Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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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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Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

Putumayo Presents
Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!
Label: Putumayo World Music

Get out your dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff! This time around, Putumayo brings us 10 tracks by 10 different artists descended from the Cuban family tree to celebrate the increasing popularity of traditional Latin dancing music and show off their universal appeal.

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Various Artists - Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party

Various Artists - Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party

Various Artists
Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party
Label: Putumayo World Music

Here’s a no-brainer. Twelve light hearted Christmas songs done with a global slant, giving you a chance to hear some seasonal music without it being the same old holiday musical drivel you have heard nearly a billion times. From Jamaica to Cape Verde, they wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green
The Ladykiller
Label: Elektra/Asylum

Cee-Lo Green has become a musical hero of mine. His style, talent, and incredibly smooth voice stand out from all others. As the vocalist for the amazing Gnarls Barkley, he caught my attention. Now in solo form, he delivers a smashing release containing the infectious viral hit “Fuck You” (and the censored version “Forget You”) which has received millions of hits on YouTube. The remainder of the album shines with a timeless soul groove that is filled with layers of flavors and tip to hip-hop happiness.

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La Cherga - Revolve

La Cherga - Revolve

La Cherga
Revolve
Label: Asphalt Tango Records

La Cherga is a group of cross cultural sonic recyclers now based in Australia, but they draw from pan Balkan influences.  Founded by a Croatian punk gone dub DJ, this release binds Macedonian Gypsy brass with haunting flute melodies and hip-hop accents in addition to integrating the substantial deep grooving funk, dub, rock, pop, reggae with multiple vocal styles.

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Watcha Clan - Rebel Radio

Watcha Clan - Rebel Radio

Watcha Clan
Rebel Radio
Label: Piranha Musik

A multicultural band singing multilingual lyrics who has as much in common with Afropop and Balkan brass as with drum’n bass and hip hop. Their aim is to destroy boundaries everywhere with ‘Rebel Radio.’ This visionary musical eclecticism beams brightest when they connect the European and Middle Eastern worlds.

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Chopteeth Afrofunk Band - Chopteeth Live

Chopteeth Afrofunk Band - Chopteeth Live

Chopteeth Afrofunk Band
Chopteeth Live
Label: GriGri Discs

Infectious big band sounds driven by funky Afropop that pays homage and tribute to this ‘70s style mega dance sound. The live recording really shows off the versatility and dimension of the band while compelling the listener to jump up and shake their bootay.

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Prong - Carved Into Stone

Prong - Carved Into Stone

Prong
Carved Into Stone
Label: Long Branch Records

When bands create seminal music in a given genre, what do they do in the years and releases that follow? Prong guitarist Tommy Victor took time off to play with Danzig and Ministry before revisiting his roots and getting revitalized enough to assemble and pen a contemporary sonic barrage under his old moniker that is ready to flood your senses with signature riffs and aggressive themes. The Prong sound is back and ready to exceed the neck- and finger-snapping experiences of the past.

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Choban Elektrik  - Choban Elektrik

Choban Elektrik - Choban Elektrik

Choban Elektrik
Choban Elektrik
Label: self

Although Brooklyn is their home, this progressive power trio finds their musical roots in Albanian, Macedonian, Greek, and Armenian folk melodies. Choban Elektrik means “Electric Shepherds” and is a name that fits them sublimely. ” Vintage Hammond organs and Fender Rhodes are harnessed along with guitar and bass to further bend and blend genres and global visions within their improvisational platitudes.

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Beats Antique - Contraption Vol. II

Beats Antique - Contraption Vol. II

Beats Antique
Contraption Vol. II
Label: Antique Records

I’m pretty smitten with this prolific (7 releases in 5 years!) group. Dreamy alluring Middle Eastern and Gypsy melodies are married to equally intriguing electronic infusions. Add in violin, belly dancing, live drums and special DJ Pizazz, and viola! Brilliance. 

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Sidecar Tommy - Constant Flux

Sidecar Tommy - Constant Flux

Sidecar Tommy
Constant Flux
Label: self

Tommy Cappel AKA Sidecar Tommy is best known as being a part of the amazing gypsy-tronic trio Beats Antique. This solo release allows a different aspect of his musical interests to show forth. While still firmly in the electronic realm, we are treated to more chilled, downtempo glitch hop (without the middle eastern element Beats Antique is renowned for). But it is still catchy and quirky and enticing to listen to repeatedly, so we are all good!

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