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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Ester Rada - Ester Rada

    Ester Rada - Ester Rada

    Ester Rada
    Ester Rada
    Label: The Eighth Note

    Ester Rada is part of a striking wave of smart, talented and ambitious Ethiopian woman that has swept Israel recently. Utilizing acclaimed Israeli producers Kuti (Kutiman/Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico) she combines her smooth seductive voice with jazzy retro funk filtered through hip shaking African grooves marinated in reggae temptations to produce an infectious delicacy that will tease you into submission. 

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    Entheogenic - Enthymesis

    Entheogenic - Enthymesis

    Entheogenic
    Enthymesis
    Label: Universal Symbiosis Records

    An excellent 8th studio album for Entheogenic! Sliding grooves and moody ambient space-scapes glide into faster psytrance rhythms and brain scratching Terence McKenna platitudes. Mesmerizing trance within quirky glitch and magnificent hubub.

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    Ganga Giri - Earthwise Vol 1

    Ganga Giri - Earthwise Vol 1

    Ganga Giri
    Earthwise Vol 1
    Label: self-published

    Fusing body-thumping electronic bass music with lots of didgeridoo and other unique musical elements gathered from his native Australian experimentations, Ganga Giri is inspiring a positive celebration of global community by featuring an impressive line-up of musicians and vocalists from all over the globe on his Earthwise releases (vol 2 and 3 to follow shortly). Unique and invigorating adventures into the land down under and beyond.

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    Emancipator - Seven Seas

    Emancipator - Seven Seas

    Emancipator
    Seven Seas
    Label: Loci Records

    Peppered with guest musicians ranging from vocal to orchestral, this 4th studio release from the downtempo electronic maestro known as Emancipator (aka Doug Appling) combines organic with digital contributions expertly and effortlessly. Cosmic chill out beats evolve and travel to distant futures as textures and rhythms mystify and mesmerize through the constantly shifting and restructuring infrastructure. See what surprises the live show has in store 10/29 at Majestic Theatre in Madison, 10/30 at Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee and 10/31 at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, MN. Appearing with Wax Tailor and Yppah.

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    Electric Swing Circus - It Flew By

    Electric Swing Circus - It Flew By

    Electric Swing Circus
    It Flew By
    Label: Ragtime Records

    Ready for some sauntering 20’s swing songs wound up with gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, and vibrant electro beats? The Birmingham based Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of just this, combining contemporary with classic, while delighting UK festivals for years now. Fronted by a female double-act, they finesse and finagle 1920’s swing sensations with jazz, soul, rock, funk, disco and a lot of attitude. So much fun!

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    Evanescence - Synthesis

    Evanescence - Synthesis

    Evanescence
    Synthesis
    Label: BMG

    Focusing on orchestra and electronica, Synthesis revamps and recomposes the groups top hits, plus 2 new songs, into a full symphonic experience. The amazing Amy Lee is the conductor and focal point of this touring extravaganza, playing piano and singing her heart and soul into this highly acclaimed and award winning music. A grandiose occurrence!
    Appearing on 12/5 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI.

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