Dystopian Math Synth from Dmitri Mavra’s new project, BAMBOO BLIND. Glorious vintage drum machines and synths weave esoteric rhythms in this loose concept album about living in a simulated reality.
SKUNK is behind the times. They like it that way. Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Black Sabbath, the James Gang, Grand Funk Railroad, Nazareth, these are just some of the influences listeners report hearing in SKUNK’S debut album DOUBLEBLIND. With heavy riffs exhumed from the early 1970s and blistering vocals that evoke the great Bon Scott and Budgie’s Burke Shelley, SKUNK summons the specter of vintage rock like a necromancer in a stoned-out trance, DOUBLEBLIND garnered enthusiastic reviews and spent two months on the Doom Charts. Their new album, STRANGE VIBRATION, mines much of the same early 70s rock vibes as the debut, but with a few more puffs of prog. From the Sir Lord Baltimore-esque “Goblin Orgy” (yes, the actual cowbell used by Sir Lord Baltimore appears on this album!) to the wizard rock, mellotron-tinged epic “The Black Crown,” or the Rush-like 7/4 groove of “Light and Shade,” SKUNK shows once again that the past is yet to come.
“What has me fired up is their authentic seventies sound, right down to the cowbell…This will most likely be a Top 10 album of 2017. Even candidate for album of the year for me…The only question is what year are we in? This is flashback city for me, taking me back to the streets of your glory days, circa 1972.” (Doomed & Stoned)
“The Zeppelinesque bluesy swagger hooks you with its deep piercing groove and the solos gas the airwaves with a venom of lethal fuzz.” (The Ripple Effect)
“Doubleblind is an album that delivers on all levels with Skunk serving up, over the course of eight gloriously addictive songs, wave upon wave of crunching proto-metal riffage…” (Desert Psychlist)
“This quintet from California returns in full splendor to present a righteous share of 70’s rooted Rock, totally bluesy and more than retro.” (Roundtrip)
ELEKTRIK TEKE, by multi-instrumentalist Kosmos G, presents a bold reimagining of nine classic Greek Rebetika songs. Rebetika, the legendary music of the 1930s Greek underworld, merges exotic scales and rhythms with tales of hashish-smoking tough guys. But in the hands of Kosmos G, a kaleidoscopic array of fragments of genres past cling to the songs as he yanks them up from their pre-war origins, smashing through one decade after another en route to the future. The careful listener will hear rock, jazz, funk, muzak, space age bachelor pad, exotica, electronica, trip hop, new wave, synthwave and much more. Is it the Resident’s scoring an episode of Knight Rider that takes place in Greece? Zorba tripping with Esquivel at Studio 55? Or down tempo electronica for the modern day hash den?
Kosmos G has spent over a decade playing accordion, violin, and baglama in the Disciples of Markos, one of the longest-running traditional Rebetika ensembles in the world, in addition to a lifetime playing jazz, rock, and folk, composing soundtracks, and working as a music educator.
Available on CD and digital download.
Twenty old time banjo solos from back in the hills! Undiluted old school stuff played in a variety of tunings and styles on banjos from the 1960s all the way back to the 1890s!
Digital download only.
“Post-proto-metal bellbottom abusers from the deepest corners of Oakland, CA, Skunk is what happens if you raise your kids on Grand Funk 8-tracks and weed smoke.” – Classic Rock Magazine (#212)
“Doubleblind is an album that delivers on all levels with Skunk serving up, over the course of eight gloriously addictive songs, wave upon wave of crunching proto-metal riffage pushed into overdrive by big booming bass lines and powerful solid percussion.” – Desert PsychList