Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Omar Akram - Secret Journey

Omar Akram - Secret Journey

Omar Akram
Secret Journey
Label: Real Music

This son of a UN diplomat brings us an infusion of world flecked jazz instrumentals set in melodic new age atmospheres. Piano is the dominant but not overpowering motivator here, complimented by violin, guitar, drums and keyboard.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
Label: Heads Up Africa

Taking a break from their usual heavy handed Christian focused acapella, this Grammy award winning African singing group pays homage to Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest leaders in African history. Amazing harmonies as always.

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Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents
Latin Reggae
Label: Putumayo World Music

I love reggae and Putumayo has managed to thrust a whole bunch of wonderful established as well as newcomer Spanish singing reggae based artists (largely from Spain) into the spotlight with this release. Ya mon!

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Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

Putumayo Presents
Tango Around The World
Label: Putumayo World Music

Musically touring the tantalizing Tango hotbeds around the world including Finland, Senegal, Portugal and most notably Argentina. Here we are shown the fancy footwork (and musicianship) of 11 internationally renowned artists.

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Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents - Angels Voices

Sequoia Groove Presents
Angels Voices
Label: Sequoia Records

Compiled by Yogafit founder Beth Shaw and mixed by the Gordon Brothers, this compilation focuses on female voices and consists of remixes of about 5 different bands. Blissful but limited.

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Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

Uz Jsme Doma
Cod Liver Oil
Label: Skoda Records

Quirky, wild and zany jazz rock with a punk attitude. Comparisons to Zappa, Zorn and The Residents are actually appropriate here. This uneasy listening band from Prague sings in Czech and is not for the wimpy at heart.

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Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

Dub Trio - Another Sound Is Dying

Dub Trio
Another Sound Is Dying
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Swirling metal, reggae, dub, jazz and a sphincter load of talent together with unscrupulous sounds in an elevator shaft of musical potential that also swings the fulcrum of nefarious fanaticism to produce outlandish yet cohesive results in a Melvins kinda way.

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Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents
African Party
Label: Putumayo World Music

Celebrating Putumayo’s 15th Anniversary with a great compilation that pays tribute to the spirit of the music that inspired the label’s inception. With 20 million CDs sold, Putumayo’s world music party has been a global hit and “African Party” is another to add their list of success.

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Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi
One
Label: Ceres Records

Ambient world atmospheres blend into trance imaginations as this release conscientiously crosses paradoxical global musical boundaries. This prolific and award winning multi instrumentalist and composer utilizes a smorgasbord of high profile guest musicians to become “One.’

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David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

David & Steve Gordon
Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1
Label: Sequoia Records

A collection of this famous duo’s favorite global drum fusions from their past 25 years. Beautiful, serene and trance-invoking drum visions. With bonus DVD of music and landscape visuals.

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Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

Jaya Lakshmi
Sublime
Label: Sequoia Records

Continuing on with her tradition of utilizing top talent and great producers to produce a very NOW direction to her offerings of Bhakti yoga. This Kirtan themed voyage of chant, chill and grace will carry the listener to alcoves of serenity and blissful platitudes.

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Rupa and the April Fishes - ExtraOrdinary Rendition

Rupa and the April Fishes - ExtraOrdinary Rendition

Rupa and the April Fishes
ExtraOrdinary Rendition
Label: Cumbancha Records

Etherial and whimsical whisperings spoken thru the flickering flame of chanteuse Rupa Marya. Tantalized with a multicultural temptation of sultry awareness amidst the occasional Euro spin, raga, or mariachi interlude. Superb.

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