Katy Perry – Witness [Japanese Edition] (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Katy Perry
Album: Witness [Japanese Edition]
Genre: Pop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 717 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Katy Perry achieved maturation with Prism, the 2013 album anchored on the self-empowerment anthem “Roar” and the club smash “Dark Horse.” Considering how “Roar” scored the closing stages of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, it would’ve seemed like a logical move for Perry to build upon its adult alternative affirmation but she’s instead chosen to use “Dark Horse” as a blueprint for Witness, the long-awaited 2017 successor to Prism. Perhaps Perry shifted her approach after “Rise,” the “Roar”-alike written for the 2016 Olympics that she also performed at that year’s Democratic National Convention, failed to crack the Top Ten, perhaps she always planned to construct this album with electronic beats and synths, but Witness is so slick with synths it seems slippery. It also feels relentless and a shade desperate. Some of this is due to timing. Arriving on the heels of Prism, a record littered with AAA crossover ballads, the dance-heavy Witness feels like a slide backwards into adolescence, even if the album is filled with songs where Perry attempts to address big cultural issues while walking a musical cutting edge. These conflicting desires surface on a tune as effervescent as “Chained to the Rhythm” — the only track here that could be called that, although “Pendulum” comes close — and a song as somnolent as “Bigger Than Me,” the second of two ballads on the record and the one that addresses the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. Despite some sociological broad strokes, Perry generally keeps her focus personal — and usually romantic, although “Swish Swish” plays like a swipe at another superstar — a decision that, when married to aggressive EDM-pop, erodes whatever adult contemporary progress Perry made with Prism. So, Witness is a conceptual muddle but that incoherence could’ve been excused if there were hooks in either its grooves or melodies. Instead, Witness is populated with busy, tuneless tracks that seemed designed to pulsate in the background of a regrettable night. Perry’s insistence on delving deep into electronic dance doesn’t play like a pop visionary charting new directions forward; it seems anxious, as if she can sense her youth — and perhaps more importantly, her stardom among youth — slipping away.

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Johnny Cash – The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Johnny Cash - The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set]
Genre: Country
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 1.03 gb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

3CD SET OF JOHNNY CASH LIVE IN THE 1970s The most iconic and respected country music performer of all time, the late Johnny Cash had no equal in the field and remains among the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. This superb 3 x CD collection features radio broadcast recordings from the 1970s which illustrate not just the unmatched musicality of Cash, but additionally his character, decency and humour. Including the full Johnny Cash performance from his 40th birthday concert given in Amsterdam in 1972, his Jamboree show from 1976 in West Virginia which also included a plethora of friends and relatives backing the great man, plus an additional CD of media interviews which display Johnny s dry wit, enormous intelligence and wholehearted compassion, among other attributes. In completion this set provides a delightful, entertaining and informative selection of Johnny Cash at his live best and a top drawer collectable that will surely find a place in Cash collections the world across.

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David Crosby – The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

David Crosby - The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: David Crosby
Album: The Broadcast Archive [3CD Box Set]
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 823 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

THE BROADCAST ARCHIVE – 3CD BOXED SET CONTAINING LIVE RECORDINGS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s Featuring live broadcast recordings from the 70s and 80s, this triple disc set provides a superb illustration of the power of David Crosby in concert. Kicking off with an in-studio appearance when David was joined by members of the Grateful Dead way back in December 1970 – shortly before the release of his first solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name – and the set continues with a fine 1986 performance recorded on New Year s Eve that year when Crosby opened for the Dead at their traditional Hogmanay bash. Concluding the set, the third CD contains the great man s majestic 1989 show from the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, recorded while out promoting his second solo record, Oh Yes I Can.

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Various Artists – Polarity: Mixed By Focal (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Various Artists - Polarity: Mixed By Focal (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Polarity: Mixed By Focal
Genre: Ambient
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 1.72 gb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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From the passionate lands of France, Arnaud Galoppe, known as Focal and Kinosura, has hand-mixed an emotional labyrinth of dark techno and melancholy ambience in Ultimae’s latest compilation.
Polarity is a double-sided conglomerate of electronic expressions from all over the world, spanning across atmospheric soundworlds of intimate drone and deep, industrial progressions.
This collection of heartwarming soundscapes and foot-stomping house beats is smoother than butter, a series of 26 top-notch tracks that paint an interesting, auditory adventure.
Although the album has a minimalistic approach, it offers a surprisingly detailed production. Each track is layered with expert craftsmanship and hypnotic melodies laced against diverse, psychedelic noise echoing in the distance.
Polarity is certainly an experience worth traversing, and we are proud to host it as an excellent addition to any electronica connoisseur’s sound-library.

The Polarity artwork was imagined by plasticians Suzy Lelivre and Raphal Kuntz.
From a sphere, they conceived a parametric deformation protocol for a decomposition in several stages. While Suzy imagines shapes and the potential modifications to impact, Raphal works on the incarnation process to extract a mineral matter look, something geological, almost chemical.
As they materialise, with slow lighting work, shapes undergo random offsets, revealing the tension between a near scientific protocol and its subjective interpretation. Beyond the infinite production of singular shapes, the goal of both artists, especially for this project, is to invent new processes that invite a reconsideration of our attitude to shapes.
In the same way, from Ambient to Techno, through a game of modulation of pads, rhythms and frequencies, Polarity offers a variety of musical spectra flowing into one another, a melodic exploration of the twists and turns which link both universes.

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