Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bio Ritmo – Puerta Del Sur (Vampi Soul)

Still one of the most rockin’ salsa fusion bands after 23 years. Based in Richmond VA, the 9-member band & a host of guests crank out lively, original, & quite innovative tunes based on salsa but taken in many exciting new directions (#8 has Arabic ifluences!). Their best yet? Official website here.

ANTH: Arabic – The Rough Guide to Arabic Jazz (World Music Network)

Even after years of collecting this genre I could not have put together such a fine collection of Arabic-jazz fusion. Here are top tracks from highly regarded Arabic legends*, plus a bonus CD (“Chemsi”) featuring Hijaz, a band led by Tunisian oud player Moufadhel Adhoum & pianist Niko Deman. A real gem! *Ibrahim Maalouf, Renaud […]

Muyei Power – Sierra Leone in 1970s USA (Soundway)

Rare tracks recorded during the winter of 1975-76 while this long defunct Sierra Leonean band was touring & performing at US colleges. Tracks feature traditional music rearranged in the then-popular soulful urban African style. Great up-tempo ‘70s African fusion!

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 – A Long Way to the Beginning (KFR)

Third CD from alto-sax master Seun (pronounced “Shehoun”), the youngest son of the Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. It’s all here like his dad did it; the angry political themes, the blazing horns, old school organ, & Fela’s original Egypt 80 band. But there are new elements as well; like touches of hip hop & […]

Night Box-The Panic Sequence

The Panic Sequence is an album from Night Box. The music is a mix of Electro Rock, Synth Pop and has elements of Tropicalia and Disco Dance. The music on this five track EP is very upbeat and dance floor ready. Tracks: 1,4

Martyn_Forgiveness EP

Forgiveness is a three track quickie from Martyn. The music has a Lounge House vibe and the tracks are very smooth yet upbeat. These are perfect dance floor jams. Tracks: All Good

Olekranon-Aphelion

Olekranon’s latest effort is titled Aphelion. The music is primarily Drone Ambient but has IDM and Industrial elements as well. The tracks have a little less fuzz and static than normal but the menacing beats and haunting effects are still in place. Aphelion continues to showcase Olekranon’s talent and skill as an artist as well […]

Karen Nielsen-House of the Sacred

Karen Nielsen returns with her third album titled House of the Sacred. Neilsen is self-taught and you hear her musical evolution and growth in this album. The music has a Dark Ambient/Gothic Ambient vibe with Classical elements and has more electronic aspects than her previous work. The tracks, though, still retain that powerful and dark […]

Dawn Golden-Still Life

Still Life is an album from Dawn Golden. The music is a mix of Ambient with hints of Emo Rock. It sounds a little bit like Cold Play mixed with The Sight Below. Not bad but it has a mainstream feel and is a tad boring. RIYD: Cold Play, The Sight Below Tracks: 1,4,8 FCC: […]

Brian Eno/Karl Hyde-Someday World

Someday World is a collaboration between two heavyweights of electronic music, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde of Underworld. The music sounds like both artists styles were put in a blender and mixed up with Eno’s 80’s Funk Pop mixed with Hyde’s smooth, vocals. There are a couple “harder” tracks with some guitars and heavier beats […]

Sorceress-Dose

The New Zealand group formerly known as Funkommunity has been re-named Sorceress and has a new album titled Dose. The music over has a Downtempo vibe but has touches of Lounge, Funk, R&B, Afrobeat with very minor Disco elements. Soulful vocals from Rachel Fraser adds a strong element to the music which might not have […]

Little Dragon-Nabuma Rubberband

Little Dragon’s fourth album is titled Nabuma Rubberband. The album blends R&B, New Wave, and Synth Dance with a strong experimental streak threaded in. Vocals from Yukimi Nagano (who is supposedly the inspiration behind the band’s name) are light and bubbly yet have a rich warmth and depth to them. The album has some upbeat, […]

Plaid-Reachy Prints

Plaid’s tenth and latest album is titled Reachy Prints. The music has an Ambient vibe to it along with elements of Downtempo and Synth Dance. The group’s label, Warp, has described the album as “a journey into a subterranean world” which you can hear in the music. The music has a dark edge to it […]

Shapeshifter-Remix EP

The group Shapeshifter has released a remix album simply titled Remix EP. The music is a mix of EDM, Drum & Bass, Big Beat, and Electro Jazz. The tracks are pretty smooth as are the vocals even on the heavier, banger tracks. Overall a pretty solid dance album. Tracks: 1,3,6,8

Steffaloo-Heart Beats

Steffaloo’s third album is titled Heart Beats and is also her first all-electronic album. The music is anchored in Folktronica but has elements of Dream Pop and Downtempo. Steffaloo’s previous works were rooted more in dreamy, minimalist Folk Rock which is still very present here but the electronic aspect adds a new and interesting dimension […]

SMOKE FAIRIES // SMOKE FAIRIES (FULL TIME HOBBY)

HAUNTING FEMALE FOLK-POP DUO , HINTS OF BLUES,  SOUL & PSYCH SWEETNESS W/ WARPED GUITARS & HARMONIES, ELECTRONICS & BEATS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, SHARON VAN ETTEN

SHARON VAN ETTEN // ARE WE THERE (JAGJAGUWAR)

SINGER-SONGWRITER ROCK W/ HEARTBREAK LYRICS, SHOEGAZE GUITAR LINES, ELECTRONICS, LAZY VOCALS AND NEIL YOUNG ROCKERS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 RIYL: ANGEL OLSEN, MIRAH

ELEPHANT // SKY SWIMMING (MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES)

FULL, LUSH DREAM-POP W/ SWEET FEMALE VOCALS, BROKEN HIP-HOP BEATS, KEYBOARDS, LOOPED STRINGS, AND PSYCH BALLADS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 RIYL: TENNIS, BEACH HOUSE, TWIN SISTER

MIRAH // CHANGING LIGHT (K/ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE)

SOULFUL FOLK-POP EXPANDING W/ ELECTRONICA, GROWLY ROCK, DISTORTED GUITARS, 80’S POP BALLADS, SULTRY VOCALS & MANY GUESTS. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 RIYL: THAO, WHITE HINTERLAND

OLD SMOKEY // WESTER EASTER (CLOUD RECORDINGS)

MEMBERS OF OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, MOTHS, HAM1. SPAGHETTI-WESTERN, EAST INDIAN PSYCH-FOLK W/ BANJO, CELLO, VIOLIN. HAUNTING & LOOSE W/ CRESCENDOS & HARMONIES. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 RIYL: DEFIANCE OHIO, NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, FEATHERS

To Kill a King – Cannibals With Cutlery

To Kill a King are a British band who play a style of pop rock with great lyrics. Cannibals With Cutlery is their debut album. At times the songs are epic and bombastic, like on “Cold Skin” and the single “Rays”, while other songs are soft and folky such as the title track and “Children […]

Brothertiger – Future Splendors

Brothertiger is the solo project of John Jagos. His sophomore album Future Splendors is full of 80’s synth pop mixed with chillwave (think Washed Out’s earlier work). Features washes of synths, some guitar, and nice melodies. Lo-fi, with minimal percussion. The first two tracks “Up From Below” and “In Mind” have great hooks. “Further On” […]

Francesco Cilea–Chamber Music

Romantic works for cello & piano or piano trio by a composer also known for his operas. Gracious, elegant. Play!

Kojiro Umezaki–(Cycles)

Works for shakuhachi and other Japanese instruments  & electronics, some with vibraphone or string quartet (Brooklyn Rider). Eerie, graceful, suitable for world/avant programming.

Some Other Time–Cello & Piano

Works by American composers Bernstein, Copland, Barber & Foss, early 1900’s on, some jazzy. Copland’s well-known Old American Songs.