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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: International
    Four Tet - There is Love In You

    Four Tet - There is Love In You

    Four Tet
    There is Love In You
    Label: Domino Recording Co

    A charming configuration of frequencies and waves that contort and undulate within this field of unexpected electronic compositions. Kieran Hebden is the prolific mastermind who came into the techno arena with a background in minimalist folk and jazz. But, he has somehow morphed his output into this very compelling ambient dance music.

    Four Tet WebsiteFour Tet Wiki

    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World

    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World

    Various Artists
    Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World
    Label: Putumayo Records

    Bringing some heat and passion into the cold part of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, we are treated to 12 toe-tapping Bossa Nova tracks from Brazil, France, Norway, South Korea, Serbia, and beyond. They show off the global appeal and popularity for a sound that started in Brazil in the late 1950s.

    Various Artists Website

    Telepath - Crash

    Telepath - Crash

    Telepath
    Crash
    Label: Telepath Music

    A conflux of multi-national grooves purveyed by a wide array of musicians and singers teleported, tweaked, and coalesced into a cohesive musical unit, by motivating force and musical visionary Michael Christie. He also produced, recorded, and mixed the entire release.

    Telepath Website

    La Cherga - Revolve

    La Cherga - Revolve

    La Cherga
    Revolve
    Label: Asphalt Tango Records

    La Cherga is a group of cross cultural sonic recyclers now based in Australia, but they draw from pan Balkan influences.  Founded by a Croatian punk gone dub DJ, this release binds Macedonian Gypsy brass with haunting flute melodies and hip-hop accents in addition to integrating the substantial deep grooving funk, dub, rock, pop, reggae with multiple vocal styles.

    La Cherga Facebook

    Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

    Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

    Lee Negin
    Hungry Ghosts
    Label: Passing Phase Records

    Negrin is a world travelling sound sculptor who is also a university professor currently residing in South Korea. After a lengthy musical hiatus, he found time to produce this diverse diorama of dystopian electronics that integrates international artistic input. This disparate experimentation into psychedelic cybertronica also incorporates his love of jazz, funk, ambient, and classical music.

    Lee Negin WebsiteLee Negin Facebook

    Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

    Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

    Tarun Nayar
    22 Degrees of Beatitude
    Label: Chaiwalla’s Boombox

    Culminating 10 years of DJ experience and influence have brought us to this multifaceted outpouring. These recording sessions from around the world show off layers of ethnic ambiance, which melt through culture after culture, while spurning a new branch of emotive electronica. Each song is fairly laid back and tells a story which represents a chapter in the artist’s life.

    Tarun Nayar Website

    Tal National - Kaani

    Tal National - Kaani

    Tal National
    Kaani
    Label: FatCat

    Before becoming the national treasure and pop phenomenon of the West African country of Niger, Tal National honed their craft for 6 long years before recording their first release. Known for their playing all-night-long shows five nights a week in their native country, the band rose to huge success and are in high demand.

    Kaani, their first international release, is sung all in Zarma, Haossa (Niger’s main languages), and French. It is a non-stop flurry of Afropop with dancing guitar melodies combined with traditional regional inflections and percussion plus touches of desert blues and soukous that deftly combines the traditional with the modern. Their first international tour stops on 9/21 in Milwaukee, WI at Global Union Festival: Humbolt Park Bandshell.

    Tal National WebsiteTal National Facebook

    Adham Shaikh - Basswalla

    Adham Shaikh - Basswalla

    Adham Shaikh
    Basswalla
    Label: Black Swan Sounds

    Pioneering work in the “global bass” style, Canadian musician Adham Shaikh’s Basswalla release culminates his 25-year dedication to creating and perpetuating the global fusion side of electronica. The suffix “-walla” indicates mastery in a particular discipline in India and so it is used here as an accent to his dedication as well as his return to his Indian roots. Traditional Indian rhythms and beats are spiced up with bass heavy electronica creating sensational palettes of saucy dance delectables to sample and savor.

    Adham Shaikh WebsiteAdham Shaikh Wiki

    Ryanosaurus - Conscious Comfort

    Ryanosaurus - Conscious Comfort

    Ryanosaurus
    Conscious Comfort
    Label: Merkaba Music

    Australian producer Ryan Whare (aka Rynasaurus) weaves a fascinating release by combining a variety of tantalizing instrument and foley recordings with glitchy digital elements. His exploration of a variety of emotions, burbling and warbling textures, and distant psychedelic universes tickles the mind and spit shines the soul. And don’t we all need at least a little more of that?

    Ryanosaurus Facebook

    Vermillion - Vermillion

    Vermillion - Vermillion

    Vermillion
    Vermillion
    Label: Self Released

    Death metal comes in many forms, speeds and inclinations. This Madison based foursome likes their brutality slow but super heavy and in a retro vein. These long time scene supporters and metal monsters unleash their fury to the unsuspecting masses amidst bursts of putrid passion, societal vulgarity and eviscerating attitude.

    Vermillion Facebook

    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!

    DubFX WebsiteDubFX FacebookDubFX Wiki

    Hedflux - Soul Science

    Hedflux - Soul Science

    Hedflux
    Soul Science
    Label: Luminus Music

    Although quantum physicists don’t usually drop out of their field to pursue their dream of becoming an award winning world renowned psychedelic DJ/producer, that’s the path that sound psyentis Headflux (aka Steve Young) has taken. Being immersed in electronic music for more that 2 decades has allowed him create this splendidly flowing 8 track offering, with each selection hovering in the 7 minute range and covering a wide range of territory, from liquid ambiance to contemplative tech-funk to mind probing psytrance.

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