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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
    Label: Heads Up Africa

    Taking a break from their usual heavy handed Christian focused acapella, this Grammy award winning African singing group pays homage to Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest leaders in African history. Amazing harmonies as always.

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    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

    London After Midnight
    Violent Acts Of Beauty
    Label: Metropolis Records

    This long time gothic band has retooled and reinvigorated their style by adding a substantial electronic element. This change makes for some fertile new musical frontiers and repeated listens.

    London After Midnight WebsiteLondon After Midnight Wiki

    Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

    Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

    Blake Lewis
    Audio Daydream
    Label: Arista/J Records

    Once again a runner up on American Idol scores bigger than the winner. Dynamic and diverse, this release offers a great range of Blake-isms; from beat boxing and alternative pop to soul and hip hop all seen through his pleasant technotronic filters.

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    Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

    Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

    Lost Dream
    The Lost Dream
    Label: Craig Sound Productions

    This ambitious self-taught multi-instrumentalist composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced this release. She also played the entire range of instruments. Attempting to reconcile rock’n’roll with ambient atmospheres around a concept of lost hope sounds good in theory, but unfortunately comes off a bit flaccid and overly subdued.


    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi
    Sublime
    Label: Sequoia Records

    Continuing on with her tradition of utilizing top talent and great producers to produce a very NOW direction to her offerings of Bhakti yoga. This Kirtan themed voyage of chant, chill and grace will carry the listener to alcoves of serenity and blissful platitudes.

    Jaya Lakshmi Website

    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle - Tiny Heaven

    Liquid Jungle
    Tiny Heaven
    Label: Self Released

    Prog rock from Atlanta with a serious funk kick and some interesting quirks. The interplay of vocal harmonies amidst the disparate instrumental aptitudes serves to amplify the slurry of intriguing and beguiling musical intensities.

    Liquid Jungle Website

    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share - Emotional Coma

    Lion's Share
    Emotional Coma
    Label: Locomotive Spain Records

    A masterful selection of whirled classic metal riffs with a thrashing power metal type undertow as directed by band mastermind Lars Chriss. Thanks to the distinctive and awesome Dio era vocals of Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS and WUTHERING HEIGHTS) this album packs a crunchy, satisfying punch!

    Lion's Share Website

    Leatherwolf - New World Asylum

    Leatherwolf - New World Asylum

    Leatherwolf
    New World Asylum
    Label: Self Released

    Megadeth meets Metal Church in this surprisingly good thrash attack throwback. With Mustain-like vocals and kick ass catchy riffs n chops this release will certainly stress my neck well into the future.

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    Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood

    Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood

    Legendary Shack Shakers
    Swampblood
    Label: Yep Rock Records

    Wailing hillbilly psycho swamp rock with a gothic snicker and a bluesy swagger showing off the strange and soulful American South. This is the third and final installment of the “Tentshow Trilogy.” Git sum!

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    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots
    Plutonium Blonde
    Label: ROIR

    Disquieting platitudes from the sardonic seedy underbelly of pop music adoration. Edward Ka-Spel and crew spin tales of gothic disturbances that uproot and empower unknown musical pathways to your brain.

    Legendary Pink Dots WebsiteLegendary Pink Dots Wiki

    Lotus - Hammerstrike

    Lotus - Hammerstrike

    Lotus
    Hammerstrike
    Label: SCI Records

    Offering fresh, funky, technodellic indie jams that have to date been almost totally non vocal. This time there are several tracks with vocal flaunts to broaden their horizons and stellar trajectories. Upward and onward.

    Lotus WebsiteLotus Wiki

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda
    Cuatro Tunes
    Label: Sanjonero records

    A trio of musicians originally from Venezuela, now slowly transplanting to Madison, bring us a teaser of their world beat amalgamation of South American melodies purposely infected with global influences.

    La Otra Banda Website

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