Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Chill Factor-5 - The Venus Effect

Chill Factor-5 - The Venus Effect

Chill Factor-5
The Venus Effect
Label: Electronfarm Records

A contemporary musical hybrid helmed by world traveling, Grammy nominated multi instrumentalist Maurice Oliver. This treasure trove of chilled smooth electronica flirts adventurously with numerous musical combinations from the jazz, hip hop, pop, funk, soul and world beat realms.


Charles Walker Band - Used And Defiant

Charles Walker Band - Used And Defiant

Charles Walker Band
Used And Defiant
Label: Ehlona Records

Tight, classy kick ass blues from Milwaukee, WI. Deep grooving, high energy music propelled by the charismatic vocals of Miss Shanna Jackson and expertly supported by 4 seasoned career musicians including songwriter and bandleader Charles Walker himself. Music to season your soul with.

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Chinese Stars - Heaven On Speed Dial

Chinese Stars - Heaven On Speed Dial

Chinese Stars
Heaven On Speed Dial
Label: Anchor Brain Records

Dissonant lubrications disjoint and realign at the sadistic whim of these overlords of musical funk-dissonance. Join this scramble for stability amidst the charming yet volatile excursions into dangerous anti-pop melodies grinning with smart ass punk taunting vocals.

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Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Cobblestone Jazz
The Modern Deep Left Quartet
Label: !K7 Records

Anchored by lackadaisical and typically repetitive throbbing house beats that glides through smooth free flowing extra minimalistic waves of jazz, funk and fusion spun electronica may be enticing to some, but this ultimately finds me unattached and ejecting in favor of something with more substance, flavor and zest.

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CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
Misled By Certainty
Label: Relapse

Cascades of extreme metal come pouring forth from the instruments of this furious and hard working Colorado concoction. After hammering down the grind on the first dozen tracks of their sixth Relapse release, they end with the epic length, genre spanning “Repangaea.”

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CHARMING HOSTESS - The Bowls Project

CHARMING HOSTESS - The Bowls Project

CHARMING HOSTESS
The Bowls Project
Label: Tzadik

This is a bizarre mixture of intensely creative elements that links female vocals, Iraqi folk, Jewish culture, rock, metal, sex, love, angels, demons, and oodles more in an eclectic fashion. Inspiration here was garnered from inscriptions found on bowls buried beneath Jewish Babylonian houses which allowed group leader Jewlia Eisenberg a culturally poignant and diverse perspective to compose from.

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Chico Trujillo - Chico de Oro

Chico Trujillo - Chico de Oro

Chico Trujillo
Chico de Oro
Label: Barbes Records

I received this CD after I saw their kickin’ set at the Marquette Waterfront Festival earlier this summer and had to spread the word. This release does what it can to relay the exuberance, depth, and passion of their live performance. Their feisty splashy Cumbia explores the boundaries of this encompassing Pan-Latin genre in so many wonderful ways.

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Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann
Analog Drift
Label: Wax Poetics Records

Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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Copal - Into The Shadow Garden

Copal - Into The Shadow Garden

Copal
Into The Shadow Garden
Label: Self Released

Winding flowing violin and cello are strung into a steam punk fantasy of exotic interwoven Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Nordic nuances while propelled by subtle percussion. Artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing, serene and sedate they manage to evoke a contemporary spectacle through romanticized passages from a global past.

Copal Website

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Collective Acoustics - bc >= ad

Collective Acoustics
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Label: Gah Gah Music

Love at first riff? From the very moment I put this in the player, the silky smooth organic rocktronica created by this experimental trio caressed my musical g-spot. The flowing and dreamy instrumentals are comprised of curious guitars, murmuring and enticing jazzy rhythms and patches of blissful ambience. All played on real instruments. No samples, loops or MIDI here. The highly versatile crew creates in other interesting ways including organs, electric bass and harpsichord plus instruments and devices of their own design.

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Carlos GoGo Gomez - New Paradigm Global Music

Carlos GoGo Gomez - New Paradigm Global Music

Carlos GoGo Gomez
New Paradigm Global Music
Label: KidLat Records

Railing against the boundaries of what most consider the parameters of music to be this Ifa priest, martial artist and world renowned percussionist manages to surprise and inspire through his attractive shamanic messages and mystical beats. Transcendental drones subtly change and morph into mind-bending expressions of bliss and unity.

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Club D'Elf - Electric Moroccoland/So Below

Club D'Elf - Electric Moroccoland/So Below

Club D'Elf
Electric Moroccoland/So Below
Label: Face Pelt Records

Playfully hypnotic global psychedelic rock flows forth from the soul of this effervescent musical collective. Although firmly rooted in Moroccan ‘Gnawan’ music and the trance aspects of it, they also intersperse dub, jazz, free jazz and global improvisation into this rewarding rhythmic adventure.

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