Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

Robert Soko
BalkanBeats
Label: Piranha Music

Encapsulating the energy, excitement and amazing confluence of various Balkan dance grooves that erupt once a month at club Lido in Berlin thanks to this renowned DJ. A trailblazer since the early 90s, Soko hosts this international dance party friendly to both his fellow Balkan expatriates as well as the vibrant Berlin club crowds. Current and contagious!

Robert Soko Website

SambaDá - Gente!

SambaDá - Gente!

SambaDá
Gente!
Label: Self Released

Brandishing a percussive Afro-Brazilian music palette this 7 member Santa Cruz, CA spawned pulse pounding sensation emerged from a Brazilian dance group and has transformed into a wild and engrossing groove stomping treat. Further energized with musical elements of surf rock, funk, reggae and a variety of other tropical rhythms allows for the sweet interplay between the male and female vocalists to swing this party into epic form.

SambaDá Website

Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

Souljazz Orchestra
Rising Sun
Label: Strut Records

As the name aptly implies, this is a very jazz centric soul filled multi instrumental offering. Capturing the vibrant emanations from the 60s and 70s and melding Afro and Latin rhythms to their base, this Ottowa, Canada group feeds your ear with the traditional while stoking the contemporary fires of innovation and pizzazz.

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Spy From Cairo - Secretly Famous

Spy From Cairo - Secretly Famous

Spy From Cairo
Secretly Famous
Label: Wonderwheel Records

This Spy (aka Moreno Visini aka Zeb) is a prolific musician and producer with hundreds of songs and over 10 albums to his credit. Here, each song is smartly woven with a specific and concentrated Middle Eastern groove to represent the many facets of this wonderful musical panorama while being diffused through a danceable contemporary dub electronica template.


Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

Ami Saraiya
Archaeologist
Label: Self Released

Sultry musical temptations shudder and delight throughout this deep and dreamy gypsy diatribe. Buffeted about on lilting waltzes bring forth a grand display of vocal and rhythmic variety from then and now as well as here and there.

Ami Saraiya Website

Rob Swift - The Architecht

Rob Swift - The Architecht

Rob Swift
The Architecht
Label: Ipecac Records

Quirky and jerky electronics incorporating elements flung far from most current norms. Divergently texturized by the two rapped vocal tracks; the rest of the release captures dynamics and mood from classical music samples to lead us on a unique electronic journey.

Rob Swift WebsiteRob Swift Wiki

Sharon Shannon - Saints & Scoundrels

Sharon Shannon - Saints & Scoundrels

Sharon Shannon
Saints & Scoundrels
Label: The Daisy Label

A goodly smattering of Irish, Celtic and Cajun musical reflections show off the charm, versatility and capabilities of this multi-platinum award-winning accordion player. She is joined by a bevy of guests (way too many to list!) which broaden the allure and personality of this release to a certain point of irresistibility.

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Sora - Heartwood

Sora - Heartwood

Sora
Heartwood
Label: Corvid Media

Soothing and refreshing Celtic music spearheaded by this traditionally styled vocalist. Her voice twinkles with delicate splashes of vibrato amidst the lushly melodic atmospheres that bloom from the emotional tales told as the panorama of instruments unfolds.

Sora WebsiteSora Facebook

Carmen Souza - Protegid

Carmen Souza - Protegid

Carmen Souza
Protegid
Label: Galileo Music

Curiously comfortable musical flirtations conjoining the surprising influences of West Africa’s Cape Verde with contemporary vigor and vision. The lyrics may be in Creole but her dextrous vocals dance with effortless accompaniment to the jazzy rhythms spiced with Arabic, Polish, Euro and African injections.

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Shye Ben Tzur - Shoshan

Shye Ben Tzur - Shoshan

Shye Ben Tzur
Shoshan
Label: EarthSynch

Shye ben Tzur is a Hebrew Qawwali singer that has been busy cultivating mystical experiences into contemporary songs. “Shoshan” is a successful experiment employing Hebrew poetry with Flamenco guitars, plus soaring Rajastan vocals in addition to the flavorful Indian and Afro rhythms. The music sways from trance to ecstatic while retaining its open awareness and devotional nature.

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One Man Collective - Soul Product

One Man Collective - Soul Product

One Man Collective
Soul Product
Label:

OMC is the brainchild of Johan Sandqvist. Born in Sweden, but transplanted to LA, he brings us an EP of bubbly dreamy soundscapes flowing with cascades of electronic mysteries and marvels.

One Man Collective WebsiteOne Man Collective Facebook

Systema Solar - System Solar

Systema Solar - System Solar

Systema Solar
System Solar
Label: Chusma Records

These guys throw down when they party in Columbia. Colliding a countless number of influences, ranging from scratch and hip hop, to dance, to spacey electronica with Afro-Columbian and Latin traditions, makes for an album full of surprises and rhythmic diversity. Taking time to be visually colorful and striking is part of their charm. Live, they present a powerful well rounded and innovative experience. (9)

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