Stephanie K. – A Word Before You Go (2018)
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:08 | 140 MB
Label: Fattoria Musica Records
A collection of songs inspired by all the many facets of life: love, loss, nostalgia and humor! Eleven of the thirteen songs contain my own lyrics and eight are original compositions. Lose yourself in the beauty of jazz conversation woven by pianist Sebastian Altekamp and bassist Ingo Senst; ride the rhythmic waves created by drummer Christian Schoenefeldt and percussionist Markus Palick, and bathe in the colorful shades of sound from Christian Kappe.
Skygge – Hello World (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 302 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 112 MB | 00:49:05
Pop, Indie Pop, Electronic | Label: Flow Records
Skygge is the story of metamorphoses: from music to data, from neuron networks to musical notes, and from a scientific project to a pop-music album. Benoit Carr, composer, author and producer, shares with Franois Pachet, director of the Flow-Machines project, the same taste for melodic, harmonic and timbral twists, that make pop songs catchy and compelling.
Each of them with their own angle, these two friends explore creative sparks. One wants to capture them, the other one wants to provoke them. Benoit Carr makes songs for French stars like Franoise Hardy, Michel Sardou or Imany, and produces his own. His attraction to machines started in a dream he had as a child that never left him. Seduced by the Flow Machines project, he regularly visits Franois Pachet and his team. He plays with the technology they have, spends lots of time on it and starts composing a song in the style of The Beatles (because The Beatles had everything that make a song so fascinating). This is how Daddy’s Car’ started buzzing on the Web in September 2016.
This is how big artists like Stromae, Kiesza, Kyrie Kristmanson, C.Duncan, Camille Bertault, Mederic Collignon, NZCA Lines, had the desire and the curiosity to meet with Flow-Machines. They composed, wrote, sang, always keeping their artistic freedom, with the challenge to create amazing songs. SKYGGE has guided them in this experience. He saw them, like he was at first, fascinated, amused and disturbed by the music of Flow-Machines. Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and The Queens) produced the album.
Shame – Songs of Praise (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 262 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 88 MB | 00:38:25
Indie Rock, Punk Rock | Label: Dead Oceans
Shame thrives on confrontation. Whether it be the seething intensity crackling throughout debut LP Songs of Praise or the adrenaline-pumping chaos that unfolds at Shame’s shows, it’s all fueled by feeling. NPR’s Bob Boilen noted, Of the 70 bands I saw at this year’s SXSW, the band Shame seemed to mean what they played more than any other. Comprised of vocalist Charlie Steen, guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green, bassist John Finerty, and drummer Charlie Forbes, the London-based five-piece began as school boys. From the outset, Shame built the band up from a foundation of DIY ethos while citing The Fall and Wire among its biggest musical influences. Utilizing both the grit and sincerity of that musical background, Shame carved out a niche in the South London music scene and then barreled fearlessly into the angular, thrashing post-punk that would go on to make up Songs of Praise, their Dead Oceans debut. From Gold Hole, a tongue-in-cheek takedown of rock narcissism, to lead single Concrete detailing the overwhelming moment of realizing a relationship is doomed, to the frustrated Tasteless taking aim at the monotony of people droning through their day-today, Songs of Praise never pauses to catch its breath.
Ray Anthony – The New Ray Anthony Show (2017)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 340 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 182 MB | 01:16:21
Vocal Jazz, Pop | Label: Sepia Records
Recorded live in Las Vegas, Ray Anthony has dropped his big band and come up with a small instrumental group featuring Anthony as both trumpet player and singer, plus thrushes Diane Hall and Annita Ray. It’s an exciting combination, and the result makes for an exciting disk. Anthony and ensemble comes through solidly on Night Train, Peter Gunn Theme, Just in Time and other familiar songs. Bonus tracks include a plethora of tracks from Ray Anthony’s EP output including the original Peter Gunn, Walkin’ to Mother’s, Pete Kelly’s Blues and songs from the film The Girl Can’t Help It.
Ralph van Raat – Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Arr. V. Leyetchkiss for Piano) – Debussy: La mer, L. 109 (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 00:58:18 | 136 MB
Dutch pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat, like his near-contemporary Steffen Schleiermacher, is in the unusual position of having established a thriving, major international performing career focusing entirely on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has been a passionate advocate of new works and has performed the premieres of numerous pieces by living composers, some of which were written especially for him. With a few exceptions, he has gravitated to the music of postmodernist and eclectic composers rather than the more cerebral modernists of the mid 20th century.
Van Raat was born in the Netherlands in 1978 and studied piano and musicology at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He went on to study with Ursula Oppens and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, both renowned specialists in the modern and contemporary repertoire that has dominated his career. He has received numerous international honors, including winning the Stipend-Prize Darmstadt, the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, and a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.
Van Raat tends to be a completist, learning a composer’s complete set of works for piano, so what his catalog may lack in breadth and diversity is offset by its depth. His repertoire includes the complete solo piano works of Adams, Andriessen, Harvey, Lindberg, Takemitsu, and Tavener, and well as lesser-known Dutch composers like Theo Loevendie, Joep Franssens, and Guus Janssen. He has recorded the complete piano works of Adams, Andriessen, Lindberg, and Tavener. Four of his recordings for Naxos are among the label’s 20 bestselling albums. In 2009 Naxos released a boxed set of all of the albums he had recorded for the label.
Van Raat’s concerto repertoire is also focused almost exclusively on modern and contemporary works, the sole exception being Debussy’s 1890 Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre, and it is heavily weighted toward works of the late 20th and early 21st century. Giel Vleggaar and Gavin Bryars have written concertos for him, both of which he has recorded, and he played the premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s concerto Hard Cuts, also written for him. Orchestras with which he has performed include the BBC Symphony, the London Sinfonietta, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Pola Rise – Anywhere But Here (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 301 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 108 MB | 00:47:18
Indie Pop, Electronic | Label: Warner Music Poland
It has been a year since the release of Melodrama from Lorde, which has disrupted electronic music in the mainstream market. Pola Rise approached the subject even more boldly. The Polish singer has just released her debut album Anywhere But Here, which, while remaining an alternative, sounds friendly even to inexperienced ears.
Pierre de Bethmann Trio – Essais Volume 2 (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 294 MB | Digital Booklet | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 124 MB | min
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz | Label: ALEA
Fourth production of the ALEA label, second volume of Pierre de Bethmann’s ESSAIS, two years and nearly sixty concerts after the first volume was released in 2015. With Sylvain Romano on the double bass and Tony Rabeson on the drums, the trio pursues its journey, gleaning ideas from every new shared experience, continuing its exploration of a variety of musical traditions, subjecting each member’s choices to different arrangements, and above all to the spirit of the moment. The same spirit which led the three musicians back to the Recall Studio in June 2017 to record their new album, in a setup drawing each time closer to live conditions, in an exceptional setting capable of suspending time and capturing the raw energy of musicians only too eager to play.
All of this results in a selection of ten pieces dating from 1707 to 1985 written by different composers from the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean which some will regard as standards. A new album also conceived as a big thank you to those who programmed, hosted, and supported the trio on its different journeys over the last two years, and to those who will inspire the journeys to come.
Nicole C. Mullen – Like Never Before (2018)
Soul, Gospel | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:44:52 | 103 MB
We will all experience difficult seasons in our lives that will make everything we’ve come up against prior to that seem puny in comparison. But we must remember that even our most formidable foes are no match for God. In Him we can find a joy that surpasses our despair, a hope in what will be. Nicole C. Mullen’s story lately has been one of tears and trials in the wake of her divorce. But she continues to cling to the Lord for strength and hope in spite of it all. Her return after seven years, Like Never Before, captures the lessons God has taught her in twelve tracks filled with wisdom and honesty.
Like Never Before invites us to celebrate in a way we haven’t experienced until now, because no matter what our situation is, we look forward to the joy that God has promised us. It’s difficult to pin down the genre of this song, an explosion of unfiltered expression. Betrayed With A Kiss resolves to move on in spite of being wronged by the one you’re supposed to be able to trust. Instead of remaining bitter, Nicole decides to forgive, something that’s missing from nearly every breakup song these days. Using metaphors drawn from Judas’s betrayal of Jesus, this song tells a story matter-of-factly, without delivering any low blows in return. It Is Well (Tout Va Bien), as its title suggests, is the hymn rendered in French, although it’s only the first verse and the chorus. Most artists usually put something like this at the end of the album, as an epilogue. Perhaps she did this to emphasize the message of the previous song and move on. Greater Still compares the love of God to other vast and insurmountable obstacles, as well as every treasure we have been given, finding always that His love is greater than all of these. Regardless of what we face, we can glory in His love.
In Spanish and English, Arise recalls the story of the young girl Jesus raised from the dead. It calls us to stand up this moment and rise from our brokenness into the new life we have in Christ. Unforgettable (Dad) is the sole cover song on this album. Accompanied by her daughter Jasmine, Nicole pays tribute to her deceased father with this loving rendition. Included in the track is apparently a message he had recorded to her at some point, letting her know how much he loved and was proud of her. One welcomes Jeremy and Adie Camp to a song celebrating unity in Christ among people of different opinions and groups, whose love binds them together and declares that they all belong to Christ. Olorun praises the Lord who created everything, in both English and another language from the Yoruban people of Central Africa.
Hey Girl gives a self-esteem boost to girls who don’t feel important or special. God created them unique with innate worth, to be loved and treasured. No matter how we feel, look, or express ourselves, He sees our true beauty. I Need A Brainwash pleads with God to cleanse our minds of all of the conflicting messages we see and hear, and the regrets we keep clinging to. Renewing our minds gives us a clear picture of the truth that often becomes drowned out over time by guilt and temptation. Last Love describes the incredible feeling of being loved by God, and resolves that He will be the first and last one we return such adoration to. Finally, I’m Not Scared closes on a soft lullaby-like note, in which Nicole reminds us that when we know the Light, we don’t have to fear the darkness.
When tragedy strikes, we can choose to focus on everything that is wrong with our lives, or cling to everything that is right. Nicole C. Mullen encourages us to be grateful by continually offering reminders that nobody can take away God’s love for us. Like Never Before compiles a gratitude list heavily sprinkled with God’s promises and mercies.
Musica Ficta & Bo Holten – Nye danske sange (2018)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:12 | 159 MB
Over the last 30 years, Bo Holten has been a driving force in the international movement of early music. His work with vocal polyphony has been groundbreaking in this area in the Nordic region, and he has brought many polyphonic masterpieces to first performances in modern times. Bo Holten has held a lot of confidence in music life: Member of the Danish National Music Council 1979-83, chairman of the tone art committee in the National Art Foundation, member of the Ministry of Culture’s production pool and chairman of the Forum for Early Music.
Michael McDonald – Live on Soundstage (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 432 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 147 MB | 01:04:10
Pop | Label: BMG
Michael McDonald is joined by Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons for an evening performing his solo hits, including songs from his hit Motown album as well as Doobie classics What A Fool Believes and Takin’ It To the Streets. Special guests Ashford and Simpson appear to perform their hits Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.