Mr. Larderet is the Artistic Director of the Piano au Musee Wurth international festival in France, and in 2014 was appointed Honorable International Artist-In-Residence of the Hong Kong Music and Performing School.
Van William – Countries (2018)
Folk Rock, Alternative Rock | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:39:22 | 90 MB
Label: Decca (UMO)
As a member of the indie rock bands Waters and Port O’Brien, Van William has already gained some experience in the music business, but as a soloist, the songwriter from San Luis Obispo, southern California, is breaking new ground. Countries is the debut album of the end of 1984 as Van Pierszalowski born musician, but you can clearly tell him the knowledge gained over the last ten years, because Countries could be a little better entry into the folk-pop world. The album shines through catchy hook-rich melodies as well as through introspective, reduced arrangements.
Lovesickness still seems to be an important drive for musicians to write good songs. In the case of Van William this was the case, as the single Revolution was created, in which the Swedish folk pop sisters of First Aid Kit contribute lovely, bittersweet vocals in the time of the first big heartbreak. In spite of this, Van William does not fall into depression, not even in a kind of melancholy, much too elated Revolution, with winds and Uhuhuh listening, The Lumineers for advanced. Even the entry into the album is unleashed with the exuberant Before I Found You, including numerous Hey calls. This fury can be really difficult to escape. And Van William just goes on like this and seems to shake off the offensive-ensnaring melodies, because Fourth Of July gushes with Ohohoh songs just like that.
The whole exuberant energy is screwed down a bit for The Country, the result is a longing, harmonic-elegant folk-rock track, which of course in the chorus swings the hook-club, but in a very romantic way for a change Do not Take My Love has the most beautiful folk noir influences, and Never Had Enough Of You has been studied very well by Van William Neil Young, one of his musical heroes. The string-intensive The Middle is pretty sad, while the equally sparingly instrumentalized Skyward sinks into bombastic indie rock at the end. Very pretty is the tender You’ll Be On My Mind, but in Cosmic Signs Van William exaggerates it with the good-mood-street musician-style. One can not be angry with him for a long time, because the final Taking Love, which has decayed from the gentle melancholy and loveliness, again shows William as a filigree and yearning bard. And he is really good at it.
VA – Szymon Brzska: Migrations (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 225 MB
Label: Odradek Records | Tracks: 18 | Time: 49:52 min
Migrations is a collection of chamber works by Szymon Brzska. Each piece is structured with clarity and intimacy, drawing the listener in, taking us on an exhilarating journey or offering moments of contemplation.
Szymon Brzska’s compositions have frequently been inspired by other art forms, particularly that of contemporary dance. Yet the nature of the music, whilst often evocative, even impressionistic, is not programmatic, and therefore need not be married to its original source. Rather, Brzska’s oeuvre works just as effectively presented, as here, as a series of stand-alone chamber works, independent of their original contexts. On this disc, the listener is afforded the opportunity of travelling with this music in new directions different, perhaps from the images, the shapes of the dancers, the artistic ideas, initially connected with the music, but as vividly felt by each person who takes the time to engage with these scores.
Szymon Brzska has always been drawn towards collaborations with different art forms, composing for film, theatre and visual art. His musical style falls somewhere between contemporary avant-garde and expanded tonality with touch of minimalism. The music on this album features pieces from the following ballet productions:
Sutra Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and monks from the Shaolin Temple (Sadler’s Wells, London, 2008)
Orbo Novo Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York, 2009)
Dunas Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Mara Pags (Madrid, 2009)
(S)NOW Joost Vrouenraets (Danshuis Station Zuid, Tilburg, 2010)
Oh, Noh Kaya Kolodziejczyk (Warsaw, 2012)
Casting Traces New Movement Collective (London, 2012)
Overture David Dawson (Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam, 2013)
Unintended Consequences Sjoerd Vreugdenhil (Poznan, 2014)
VA – Soul Jazz Records presents Skatalites: Independence Ska And The Far East Sound (Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963-65) (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, front cover | 230 MB
Label: Soul Jazz Records SJR CD375 | Tracks: 20 | Time: 60:21 min
Ska, Reggae, Jazz
Stunning compilation from the greatest ska band of all time! Twenty stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here. The Skatalites were the definitive Jamaican group, who first came together in Kingston in the late 1950s and featured the acknowledged finest musicians in the country – Tommy McCook Rolando Alphonso Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. In 1963 they became the house band at Clement ‘Sir Cosxone’ Dodd’s newly opened Studio One at 13 Brentford Road. The group played on every song cut at the studio, backing the greatest singers of the day – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals – as well as recording some of the finest instrumental music ever made under their own name. Here is a selection of some of their finest and hardest-to-find cuts made at Studio One between 1963-65.
VA – Forever My Girl (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture) (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 416 MB | Cover | 01:08:05
Soundtracks, Country, Pop, Pop Rock | Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind. Llisten to the soundtrack to this film, in which many famous performers have recorded.
VA – Discover Celtic Music (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 433 MB | Digital Booklet | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 164 MB | 01:10:45
Celtic, Folk, World | Label: ARC
A fine and varied collection of Celtic music played on harps, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, bagpipes, flutes, etc. This album is a snapshot of the living reality of Celtic musical traditions in today’s world, presenting music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Asturias (northern Spain), Wales and Galicia in a variety of sung and instrumental pieces.
UK Subs – Complete Punk Singles Collection (2018)
Punk Rock | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:27:09 | 200 MB
Label: Captain Oi!
28 track CD roundup of every UK Subs A side issued between 1977 and 2008. Housed in a clam shell box with each disc in a cardboard wallet. Includes the British hit singles ‘Stranglehold’ (No. 26), ‘Tomorrows Girls’ (No.28), ‘She’s Not There’ (No. 36), ‘Warhead’ (No.30), ‘Teenage’ (No. 32) and ‘Party In Paris’ (No.37).
tUnE-yArDs – I can feel you creep into my private life (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, front cover | 275 MB
Label: 4AD 4AD 0052CD | Tracks: 12 | Time: 44:13 min
Indie Pop, Alternative
Tune-Yards’ magnum opus will arrive on January 19 in the form of new album I can feel you creep into my private life. Thematically, the 12 new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet- this is Tune-Yards’ music to dance to. On I can feel you creep into my private life, Tune-Yards is officially a duo. Garbus is joined by longtime collaborator Nate Brenner who produced and wrote the album together with lyrics by Garbus. Tune-Yards worked with mixer Mikaelin Blue BlueSpruce (Solange, Kendrick Lamar). Tune-Yards’ 2014 release Nikki Nack was one of the most well received albums of the year. New York Magazine called it possibly the catchiest record of the year, the New Yorker praised its joyful energy and surprisingly sweet singing and catchy tunes, and Entertainment Weekly said life needs joyful noise like this. Since the release of Nikki Nack, Tune-Yards has kept busy collaborating with legendary musicians David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, as well as penning the standout track, Action, from Mavis Staples’ 2016 album.
Tracy Grammer – Low Tide (2018)
Folk, Singer-Songwriter | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 265 MB
Label: Tracy Grammer Music | Tracks: 10 | Time: 45:10 min
Grammer’s first collection of original compositions explores love, loss, and family in powerfully diverse, fitful, personal, fierce and soulful acoustic/electric arrangements with lush descants, layered strings, poetic lyrics, and beats you can dance to.