Among this month's selections are several that feature hybrid genres, including Turkish-influenced electronica, techno-influenced classical and synth-pop with disco underpinnings. In addition to their stylistic diversity, these releases represent a range of production methods.
TOWER OF POWER:GREAT AMERICAN SOULBOOK(TOP RECORDS)
Anchored by Dave Garibaldi and Rocco Prestia, with the TOP Horns punctuating throughout, the band plays an album of classic soul covers featuring guest artists such as Joss Stone and Sam Moore. What's not to like?
ULTRAMAX:TECHNOCLASSICA: VIOLINS VS. SYNTHESIZERS(ULTRAMAX)
Penn State professor Dr. Max Fomitchev's concert DVD of his techno-influenced arrangements of classical standards features an orchestra, a DJ, a synthesist and a rhythm section.
The group's second release combines frenetic synthesizer tones, disco-influenced rhythms and excellent songwriting. Look out for these guys.
DAMIAN LAZARUS:SMOKE THE MONSTER OUT(GET PHYSICAL MUSIC)
A collection of catchy, original songs from Lazarus, a British DJ and record-label owner. The CD contains an eclectic mix of songs imbued with cool synth textures and effects, and frequently laced with dark humor.
RARE ELEMENTS:OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK(5 POINTS RECORDS)
From a series of releases pairing master musicians and remixers, this disc focuses on Turkish multi-instrumentalist Tekbilek, and taps the fertile combination of world music and electronica.