Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Various Artists - Rhythm Code II

Various Artists - Rhythm Code II

Various Artists
Rhythm Code II
Label: Planti Shanti

Is the sum greater than the whole? Shanti Planti is an auditory collective that invokes healing vibrations for the mind, body and soul. Comprised of 13 visionary DJ minds from the mid tempo psychedelic electronic realm, this compilation finds common ground amid the ancient eastern rhythms, glitch-hop, dub and organic bass congealed here.

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Cas Haley - More Music, More Family

Cas Haley - More Music, More Family

Cas Haley
More Music, More Family
Label: Mailboat Records

After a freak skiing accident tossed Haley into months of physical and vocal therapy, he was forced to reassess and refocus his career and this process brought new levels of connection with his family which had grown thin after years of constant touring. His new release shows off this family respect topically while allowing arrangements to grow more extravagant and expansive through his smooth mating of reggae, soul, blues and rock. Bravo! (9) Appearing on 11/8 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI along with Collin Hauser,Tugg and Cash Box Kings.

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David Newman - Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades

David Newman - Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades

David Newman
Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades
Label: White Swan

Although the traditional devotional chants of Kirtan are not often paired with ukulele, on his eleventh release, David Newman (Durga Das) not only leads with this unlikely instrument, but also adds in Hawaiian, Appalachian and American folk music flavors to the 10 sumptuous duets he sings with his wife Mira.  Also available as a songbook with CD, listeners can find sheet music with melodies and chords for a variety of instruments so they can play and chant along as they enjoy the healing mantras more thoroughly. What an amazing offering!

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Wookiefoot - You’re It

Wookiefoot - You’re It

Wookiefoot
You’re It
Label: Wookiefoot

These magical now age bards have just tagged you with a full spectrum barrage of musical medicine, hop scotching across genres with whimsy and delight. From reggae to bluegrass to jam to conscious hip hop to middle eastern melodies and the combination of all the above there is never a dull moment, especially when complimented by their ever uplifting, thought provoking and clever lyrics. I am excited to see these tribadellic warriors perform this landmark new material!

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Kishi Bashi - String Quartet Live!

Kishi Bashi - String Quartet Live!

Kishi Bashi
String Quartet Live!
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

Violin virtuoso, singer, and composer Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) soars to amazing heights fueled by the glorious foundation of an accompanying string ensemble that allow him to reimagine his award winning and critically acclaimed first two releases, 151a and Lighght through an orchestral pop lens. Through his experimental and unconventional song writing skills as well as his soaring voice, he has spilled his talent into ever more imaginative and rewarding compositional endeavors.

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David Starfire - Karuna

David Starfire - Karuna

David Starfire
Karuna
Label: Amrita Recordings

An entrancing and beautiful blending of traditional world rhythms into electronic compositions from world-renowned electro-fusion producer/DJ David Starfire. This exciting high consciousness release offers an extensive and diverse list of featured artists coming together for a purpose. All profits from this release (which also boasts Android Jones album art) go towards education programs for Burmese refugees.

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Govinda - Decadence

Govinda - Decadence

Govinda
Decadence
Label: Gravitas Recordings

Harvesting wonderful middle-eastern influences and spinning them into hypnotizing electronic driven compositions is what Austin based producer Govinda (aka Shane Madden) is a master at. Here he also incorporates a variety of live instruments and occasional vocals into the fluid mosaic mix of glitchy trance treats, creating an indelible delight for your senses.

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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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John Brown's Body - Fireflies

John Brown's Body - Fireflies

John Brown's Body
Fireflies
Label: Easy Star

As the popularity of reggae continues to rise, we find JBB leading the pack, with Fireflies debuting at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. Their 11th studio album is filled with hook-heavy rootsy reggae offset by melodic soundscapes and constant sizzling selections from their horn section. The Ithaca, NY based dub rockers are in top form and ready to take their charge to the highest heights.

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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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Cualli - The Monk of Chunk

Cualli - The Monk of Chunk

Cualli
The Monk of Chunk
Label: Gravitas

Observing the synthesis between humans, technology and the environment, this Boulder, CO DJ has spun together an earcatching web of mystical yet thumping mid-tempo electronica, bedded by field recordings from various international nature locations such as the Amazon of Peru, the Northern California redwoods, and the Himalayas. Delightfully contemporary with just the right amount of global ambiance.

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Dubsalon - Ancient Tongues

Dubsalon - Ancient Tongues

Dubsalon
Ancient Tongues
Label: Nutek Chill

Pulsing grooves meet questioning moves while gently riding on slides and slopes of electronic sound-scapes. Contemplative aspirations turn into bubbling eddies of sparkling mindsprings when this Argentinian producer offers many marvelous mellow moods among serene expanses and gently rising vistas. A new dream awakens.

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