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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

    Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

    Strange Arrangements
    Polygraph
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    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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    Signal Path - Habitats

    Signal Path - Habitats

    Signal Path
    Habitats
    Label: Velcro City Records

    Migrating to Denver from their mountain enclave in Missoula, MT, this genre-surfing, mostly instrumental, jamtronica group has been making waves in the local scene ever since. Now 12 albums in, their flowing instrumentation with funky flavors and sassy sampling has never sounded better. Another excellent Name Your Price Download.

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    Eccodek - Singing In Tongues

    Eccodek - Singing In Tongues

    Eccodek
    Singing In Tongues
    Label: White Swan Records

    Collaborating with Mali’s Jah Youssouf, Eccodek’s 6th release finds them rooted in Africa, while allowing their sonic architecture to meld with elements from Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Jamaican music. Jah’s exemplary ngoni playing and voice are joined by a dizzying array of vocal and instrumental contributors. An intoxicating musical trip into future globalism.

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    Celia - Shaman Journey

    Celia - Shaman Journey

    Celia
    Shaman Journey
    Label: self-published

    An everyday Goddess showing off many of her lovely musical facets, travelling through the seasons as easily as across the ocean. Celtic, new age and shamanic intonations are found in abundance as she weaves rhythms and chants that entice and caress your soul. Plus her live performances show off her comedic talents as well as her chanteuse.

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    Griz - Say It Loud

    Griz - Say It Loud

    Griz
    Say It Loud
    Label: All Good Records

    Griz just keeps getting more awesome! This Colorado based producer (and Cannabis Cup Winner for his Griz Kush strain) amps up his electro soul compositions by adding more horns, jam session samples and soulful vocals as well as garnering assistance from Talib Kweli, Ivan Neville, Antibalas, the L.A.’s Children’s Chorus, and others. These fantastic future funk songs will have you doing dance floor gymnastics and gyrations from beginning to end! Grab your copy FREE at mynameisgriz.com

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    Adham Shaikh - Basswalla

    Adham Shaikh - Basswalla

    Adham Shaikh
    Basswalla
    Label: Black Swan Sounds

    Pioneering work in the “global bass” style, Canadian musician Adham Shaikh’s Basswalla release culminates his 25-year dedication to creating and perpetuating the global fusion side of electronica. The suffix “-walla” indicates mastery in a particular discipline in India and so it is used here as an accent to his dedication as well as his return to his Indian roots. Traditional Indian rhythms and beats are spiced up with bass heavy electronica creating sensational palettes of saucy dance delectables to sample and savor.

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    Various Artists - Rhythm Code II

    Various Artists - Rhythm Code II

    Various Artists
    Rhythm Code II
    Label: Planti Shanti

    Is the sum greater than the whole? Shanti Planti is an auditory collective that invokes healing vibrations for the mind, body and soul. Comprised of 13 visionary DJ minds from the mid tempo psychedelic electronic realm, this compilation finds common ground amid the ancient eastern rhythms, glitch-hop, dub and organic bass congealed here.

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