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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2010
    Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment

    Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment

    Adam Lambert
    For Your Entertainment
    Label: Octjay Records

    Without a doubt, one of the most amazing singers and performers to burst upon the musical scene in a long time, Adam rocked the boat and keeps it rocking. Utilizing, but not smothered by industry greats, we are given a great spectrum of Adam’s styles ranging from banging dance to soundtrack to ballads

    Adam Lambert 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

    Fat Freddy's Drop - Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW

    Fat Freddy's Drop - Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW

    Fat Freddy's Drop
    Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW
    Label: Drop Records

    Reggae ribbed rhythms from New Zealand sway with the cool breeze of tropical dances while skipping across numerous global music resonances and inspirations. Infectious ambient soultronica sunsets smoothly slip into hazy jazzy dub pop and future groove friendly hip hop.

    Fat Freddy's Drop WebsiteFat Freddy's Drop Wiki

    High Ceiling - Illusions

    High Ceiling - Illusions

    High Ceiling
    Illusions
    Label: Self Released

    Easy flowing reggae escapades that ascend into effervescent jams and rootsy rock anthems. Fundamentally joyful this Washington act lyrically takes time to delve into socio/political topics of relevance while also managing to organize their own festival - Skok Valley Music Rally.

    High Ceiling Website

    Mahala Rai Banda - Ghetto Blasters

    Mahala Rai Banda - Ghetto Blasters

    Mahala Rai Banda
    Ghetto Blasters
    Label: Asphalt Tango Records

    Warning: Listening to this could cause an Instantaneous Dance Infection! Balkan, Gypsy, and Rai styles coalesce into driving compulsions of neck wrecking horn breakdowns and contagious hip swinging parties. Very memorable.

    Mahala Rai Banda Wiki

    Rupa And The April Fishes - Este Mundo

    Rupa And The April Fishes - Este Mundo

    Rupa And The April Fishes
    Este Mundo
    Label: Cumbancha Records

    Tossing an entrancing musical salad filled with Indian ragas, French chanson, Colombian cumbia and a wild Gypsy panache. Headed by the mega-talented Rupa Marya, the multilingual sophomore effort from these San Francisco natives explores the concept of timeless human migrations finding voice through a range of musical emotions.

    Rupa And The April Fishes WebsiteRupa And The April Fishes Wiki

    T.U.G.G. - Slow Chill

    T.U.G.G. - Slow Chill

    T.U.G.G.
    Slow Chill
    Label: Last Call Records

    Tropical feelings pervade when these warm reggae vibrations envelope the melodies and happily bounce along with the wise minded values expressed. Featuring guest musician Pato Banton their jams continue to expand. Hard to believe they are from Wisconsin.

    T.U.G.G. Website

    Vandana Vishwas - Meera The Lover…

    Vandana Vishwas - Meera The Lover…

    Vandana Vishwas
    Meera The Lover…
    Label: Self Released

    Vandana’s gently gliding vocals are more entrancing than the tablas in this musical respinning of classic poems epitomizing specific life points in the famous story of Meera Bai. This beautifully delivered traditional Indian devotional music is available with or without story narrative.

    Vandana Vishwas Website

    Väsen - Vasen Street

    Väsen - Vasen Street

    Väsen
    Vasen Street
    Label: Northside Records

    The amazing Nyckelharpa (a fiddle with a keyboard) matched with guitars and viola charm again as this iconic instrumental Swedish folk trio brings us a street-full of songs and mark their 20th year. Utilizing their various vast infiltrations of innovation they still manage to stay rapt in the musical traditions they were born with while shining brightly to the world.

    Väsen WebsiteVäsen Wiki

    Eli August - I Was Already Too Late

    Eli August - I Was Already Too Late

    Eli August
    I Was Already Too Late
    Label: Self Released

    Fermata guitarist (aka Jon Koschorek) simplifies and strikes out on his own. Keeping with the melodramatic and introspective gothic time period music that seem to effortlessly stream from his musical muses, he stalwartly funnels forth a brief splash of somber memories and distant emotions for your inspection.

    Eli August Website

    Gabriel Johnson - Fra_ctured

    Gabriel Johnson - Fra_ctured

    Gabriel Johnson
    Fra_ctured
    Label: Electrofone Music

    Born on the whims and whimsy of quirky electronica, this phenom trumpeter has found liberating fields of instrumental bliss through jubilant ProTools antics and his own “fractured jazz” notions. He bids you to enter this new frontier and play with him.

    Gabriel Johnson Website

    Lovewhip - Love Electric

    Lovewhip - Love Electric

    Lovewhip
    Love Electric
    Label: Self Released

    These inviting new wave tinged electro pop anthems are synthesized for your dancing pleasure.  Specially delivered with a sleek and sexy, booty moving undertow the songs are delicately spiced with the fun, frisky and retro elements of disco, reggae, and rock.

    Lovewhip Website

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