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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2014
    Eccodek - Singing In Tongues

    Eccodek - Singing In Tongues

    Eccodek
    Singing In Tongues
    Label: White Swan Records

    Collaborating with Mali’s Jah Youssouf, Eccodek’s 6th release finds them rooted in Africa, while allowing their sonic architecture to meld with elements from Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Jamaican music. Jah’s exemplary ngoni playing and voice are joined by a dizzying array of vocal and instrumental contributors. An intoxicating musical trip into future globalism.

    Eccodek WebsiteEccodek Facebook

    Big Mean Sound Machine - Contraband

    Big Mean Sound Machine - Contraband

    Big Mean Sound Machine
    Contraband
    Label: Angry Mom Records

    An instant dance party! They throw down the funk with lots of horns, then pump up the Afrobeat before sizzling up some psychedelia and jazzy gyrations. Recorded live to capture their raw 12-member fury only makes me want to experience this party live ASAP!

    Big Mean Sound Machine WebsiteBig Mean Sound Machine Facebook

    Celia - Shaman Journey

    Celia - Shaman Journey

    Celia
    Shaman Journey
    Label: self-published

    An everyday Goddess showing off many of her lovely musical facets, travelling through the seasons as easily as across the ocean. Celtic, new age and shamanic intonations are found in abundance as she weaves rhythms and chants that entice and caress your soul. Plus her live performances show off her comedic talents as well as her chanteuse.

    Celia Website

    Hypnagog - Thematic Mathematics

    Hypnagog - Thematic Mathematics

    Hypnagog
    Thematic Mathematics
    Label: Kinematic Records

    Swirling together a wide swath of well-thought-out electronica, from glitch to trance, progressive to psychedelic, dreamscapes to breakbeats, as well as flirting with many others, Melbourne based Hypnagog, aka Felix Greenlees, gives us a lot to choose from on this adventurous and dynamic release. On his own Kinematic Records too!

    Hypnagog WebsiteHypnagog Facebook

    See-I - Knowledge Shine Bright

    See-I - Knowledge Shine Bright

    See-I
    Knowledge Shine Bright
    Label: Fort Knox Recordings

    Garnering experience during their 15 years as front-men for the Thievery Corporation live band, brothers Arthur “Rootz” Steele and Archie “Zeebo” Steele founded SEE-I and are now leaders the reggae-soul movement. Funk, dancehouse, and smooth, jazzy electronics blend with the soul and reggae to produce a surprisingly broad vista of styles to work with and enjoy.

    See-I WebsiteSee-I Facebook

    Beat Fatigue - Malfunktionality Part One

    Beat Fatigue - Malfunktionality Part One

    Beat Fatigue
    Malfunktionality Part One
    Label: Adapted Records

    So many of my favorite things all rolled into one! Clever guitar jams are imbibed with funky bass lines and blues stamina while pushed out on the dance floor with groovy electronics. This Amsterdam based DJ, producer promises much more to come with Part 2!

    Beat Fatigue Website

    David Starfire - Awakening

    David Starfire - Awakening

    David Starfire
    Awakening
    Label: Amrita Recordings

    A world-renowned producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ that has worked with numerous electronic musicians as welll as had songs featured in many TV, cable, movies and video games. Awakening is an invigorating juxtaposition of ethnic grooves throbbing with exquisite electronic psydub buoyancy.

    David Starfire WebsiteDavid Starfire FacebookDavid Starfire Wiki

    Entheogenic - Enthymesis

    Entheogenic - Enthymesis

    Entheogenic
    Enthymesis
    Label: Universal Symbiosis Records

    An excellent 8th studio album for Entheogenic! Sliding grooves and moody ambient space-scapes glide into faster psytrance rhythms and brain scratching Terence McKenna platitudes. Mesmerizing trance within quirky glitch and magnificent hubub.

    Entheogenic WebsiteEntheogenic FacebookEntheogenic Wiki

    Mark de Clive-Lowe - Church

    Mark de Clive-Lowe - Church

    Mark de Clive-Lowe
    Church
    Label: Mashibeats/Ropeadope

    Sophisticated avant soul jazz-tronica that sizzles with intensity. This New Zealand born musician, DJ and producer (who now resides in LA) started playing piano at age 4 and has continued his musical exploration ever since! Layers of flavors, rhythms and instrumentation are conjured for each composition and flow through several diverse styles as well as musical collaborators.

    Mark de Clive-Lowe WebsiteMark de Clive-Lowe FacebookMark de Clive-Lowe Wiki

    Anchor Hill - Medicine Grove

    Anchor Hill - Medicine Grove

    Anchor Hill
    Medicine Grove
    Label: Luminosity Project

    Flowing electronica that takes you on adventures through mystic soundscapes and majestic altitudes. While exploring eddies of jazzy sojourns and reflections of forgotten terrain in dreamy forests of glitch-hop, one is allowed take the time to make revelations of discovery and introspection. The dancing rhythms and cozy vibrations access a necessary solitude to find success and inspiration.

    Anchor Hill WebsiteAnchor Hill Facebook

    Fine Alarm Funk - Abandonearth

    Fine Alarm Funk - Abandonearth

    Fine Alarm Funk
    Abandonearth
    Label: CD Baby

    Even though the album is themed as, “A DIABOLICAL journey to the center of the Earth and the subsequent DESTRUCTION of the planet!!!” you probably aren’t expecting what this 9 member heavy funk outfit from Vancouver has cooked up for you as they blast through a barrage of breakneck Balkan brass n punk infused musical roller coaster rides while vocally sounding like a gruffer Gogol Bordello. Surprising and refreshing!

    Fine Alarm Funk WebsiteFine Alarm Funk Facebook

    Lotus - Gilded Age

    Lotus - Gilded Age

    Lotus
    Gilded Age
    Label: Lotus Vibes Music LLC

    Continuing to explore and develop new and old facets of their musical awareness, long time favorites Lotus give us a release focused on the original organic instruments: drum, bass, guitar, piano and percussion. Combined with the fact they recorded it live to analog tape means the sound is very front and center for the listener. Guest vocalist Steve Yutzy-Burkey is featured on this first of three tracks on the album, which also gives the release a fulfillment of another kind. The Gilded Age proves once again that the ethereal ambiance that Lotus is known for will continue unabated.

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