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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2012
    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm
    Harmonic
    Label: Ipecac Records

    Behold, another side project from legend/drummer extraordinaire, Dave Lombardo.  Although not even remotely as fever pitched as his Slayer days, this is still heavy and his beats are amazing. Overall, this release works best in the noteworthy experimental atmospheric interludes, but resides too often in forgettable post-hardcore or post-apocalyptic delirium. Thankfully, this release has multiple dynamic options. 

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    niceFingers - Intercontinental Beat Collection

    niceFingers - Intercontinental Beat Collection

    niceFingers
    Intercontinental Beat Collection
    Label: self

    The beatslinger duo of Nick Waterhouse and Dave Schneider is niceFingers. The intercontinental part of their release is just that, collaborating musically across continents. Dreamy soundscapes are lushly decorated with pulsing bass and a fresh outlook.

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    Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger le Monde!

    Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger le Monde!

    Staff Benda Bilili
    Bouger le Monde!
    Label: Crammed Disc

    Filled with high energy and enthusiastic optimism, this group, originally formed by paraplegic street musicians in a half abandoned zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, takes their experience to the next level by showing off exquisite rhythms and lush harmony vocals provided by their seven singers. Energetic and invigorating!

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    Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical

    Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical

    Bomba Estereo
    Elegancia Tropical
    Label: Polen Records

    Bogota’s hottest band infuses highly danceable cumbia with pleasant doses of electronics, allowing their take on Colombia’s Afro-Latin roots and beats to be unique and memorable. Their explosive moniker, named for the monster sound systems that power the local parties in Bogota is the perfect attention getter and sets the tone for the amazing cross pollination of influences and energies, jumping from chicha and champeta to dancehall vibes and beyond. 

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    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum - On The 13th Day

    Magnum
    On The 13th Day
    Label: SPV/Steamhammer

    This isn’t a ride into virgin territory. In fact, after 34 years and 17 studio albums, this Birmingham-based melodic hard rock band is continuing to build their long lasting and impressive legacy. That said, this is a solid, highly listenable addition to their history and manages to largely avoid falling into the corny kitsch trap. 

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    Norska - Norska

    Norska - Norska

    Norska
    Norska
    Label: Brutal Panda Records

    Tuned-down doom metal must be so fun to write. Loud, slow, huge, harsh, throbbing, epic, determined riffs and beats compliment the often harsh, but sometimes spacey vocals to produce a low end cacophony of dynamic delights. Contains members of and on tour with YOB this fall.

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    Analog Players Society - Hurricane Season in Brooklyn

    Analog Players Society - Hurricane Season in Brooklyn

    Analog Players Society
    Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
    Label: Studio Brooklyn

    The percussionist, producer, and visionary known simply as Amon is the creative force behind this release, which utilizes top-notch studio musicians to bring ska, Afrobeat, hip hop and a few tangential classic covers together into a fun, funky groove rich experience. 

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    Beats Antique - Contraption Vol. II

    Beats Antique - Contraption Vol. II

    Beats Antique
    Contraption Vol. II
    Label: Antique Records

    I’m pretty smitten with this prolific (7 releases in 5 years!) group. Dreamy alluring Middle Eastern and Gypsy melodies are married to equally intriguing electronic infusions. Add in violin, belly dancing, live drums and special DJ Pizazz, and viola! Brilliance. 

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    Govinda - Resonance

    Govinda - Resonance

    Govinda
    Resonance
    Label: self

    An EP of sensual electronic explorations through mysterious Middle Eastern beats woven into a tapestry of tantalizing female vocals, signature violin overlays and world-bass beats. Delicate, dark and delicious.

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    Hidria Spacefolk - Astronautica

    Hidria Spacefolk - Astronautica

    Hidria Spacefolk
    Astronautica
    Label: Hidria Records

    Psychedelic space rock never sounded so good! Born out of a hippie commune in Finland and taking their cue from Ozric Tentacles, this non vocal Moog-a-delic experience will sweep you off on a stellar journey to dimensions unknown in the wink of a riff. See ya there!

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    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman - The Fires I Started

    Unwoman
    The Fires I Started
    Label: self

    Erica Mulkey is Unwoman, a popular and prolific San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter that spices up the strings with electronic beats and attitude. With seven self-produced solo albums and six successful Kickstarter campaigns under her belt, she is turning herself into a musical icon thanks to all the fans she accumulates at the steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events that she highlights. 

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    Wookiefoot - Ready or Not

    Wookiefoot - Ready or Not

    Wookiefoot
    Ready or Not
    Label: Wookiefoot (self)

    Wookiefoot (one of my all time favorite bands!) continues on their cosmic musical consciousness exploration journey by offering another ever-evolving excursion into anthemic New Age-ish euphemisms gone hippy pop reggae bluegrass jam funk. Will they be the Shangri La for your soul too? Don’t miss their tour this fall!

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