Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

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Patty Larkin - Watch The Sky

Patty Larkin - Watch The Sky

Patty Larkin
Watch The Sky
Label: Vanguard

World music and American roots blend into a heavenly choir of musical hybrids as PATTY’s talented imagination turns art emotional and emotions artistic. Whether conjuring spooky Delta blues, thoughtful folk or exotic gospel vamps, Sky bewitches as it whispers. Wistful and mystical, PATTY pits sambas against mantras, instilling educated mojo into cultivated raves.

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Rupa and the April Fishes - Extraordinary Rendition

Rupa and the April Fishes - Extraordinary Rendition

Rupa and the April Fishes
Extraordinary Rendition
Label: Cumbancha Records

A collective of multi-lingual flings, teasing beats, pouty polkas and tangled tangos – Rupa’s basket of salty and sultry mingles the sad with pizzazz and elegant despair with can-can chicanery. Novelties surrounded by melancholy, hot jazz laced with sad fiddles and muted trumpets, “Extraordinary,” hops, skips and tumbles into the heart.

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Adron - Adron

Adron - Adron

Adron
Adron
Label: New Street

Playfully enchanting as her double-tracked vocals roll around whimsical Brazilian guitar, Adron’s tropical bohemia is balm for the blistered soul. A refreshing recipe of fizzy logic and twinkling rhythms, Adron skips past cooing, cozy sips of girlish surrealism and slippery hippie happiness to conjure romantic café lives of porch swings, sandy beaches and sunny freedom.

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Chopteeth - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Chopteeth - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Chopteeth
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band
Label: Grigri Discs

Biting brass rides rumbling rumbas while hip-hop highlife wiggle and worm its way past jazzy James Brown soul. Nimble, relentless and electrifying, the twelve-piece D.C.-based band sings, shouts and seduces in seven languages as Chopteeth’s politically-charged beats respectfully skim rhythms from Senegal to Jamaica, dancing from Ghana to Nigeria straight into Funkytown USA.

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Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

Peter Buffett
Imaginary Kingdom
Label: Beside Records

Soft, buttery ballads glide to machine-tooled grooves - robotic pop layering logic alongside longing for social conscience swimming in sophisticated syncopation, Buffett’s, “Kingdom,” build waves of hard-wired wondering washing over clockwork convictions, ticking time-bombs packing compassion in stately arrangements that stir and shimmy, dance floor diplomacy wrestling questions in hip-swiveling dialogues, cooing solutions.

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Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu & The Shapes
Jewellery
Label: Rough Trade Records

A cauldron of mashed rapture, ripped mixtures and proto-punk busking bursts in brazen bombshells of cartoon brilliance, Micachu’s thrift-shop chops squawk and rock in impish waves of innovative grime. Brandishing outlandish vision, fashioning attractive contraptions, producing funhouse party rondos, “Jewellery,” clanks, clatters and contorts, delivering sly, kinetic inventions that surprise and delight.

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Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

Christine Vaindirlis
Dance Mama!
Label: Ubuntu World Music

A feisty maestro commanding cool jazz and smokin’ R&B rooted within pan-African grooves, Christine’s honey-covered harmonies and big band stampede feeds your feet sweet, frenetic medicine. Navigating hairpin turns through soulful vocals and whiplash brass, funky zydeco and doo-wop soukous, “Mama,” channels impassioned evangelism; a world-class, booty-shaking bouquet dipped in sass and imagination.

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Earthrise Soundsystem - The Yoga Sessions

Earthrise Soundsystem - The Yoga Sessions

Earthrise Soundsystem
The Yoga Sessions
Label: Yoga Organix Records

Mystical hypnotists courting karmic charms and suggestive messages, ES’s international aesthetics provide twinkling syncopation and slippery inspiration between breathlessly mellow trance, spiced-up Western pop and swinging multilingual meditations. While cutting-edge DJ reggae hawk slinky trinkets, tabla jazz turn vixenish and, “Yoga,” uplifts and liberates; multiple personalities blended together for divinely dynamic tranquility.

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Pit Er Pat - The Flexible Entertainer

Pit Er Pat - The Flexible Entertainer

Pit Er Pat
The Flexible Entertainer
Label: Thrill Jockey Records

Techno-toreadors flinging slithering rhythms within jigsaw salsa and chip-rock hopscotch, Chicago’s mischievous synthesists bend rules and dance around reason. Machinery and mayhem melt into infectious raves and alt-rock ecstasy as swerving dub-influenced dervishes conjure convoluted conga lines unwinding behind rubbery Arabic trappings mutated, leeched and unleashed among mad jumbles of electro-punk.

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Brian Eno and Rick Holland - Drums Between Bells

Brian Eno and Rick Holland - Drums Between Bells

Brian Eno and Rick Holland
Drums Between Bells
Label: Warp

Spinning vigorously digitized Afro-pop and mesmerizing New Age, Eno pairs mystical rhythms and primordial chorales against Holland’s calm truths and processed epiphanies. Manipulated palettes gallop as velvety ooze moves through synthetic stews, grouping moody mathematics around deprogrammed metaphysics. Integrating techno-speak from cyber-specters and vivid images from androgynous monologists, “Drums,” plummet crystal epistles past philosophical obstacles, scorching horns and jazzy patterns.

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Greenpot Bluepot - Ascend at the Dead End

Greenpot Bluepot - Ascend at the Dead End

Greenpot Bluepot
Ascend at the Dead End
Label: Greenpot Bluepot

Exotic concoctions drawn from noisy orchestras of wheezing reeds, Thai beats and tinkling cymbals, “Ascend,” sends rampaging rhythms around feral spells from tarot card choirs. Twisting ethnic traditions resisting conventional wisdom, GPBP’s outlandish mannerisms stampede in haunting microtonal hypnosis, unleashing fearlessly multi-cultural boomerangs for swirling dervish curses chasing snakes and making faces from ruthless Kabuki spookiness and choreographed cyber-tribal kookiness.

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Matisyahu - Spark Seeker

Matisyahu - Spark Seeker

Matisyahu
Spark Seeker
Label: Fallen Spark Records

Kabala collages tying dance grooves to ancient roots, “Seeker,” tweaks world-beat Kasbah cavalcades stitching marvelous carnival ambience to high-stepping sermons dipped in Hasidic raps and shined by post-nuclear studio maneuvers. Invigorating debater Matisyahu’s charismatic mantras and glossy hospitality fuse a modern, exotic product coated in electric messages, palatial musical mazes dropping wisdom among spoken-word interludes and hypnotic North African segues.

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