Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: World
Funkadesi - Yo Baba

Funkadesi - Yo Baba

Funkadesi
Yo Baba
Label: Funkadesi Records

Multi award winning Indian-Afrian-Caribbean ensemble from Chicago proves why they have earned such accolades by flooding the listeners ears with an excellent and energetic selection of popular world beat rhythms ranging from Bollywood, bhangra, reggae, funk, hip-hop, electronica and folk, blended and mixed into an infectious and danceable platter of tunes.

Funkadesi Website

Natty Nation - Reincarnation

Natty Nation - Reincarnation

Natty Nation
Reincarnation
Label: iNatty Records

Madison reggae legends blast the Midwest with more of their infectiously buoyant rhythms and hip hoppin’ hybrid temptations. Lyrically mixing Jah philosophy with various related paths of mysticism allows for new spiritual perspectives for which their music may glide on.

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La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

La Otra Banda
Cuatro Tunes
Label: Sanjonero records

A trio of musicians originally from Venezuela, now slowly transplanting to Madison, bring us a teaser of their world beat amalgamation of South American melodies purposely infected with global influences.

La Otra Banda Website

Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

Laura Reed & Deep Pocket
Live At Tree Sound Studios
Label: Treeleaf Music

Recorded live for Pandora’s Music Genome Project, this soulful high energy crew, lead by energetic South African born female vocalist, blasts their way through a saucy selection of material, displaying their song talents plus banter and anecdotes to round out the experience.

Laura Reed & Deep Pocket Website

Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists
Made In Iceland
Label: Iceland Music Exporrt

Perhaps the chill weather of January makes you think of Iceland. If so, this compilation showcases 15 rising Icelandic stars. Quirky indie overtones pervade, but a nice overview of offerings for sure.

Various Artists Website

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
Seventy Five (75)
Label: Heads Up

Deep reaching double live disc recorded in Lugano, Switzerland culminating the 75 year career of Joe Zawinal who passed on Sept 11, 2007. This world music with a smooth, intricate and innovative jazz backbone also highlights a wide variety of performers and instruments with wide reaching influences.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Live! (DVD)
Label: Heads Up

The amazing harmony acapella vocals of this group have been heard the world over for over 30 years. Filmed in Akron, Ohio in 2008 this DVD puts recent faces to the voices. 14 songs plus an in-depth interview with the group’s founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala.

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Al Conti - Scheherazade

Al Conti - Scheherazade

Al Conti
Scheherazade
Label: Shadowside Music

Utilizing the legendary tales of 1001 Arabian nights is a sure bet for a theme and Conti supports the legends with ambient Middle Eastern musical structures while embellishing his work with exotic instruments and captivating arrangements. Escape to another world.

Al Conti WebsiteAl Conti Wiki

Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Matthew Montfort
Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar
Label: Ancient Future Music

Being aptly titled to describe the non vocal guitar wizardry on this debut release from award winning Ancient Future band leader manages to expose his proficiencies and improvisational skills. Although well executed and technically proficient, the serenades are a tad on the dry side overall

Matthew Montfort WebsiteMatthew Montfort Wiki

Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

Randy Granger
A Place Called Peace
Label: Dogsense Music

Serene and meditative Native American flutes are melded and invoked above a percussive platform including Native drums and djembe plus the unique UFO shaped Hang drum. Perfect accompaniment for a blazing summer sunset.

Randy Granger Website

Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack
Label: Interscope Records

Bringing Bollywood rhythms fused with hip hop beats to the minds of millions, this Oscar winning soundtrack weaves an intricate intertwining tale of suspense and drama. Spanning a splendid musical spectrum these tracks take the listener on an exotic experience as varied and exciting as the movie itself.

Slumdog Millionaire WebsiteSlumdog Millionaire Wiki

Jai Uttal - Thunder Love

Jai Uttal - Thunder Love

Jai Uttal
Thunder Love
Label: NuTone Music

Imbuing the Kirtan style with a variety of contemporary knob twirling elements, Uttal displays an entrancing variety of upbeat and thought provoking songs and chants. Blazing a boisterous trail of global fusion and bombastic love energy.

Jai Uttal WebsiteJai Uttal Wiki

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