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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2010
    Rob Swift - The Architecht

    Rob Swift - The Architecht

    Rob Swift
    The Architecht
    Label: Ipecac Records

    Quirky and jerky electronics incorporating elements flung far from most current norms. Divergently texturized by the two rapped vocal tracks; the rest of the release captures dynamics and mood from classical music samples to lead us on a unique electronic journey.

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    Sharon Shannon - Saints & Scoundrels

    Sharon Shannon - Saints & Scoundrels

    Sharon Shannon
    Saints & Scoundrels
    Label: The Daisy Label

    A goodly smattering of Irish, Celtic and Cajun musical reflections show off the charm, versatility and capabilities of this multi-platinum award-winning accordion player. She is joined by a bevy of guests (way too many to list!) which broaden the allure and personality of this release to a certain point of irresistibility.

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    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

    Mike Patton
    Mondo Cane
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Continuing to push limits, this incredible vocalist who has fronted numerous bands (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc) and co-started the Ipecac Record label, finds himself embedded in the midst of an impressive 20 piece orchestra plying his oral delights in Italian. Experimental yet fun, upbeat, cohesive and quite listenable.

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    Next Stop... Soweto - Township Sounds From the Golden Age of Mbaqanga

    Next Stop... Soweto - Township Sounds From the Golden Age of Mbaqanga

    Next Stop... Soweto
    Township Sounds From the Golden Age of Mbaqanga
    Label: Strut Records

    20 unreleased tracks of rare and obscure 60s-70s compositions from South Africa producing a brief historical overview of the infectious rhythms and jazz inspired beats that were energizing the townships at the time. The wonderful variety of vocals and local styles on this first of 3 volumes make this a winner in any era.

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    Mind.In.A.Box - Retro

    Mind.In.A.Box - Retro

    Mind.In.A.Box
    Retro
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Featured here are 11 crafty conjurations utilizing Commodore 64 sounds and themes that are reflected, magnified and re-inspired through current dark synthpop style electronica. This targeted computer music time capsule will thrill those with Commodore 64 memories while mystifying or enlightening those who don’t.

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    Prizzy Prizzy Please - Chroma Cannon

    Prizzy Prizzy Please - Chroma Cannon

    Prizzy Prizzy Please
    Chroma Cannon
    Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

    Edgy caterwauling punk n roll concoctions from Chicago enhanced with saxophone, grit, humor, and consternation. The raucous and raspy vocals fuel the brimstone and forthright intensity blasted through their song melodies and overall presentation.

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    Rare Blend - Sessions

    Rare Blend - Sessions

    Rare Blend
    Sessions
    Label: Tough Steam Music

    An instrumental triple threat showing off multiple aspects of their musical prowess and personality via tracks from stage, studio and film. Having already maintained for 15 years, this progressive jazz/jam/fusion group here highlights a solid panorama of their capabilities and strengths.

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    Sora - Heartwood

    Sora - Heartwood

    Sora
    Heartwood
    Label: Corvid Media

    Soothing and refreshing Celtic music spearheaded by this traditionally styled vocalist. Her voice twinkles with delicate splashes of vibrato amidst the lushly melodic atmospheres that bloom from the emotional tales told as the panorama of instruments unfolds.

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    Testament - Formation of Damnation

    Testament - Formation of Damnation

    Testament
    Formation of Damnation
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records

    Abiding by their time honored thrash metal traditions, this legendary Bay Area group blasts your brain with another healthy dose of neck wrecking classics. Originally released in 2008, now reborn and re-released as a deluxe package including a second 4 song DVD disc.

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    Lokesh - Utopia

    Lokesh - Utopia

    Lokesh
    Utopia
    Label: Moonrise Records

    A bright minded DJ born in New Delhi but residing in San Fransisco. If you are compelled to visit mystical realms of pleasantly enveloping world spanning ethno electronica, then this would be a fascinating and fantastic place to start.


    Adam Green - Musik For A Play

    Adam Green - Musik For A Play

    Adam Green
    Musik For A Play
    Label: Contraphonic

    “Musik For A Play” Curious, quick and quirky compositions with the natural ambience and dynamics of a soundtrack. Guitar and piano driven melodies wind the loops of pensive introspection to effervesce into flowers of simplistic independence and flourish.

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    Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune

    Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune

    Jimi Hendrix
    Valleys Of Neptune
    Label: Sony Legacy

    Hendrix is an undeniable legend, but this release is just a side note to his legacy. The few actual newly reconstructed songs are mixed with alternate versions of prior released songs. Although it sounds great and it is a great talking point, I am left only partially satisfied while thinking this was mostly for the moola, not the art.

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