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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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