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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2011
    Collective Acoustics - bc >= ad

    Collective Acoustics - bc >= ad

    Collective Acoustics
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    Label: Gah Gah Music

    Love at first riff? From the very moment I put this in the player, the silky smooth organic rocktronica created by this experimental trio caressed my musical g-spot. The flowing and dreamy instrumentals are comprised of curious guitars, murmuring and enticing jazzy rhythms and patches of blissful ambience. All played on real instruments. No samples, loops or MIDI here. The highly versatile crew creates in other interesting ways including organs, electric bass and harpsichord plus instruments and devices of their own design.

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    Carlos GoGo Gomez - New Paradigm Global Music

    Carlos GoGo Gomez - New Paradigm Global Music

    Carlos GoGo Gomez
    New Paradigm Global Music
    Label: KidLat Records

    Railing against the boundaries of what most consider the parameters of music to be this Ifa priest, martial artist and world renowned percussionist manages to surprise and inspire through his attractive shamanic messages and mystical beats. Transcendental drones subtly change and morph into mind-bending expressions of bliss and unity.

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    Eugene Grey - Diversity

    Eugene Grey - Diversity

    Eugene Grey
    Diversity
    Label: Greyhound Records

    Disc 1 shows off the instrumental side of this hard working and award winning Jamaican born guitarist and composer while disc 2 has all the vocal tracks thrown in. I can’t decide which is better. They are both flavorful in their own way, highlighting inflections and nuances of the buoyant horn section and funky subtly flowing rhythms that are based in Afro-pop, reggae, jazz and jam.

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    Ridley - Planets

    Ridley - Planets

    Ridley
    Planets
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    A universe of sounds is at their disposal and these musicians take full advantage of the panorama. Temptations of poptronica are caustically interrupted by jarring currents of industrialized rhythms only to be emoted into the ambience of post planetary escapism. As one of the last projects to be recorded at the now defunct Smart Studios, this spirited electronica explores fanciful compositions into varying forms of musical satisfaction and subterfuge that manage to surprise and delight on numerous levels.

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    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve
    The Divine Equal
    Label:

    I love thrash metal as much as anyone, but this throwback thrash quartet brings back all the things I don’t love about the music. Starting with the poor cover art, it continues with the cheesy logo and predictable song names. This group has cookie cutter repeat written all over them. I’m sure they worked hard on this, but to no avail, as I have seen and heard this hundreds and hundreds of times before.

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    Water Street Bridge - Hard Times

    Water Street Bridge - Hard Times

    Water Street Bridge
    Hard Times
    Label:

    A mischievous ensemble of cleverly kicked up traditional and original Celtic folky ditties peppered and pizzazzed with violin, mandolin, ukulele, washboard, bodhran and more!  The song ‘Shack of Sit’ is symantic ear candy plus ya gotta love the revamp of ‘I Want Candy’ as ‘I Want Guiness.’ Makes me thirsty just writing about it. Catch their show at Lyons Pub in Watertown, WI on Thurs 3/17 for an early evening St Patty’s Day show.

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    Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day

    Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day

    Azam Ali
    From Night to the Edge of Day
    Label: Six Degrees

    Lullabies of love; lullabies of anguish; lullabies of rebellion, exile and awareness; such is the dichotomy of these Iranian, Turkish, Lebanese and Kurdish lullabies as presented by this amazing Iranian-born, Indian-raised vocalist. She connected with the spectrum of emotions behind lullabies when she gave birth to her son and realized the tumultuous world that he would be exposed to and live in.

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    Club D'Elf - Electric Moroccoland/So Below

    Club D'Elf - Electric Moroccoland/So Below

    Club D'Elf
    Electric Moroccoland/So Below
    Label: Face Pelt Records

    Playfully hypnotic global psychedelic rock flows forth from the soul of this effervescent musical collective. Although firmly rooted in Moroccan ‘Gnawan’ music and the trance aspects of it, they also intersperse dub, jazz, free jazz and global improvisation into this rewarding rhythmic adventure.

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    Dub Is A Weapon - Vaporized

    Dub Is A Weapon - Vaporized

    Dub Is A Weapon
    Vaporized
    Label: Harmonized Records

    Dub is known for being the music of producers but not live performers. Antibalas’s guitarist and dub mastermind Dave Hahn has managed to create a fabulous dub release as well as forge a live unit capable of extracting the style from the studio and playing it live thanks to his masterful knob twirling techniques and ear for detail.

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    Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

    Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

    Putumayo Presents
    Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Get out your dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff! This time around, Putumayo brings us 10 tracks by 10 different artists descended from the Cuban family tree to celebrate the increasing popularity of traditional Latin dancing music and show off their universal appeal.

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    Buddy Guy - Living Proof

    Buddy Guy - Living Proof

    Buddy Guy
    Living Proof
    Label: Jive

    Buddy Guy is a living legend that continues to create legends; both at his ‘Legends’ nightclub in Chicago and on each of his solo releases. Even though he is 74 years young, he can still spin a high octane blues riff or stomp on a sorrowful chord with enough of a flourish to win a Grammy nomination for “Living Proof.”

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    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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