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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2014
    Alwoods - Long Life Forest

    Alwoods - Long Life Forest

    Alwoods
    Long Life Forest
    Label: Altar Records

    Beautiful artwork and restrained melodies combine with driving bass lines on this down-tempo dance floor delectation, inspired by the Greek mountainside. Alwoods AKA John Rigas offers us 8 epic length tracks (none shorter than 7 min!) to morph, meld and find inner vision with.

    Alwoods WebsiteAlwoods Facebook

    Quanta - Dream Before You Sleep

    Quanta - Dream Before You Sleep

    Quanta
    Dream Before You Sleep
    Label: Shanti Planti/ self-published

    Oozing organic melodies and swampy beats from the quantum corners of consciousness, Quanta takes listeners on a fractal foray into futuristic psychedelic disclosures and stellar electronic mind warps. Hang on!

    Quanta WebsiteQuanta Facebook

    F-777 - Celtic Dance Machine

    F-777 - Celtic Dance Machine

    F-777
    Celtic Dance Machine
    Label: self-published

    When you sacrifice your Riverdancer to the Goddess Electronica, something like this is bound to be the offspring. F-777 is Jesse Valentine, an extremely prolific and quite accomplished 20 year old electronic musician that also produces freelance soundtracks for games in addition to these themed dance explosions.

    F-777 WebsiteF-777 Facebook

    Ester Rada - Ester Rada

    Ester Rada - Ester Rada

    Ester Rada
    Ester Rada
    Label: The Eighth Note

    Ester Rada is part of a striking wave of smart, talented and ambitious Ethiopian woman that has swept Israel recently. Utilizing acclaimed Israeli producers Kuti (Kutiman/Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico) she combines her smooth seductive voice with jazzy retro funk filtered through hip shaking African grooves marinated in reggae temptations to produce an infectious delicacy that will tease you into submission. 

    Ester Rada WebsiteEster Rada FacebookEster Rada Wiki

    Trey Frey - Refresh

    Trey Frey - Refresh

    Trey Frey
    Refresh
    Label: Thebasebit Recordings

    Although I am NOT related to Trey, after hearing Refresh I kinda wish I was. Each of his upbeat, wild and crazy chiptune creations was created using two original Nintendo Gameboys running Little Sound DJ. What a zany, but totally effective way to make electronic music!

    Trey Frey Website

    Mire - Inward/Outward

    Mire - Inward/Outward

    Mire
    Inward/Outward
    Label: self-published

    Touted as being the heir apparent to the long vacant TOOL throne of progressive rock, Montreal’s Mire provide a convincing display of aptitude, depth and prowess, while sounding a LOT like TOOL. These complex compositions with delicate dynamics captured my attention from first listen and continue to provide satisfaction as more layers unfold.

    Mire WebsiteMire Facebook

    Opiuo - Meraki

    Opiuo - Meraki

    Opiuo
    Meraki
    Label: Slurp Music

    Vibrant snappy funky glitch hop always brightens my day and few have made it brighter lately than this new Opiuo, which was released on his own newly-formed Slurp Music label. His prior efforts have reached #1 chart positions on Beatport, Addictech, and iTunes while the new one has already bumped into the top 10s of many playlists, so the word is getting out!

    Opiuo WebsiteOpiuo Facebook

    Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics - Cigarros Explosivos!

    Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics - Cigarros Explosivos!

    Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics
    Cigarros Explosivos!
    Label: Ashpalt Tango

    Sunny days are ahead when you jump right in and start gyrating to this electrifying Balkan and cumbia hybrid. Gypsy brass is fused with Latin inflections and more as this 5-piece produces pulsating poly-rhythm after rhythm, through mood after mood. Tantalizing, titillating, troubadours of world music.

    Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics WebsiteJaro Milko and the Cubalkanics Facebook

    Soulacybin - Gratitude

    Soulacybin - Gratitude

    Soulacybin
    Gratitude
    Label: Merkaba Music

    Some music is meant as a journey. Other purely for enjoyment. Yet this one is designed to include an activation. A metaphysical activation for your heart to enhance beyond your ears and mind. The music to push the activation is a succulent dub swirl soundscape of glitch hop and soultronica with mystical blurs and psychedelic bends.

    Soulacybin WebsiteSoulacybin Facebook

    Beats Antique - A Thousand Faces - Act II

    Beats Antique - A Thousand Faces - Act II

    Beats Antique
    A Thousand Faces - Act II
    Label: 10 Spot

    Act 1 was a phenomenal look into the hero’s journey and Act II takes you even further while capturing nearly the same intensity, dynamics and imagination, but with other flavors and twists. Hopping and skipping across a vast sea of musical genres, their compositions are invigorated by a broad spectrum of cultural and geographical rhythms, tones and approaches, while undeniably being Beats Antique. Brilliantly beautiful!

    Beats Antique WebsiteBeats Antique FacebookBeats Antique Wiki

    Brushy One-String - Destiny

    Brushy One-String - Destiny

    Brushy One-String
    Destiny
    Label: RiseUp Entertainment, LLC

    Millions have viewed the videos of this unique musical sensation from rural Jamaica. His unconventional single stringed guitar playing style gave rise to his name and ultimately his fame. The heart felt blues and soul filling intensity that emanate from his gritty yet warm voice are remarkable and memorable. His simple yet catchy melodies which back his lyrics are filled with the struggle of his experience and when performed are accented by clever percussive taps and knocks on the body of his guitar, which create a full sound and make him musically self sufficient.

    Brushy One-String WebsiteBrushy One-String FacebookBrushy One-String Wiki

    Delain - Human Contradiction

    Delain - Human Contradiction

    Delain
    Human Contradiction
    Label: Napalm Records

    Still having a soft spot for female fronted symphonic metal, I was pleased to find that the Dutch band Delain’s newest delivers an ample amount of crashing metal attacks juxtaposed against delicate refrains and floating synth driven atmospheres. Charlotte Wessels demonstrates an emotional but not overpowering vocal approach, which propels their overall musical ferocity and gothic undertow to new heights and depths.

    The Delain WebsiteThe Delain FacebookThe Delain Wiki

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