Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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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.

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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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Scythia - ….Of War

Scythia - ….Of War

Scythia
….Of War
Label: Scythia

Do you like your metal folky? How about with a dash of violin or keyboards? Maybe some gothic overtones? This adventurous and progressive Canadian outfit enjoys galloping metal grooves along side classically constructed folk passages to arrive at a well sculpted destination. The songs are all available at their site on a ‘“pay what you want”’ basis, so everybody wins.

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Big Swede - BS in Da Club

Big Swede - BS in Da Club

Big Swede
BS in Da Club
Label:

A double disc dose of well motivated and well blended house, Euro, and trance music from Grammy nominated DJ/composer/producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist Stefan “Big Swede” Svenson. The throbbing beats are expertly matched with some great samples for an effective aural assault. (8)

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Sonia Brex - Naif

Sonia Brex - Naif

Sonia Brex
Naif
Label: Piranha Records

Although classically trained at an Italian conservatory, she transplanted to Berlin and transformed her appeal into a delightful electro-ethno-pop filled with an erratic, eclectic and entertaining energy inspired by her home that spins into kitchy flashes of fun with an upbeat edge.

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Easy Star All Stars - First Light

Easy Star All Stars - First Light

Easy Star All Stars
First Light
Label: Easy Star Records

Contemporary reggae enunciated with a big active sound and a nice variety within the genre. You may remember Easy Star from their highly success Dub Side versions of Sgt Peppers, Dark Side Of The Moon and Ok Computerhead. Here they show off their own compositions with flair, pizzazz, and determination.

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Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

Strange Arrangements
Polygraph
Label:

Effortlessly stringing together progressive elements of jazz, funk, blues, reggae, and psychedellia are what this Chicago jam rock band does so well. Strong main and harmony vocals really shine as the tangy guitar work and zesty rhythms flow through song after song and have the potential to please listeners for years to come.

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Mucca Pazza - Safety Fifth

Mucca Pazza - Safety Fifth

Mucca Pazza
Safety Fifth
Label: Electric Cowbell Records

A 2-dozen member Chicago marching band that refuses to behave like one. Amalgamating elements from a variety of genres, attitudes and cadences, this band of musical geeks revel in territories of eccentricity beyond simple classification. Experience their full tilt performances at a variety of Chicagoland summer events.

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Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

Morbid Saint
Spectrum of Death
Label: Relapse Records

Wisconsin grown - gurgling, growling, gnarly thrash metal with ridiculous and blistering solos plus breakneck rhythms a la early Slayer, which is appropriate for this 1988 thrash vinyl reissue. Although production values weren’t what they are now, the spirit, energy and vitality of the time soars through every note!

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Niyaz - Sumud

Niyaz - Sumud

Niyaz
Sumud
Label: Six Degrees

The album title, pronounced “soomood,” translated from Arabic means steadfastness, which also represents the thematic lyrical philosophy of this release. Continuing to evolve the contemporary sound of Middle Eastern music, this superstar trio composed of Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian and Carmen Rizzo splashes us with electronically-infused Arabic melodies and entrancing vocals that every global citizen will find mesmerizing.

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Saffron - Dawning

Saffron - Dawning

Saffron
Dawning
Label: Palmetto Records

Kindred spirits finding common ground in the poet Rumi, these veteran musicians fuse contemporary sensibilities with classical Indian and Western jazz influences to create music that is as delicate and richly nuanced as the spice.

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Zozobra - Savage Masters

Zozobra - Savage Masters

Zozobra
Savage Masters
Label: Brutal Panda Records

Boldly embracing their doom-metal roots while finding friction in harsh downtuned sludge-metal quandaries, this Boston trio has scorched a new, dark-magical path of angst and intrigue for all to find solace in or scurry from. 

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