Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

Gamma Ray
To The Metal!
Label: Earmusic

Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

Pierre De Gaillande
Bad Reputation
Label: Barbes

Georges Brassens was sort of a French Bob Dylan type dark pop bardic icon. Here his music and poetry is evoked, channeled and translated into English via De Gaillande’s tantalizing obsession with the silver tongued poet and musician. The simple rhythms were maintained as original as possible while being fitted for English. Thought provoking, memorable and disturbingly charming.

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Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music

Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music

Walter Gibbons
Jungle Music
Label: Strut Records

Pioneering reel to reel editing in mid 1970s led to many amazing things for this prolific DJ who became known for his remixes and influence in the early Disco and electronic scene. This 2 CD release of 14 lengthy remix tracks serves as a brief history lesson into the roots of synthetic beats and the sounds of the late 70s and early 80s.

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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.

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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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Buddy Guy - Living Proof

Buddy Guy - Living Proof

Buddy Guy
Living Proof
Label: Jive

Buddy Guy is a living legend that continues to create legends; both at his ‘Legends’ nightclub in Chicago and on each of his solo releases. Even though he is 74 years young, he can still spin a high octane blues riff or stomp on a sorrowful chord with enough of a flourish to win a Grammy nomination for “Living Proof.”

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Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Golden Horns

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Golden Horns

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar
Golden Horns
Label: Piranha Musik

In a flutter and flurry of horns, this Balkan brass band takes the centuries-old sounds from generations of Romani musicians and infuses it with contemporary flair and a danceable direction. This release serves as a career encapsulating ‘best of’ from Boban Markovic with his son, prized protégé Marko, and shows off their Southern Serbian Roma roots which are then spiced up and blended with jazz, soul and disco to produce a sensational sampling of their craft.

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Grimblee - Mutilate

Grimblee - Mutilate

Grimblee
Mutilate
Label: self

Too often, dubstep is bogged down with conflicting interests, crossed genres or some other confluence of inefficiencies, but not here. Grimblee (Gilbert Splett) serves up straightforward kick-ass whompin’ electronica from Salt Lake City that is guaranteed to pique your eardrums.

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Legendary Pink Dots - The Gethsemane Option

Legendary Pink Dots - The Gethsemane Option

Legendary Pink Dots
The Gethsemane Option
Label: Metropolis

Dark numbing droning rhythms intersect warbling dissonances and copulate with the soured Jesus thematics of the release. After 32 studio albums in 33 years the LPDs still retain the reins on unsettling minimalism that draws listeners in via some creepy beauty and psychological titillations.

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Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra - Gipsy Manifesto

Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra - Gipsy Manifesto

Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra
Gipsy Manifesto
Label: piranha

The Balkan brass band movement has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding musical uprisings of the past several years and the Markovic’s have been unabashedly at the forefront of things. This legendary father and son virtuoso trumpet duo hail from Southern Serbia, but thanks to the saturation of multicultural elements into their music, they have been penning numerous genre-defining and explosive Balkan Gypsy Brass dance hits over the years while seeing their popularity skyrocket thanks to DJs around the world remixing all things Balkan into their electronica. Balkan beats get the dance floor percolating and there is a lot of fantastic percolation happening on Gipsy Manifesto!

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Futexture - Genetically Modified Oscillations

Futexture - Genetically Modified Oscillations

Futexture
Genetically Modified Oscillations
Label: Gravitas Recordings

Heavily glitched electronica with an obtuse but foreseeable future concept angle. “The year is 2146. Due to genetic modifications made to commercial crops and animals at the turn of the millennium, there is widespread sexual compatibility between nearly all forms of life on planet Earth. New hybrid species are being discovered every day…” So if you are willing to go on an adventure and meet the Aardvartichoke, Caulilflowl, Asparagoose, or the increasingly rare Cucumbear, this is your chance!

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Soulacybin - Gratitude

Soulacybin - Gratitude

Soulacybin
Gratitude
Label: Merkaba Music

Some music is meant as a journey. Other purely for enjoyment. Yet this one is designed to include an activation. A metaphysical activation for your heart to enhance beyond your ears and mind. The music to push the activation is a succulent dub swirl soundscape of glitch hop and soultronica with mystical blurs and psychedelic bends.

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