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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2010
    Robots In Boxes - From Outer Space

    Robots In Boxes - From Outer Space

    Robots In Boxes
    From Outer Space
    Label: Self Released

    What starts as a clever techno diatribe on the philosophical aspects of robotic integration into our human existence spins out into somnambulistic industrial ambience. The initial quirkiness and bracing samples flush into minimalistic urges and tendencies with little reward.

    Robots In Boxes Website

    Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

    Robert Soko - BalkanBeats

    Robert Soko
    BalkanBeats
    Label: Piranha Music

    Encapsulating the energy, excitement and amazing confluence of various Balkan dance grooves that erupt once a month at club Lido in Berlin thanks to this renowned DJ. A trailblazer since the early 90s, Soko hosts this international dance party friendly to both his fellow Balkan expatriates as well as the vibrant Berlin club crowds. Current and contagious!

    Robert Soko Website

    SambaDá - Gente!

    SambaDá - Gente!

    SambaDá
    Gente!
    Label: Self Released

    Brandishing a percussive Afro-Brazilian music palette this 7 member Santa Cruz, CA spawned pulse pounding sensation emerged from a Brazilian dance group and has transformed into a wild and engrossing groove stomping treat. Further energized with musical elements of surf rock, funk, reggae and a variety of other tropical rhythms allows for the sweet interplay between the male and female vocalists to swing this party into epic form.

    SambaDá Website

    Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

    Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

    Souljazz Orchestra
    Rising Sun
    Label: Strut Records

    As the name aptly implies, this is a very jazz centric soul filled multi instrumental offering. Capturing the vibrant emanations from the 60s and 70s and melding Afro and Latin rhythms to their base, this Ottowa, Canada group feeds your ear with the traditional while stoking the contemporary fires of innovation and pizzazz.

    The Souljazz Orchestra WebsiteThe Souljazz Orchestra Wiki

    Spy From Cairo - Secretly Famous

    Spy From Cairo - Secretly Famous

    Spy From Cairo
    Secretly Famous
    Label: Wonderwheel Records

    This Spy (aka Moreno Visini aka Zeb) is a prolific musician and producer with hundreds of songs and over 10 albums to his credit. Here, each song is smartly woven with a specific and concentrated Middle Eastern groove to represent the many facets of this wonderful musical panorama while being diffused through a danceable contemporary dub electronica template.


    U-Melt - Perfect World

    U-Melt - Perfect World

    U-Melt
    Perfect World
    Label: Harmonized Records

    Invigorating the tricky elements of a wide progressive rock and jam landscape that allows the musical fauna to each be finessed into servitude combining so many diversities. In the end these livened elements becomes a wildly bountiful harvest of musical plenty, displaying unbridled textures, spectral dynamics, existential lyrics and bold song structures which are quite compelling and memorable.

    U-Melt WebsiteU-Melt Wiki

    Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

    Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

    Ami Saraiya
    Archaeologist
    Label: Self Released

    Sultry musical temptations shudder and delight throughout this deep and dreamy gypsy diatribe. Buffeted about on lilting waltzes bring forth a grand display of vocal and rhythmic variety from then and now as well as here and there.

    Ami Saraiya 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

    Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem

    Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem

    Disco Biscuits
    Planet Anthem
    Label: SCI Fidelity/Diamond Riggs

    Too many avenues of experimentation and guest musicians water down the overall appeal of this release for me. Their usual amazing jamtronica thrust still feeds familiar aspects but their revisioning here also splinters the output into other frontiers of varying success. Doubtlessly still a great live show though.

    Disco Biscuits WebsiteDisco Biscuits Wiki

    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

    Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

    Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

    Mr. Gnome
    Heave Yer Skeleton
    Label:

    Distant atmospheres billow, blast and flutter with fuzzy post punk rhythms and floaty female vocals. This lush psychedelic duo produces soliloquies that travel through near pop realms while maintaining an intimate dose of fantasy and artistic creativity. Mr. Gnome will be appearing 4/30 at The Frequency in Madison.

    Mr. Gnome Website

    Primitive Culture - Fantasy

    Primitive Culture - Fantasy

    Primitive Culture
    Fantasy
    Label: Hechtic Records

    Seasoned musicians currently from Madison power up a full platter of spunky funky blues with happening horns and tasty guitar tribulations. The compositions are further cross pollinated with reggae grooves and multicultural vibrations.

    Primitive Culture Website

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