Dashing towards new musical frontiers makes for an exciting journey!
For me, one of the most exciting musical discoveries of the last year is Tash Sultana. In just over one year, thanks to a few viral videos, this self taught Australian artist went from recording videos on her Go Pro at home to filling stadiums and playing large festivals. She has mastered over 12 instruments and her vocals shine with a magical, almost mystical quality. Plus, she delivers a live show that needs to be seen to be believed! See if you are a believer when you find her on 5/29 as she brings her Flow State World Tour to the Sylvee in Madison, WI. www.tashsultana.com
Hot off a string of shows in England, acid jazz and downtempo DJ, Mark Farina, who considers himself a “modern day traveling minstrel” playing over 100 shows a year, comes to Mad Town. I first found out about him 20 ish years ago through his string of major mix compilations called the Mushroom Jazz series, but more recently also from the house compilations El Divinio. Get jazzed up with him on 5/10 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI with Funkenstein. djmarkfarina.net
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Quotidian through 10 is Ubiquitous
Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace
Album title: Change of Pace
Record Label: Fun Machine Records
Super fun and party forward, Andy Frasco & The UN have toured through 10 countries, average 250 shows per year and have somehow managed to output 10,000+ hours playing music. Change of Pace adds more soul to their fabulous freaky funk, showing off their natural evolution as a band, while not losing their edge or originality.
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Ayla Nereo - By the Light of the Dark Moon
Album title: By the Light of the Dark Moon
Record Label: Jumpsuit Records
The delicate interplay of vocal melodies and seductive rhythms is what makes this a standout release. Often collaborating and touring with Polish Ambassador, this sixth solo album for singer-songwriter Ayla Nereo finds her on her own, with her sound stronger and more developed than ever. The overlying concept of the album deals with shadow work and the healing reconciliation of self acceptance. As such, this dark moon-light brightens and grows with each listen! Experience her light at Electric Forrest or Shangri La music festival this fall!
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Griz - Ride Waves
Album title: Ride Waves
Record Label: Griz
Some of the fattest, most exciting beats I have heard in a while! Griz’ 5th studio album is riding BIG! Bigger beats, bigger sounds, and bigger collaborators (Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa, Bootsy Collins). While the vibes are high, the grooves are deep and the beats are blasting, Griz covers a lot of other territory too, reflecting his immersion into societal influences, culture amid a pleasant variety of soundscapes and musical approaches. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see him on May 17 at Armory in Minneapolis, MN
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Kojo - Guide My Soul
Album title: Guide My Soul
Record Label: Random Records
Guide My Soul is the first full length psybass release from KOJO (aka Alexander Green). It is filled with a multitude of quirky samples, fat, plucky bass lines and upbeat rhythms. Time spent experimenting with styles and techniques over the past years pay off throughout the 14 tracks offered here by making this a grand adventure through many sonic landscapes distant dimensions.
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Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea
Album title: From The Sea
Record Label: Super Best Records
Featuring a DJ, an MC, and a violinist in addition to Menert’s wide ranging electronic musical influences, this 7 piece band flavors their compositions with tasty measures of jazz, jam, R&B and hip hop. Additionally, Menert for the first time shares lead vocal duties with Jules Thoma to create a warm and dreamy element to this release. Surprisingly seductive and soulful selections overall.
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Mindex - Sleep Deprivation
Album title: Sleep Deprivation
Record Label: Night Owl Collective
Russian born all original electronic composer, Mindex, touts a terrific topography composed of modern synthesizers and effects morphed into lush layers of melodic patterns and textures. While his other works are more upbeat and punchy, this release really takes the sleep deprivation aspect to heart and is dreamy, ambient and other worldly. He will be fully awake though on 4/26 (with Milwaukee’s own Deerskin) at Ruby Madison in Madison, WI. (8) www.mindex-music.com
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Nango Manchay - Under Our Sun
Album title: Under Our Sun
Record Label: Desert Trax
Incorporating instruments and original recordings from all corners of the earth (Nepal, Australia, Central America), this “tribute to the unification of humanity and the common goals of peace and understanding” is a multi layered musical marvel that weaves together traditional genres to create a magnificent tapestry of inspiration and sound. Connected by contemporary downtempo and bass-centric undercurrents, this guitarist and sitar player makes sure that the sound of actual plucking and strumming is still heard and appreciated.
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Ninjula - Bass ‘n Honey
Album title: Bass ‘n Honey
Record Label: Ragtime Records
Electro swing just keeps getting more exciting! From start to finish, these 6 explosive and super punchy tracks blast out zany breakbeats and wild groovey rhythms flavored full of vintage and big band era compensations with barely a moment to catch your breath. Get wound up in the hyper bass and glitch-hop your nights away to these edgy high octane tunes!
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Poranguí - Poranguí
Album title: Poranguí
Record Label: Sol Creation Records
The red rocks of Sedona, AZ hold space for the musician, healer and creative spirit known as Porangui. He was cross culturally raised between Brazil, Mexico, and the Southwestern United States before training in ethnomusicology at Duke University, so his music draws from all of these. Poranguí’s signature World Soul style is created by using analogue hardware loopers, fx pedals, indigenous instruments and his voice to create mystical soundscapes capable of transporting listeners across space and time to a place of healing.
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SoDown - Jet Black
Album title: Jet Black
Record Label: GetDown Records
This EP is smokin hot! Establishing a menacing synth ambiance before introducing slick slices of glitch amid strong casts of electro bass and funky beat breakdowns makes for an entrancing listening experience. Chest pumping, hip hopping electronica doesn’t get much better than this.
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Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot
Album title: Tribute To Galt MacDermot
Record Label: First Word Records
Grammy Award Winner Galt MacDermot died on Dec 17, 2018, but his music will live forever! Best known for his work on the musical Hair, he produced several #1 hits in the late 60s and has been sampled by numerous groups and producers over the years.. This tribute by the French group Soleance samples choice snippets and turns them into quite on point, catchy, funky, jazzy electronic infused compositions.
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Sunsquabi - Instinct
Album title: Instinct
Record Label: Sunsquabi
This Colorado based hydro funk trio really takes flight on their newest release. Each track instinctively takes on the name of a different animal or insect, led by a three-track series of singles “Caterpillar,” “Chrysalis,” and “Night Moth.” Technical wizardry shines on each track, propelled by signature wailing guitars, slithering synths and slap happy improvisational jams. Another blissful display of stunning sonic glory! Become part of their metamorphosis when you go see them (with Defunk) on 4/11 at Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI and 4/13 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI.
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Wolf Tech - Weird World
Album title: Weird World
Record Label: Shanti Planti
UK producer Wolf Tech (aka Tom Chant) embarks on a sonic adventure of great depth and magnitude. The psybass rhythms pulse and propel listeners to psychedelic worlds with cinematic vision, while melodic yet dynamic and driving dubstep delivers hi-tech trajectories into distant lands filled with spaced out ambiance and modern musical eruptions. Immerse yourself!
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Yaima - Antidote
Album title: Antidote
Record Label: Yaima
Blooming with a connection to nature and sparked by the fire of internal growth and transformation, this third release by Seattle based duo Masaru Higasa (Guitar, flutes, handpan) and Pepper Proud (guitar & vocals) constructs gentle soundscapes filled with stories about the Lightness of Being. An introspective journey filled with atmosphere and many perspectives of the grand whole will please and pacify your inner soul itch.
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