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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2011
    Fiction City - Nova

    Fiction City - Nova

    Fiction City
    Nova
    Label:

    A unique ‘band’ project consisting of two musicians, a visual artist, and a video engineer. Each track is represented by adventurous electronic music, but it also is paired with artwork and other visuals for an experientially rounded musical adventure. The theme they have chosen for this release revolves around an insane maniacal rapist.

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    Four Tet - There is Love In You

    Four Tet - There is Love In You

    Four Tet
    There is Love In You
    Label: Domino Recording Co

    A charming configuration of frequencies and waves that contort and undulate within this field of unexpected electronic compositions. Kieran Hebden is the prolific mastermind who came into the techno arena with a background in minimalist folk and jazz. But, he has somehow morphed his output into this very compelling ambient dance music.

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    Mathew Haeffel - Rhythm Ethics

    Mathew Haeffel - Rhythm Ethics

    Mathew Haeffel
    Rhythm Ethics
    Label: Genre Good Inc

    Haeffel is very serious and hard working Milwaukee musician that can be seen touring regularly throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. His focused professionalism is evident here as he succinctly pours forth his acoustic rock musical soul into this Rhythm Ethics release that he wrote, produced and did the art for.

    Mathew Haeffel WebsiteMathew Haeffel Facebook

    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World

    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World

    Various Artists
    Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around The World
    Label: Putumayo Records

    Bringing some heat and passion into the cold part of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, we are treated to 12 toe-tapping Bossa Nova tracks from Brazil, France, Norway, South Korea, Serbia, and beyond. They show off the global appeal and popularity for a sound that started in Brazil in the late 1950s.

    Various Artists Website

    Telepath - Crash

    Telepath - Crash

    Telepath
    Crash
    Label: Telepath Music

    A conflux of multi-national grooves purveyed by a wide array of musicians and singers teleported, tweaked, and coalesced into a cohesive musical unit, by motivating force and musical visionary Michael Christie. He also produced, recorded, and mixed the entire release.

    Telepath Website

    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.

    T.U.G.G. WebsiteT.U.G.G. Facebook

    Elikeh - Adje! Adje

    Elikeh - Adje! Adje

    Elikeh
    Adje! Adje
    Label: Azalea City Records

    Groove heavy and politically active Afro-rock spawned from the unlikely country of Togo. Singer, guitarist, composer and founder of Elikeh, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo, but immigrated to Washington, D.C. in 2000. His D.C. based ensemble fuses indigenous Togolese elements with a contemporary flavor in a powerful and memorable manner including noteworthy guitar work and vivacious horns.

    Elikeh WebsiteElikeh Facebook

    La Cherga - Revolve

    La Cherga - Revolve

    La Cherga
    Revolve
    Label: Asphalt Tango Records

    La Cherga is a group of cross cultural sonic recyclers now based in Australia, but they draw from pan Balkan influences.  Founded by a Croatian punk gone dub DJ, this release binds Macedonian Gypsy brass with haunting flute melodies and hip-hop accents in addition to integrating the substantial deep grooving funk, dub, rock, pop, reggae with multiple vocal styles.

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    Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

    Lee Negin - Hungry Ghosts

    Lee Negin
    Hungry Ghosts
    Label: Passing Phase Records

    Negrin is a world travelling sound sculptor who is also a university professor currently residing in South Korea. After a lengthy musical hiatus, he found time to produce this diverse diorama of dystopian electronics that integrates international artistic input. This disparate experimentation into psychedelic cybertronica also incorporates his love of jazz, funk, ambient, and classical music.

    Lee Negin WebsiteLee Negin Facebook

    Watcha Clan - Rebel Radio

    Watcha Clan - Rebel Radio

    Watcha Clan
    Rebel Radio
    Label: Piranha Musik

    A multicultural band singing multilingual lyrics who has as much in common with Afropop and Balkan brass as with drum’n bass and hip hop. Their aim is to destroy boundaries everywhere with ‘Rebel Radio.’ This visionary musical eclecticism beams brightest when they connect the European and Middle Eastern worlds.

    Watcha Clan WebsiteWatcha Clan Facebook

    Chopteeth Afrofunk Band - Chopteeth Live

    Chopteeth Afrofunk Band - Chopteeth Live

    Chopteeth Afrofunk Band
    Chopteeth Live
    Label: GriGri Discs

    Infectious big band sounds driven by funky Afropop that pays homage and tribute to this ‘70s style mega dance sound. The live recording really shows off the versatility and dimension of the band while compelling the listener to jump up and shake their bootay.

    Chopteeth Afrofunk Band WebsiteChopteeth Afrofunk Band Facebook

    Easy Star All Stars - First Light

    Easy Star All Stars - First Light

    Easy Star All Stars
    First Light
    Label: Easy Star Records

    Contemporary reggae enunciated with a big active sound and a nice variety within the genre. You may remember Easy Star from their highly success Dub Side versions of Sgt Peppers, Dark Side Of The Moon and Ok Computerhead. Here they show off their own compositions with flair, pizzazz, and determination.

    Easy Star All Stars WebsiteEasy Star All Stars Wiki

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