Thursday, February 24, 2011

CD Review: Carlos "Go Go" Gomez' 'New Paradigm Global Music

New Paradigm Global Music

The global soundscapes and atmospheric washes of New Paradigm Global Music provide an inspirational, soothing, and reflective set of songs that border on electronica, dub, trip hop, and fusion. Carlos' guest vocalist on "Law of Attraction" is Jim Self. Jim's vocal accompaniment is spoken word dialog with an instrumental background. The heavier, electronic tune, "Zen Dance", is more motion-focused than others. Carlos' expertise on Latin percussion and West African drumming/religion provides the album with a mix of folk and modern beats that successfully mesh together. Other tracks are whooly instrumental and feature different melodies, rhythms, and moods. All in all, New Paradigm Global Music is a bright spot in the world of drumming and electronica, as it incorporates an influence from beyond the world in which we live. This is a perfect album for dancing, practicing meditation or yoga, or kicking back and relaxing with little in the way of guilt. Good for the mind, body and spirit. ~ Matthew Forss

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