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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2012
    Choban Elektrik  - Choban Elektrik

    Choban Elektrik - Choban Elektrik

    Choban Elektrik
    Choban Elektrik
    Label: self

    Although Brooklyn is their home, this progressive power trio finds their musical roots in Albanian, Macedonian, Greek, and Armenian folk melodies. Choban Elektrik means “Electric Shepherds” and is a name that fits them sublimely. ” Vintage Hammond organs and Fender Rhodes are harnessed along with guitar and bass to further bend and blend genres and global visions within their improvisational platitudes.

    Choban Elektrik WebsiteChoban Elektrik Facebook

    Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

    Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

    Everyone Orchestra
    Brooklyn Sessions
    Label: Harmonized Records

    Smooth and flowing as well as rich and varied improv jam-rock featuring a bunch of stellar musicians ranging from Jon Fishman (Phish) to keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento to saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band) to guitarist Steve Kimock, and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), among others. They are all harnessed and conducted by the electrifying Matt Butler, the force and vision behind the group.  By managing to focus the collaborative talent in an ambitious but ultimately gratifying direction he has managed to produce a noteworthy and highly listenable release.

    Everyone Orchestra WebsiteEveryone Orchestra FacebookEveryone Orchestra Wiki

    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint
    Spectrum of Death
    Label: Relapse Records

    Wisconsin grown - gurgling, growling, gnarly thrash metal with ridiculous and blistering solos plus breakneck rhythms a la early Slayer, which is appropriate for this 1988 thrash vinyl reissue. Although production values weren’t what they are now, the spirit, energy and vitality of the time soars through every note!

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    Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

    Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

    Mörglbl
    Brutal_Romance
    Label: Free Electric Sound

    With a name like this, you may expect punishing death metal, but this is not that. Instead, this French instrumental trio blends a progressive energetic jazzy element with their hard rock and technical metal to create a tantalizing full flavored offering. Additionally, band members Christophe Godin (guitars), Ivan Rougny (bass), and Aurelian Ouzoulias (drums) are each also valued clinicians when not busy crushing and destroying the world as Mörglbl.

    Mörglbl WebsiteMörglbl FacebookMörglbl Wiki

    Nickodemus - Moon People

    Nickodemus - Moon People

    Nickodemus
    Moon People
    Label: ESL Music

    From hip hop to Afropop to jazzy funk to flamenco among a multitude of other influences, the Brooklyn based Nickodemus connects an endearing amalgamation of world beats, electronica and worthwhile innovation by utilizing and orchestrating his network of collaborators ranging from Puerto Rico to Beirut and beyond. A surprising complexity of approaches and fresh musical infusions.

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    Niyaz - Sumud

    Niyaz - Sumud

    Niyaz
    Sumud
    Label: Six Degrees

    The album title, pronounced “soomood,” translated from Arabic means steadfastness, which also represents the thematic lyrical philosophy of this release. Continuing to evolve the contemporary sound of Middle Eastern music, this superstar trio composed of Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian and Carmen Rizzo splashes us with electronically-infused Arabic melodies and entrancing vocals that every global citizen will find mesmerizing.

    Niyaz WebsiteNiyaz FacebookNiyaz Wiki

    Putumayo Presents - Arabic Beat

    Putumayo Presents - Arabic Beat

    Putumayo Presents
    Arabic Beat
    Label: Putumayo

    Once again, Putumayo has put together a well-picked eclectic selection of lesser-known world class artists, this time with a focus on Arabic musicians of today. By incorporating certain Western influences, today’s Arabic music’s upbeat, danceable grooves have an undeniable universal appeal. Get to know Morrocco’s Jalal El Hamdaoui or Algerian performer Cheb Amar along with 8 others.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents FacebookPutumayo Presents Wiki

    Samite Mulondo - Trust

    Samite Mulondo - Trust

    Samite Mulondo
    Trust
    Label: Musicians for World Harmony

    A world-famous humanitarian and musician who plays flute and kalimba, Samite presents us with a charming platitude of bright and flowing instrumental melodies born from East African roots.  Beyond this, Samite has dedicated his life to helping others through music. In 2002 he founded Musicians for World Harmony, a non-profit organization that sends musicians and instruments to poverty stricken parts of Africa. Bravo!

    Samite Mulondo WebsiteSamite Mulondo FacebookSamite Mulondo Wiki

    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness
    Yellow & Green
    Label: Relapse Records

    This release has all the trappings of being a landmark, breakthrough album. It debuted at #30 on Billboard’s top 200 and sold over 12,500 records in its first week, making it the highest debut in Relapse Records history. Baroness really show off their vocal prowess and musical composition skills, here. Each song is masterfully crafted to compliment their progressive hard and heavy rock innovations. Bravo!

    Baroness WebsiteBaroness FacebookBaroness Wiki

    District 97 - The Trouble With Machines

    District 97 - The Trouble With Machines

    District 97
    The Trouble With Machines
    Label: Laser's Edge

    What a treat! Fronted by 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt, this extremely melodic and concise prog rock band from Chicago has drawn musical accolades for their adventurous instrumentation and passionate delivery. If you are looking for an excellent contemporary dose of prog fronted by outstanding female vocals, look no further!

    District 97 WebsiteDistrict 97 Facebook

    Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

    Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

    Dynohunter
    Techtonic Drift
    Label: self

    Uniting the conventional DJ performance with a live band has been the ticket to success for a new wave of livetronica musicians, and this Boulder based power trio plans to be a force to be reckoned with in this realm of versatility and innovation. Gotta love that Coloradotronica sound!

    Dynohunter WebsiteDynohunter Facebook

    Guano Padano - Two (2)

    Guano Padano - Two (2)

    Guano Padano
    Two (2)
    Label: Ipecac Records

    If you happened to be trapped in a spaghetti Western being filmed by Fellini or Coppola, this may very well be the soundtrack. Surf, jazz, country, folk, blues and attitude fill the songs with ambience, emotion and dynamics. Guest vocals from Mike Patton.

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