June 27, 2009
Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) Music have recently dropped a few albums to add to their already stellar catalog. Among the treats are Federico Aubele’s newest and most personal album yet, Amatoria. Inspired by the classic and passionate sounds of bolero and Argentinian tango, Aubele infuses his distinctive Spanish guitar sound with sultry vocals and subtle electronic beats to create a unique collage of intimate love songs.
Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada, leaders of Anitbalas and Grupo Fantasma respectively, serve up more delights for your ears on their third full-length titled Coconut Rock. Vibe on their previous works here.
Chris Joss spinning more of his distinct style on the cleverly-titled Sticks. A sonic journey through the Asian sub-continent. Filled out by a lush tapestry of ethereal sitars, rubber-funk bass, cheeky organ riffs, snappy drum kicks and smoky atmospherics.
Ancient Astronauts dish out super-ecclectic bangers featuring a variety of new sonic collaborators including Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip-hop group The Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik. We Are To Answer is a block-rockinâ€™ boom-bappinâ€™ sonic tour-de-force.
Of course I gotta conclude by saying ‘Fuck You’ to eMusic’s policy of discontinuing service to Thailand which effectively eliminated heaps of records from making their way to my ears. Toss these platters into that pile as well since they’re all available as I write this. Guess they’ll come free of charge. Eventually.