Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Echocentrics

The Echocentrics is a new band from Austin-based Grammy award winning producer Adrian Quesada, a member of Grupo Fantasma, and one of the minds behind bands like Ocote Soul Sounds and Brownout. He teamed up with Argentinean singer Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation) and Brazil-based Tita Lima, resulting in the laid back, and psychedelic-tinged album Sunshadows that was released in Spring 2011.

While writing the follow-up to Sunshadows, Quesada dissected some of Timbaland's music and turned into a collection of songs, equal parts desert-psychedelia, late 60s soundtrack, funk and soul. On Echoland, Tita Lima lends her sultry voice to a cover of Aaliyah's "We Need A Resolution", sang in Portuguese, and the ubiquitous Todd Simon (Mayer Hawthorne, TVOTR) provides a horn arrangement for Jay Z's "It's Hot". Recorded at Adrian Quesada's Level One Studios in Austin, TX with some help from Spoon's Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi.

The Echocentrics - "We Need A Resolution" (Echoland: A Tribute To Timbaland)

Download the full EP at Ubiquity Records.

Also check out The Echocentrics' Daytrotter session, recorded at Big Orange Studios in Austin.