Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

Dynohunter
Techtonic Drift
Label: self

Uniting the conventional DJ performance with a live band has been the ticket to success for a new wave of livetronica musicians, and this Boulder based power trio plans to be a force to be reckoned with in this realm of versatility and innovation. Gotta love that Coloradotronica sound!

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Guano Padano - Two (2)

Guano Padano - Two (2)

Guano Padano
Two (2)
Label: Ipecac Records

If you happened to be trapped in a spaghetti Western being filmed by Fellini or Coppola, this may very well be the soundtrack. Surf, jazz, country, folk, blues and attitude fill the songs with ambience, emotion and dynamics. Guest vocals from Mike Patton.

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Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal

Therion
Les Fleurs Du Mal
Label: End Of The Light

Over-the-top orchestral metal has never sounded so good! Formed in the late 80s as a death metal band, this Swedish outfit has survived a bevy of member changes to produce this opus of intense and well-executed orchestral metal of the highest order, and once again redefining the genre. Bravo!

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Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

Suicidal Tendencies - Thirteen (13)

Suicidal Tendencies
Thirteen (13)
Label: Suicidal Records

Wow! Mike Muir is still making music! After a 13 year haitus, ST comes back with a heavy-hitting album filled with what they are known for: blistering. thrashing punk with some great funky interludes filled with the irascible wit and wisdom of Mike Muir. 

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Bombay Dub Orchestra - Tales From The Grand Bazaar

Bombay Dub Orchestra - Tales From The Grand Bazaar

Bombay Dub Orchestra
Tales From The Grand Bazaar
Label: Six Degrees

Inspired by stories that traders and denizens of the cafes and stalls of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul have been telling since it was established in 1461, this release matches beautiful and entrancing multi-ethnic rhythms with cool dub and electronica in a dynamic soundtrack environment. Recorded in Jamaica, Turkey, India, US and UK, the myriad of global inflections and nuances will have you conjuring your own stories of grand adventuring. 

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Hypnagog - Thematic Mathematics

Hypnagog - Thematic Mathematics

Hypnagog
Thematic Mathematics
Label: Kinematic Records

Swirling together a wide swath of well-thought-out electronica, from glitch to trance, progressive to psychedelic, dreamscapes to breakbeats, as well as flirting with many others, Melbourne based Hypnagog, aka Felix Greenlees, gives us a lot to choose from on this adventurous and dynamic release. On his own Kinematic Records too!

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Wildlight - The Tide

Wildlight - The Tide

Wildlight
The Tide
Label: Jumpsuit Records

Few releases have the magic that is found within the delicate interplay between the combined efforts of Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski (The Polish Ambassador).  You will find your mind dancing effortlessly on the dreamy floating folky vocals of Nereo while Sugalski pushes polished downtempo beats into your consciousness. Simple yet breathtaking.

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Thriftworks - Red Jaguar

Thriftworks - Red Jaguar

Thriftworks
Red Jaguar
Label: Thriftworks Music

Delicate intricacies and darkened glitches carry the listener through a bleak yet bustling aural fantasy of experimental electronica. Haunting melodies contort into glistening rhythms and distorted associations adjust into a sinister ambiance before launching into an unforeseen eruption of snitter traps and rapscallion ruckuses.

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Tikki Masala  - Jīvasūvarī

Tikki Masala - Jīvasūvarī

Tikki Masala
Jīvasūvarī
Label: Masala Records

Much like the deep flavors exhibited by the sauce that inspired the band name, this psychedelic candescence of hypnotic ethnic electronica is infused with classical Indian instruments including Sitar, Tabla, Santoor, Sarod, Flute, Tanpura, and Harmonium. Jīvasūvarī means to bring forth a living child in Sanskrit and this release which is activated by contemporary beat magic and underplayed by authentic Indian classical music is viewed as the birth card of the creators beautiful child. What a dish! (10)

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Cosmic Touch - Linked  to the Essence

Cosmic Touch - Linked to the Essence

Cosmic Touch
Linked to the Essence
Label: Visionary Shamanics

Embark upon a deep feeling shamanic voyage of mystical basslines and organic rhythms. Drinking in this mind altering hypnotic musical elixir allows one to peek into a forgotten realm of delightful deliriums that this Finnish artist found amidst his unforgiving winter.

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The Sword - Used Future

The Sword - Used Future

The Sword
Used Future
Label: Razor & Tie

What began as groovy galloping guitar driven stoner rock has taken nods towards classic heavy rock and added bluesy brambles to their vintage mileage as this Austin, TX band rides across endless highways headed towards often psychedelic horizons with a used future destination.

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Beefus - Busted Teeth Fandango

Beefus - Busted Teeth Fandango

Beefus
Busted Teeth Fandango
Label: Wavelength Productions

Beefus is a musical collective from Madison, known for their quirks, strangeness and unique perspective. This time around there is more steel, grass and twang (and perhaps inbreeding?) than before, but the lyrical content is still twisted, kitschy and head scratching enough to make even Captain Beefheart proud. Remember, the moon always shines when it’s moonshine!

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