Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Lokesh - Utopia

Lokesh - Utopia

Lokesh
Utopia
Label: Moonrise Records

A bright minded DJ born in New Delhi but residing in San Fransisco. If you are compelled to visit mystical realms of pleasantly enveloping world spanning ethno electronica, then this would be a fascinating and fantastic place to start.


Lamb of God - Hourglass

Lamb of God - Hourglass

Lamb of God
Hourglass
Label: Epic Records

To celebrate 15 years as a band LOG releases this 3 volume package on multiple formats and versions including vinyl and USB drives. Cherry picking the best and favorite of their early years, the Epic years and rare oddball tracks this anniversary release shows off the raw drive and musical ambition that made this band thrive.

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La Cherga - Revolve

La Cherga - Revolve

La Cherga
Revolve
Label: Asphalt Tango Records

La Cherga is a group of cross cultural sonic recyclers now based in Australia, but they draw from pan Balkan influences.  Founded by a Croatian punk gone dub DJ, this release binds Macedonian Gypsy brass with haunting flute melodies and hip-hop accents in addition to integrating the substantial deep grooving funk, dub, rock, pop, reggae with multiple vocal styles.

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Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

Lee Negin
Hungry Ghosts
Label: Passing Phase Records

Negrin is a world travelling sound sculptor who is also a university professor currently residing in South Korea. After a lengthy musical hiatus, he found time to produce this diverse diorama of dystopian electronics that integrates international artistic input. This disparate experimentation into psychedelic cybertronica also incorporates his love of jazz, funk, ambient, and classical music.

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Filastine - L00T

Filastine - L00T

Filastine
L00T
Label: Muti Music

Splitting his time between activism and artistry, Filastine has melded together a blanket of polyrhythmic input assembled at street level from Bangladesh to Bornio. Using gritty acoustic inputs and modded-out metal shopping carts as “the perfect modern instrument”, he rides the intersection of unabashed globalism and bass music as an audio-visual nomad and percussionist. Whether bringing a spectrum of instruments into a low-frequency dubstep grind or sampling multilingual tales of environmental implosion, this artist has a lot to say and says it his own way. Brilliant! 

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Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

Freak Kitchen
Land of the Freaks
Label: The Laser's Edge

Touted as ‘Europe’s best musical secret’ due to limited distribution, Freak Kitchen has just had their back-catalog released and this one from 2009 is the first in line. The progressive power trio consists of three renowned virtuoso musicians - Mattias “IA” Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklund (drums). When these hard-working musicians are not performing in a band, they are out teaching clinics. The music contains creative progressive rock elements with a healthy dose of Frank Zappa influenced humor plus musical shenanigans and acrobatics galore.

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Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

Lionize - Superczar and the Vulture

Lionize
Superczar and the Vulture
Label: Pentimento Music Company

Great grooves! Very successfully weaving together reggae elements with over-the-top 70s groove-rock, this DC quartet really has evolved into a force to be reckoned with. “It’s definitely the most complete, distinct Lionize record so far,” notes bassist Henry Upton, who established the group in 2004. So there ya go.

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Cas Haley - La Si Dah

Cas Haley - La Si Dah

Cas Haley
La Si Dah
Label: Easy Star Records

Successfully funded through the crowd-sourcing website Pledge Music, La Si Dah jumps into your eardrums and consciousness via gently woven reggae beats and vocal-heavy melodies. Cas is a fun entertainer and although he didn’t win America’s Got Talent, it set the stage for his career to achieve new heights and depth.

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Alwoods - Long Life Forest

Alwoods - Long Life Forest

Alwoods
Long Life Forest
Label: Altar Records

Beautiful artwork and restrained melodies combine with driving bass lines on this down-tempo dance floor delectation, inspired by the Greek mountainside. Alwoods AKA John Rigas offers us 8 epic length tracks (none shorter than 7 min!) to morph, meld and find inner vision with.

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Lords of Acid - Lords of Acid

Lords of Acid - Lords of Acid

Lords of Acid
Lords of Acid
Label: Metropolis Records

After 12 long years the mighty Praga Khan, along with longtime collaborator Erhan Kurkun, bring us a new full length orgy of punky electro industrial deliciousness. This is a fantastic, feisty, fun, booty shakin’ party album with great grooves, wide stylistic variances and witty lyrics plus an ever apparent sex appeal. Yummy!

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Lance Lopez - Handmade Music

Lance Lopez - Handmade Music

Lance Lopez
Handmade Music
Label: MIG Music

Starting in New Orleans and mentored by Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys) this ballsy blues guitarist has been a professional musician since the age of 14. At the age of 18 he became Lucky Peterson’s band leader. Now on this, his second solo release, he starts off jumpin but gets gritty, soulful and introspective in the middle.

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Little Fyodor and Babushka - Truly Rejected

Little Fyodor and Babushka - Truly Rejected

Little Fyodor and Babushka
Truly Rejected
Label: KEN ROCK

Nothing gives me a hard on more than Little Fyodor and Babushka releasing a 7”! And after 20 years of musical self dejection and fatalistic floundering the duo emerge with another round of hopeless cynical caterwaulings certainly capable of creating an aneurysm in less than one bat shit crazy chord or confounded utterance. You won’t find another like this.

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