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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    David Starfire - Karuna

    David Starfire - Karuna

    David Starfire
    Karuna
    Label: Amrita Recordings

    An entrancing and beautiful blending of traditional world rhythms into electronic compositions from world-renowned electro-fusion producer/DJ David Starfire. This exciting high consciousness release offers an extensive and diverse list of featured artists coming together for a purpose. All profits from this release (which also boasts Android Jones album art) go towards education programs for Burmese refugees.

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    Supersillyus - Charade

    Supersillyus - Charade

    Supersillyus
    Charade
    Label: Gravitas Recordings

    Supersillyus is your new found guide down a six track road titled “Charade.” This pilgrimage into a strange, eclectic and curious realm of psychedelic electronica is woven with alluring melodies and ambient seductions, highlighted by haunting rhythms and a few choicly spun vocals. Filled with simple to complex influences crossing numerous genres, this auric storytelling is as welcoming in you headphones as on the dance floor, if you are brave enough to explore these dimensions of wonder and intrigue.

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    Skydyed - A Quantum Dream

    Skydyed - A Quantum Dream

    Skydyed
    A Quantum Dream
    Label: Skydyed Music

    This vibrant Colorado trio draws on rock, funk, and jazz roots to create a diverse and dynamic sound that weaves together organic live drums, bass and guitar with cutting edge electronic production. Delectably dancey and festival friendly this release brings an upwardly element to their play and interplay.

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    STS9 - The Universe Inside

    STS9 - The Universe Inside

    STS9
    The Universe Inside
    Label: 1320 Records

    Contrary to their prior instrumental offerings, this space exploration themed release is rife with vocal samples. It also offers up the first recordings with fabulous new bassist Alana Rocklin. While their signature sonic fusion of electronica, jam based explorations, and expert improvisations are still intact, their own exploration of inner and outer space has flavored some of the tracks with a delightful flourish of 21st century disco-tronica and many other tiny nuances. Catch their tour orbit across the US on 10/21 when they touch down at the Orpheum Theater in Madison.

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    DubFX - Thinking Clear

    DubFX - Thinking Clear

    DubFX
    Thinking Clear
    Label: Convoy Unltd

    Melbourne born street performer, beat boxer and looping artist extraordinaire Dub FX (aka Ben Stanford) gives us a potent and powerful dose of his unique artistry with Thinking Clear, which shows off his soulful lyrical exploration of social, political and spiritual subjects while injecting the additional live instrumentation of a bass player, pianist, percussionist and a 3 piece horn section to his groovy vibes. Recorded in his own Treetop Studios and offered on his Convoy Unltd label, this release builds on his grassroots busking success that propelled him into selling over 200,000 records and receiving 100 million and counting YouTube views after performing in 40 different countries and at numerous festivals. Bravo!

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    Sunsquabi - Deluxe Ep

    Sunsquabi - Deluxe Ep

    Sunsquabi
    Deluxe Ep
    Label: All Good Records

    A Colorado trio that caught my attention with their debut album last year on GRIZ’s All Good Record label. This critically acclaimed follow up EP throws down some serious future funk beats mixed with gigantic jammy rhythmic retention. Certain to take you to your happy place and make you want more! Catch em at Shangri La Festival Sept 8-10 at Harmony Park in Minnesota.

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    Savant - Jester

    Savant - Jester

    Savant
    Jester
    Label: Vybz

    SAVANT
    Jester
    (Vybz)

    Surprise! To date, Savant (aka Aleksander Vinter of Norway) has composed/produced over 10,000 songs in various genres (most notably metal, orchestral/classical, hip-hop and electronic music) and under several aliases, with many topping charts near and far. Jester hops through genres and styles like a kid in a candy store, spending a moment on one, before being attracted to another and then another. With such a cornacopia of sounds, styles and samples to choose from, every moment of every song ushers forth a new succulent musical morsel for your ears to nibble on.

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    Electric Swing Circus - It Flew By

    Electric Swing Circus - It Flew By

    Electric Swing Circus
    It Flew By
    Label: Ragtime Records

    Ready for some sauntering 20’s swing songs wound up with gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, and vibrant electro beats? The Birmingham based Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of just this, combining contemporary with classic, while delighting UK festivals for years now. Fronted by a female double-act, they finesse and finagle 1920’s swing sensations with jazz, soul, rock, funk, disco and a lot of attitude. So much fun!

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    Switchkraft - Jandom Lobe

    Switchkraft - Jandom Lobe

    Switchkraft
    Jandom Lobe
    Label: Adapted Records

    Dealing out their very own experimental bone wobbling bassed beats (called Switch Hop), this duo from the Gold Coast of Australia caught my attention immediately. Irreverent song structure approaches are infiltrated by glitched out samples and zany rhythmic combinations that provide ample pondering and pulsing which coincide with body motivating rhythms under a quirky back drop.

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    Evanescence - Synthesis

    Evanescence - Synthesis

    Evanescence
    Synthesis
    Label: BMG

    Focusing on orchestra and electronica, Synthesis revamps and recomposes the groups top hits, plus 2 new songs, into a full symphonic experience. The amazing Amy Lee is the conductor and focal point of this touring extravaganza, playing piano and singing her heart and soul into this highly acclaimed and award winning music. A grandiose occurrence!
    Appearing on 12/5 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI.

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    Shpongle - Codex VI

    Shpongle - Codex VI

    Shpongle
    Codex VI
    Label: Twisted Records Ltd

    Complex, layered and highly anticipated, this, their sixth full length release, is recognizable Shpongle at every musical turn and twist. Codex VI offers a wider range of styles and natures while exploring a more dramatic range of influences and output. That being said, great as it is, for me overall it didn’t reach the levels of mystical musical ecstasy offered by their prior releases.

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    Mass Relay - Star Born

    Mass Relay - Star Born

    Mass Relay
    Star Born
    Label: Daly City Records

    Futuristic electronic soundscapes snap and sparkle with funky punches, glitch hop gurgles and bubbling rhythms when this duo flexes their festival ready improvisational IDM skills on this 7 track release. Protruding soni-scapes are fed compelling guitar lines and thick beats that in turn shiver the rhythms with funky blues and rockin interlludes.

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