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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

    EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

    EOTO
    Fire The Lazers!
    Label: Sci Fidelity Recordings

    Immediately engulfing the listener in a womb of intensely perplexing otherworldly sounds “Fire The Lazers!” drinks from a dazzling selection of galaxy shaking electronic riffs and drum kit dips. The robust bass spectrum sounds rub and tickle your ears and body with a special nonchalant fervor. Michael Travis and Jason Hann (both String Cheese Incident alumnist’s) have birthed another quirky recorded masterpiece while maintaining their improvisational live performances.

    EOTO WebsiteEOTO Wiki

    EL-P - WEARALLGOINGTOBURNINHELLMEGAMIXX3

    EL-P - WEARALLGOINGTOBURNINHELLMEGAMIXX3

    EL-P
    WEARALLGOINGTOBURNINHELLMEGAMIXX3
    Label: Gold Dust

    Punchy attitude filled hyper-drive techno, washed with quirky-smirky samples and a lot of industrial type backdrops. Although EL-P is a noted deep wit rapper, this full tilt release is all instrumental.

    EL-P WebsiteEL-P Wiki

    Eugene Grey - Diversity

    Eugene Grey - Diversity

    Eugene Grey
    Diversity
    Label: Greyhound Records

    Disc 1 shows off the instrumental side of this hard working and award winning Jamaican born guitarist and composer while disc 2 has all the vocal tracks thrown in. I can’t decide which is better. They are both flavorful in their own way, highlighting inflections and nuances of the buoyant horn section and funky subtly flowing rhythms that are based in Afro-pop, reggae, jazz and jam.

    Eugene Grey WebsiteEugene Grey Facebook

    Pickpocket Ensemble - Memory

    Pickpocket Ensemble - Memory

    Pickpocket Ensemble
    Memory
    Label: Odd Shaped Case

    Approaching folk music from an urban acoustic perspective, weaving in time worn subtleties and nuances of world café, while managing to engage the listener fully with a depth and perspective all their own.

    The Pickpocket Ensemble WebsiteThe Pickpocket Ensemble Facebook

    Elikeh - Adje! Adje

    Elikeh - Adje! Adje

    Elikeh
    Adje! Adje
    Label: Azalea City Records

    Groove heavy and politically active Afro-rock spawned from the unlikely country of Togo. Singer, guitarist, composer and founder of Elikeh, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo, but immigrated to Washington, D.C. in 2000. His D.C. based ensemble fuses indigenous Togolese elements with a contemporary flavor in a powerful and memorable manner including noteworthy guitar work and vivacious horns.

    Elikeh WebsiteElikeh Facebook

    Easy Star All Stars - First Light

    Easy Star All Stars - First Light

    Easy Star All Stars
    First Light
    Label: Easy Star Records

    Contemporary reggae enunciated with a big active sound and a nice variety within the genre. You may remember Easy Star from their highly success Dub Side versions of Sgt Peppers, Dark Side Of The Moon and Ok Computerhead. Here they show off their own compositions with flair, pizzazz, and determination.

    Easy Star All Stars WebsiteEasy Star All Stars Wiki

    Akara - Extradimensional Ethnography

    Akara - Extradimensional Ethnography

    Akara
    Extradimensional Ethnography
    Label: self-released

    A palette of sensational ethereal compositions created by a conservatory-trained classical composer turned electronica producer.  These mystical meanderings are as delightful to the ear as the cover art is to the eye. Experience what are described as reality unveiling extradimensional symphonies.

    Akara WebsiteAkara Facebook

    Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical

    Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical

    Bomba Estereo
    Elegancia Tropical
    Label: Polen Records

    Bogota’s hottest band infuses highly danceable cumbia with pleasant doses of electronics, allowing their take on Colombia’s Afro-Latin roots and beats to be unique and memorable. Their explosive moniker, named for the monster sound systems that power the local parties in Bogota is the perfect attention getter and sets the tone for the amazing cross pollination of influences and energies, jumping from chicha and champeta to dancehall vibes and beyond. 

    Bomba Estereo WebsiteBomba Estereo FacebookBomba Estereo Wiki

    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch
    Earth Rocker
    Label: Weathermaker Music

    Ten albums in, and they are still hot as fuck! Self-admittedly wrought with more forethought, focus, and polish than some of their prior releases, Earth Rocker will knock your socks off. Their hard-rockin’ antics and usual sardonic lyrics have never sounded better.

    Clutch WebsiteClutch FacebookClutch Wiki

    Dubtonic Kru - Evolution

    Dubtonic Kru - Evolution

    Dubtonic Kru
    Evolution
    Label: VP Records

    Appealing to a wide range of audiences through their eclectic range of influences, rhythms and dueling vocals, this award winning, highly acclaimed and hard working reggae dub outfit based out of Jamaica will certainly awaken the Jah within. Appearing July 4 with DJ Trichrome at High Noon Saloon in Madison.

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    EarthCry - Hear the Earth, Heal Yourself ? Heal the Earth, Hear Yourself

    EarthCry - Hear the Earth, Heal Yourself ? Heal the Earth, Hear Yourself

    EarthCry
    Hear the Earth, Heal Yourself ? Heal the Earth, Hear Yourself
    Label: EarthCry

    In an effort to expose younger people to the ancient solfeggio scale (particular frequencies known to aid the human condition) Asheville-based producer Anthony Thogmartin (who is also a motivating force in Papadosio) has taken these mysterious tones and meticulously paired them with electronic tempos and rhythms to create 6 corresponding tracks. Beautiful and blissful but with a beat.

    EarthCry WebsiteEarthCry Facebook

    EarthRise Sound System - Rock Beats Paper

    EarthRise Sound System - Rock Beats Paper

    EarthRise Sound System
    Rock Beats Paper
    Label: Yoga Organix Records

    When the prolific duo DJ/writer/yogi Derek Beres and producer/percussionist Duke Mushroom had their debut reach #5 on the iTunes World charts, they chose to up the ante of their follow-up by melding an impressive myriad of guest vocalists and musicians into their lineup. This, in turn, integrated influences ranging from India, Pakistan, Jamaica, Brazil, Peru, and beyond. Thematically, this album recalls the classic kids’ game and brings to light the consequences of choosing money (paper) over the planet (rock).

    EarthRise Sound System Website

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