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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2019
    Ninjula - Bass ‘n Honey

    Ninjula - Bass ‘n Honey

    Ninjula
    Bass ‘n Honey
    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!

    Ninjula WebsiteNinjula Facebook

    Yaima - Antidote

    Yaima - Antidote

    Yaima
    Antidote
    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.

    Yaima Website

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics
    From The Sea
    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.

    Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics WebsiteMichal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics FacebookMichal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics Wiki

    Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot

    Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot

    Soleance
    Tribute To Galt MacDermot
    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.

    Soleance WebsiteSoleance Facebook

    SoDown - Jet Black

    SoDown - Jet Black

    SoDown
    Jet Black
    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.

    SoDown WebsiteSoDown Facebook

    Kojo - Guide My Soul

    Kojo - Guide My Soul

    Kojo
    Guide My Soul
    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.

    Kojo WebsiteKojo Facebook

    Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

    Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

    Andy Frasco & The UN
    Change of Pace
    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.

    Andy Frasco & The UN WebsiteAndy Frasco & The UN Facebook

    Sunsquabi - Instinct

    Sunsquabi - Instinct

    Sunsquabi
    Instinct
    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.

    Sunsquabi WebsiteSunsquabi Facebook

    Poranguí   - Poranguí

    Poranguí - Poranguí

    Poranguí
    Poranguí
    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.

    Poranguí WebsitePoranguí Facebook

    Mindex - Sleep Deprivation

    Mindex - Sleep Deprivation

    Mindex
    Sleep Deprivation
    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

    Mindex WebsiteMindex Facebook

    Nango Manchay - Under Our Sun

    Nango Manchay - Under Our Sun

    Nango Manchay
    Under Our Sun
    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.

    Nango Manchay WebsiteNango Manchay Facebook

    Ayla Nereo - By the Light of the Dark Moon

    Ayla Nereo - By the Light of the Dark Moon

    Ayla Nereo
    By the Light of the Dark Moon
    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!

    Ayla Nereo WebsiteAyla Nereo Facebook

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