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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From:  Year 2015
    Todd Terje - It’s Album Time

    Todd Terje - It’s Album Time

    Todd Terje
    It’s Album Time
    Label: Redeye Records

    Immediate affection! Whimsical expressions of disco found mingling with loungy cocktail exotica are key to the significance and fluidity of the first full length release from Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer Terje. The album manages to time travel between several eras while garnering the kitschy, catchy, quirky, quaint and queefless aspects of each, which is not an easy task, but it sure is fun!

    Todd Terje WebsiteTodd Terje FacebookTodd Terje Wiki

    Brownout - Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

    Brownout - Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

    Brownout
    Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
    Label: Ubiquity

    Take the Austin-based Latin funk band Brownout, add congas, horns, zest and psychedelics to choice catalog selections from Hard Rock and Heavy Metal godfathers Black Sabbath and you get Brown Sabbath, their funky, salsafied cousins. They make it surprisingly hard to decide whether to bang your head or dance your ass off to these 7 classic tracks.

    Brownout WebsiteBrownout FacebookBrownout Wiki

    Liquid Bloom - Heart of the Shamans: Ceremonial Medicine Songs

    Liquid Bloom - Heart of the Shamans: Ceremonial Medicine Songs

    Liquid Bloom
    Heart of the Shamans: Ceremonial Medicine Songs
    Label: White Swan Records

    Shamans have evolved over time and so has the ceremonial music they utilize. Liquid Bloom (aka Amani Friend (also part of Desert Dwellers) has produced a vivid sonic diorama imbued with a variety of global rhythms filled with expressive vocals and chants in plush natural atmospheres to evoke trance states for new awakenings and perspective changing visions. Blissful beauty anchored by traditional rhythms in a contemporary architecture.

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    Ganga Giri - Earthwise Vol 1

    Ganga Giri - Earthwise Vol 1

    Ganga Giri
    Earthwise Vol 1
    Label: self-published

    Fusing body-thumping electronic bass music with lots of didgeridoo and other unique musical elements gathered from his native Australian experimentations, Ganga Giri is inspiring a positive celebration of global community by featuring an impressive line-up of musicians and vocalists from all over the globe on his Earthwise releases (vol 2 and 3 to follow shortly). Unique and invigorating adventures into the land down under and beyond.

    Ganga Giri WebsiteGanga Giri Facebook

    AtYyA - Aurical

    AtYyA - Aurical

    AtYyA
    Aurical
    Label: Merkaba Music

    Viscous rhythms bubble to the surface next to interstellar clips and catches while alien cascades of rhythmic simplicity are buoyed about by dreamy distractions, throbbing bass and other energetic quandaries on this brief yet beautiful electronic escapade from AtYya (pronounced “Ah-Tye-Ah”). One of the many amazing performers that can be found at the 2015 Infrasound Festival (infrasoundfestival.com).

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    Blockhead - Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book

    Blockhead - Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book

    Blockhead
    Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book
    Label: Ninja Tune

    Staying within the lines are the challenge and reward with any coloring book and therein lies the fun with this audio version. Here the space between the lines is filled with funky hip hop rhythms colored over smooth and flowing electronics. The soulful vocal samples and snippets are then accented with scribbles, burbles and quirks which ultimately makes for an entertaining ride across many song pages.

    Blockhead WebsiteBlockhead FacebookBlockhead Wiki

    Red Rose - No Place Like Now

    Red Rose - No Place Like Now

    Red Rose
    No Place Like Now
    Label: self-published

    Acts that sample instruments live then layer, sequence and assemble them into multifaceted multilayered creations are always intriguing to experience. This Madison duo compliments their synthetics with live looping from bass, guitar and drums, thus infusing analog instruments into the digital realm. The results are smooth and flowing psychedelic space jams crossed with dance friendly trip hop tantilizations amidst great ambient swells found in this delightful fusion of genres.

    Red Rose WebsiteRed Rose Facebook

    Desert Dwellers - Great Mystery

    Desert Dwellers - Great Mystery

    Desert Dwellers
    Great Mystery
    Label: Desert Trax/Black Swan

    Such a beautiful blending of the etheric and the electronic. This busy duo has traveled the world learning about the great mystery, only to gift their knowledge to listeners amid their downtempo dubtronica. Blissful beams of gratitude glide their music to new frontiers and even greater mysteries.

    The Desert Dwellers WebsiteThe Desert Dwellers Facebook

    Dub Kirtan All Stars - Bhakti Juggernaut

    Dub Kirtan All Stars - Bhakti Juggernaut

    Dub Kirtan All Stars
    Bhakti Juggernaut
    Label: self

    What began as a one off performance instigated by David Starfire and FreQ Nasty (Darin McFadyen) in a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles has taken flight and blossomed into this full on Bhakti Juggernaut! Melding sacred Sanskrit chants and mantras into drum n bass electronica sprinkled with conscious hip hop lyrics and a host of guest musicians sets the stage for this inspirational uprising of the highest order. Be blessed!

    Dub Kirtan All Stars WebsiteDub Kirtan All Stars Facebook

    Pimps of Joytime - Jukestone Paradise

    Pimps of Joytime - Jukestone Paradise

    Pimps of Joytime
    Jukestone Paradise
    Label: Write Home Records

    These pimps they are a jammin! Their funky gyrational beats come in a variety of flavors and mixers including bluesy retro and vintage to horn filled soul. Since 2006 they have been storming dance floors across the US with their sonic funk tapestry and Jukestone Paradise is the fuel to propel them even further and harder thanks to electronic back beats and a new palette of anthems!

    Pimps of Joytime WebsitePimps of Joytime FacebookPimps of Joytime Wiki

    Griz - Say It Loud

    Griz - Say It Loud

    Griz
    Say It Loud
    Label: All Good Records

    Griz just keeps getting more awesome! This Colorado based producer (and Cannabis Cup Winner for his Griz Kush strain) amps up his electro soul compositions by adding more horns, jam session samples and soulful vocals as well as garnering assistance from Talib Kweli, Ivan Neville, Antibalas, the L.A.’s Children’s Chorus, and others. These fantastic future funk songs will have you doing dance floor gymnastics and gyrations from beginning to end! Grab your copy FREE at mynameisgriz.com

    Griz WebsiteGriz FacebookGriz Wiki

    Various Artists - Uprising (Metal Alliance)

    Various Artists - Uprising (Metal Alliance)

    Various Artists
    Uprising (Metal Alliance)
    Label: Foss Face Records

    Feast your ears on this fist pumping slurry of 17 new and throwback metal tracks compiled of bands from around the country who are united in this new metal massacre. Serving as a roll call of contemporary metal musicians that are still emanating hot and heavy rhythmic churns and aggressive attitudes, this release will help you discover new names in the realm of metal goodness. Next time you are in the mood to bang your head, kick some ass and devour some new furious metal, look no further than The Uprising. 

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