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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: International
    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray
    To The Metal!
    Label: Earmusic

    Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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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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    Luisa Maita - Lero-Lero

    Luisa Maita - Lero-Lero

    Luisa Maita
    Lero-Lero
    Label: Cumbancha

    Singing in Portuguese, this sultry songstress who was born from a family of musicians in Sao Paulo and is a rising star in the Brazilian music scene, delivers a sleek samba swing injected with downtempo electronica and pop sensations.

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    Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

    Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

    Pierre De Gaillande
    Bad Reputation
    Label: Barbes

    Georges Brassens was sort of a French Bob Dylan type dark pop bardic icon. Here his music and poetry is evoked, channeled and translated into English via De Gaillande’s tantalizing obsession with the silver tongued poet and musician. The simple rhythms were maintained as original as possible while being fitted for English. Thought provoking, memorable and disturbingly charming.

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    Bottegasonora - Disco Naif

    Bottegasonora - Disco Naif

    Bottegasonora
    Disco Naif
    Label: Bottegasonora

    Warbling ranty vocals are accompanied by quirky simplistic synthesized rhythms from this Italian musician. Lyrics are formed into pop format so the accented choruses are repeated often, but this is then countered by a curious and bewildering cabaret atmosphere. Fans of kitchy throwback electro music inspired by the late 70’s will find that this will hit the spot.

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    Janaka Selekta - Pushing Air

    Janaka Selekta - Pushing Air

    Janaka Selekta
    Pushing Air
    Label: Chaiwalla's Boombox

    Prepare for an exotic and lush musical journey as diverse as the road taken by the musician himself. Born in Sri Lanka, raised in the United Kingdom and Kuwait, he now resides in the Bay Area. Over the past 10 years he has been formulating dreamy Indian and Middle Eastern electronica that melts from genre to genre, showing more depth and wonder with each song.

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    Chico Trujillo - Chico de Oro

    Chico Trujillo - Chico de Oro

    Chico Trujillo
    Chico de Oro
    Label: Barbes Records

    I received this CD after I saw their kickin’ set at the Marquette Waterfront Festival earlier this summer and had to spread the word. This release does what it can to relay the exuberance, depth, and passion of their live performance. Their feisty splashy Cumbia explores the boundaries of this encompassing Pan-Latin genre in so many wonderful ways.

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    Klavar - Dark and Dirty Bastard Beats

    Klavar - Dark and Dirty Bastard Beats

    Klavar
    Dark and Dirty Bastard Beats
    Label: Klavar Recordings

    This is a duo from England that has spent the last 10 years working towards their debut release. They have crafted a quirky techno journey reveling in the nooks and crannies. They are exploring a wide variety of input, output, samples, and styles all aimed at helping the party to thrive.

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    Mike Kukin - Obsessed with Black

    Mike Kukin - Obsessed with Black

    Mike Kukin
    Obsessed with Black
    Label: Headway Music

    This album includes terse and formidable electronic music from an artist based out of Moscow, Russia. Featuring a number of guest artists, including Gisu, Lady N and Eva Kade, he takes us on wild rides through the full spectrum techno realms of break beat and drum ‘n bass.


    Mohammed Alidu and The Bizung Family - Land of Fire

    Mohammed Alidu and The Bizung Family - Land of Fire

    Mohammed Alidu and The Bizung Family
    Land of Fire
    Label: Black Eye Watching

    Rich, Afro-pop rhythms are woven with proverbs and ancient history by this master drummer and his fellow Bizungs (hereditary talking drum masters of Northern Ghana). The sublime rhythms are bolstered on some songs with funky rock interjections and other contemporary craftwork.

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    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann
    Analog Drift
    Label: Wax Poetics Records

    Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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    King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

    King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

    King Sunny Ade
    Baba Mo Tunde
    Label: Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings

    I’ve been a fan of this Nigerian native Afro-pop mega legend for quite some time so I was delighted to hear about his first studio album in over 10 years. The second of this twin disc release blasts off with the 31 min title track and if you make it through that on your feet, you might as well call in sick for the week cause you will be shaking and dancing all day and night to these incredible and inviting masterpieces.

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