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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2013
    Zammuto - Zammuto

    Zammuto - Zammuto

    Zammuto
    Zammuto
    Label: Temporary Residence

    Founder and band namesake Nick Zammuto has been doing some serious innovating for several albums now and this is no exception. Tantalizing experimental progressions of widely varied rhythms and song structures offer no doubt of his visionary talent. Heavily edited for your enjoyment, this is a great example of how experimental music can be intriguing and highly enjoyable rather than callously weird and unapproachable.

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    Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

    Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

    Flying Lotus
    Until the Quiet Comes
    Label: Warp Records

    Steven Ellison is Flying Lotus (or FlyLo by fans). His experimental laptop compositions are filled with layers of intense expression. The minimalistic beats find a home in jazzy passages of nocturnal awakenings, while subconscious mystical states of unfocused attention draw listeners into journeys of elegant melodic interplay.

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    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
    Meat and Bone
    Label: Mom & Pop Music

    Eight long years have passed since their last studio album, but this legendary lo-fi blues crew has again unleashed a caterwauling cacophony that will storm your eardrums listen after listen. Blending punk, hardcore and rusty rock n roll with biting blues, these 12 cuts fling more energy and groovy rhythms than you may be ready for, but the challenge will be worth the effort.

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    DJ Sun - one hundred

    DJ Sun - one hundred

    DJ Sun
    one hundred
    Label: Soular Productions

    DJ Sun is known in Houston for his long running radio show, Soular Grooves (Sat 9-12pm on KPFT 90.1FM), so it’s no surprise that this recording artist and DJ shows off a timeless time-forgotten era of soul, jazz and smooth grooves that are equally as nostalgic as they are future perfect. Dusty delights from a jazzy neverland.

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    Zebbler Encanti Experience - Psychic Projections

    Zebbler Encanti Experience - Psychic Projections

    Zebbler Encanti Experience
    Psychic Projections
    Label: Gravitas Recordings

    An audio/visual duo from Boston consisting of Ben ‘Encanti’ Cantil and Peter ‘Zebbler’ Berdovsky.  Encanti takes the lead in musical realms while Zebbler sits as master of all things visual. Together they have woven a frenzy of dynamic compositions that blast through mind-wrenching dubstep drops plateauing in downdempo melodies and cerebral sound progressions. In high demand, Zebbler was architect behind the projection-mapped projects Shpongletron and EOTOtron in addition to acting as VJ for well over 100 international shows for both groups. Something quite special here…

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    Sidecar Tommy - Constant Flux

    Sidecar Tommy - Constant Flux

    Sidecar Tommy
    Constant Flux
    Label: self

    Tommy Cappel AKA Sidecar Tommy is best known as being a part of the amazing gypsy-tronic trio Beats Antique. This solo release allows a different aspect of his musical interests to show forth. While still firmly in the electronic realm, we are treated to more chilled, downtempo glitch hop (without the middle eastern element Beats Antique is renowned for). But it is still catchy and quirky and enticing to listen to repeatedly, so we are all good!

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    Emancipator - Dusk To Dawn

    Emancipator - Dusk To Dawn

    Emancipator
    Dusk To Dawn
    Label: Loci Records

    What at first may appear to be simple downtempo electronica unfolds into a plush musical ride elaborated with violin, mandolin, cello, saxophone, hammered dulcimer and more. At the helm of this mesmerizing project is Portland-based producer extraordinaire Doug Appling and this is his newest masterpiece. Enjoy! 

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    Lotus - Build

    Lotus - Build

    Lotus
    Build
    Label: SCI Fidelity Records

    Sadly, I missed Lotus last month at their Barrymore show. Had I gone I’m sure I would have been treated to selections from Build. Once again they brandish an effortless and ambitious yet extremely danceable prog rock electronica, but are now showing a bolder sophistication that is equally delightful, befitting and welcomed.

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    Tomahawk - Oddfellows

    Tomahawk - Oddfellows

    Tomahawk
    Oddfellows
    Label: Ipecac

    After a 6 year hiatus, I was pleasantly surprised to find out their fourth LP briefly hit the Billboard charts. Not sure if that’s due to it being produced by Black Keys producer Collin Dupuis or from the lineup being more stellar than ever with Trevor Dunn (Fantomas/Melvins) on bass and John Stanier (Helmet/Battles) on drums joining Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) on guitar and the ever phenomenal Mike Patton (too many bands to list) on vocals. The stripped down heavy rock veers to and fro, venturing down dark alleys and introverted assessments, blessed with Patton’s ever morphing and changing vocals while rubbing up against delirious guitar flows and their weirdly urgent thematic repartee. 

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    Zozobra - Savage Masters

    Zozobra - Savage Masters

    Zozobra
    Savage Masters
    Label: Brutal Panda Records

    Boldly embracing their doom-metal roots while finding friction in harsh downtuned sludge-metal quandaries, this Boston trio has scorched a new, dark-magical path of angst and intrigue for all to find solace in or scurry from. 

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    John Brown's Body - Kings and Queens

    John Brown's Body - Kings and Queens

    John Brown's Body
    Kings and Queens
    Label: Easy Star Records

    Trailblazing in the US reggae scene since their formation in the mid 1990s, this highly-acclaimed and highly-polished group continues to push the scene to new levels. This release features 12 songs by lead singer Elliot Martin that are sure to get the masses grooving from sea to shining sea. 

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    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch - Earth Rocker

    Clutch
    Earth Rocker
    Label: Weathermaker Music

    Ten albums in, and they are still hot as fuck! Self-admittedly wrought with more forethought, focus, and polish than some of their prior releases, Earth Rocker will knock your socks off. Their hard-rockin’ antics and usual sardonic lyrics have never sounded better.

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