Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Jazz
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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Waitiki 7 - New Sounds of Exotica

Waitiki 7 - New Sounds of Exotica

Waitiki 7
New Sounds of Exotica
Label: Pass Out Records

When you think of tropical lounge sounds, you expect what this 1950’s style throwback release has to offer. Dedicated to preserving the Exotica sound and tiki culture they produce lush jazzy flows of flute over a variety of percussion, complimented by bass, piano, sax, etc. Fly me to the tropics!

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Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green
The Ladykiller
Label: Elektra/Asylum

Cee-Lo Green has become a musical hero of mine. His style, talent, and incredibly smooth voice stand out from all others. As the vocalist for the amazing Gnarls Barkley, he caught my attention. Now in solo form, he delivers a smashing release containing the infectious viral hit “Fuck You” (and the censored version “Forget You”) which has received millions of hits on YouTube. The remainder of the album shines with a timeless soul groove that is filled with layers of flavors and tip to hip-hop happiness.

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Choban Elektrik  - Choban Elektrik

Choban Elektrik - Choban Elektrik

Choban Elektrik
Choban Elektrik
Label: self

Although Brooklyn is their home, this progressive power trio finds their musical roots in Albanian, Macedonian, Greek, and Armenian folk melodies. Choban Elektrik means “Electric Shepherds” and is a name that fits them sublimely. ” Vintage Hammond organs and Fender Rhodes are harnessed along with guitar and bass to further bend and blend genres and global visions within their improvisational platitudes.

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Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

Everyone Orchestra
Brooklyn Sessions
Label: Harmonized Records

Smooth and flowing as well as rich and varied improv jam-rock featuring a bunch of stellar musicians ranging from Jon Fishman (Phish) to keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento to saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band) to guitarist Steve Kimock, and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), among others. They are all harnessed and conducted by the electrifying Matt Butler, the force and vision behind the group.  By managing to focus the collaborative talent in an ambitious but ultimately gratifying direction he has managed to produce a noteworthy and highly listenable release.

Everyone Orchestra WebsiteEveryone Orchestra FacebookEveryone Orchestra Wiki

Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

Mörglbl
Brutal_Romance
Label: Free Electric Sound

With a name like this, you may expect punishing death metal, but this is not that. Instead, this French instrumental trio blends a progressive energetic jazzy element with their hard rock and technical metal to create a tantalizing full flavored offering. Additionally, band members Christophe Godin (guitars), Ivan Rougny (bass), and Aurelian Ouzoulias (drums) are each also valued clinicians when not busy crushing and destroying the world as Mörglbl.

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Nickodemus - Moon People

Nickodemus - Moon People

Nickodemus
Moon People
Label: ESL Music

From hip hop to Afropop to jazzy funk to flamenco among a multitude of other influences, the Brooklyn based Nickodemus connects an endearing amalgamation of world beats, electronica and worthwhile innovation by utilizing and orchestrating his network of collaborators ranging from Puerto Rico to Beirut and beyond. A surprising complexity of approaches and fresh musical infusions.

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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.

Guano Padano WebsiteGuano Padano Facebook

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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DJ Sun - one hundred

DJ Sun - one hundred

DJ Sun
one hundred
Label: Soular Productions

DJ Sun is known in Houston for his long running radio show, Soular Grooves (Sat 9-12pm on KPFT 90.1FM), so it’s no surprise that this recording artist and DJ shows off a timeless time-forgotten era of soul, jazz and smooth grooves that are equally as nostalgic as they are future perfect. Dusty delights from a jazzy neverland.

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lespecial - Omnisquid

lespecial - Omnisquid

lespecial
Omnisquid
Label: CD Baby

Vascilating between intense Tool level prog metal, and ambient electronic glitches this truly IS the Omnisquid! Weaving a path of ever morphing grooves and rhythms occasionally popping into King Crismson level tinkering and tweaking on their guitars, lespecial delivers twists and turns a plenty, but not so many that the music suffers. Bristling with activity and inspiration there is much to absorb and observe here.

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Various Artist - Best of 2015

Various Artist - Best of 2015

Various Artist
Best of 2015
Label: BMSS Records

Highlighting the diversity and dynamics of the burgeoning trance and psychedelic electronic scene in Europe, this best of 2015, which was compiled by BMSS Records founder Boom Shankar, holds space for 20 uproarious tracks of noteworthy offerings that paint a wide prospectus of styles and approaches within this musical spectrum. Time to hit the dance floor! (9) www.facebook.com/BMSSRecords

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