Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Gabriel Johnson - Fra_ctured

Gabriel Johnson - Fra_ctured

Gabriel Johnson
Fra_ctured
Label: Electrofone Music

Born on the whims and whimsy of quirky electronica, this phenom trumpeter has found liberating fields of instrumental bliss through jubilant ProTools antics and his own “fractured jazz” notions. He bids you to enter this new frontier and play with him.

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Just A Band - 82

Just A Band - 82

Just A Band
82
Label: Akwaaba Music

Mellow moods shift in the glimmering of an emotion with embellishments of contemporary down tempo ethics. These 3 musicians from Kenya were all born in 1982, hence the name. Most songs were constructed and concocted within the influence of 80s synth pop while injected with ethnic grooves.

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Janaka Selekta - Pushing Air

Janaka Selekta - Pushing Air

Janaka Selekta
Pushing Air
Label: Chaiwalla's Boombox

Prepare for an exotic and lush musical journey as diverse as the road taken by the musician himself. Born in Sri Lanka, raised in the United Kingdom and Kuwait, he now resides in the Bay Area. Over the past 10 years he has been formulating dreamy Indian and Middle Eastern electronica that melts from genre to genre, showing more depth and wonder with each song.

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Junior Toots - Reggae Got Soul

Junior Toots - Reggae Got Soul

Junior Toots
Reggae Got Soul
Label: Crown Of Fire Records

If you are looking for a rising reggae artist that hasn’t gotten over the novelty of auto-tuning his voice, then look no further. Son of Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) and a Jamaican native, he forms his soulful, lyrical content around socially conscious issues and Jah. A lot of Jah.

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Joey Fehrenbach - Don’t Wake Me

Joey Fehrenbach - Don’t Wake Me

Joey Fehrenbach
Don’t Wake Me
Label: Delicate Recordings

Strikingly beautiful downtempo electronica, filled with comforting melodies and an effortless appeal. Discerning himself from solo artists with a band name by simply utilizing his actual name, this Arizona based musician undeniably has the songwriting skills to make his name memorable as his musical already has become.

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Danko Jones - Below The Belt

Danko Jones - Below The Belt

Danko Jones
Below The Belt
Label: Bad Taste Records

Smack-ass Canadian hard rock with attitude, intensity, and great grooves. This well tested trio knows how to chew up the traumatic lessons of life and love that our existence hands out to us. Learn and grow from past problems and percolate them into great musical lessons for us all to learn from. Hold on, this one doesn’t stop.

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Meat and Bone
Label: Mom & Pop Music

Eight long years have passed since their last studio album, but this legendary lo-fi blues crew has again unleashed a caterwauling cacophony that will storm your eardrums listen after listen. Blending punk, hardcore and rusty rock n roll with biting blues, these 12 cuts fling more energy and groovy rhythms than you may be ready for, but the challenge will be worth the effort.

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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - White People and the Damage Done

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - White People and the Damage Done

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
White People and the Damage Done
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Seeing Iggy Pop perform with the Stooges for his 60th birthday inspired the legendary Jello Biafra to start a new band, and hence, this project was born. Overall, it sounds a LOT like Dead Kennedys, more so than any of his other side projects, but still offers a few surprises. Acerbic wit, trademark caterwauling vocals, raucous riffage and provocative topics are yours for the taking. 

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John Brown's Body - Fireflies

John Brown's Body - Fireflies

John Brown's Body
Fireflies
Label: Easy Star

As the popularity of reggae continues to rise, we find JBB leading the pack, with Fireflies debuting at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. Their 11th studio album is filled with hook-heavy rootsy reggae offset by melodic soundscapes and constant sizzling selections from their horn section. The Ithaca, NY based dub rockers are in top form and ready to take their charge to the highest heights.

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Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

Joe Ford
Colours in Sound
Label: Shogun Audio

Invigorating glitch hop electronica spiced with vocal segments and compelling beats are what Colours in Sound is all about. Not afraid to drop the beat and keep the show going, this release spans a wide spectrum of styles, while maintaining a very active drum n bass base. Friendly to the ears as well as the dance floor!

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SoDown - Jet Black

SoDown - Jet Black

SoDown
Jet Black
Label: GetDown Records

This EP is smokin hot! Establishing a menacing synth ambiance before introducing slick slices of glitch amid strong casts of electro bass and funky beat breakdowns makes for an entrancing listening experience. Chest pumping, hip hopping electronica doesn’t get much better than this.

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