Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Funk
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

Kyle Hollingsworth
Then There’s Now
Label: Sci Fidelity Records

This String Cheese Incident alumni has developed a finely designed array of catchy heartfelt melodies and immediately palatable rhythms. Compelling choruses and interspersed electronica electrify these creations with a broad and jam friendly resonance.

Kyle Hollingsworth Website

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Greatest Hips Volume II
Label: Self Released

YMBFBB’s live show captured here is saturated with shooting anthemic lyrics, crowd pleasing antics, mega grooves, a booty shakin’ brass section and an energetic audience. Six heady hard working musicians from Asheville, NC blow the doors off the joint through their elevated conflagration of musicianship and attendance participation. Find a sweet spot and ride out the jams man!

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band Website

Underworld Vs. The Misterons - Athens

Underworld Vs. The Misterons - Athens

Underworld Vs. The Misterons
Athens
Label: !K7 Records

A curious confusion of a compilation album with an experiment jazz mood crescendo. From Mahavishnu Orchestra to Roxy Music to Squarepusher, these trax range from danceable funk to trancing jazz and beyond. Underworld is back.

Underworld Vs. The Misterons Website

Bob Blank - The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985

Bob Blank - The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985

Bob Blank
The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985
Label: Strut Records

From Sun Ra to Gladys Knight To Lydia Lunch, this retrospective encapsulates Bob Blank’s time at the legendary Blank Tape studios. 13 disco, funk, jazz and soul fueled tracks glimpse at the scope and range of what he fostered in his heyday in NYC.

Bob Blank Website

Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Cobblestone Jazz
The Modern Deep Left Quartet
Label: !K7 Records

Anchored by lackadaisical and typically repetitive throbbing house beats that glides through smooth free flowing extra minimalistic waves of jazz, funk and fusion spun electronica may be enticing to some, but this ultimately finds me unattached and ejecting in favor of something with more substance, flavor and zest.

Cobblestone Jazz Website

Ifdakar - On The Edge

Ifdakar - On The Edge

Ifdakar
On The Edge
Label: IfdaInc

Years of performing at festivals and taverns throughout the Midwest has finally born musical fruit for this Appleton, WI group in the form of this captivating, enthusiastic and heart felt jam rock treat. Many more roads will be traveled and adventures embarked upon as this distinguished and liberating release propells them far and wide.

Ifdakar Website

Just A Band - 82

Just A Band - 82

Just A Band
82
Label: Akwaaba Music

Mellow moods shift in the glimmering of an emotion with embellishments of contemporary down tempo ethics. These 3 musicians from Kenya were all born in 1982, hence the name. Most songs were constructed and concocted within the influence of 80s synth pop while injected with ethnic grooves.

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Big Swede - BS in Da Club

Big Swede - BS in Da Club

Big Swede
BS in Da Club
Label:

A double disc dose of well motivated and well blended house, Euro, and trance music from Grammy nominated DJ/composer/producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist Stefan “Big Swede” Svenson. The throbbing beats are expertly matched with some great samples for an effective aural assault. (8)

Big Swede Website

Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller

Cee-Lo Green
The Ladykiller
Label: Elektra/Asylum

Cee-Lo Green has become a musical hero of mine. His style, talent, and incredibly smooth voice stand out from all others. As the vocalist for the amazing Gnarls Barkley, he caught my attention. Now in solo form, he delivers a smashing release containing the infectious viral hit “Fuck You” (and the censored version “Forget You”) which has received millions of hits on YouTube. The remainder of the album shines with a timeless soul groove that is filled with layers of flavors and tip to hip-hop happiness.

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Mr. Hunter - The Awakening

Mr. Hunter - The Awakening

Mr. Hunter
The Awakening
Label: Mr. Hunter

An EP from a Hoboken, NJ outfit that pours forth pretty straightforward improvisational type jam rock, set apart by female vocals and a spunky spirit.

Mr. Hunter Website

Danko Jones - Below The Belt

Danko Jones - Below The Belt

Danko Jones
Below The Belt
Label: Bad Taste Records

Smack-ass Canadian hard rock with attitude, intensity, and great grooves. This well tested trio knows how to chew up the traumatic lessons of life and love that our existence hands out to us. Learn and grow from past problems and percolate them into great musical lessons for us all to learn from. Hold on, this one doesn’t stop.

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T.U.G.G.  - Come Sunrise

T.U.G.G. - Come Sunrise

T.U.G.G.
Come Sunrise
Label: Last Call Records

Reggae is a state of mind for some and comes from the heart for others. This western Wisconsin group continues to find reggae rhythms emanating from both their mind and heart on Come Sunrise. While they may float into some skate as well as some surf rock gusto, this release reflects the struggles and glory that comes from being a touring band in 2010.

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