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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2012
    Phutureprimitive - Kinetik

    Phutureprimitive - Kinetik

    Phutureprimitive
    Kinetik
    Label: Native Harmonix

    Phutureprimitive is the moniker of producer/song writer Rain who utilizes hypnotic grooves and lush bass heavy textures to provide listeners with dense and detailed electronic compositions. One of my first ‘finds’ on Bandcamp, but one with a huge future thanks to scoring the opening slot for part of Shpongle’s summer Stateside tour. Appearing May 10 at the Majestic Theater in Madison.

    Phutureprimitive WebsitePhutureprimitive Facebook

    Akara - Extradimensional Ethnography

    Akara - Extradimensional Ethnography

    Akara
    Extradimensional Ethnography
    Label: self-released

    A palette of sensational ethereal compositions created by a conservatory-trained classical composer turned electronica producer.  These mystical meanderings are as delightful to the ear as the cover art is to the eye. Experience what are described as reality unveiling extradimensional symphonies.

    Akara WebsiteAkara Facebook

    Kalya Scintilla - Dance the Spiral Never Ending

    Kalya Scintilla - Dance the Spiral Never Ending

    Kalya Scintilla
    Dance the Spiral Never Ending
    Label: self-released

    Claiming to be “a benevolent being incarnate from the star system whomp” this Australian outfit manages to convey to mere earthlings the many wonders of life by displaying a musical combination of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Tribal, Dubstep and Glitch Hop electronica in a most seductive manner.

    Kalya Scintilla WebsiteKalya Scintilla Facebook

    Kaminanda - Gateways of Consciousness

    Kaminanda - Gateways of Consciousness

    Kaminanda
    Gateways of Consciousness
    Label: Kaminanda

    As our collective consciousness evolves, we seek new and noteworthy landscapes of reflection. Kaminanda provides a playground for this with their confluence of trip hop, dub, downtempo, tribal and chillout atmospheres in a structure that is invigorating and inviting to all seekers.

    Kaminanda WebsiteKaminanda Facebook

    Kayla Scintilla - Dance the Spiral Never Ending

    Kayla Scintilla - Dance the Spiral Never Ending

    Kayla Scintilla
    Dance the Spiral Never Ending
    Label: Kayla Scintilla

    Claiming to be “a benevolent being incarnate from the star system womp” this Australian outfit manages to convey to mere earthlings the many wonders of life by displaying a musical combination of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Tribal, Dubstep and Glitch Hop electronica in a most seductive manner.

    Kayla Scintilla WebsiteKayla Scintilla Facebook

    David Kuckhermann - The Path of the Metal Turtle

    David Kuckhermann - The Path of the Metal Turtle

    David Kuckhermann
    The Path of the Metal Turtle
    Label: self

    Mesmerizing, serene and thought-provoking acoustic music generated on metal hang drums. These drums have a unique sound and enchant the listener almost immediately. David is a master percussionist and makes playing these drums look simple and easy. As a teacher he offers instructional videos for a wide variety of world instruments.

    David Kuckhermann WebsiteDavid Kuckhermann Facebook

    Filastine - L00T

    Filastine - L00T

    Filastine
    L00T
    Label: Muti Music

    Splitting his time between activism and artistry, Filastine has melded together a blanket of polyrhythmic input assembled at street level from Bangladesh to Bornio. Using gritty acoustic inputs and modded-out metal shopping carts as “the perfect modern instrument”, he rides the intersection of unabashed globalism and bass music as an audio-visual nomad and percussionist. Whether bringing a spectrum of instruments into a low-frequency dubstep grind or sampling multilingual tales of environmental implosion, this artist has a lot to say and says it his own way. Brilliant! 

    Filastine WebsiteFilastine Facebook

    Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Golden Horns

    Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Golden Horns

    Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar
    Golden Horns
    Label: Piranha Musik

    In a flutter and flurry of horns, this Balkan brass band takes the centuries-old sounds from generations of Romani musicians and infuses it with contemporary flair and a danceable direction. This release serves as a career encapsulating ‘best of’ from Boban Markovic with his son, prized protégé Marko, and shows off their Southern Serbian Roma roots which are then spiced up and blended with jazz, soul and disco to produce a sensational sampling of their craft.

    Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar WebsiteBoban I Marko Markovic Orkestar FacebookBoban I Marko Markovic Orkestar Wiki

    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen
    Land of the Freaks
    Label: The Laser's Edge

    Touted as ‘Europe’s best musical secret’ due to limited distribution, Freak Kitchen has just had their back-catalog released and this one from 2009 is the first in line. The progressive power trio consists of three renowned virtuoso musicians - Mattias “IA” Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklund (drums). When these hard-working musicians are not performing in a band, they are out teaching clinics. The music contains creative progressive rock elements with a healthy dose of Frank Zappa influenced humor plus musical shenanigans and acrobatics galore.

    Freak Kitchen WebsiteFreak Kitchen FacebookFreak Kitchen Wiki

    Kottarashky and the Rain Dogs - Demoni

    Kottarashky and the Rain Dogs - Demoni

    Kottarashky and the Rain Dogs
    Demoni
    Label: Asphalt Tango

    Intent on creating a sonic collage and not some dance floor revolution, this minimalist ethno-electronica from Bulgaria is centered around Nikola Gruev aka Kottarashky who has joined forces on this release with a live crew of old friends and noted Sofia musicians, The Rain Dogs. The eclectic tracks found here are built from folksy samples spun out of traditional Bulgarian singing and are occasionally mixed with overblown flute and whirling clarinet.

    Kottarashky and the Rain Dogs WebsiteKottarashky and the Rain Dogs FacebookKottarashky and the Rain Dogs Wiki

    Mucca Pazza - Safety Fifth

    Mucca Pazza - Safety Fifth

    Mucca Pazza
    Safety Fifth
    Label: Electric Cowbell Records

    A 2-dozen member Chicago marching band that refuses to behave like one. Amalgamating elements from a variety of genres, attitudes and cadences, this band of musical geeks revel in territories of eccentricity beyond simple classification. Experience their full tilt performances at a variety of Chicagoland summer events.

    Mucca Pazza WebsiteMucca Pazza FacebookMucca Pazza Wiki

    Prong - Carved Into Stone

    Prong - Carved Into Stone

    Prong
    Carved Into Stone
    Label: Long Branch Records

    When bands create seminal music in a given genre, what do they do in the years and releases that follow? Prong guitarist Tommy Victor took time off to play with Danzig and Ministry before revisiting his roots and getting revitalized enough to assemble and pen a contemporary sonic barrage under his old moniker that is ready to flood your senses with signature riffs and aggressive themes. The Prong sound is back and ready to exceed the neck- and finger-snapping experiences of the past.

    Prong WebsiteProng FacebookProng Wiki

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