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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2020
    voodoohop - Mamazonia : Odes to the Forest - Vol.1

    voodoohop - Mamazonia : Odes to the Forest - Vol.1

    Mamazonia : Odes to the Forest - Vol.1
    Label: Tropical Twista Records

    Want to support the front line defenders of the Amazon rain forest? Proceeds from this wonderful compilation of etheric ethno-tronica, put together by the art collective voodoohop, supports two organisations working with indigenous communities in that area. (www.kaninde.org.br/lista-projetos/ & iieb.org.br/projetos-e-programa…/povos-indigenas-2/ ) The tracks are all good, but Xique Xique, Philosamples and Bliz Nochi got more repeats in my ears. 

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    Shpongle Static - Live at Ozra 2019

    Shpongle Static - Live at Ozra 2019

    Shpongle Static
    Live at Ozra 2019
    Label: Twisted Records Ltd

    If you were wondering if the name meant this was the phenomenal fusion of two visionary musical talents, SHPONGLE (Simon Posford) & EAT STATIC (Merv Pepler), you would be correct! Cross pollinating their globally appealing psychedelic electronic music is certainly a treat and if you were lucky enough to attend this legendary Psychedelic Trance festival in Ozra, Hungary you could have seen it take place in front of your eyes. For the rest of us though, this landmark release will tell the tale of their combined sonic wizardry.

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    Dub Fx - Roots

    Dub Fx - Roots

    Dub Fx
    Label: Convoy Music Group

    Ben Stanford is Dub FX, a Melbourne born street performer, beat boxer and looping artist extraordinaire who exhibits strong poetic lyricism while exploring social, political and spiritual topics. Roots is more of an eclectic reggae album than an experimental loopy electronic release like his prior ones. He hits the dub hard, but amid the relentless bubble rhythm, he journeys through hip hop, soca and more on the way to Roots.

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    Basher Toe - Pasifika

    Basher Toe - Pasifika

    Basher Toe
    Label: Merkaba Music

    Tribal dance music has been a favorite of mine for years and this release from Israeli bass producer Basher Toe (aka Chen Beer) is one of the hottest things I have heard in a long while! He spent time studying various ancient pacific cultures, aboriginal music styles, and tribal storytelling techniques, which he then combined with organic samples, hand instruments, and didgeridoos. These elements percolated, blossomed and erupted masterfully within the raw intensity of modern bass music to produce these 5 top notch tracks.

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    Big Gigantic - Free Your Mind

    Big Gigantic - Free Your Mind

    Big Gigantic
    Free Your Mind
    Label: Counter Records

    Big Gigantic are such musical wizards! Spanning genres ranging from electronic pop and soul to modern jazz and hip hop, this talented Colorado duo knows how to make the party happen. Their first studio album in 3 years offers up 13-tracks focused on providing uplifting, expansive soul vocals while showing off collaborations with artists including Pell, Felly, TOBi, Jennifer Hartswick, Louis Futon, The Funk Hunters and more. Imagine how Free Your Mind will be when you see them live on 4/3 at the Sylvee in Madison, WI.

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