Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:53 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Sub Pop Records

Helplessness Blues is the groundbreaking follow-up to Fleet Foxes’ highly acclaimed self-titled debut. Recorded and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek, the indie-folk rock band performs with lush harmonies creating a brilliant baroque folk-pop album. Led by lead vocalist Robin Pecknold, the band is comprised of Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson. With hauntingly beautiful instrumentation and riveting acoustic hymns, the band traverses through a rich offering from the jazzy “The Shrine/An Argument” to the tranquil title track, “Helplessness Blues.” The album was highly regarded as one of the best albums of 2011 by Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Uncut, and The Guardian, among others. The record also earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Folk Album. Experience this seminal album as a pristine hi-res download.

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The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:36 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Funk, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © Tramp Records

The story of The Qualitons began in 2007 when DJ/producer Kanada Káosz, after several years of organizing “What Da Funk” events in Budapest, was invited to DJ at the Berlin Soul Ascension Festival (SAF). As a real fan of live Funk and R&B bands he had always thought that it was a shame that Hungary didn’t have a single band in these genres. When he saw some of the greatest funk/soul/beat bands playing at the SAF, he went back to Budapest inspired to organize such a band in Hungary. He went to dozens of concerts to hand-pick musicians for this project. Those who he asked were totally up for the idea and surprisingly told him that they had always wanted to play in such a band but no one never asked them! All of them had attended and graduated from the Department of Jazz at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the most prestigious college of music in Hungary. (more…)