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Mystikos Quintet

by Mystikos Quintet

Not just another downtempo record.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Easy Listening
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2. Cabra Asa
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3. Xanax Tattoo
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4. Skunk Weed
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5. Big Fatty
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6. Morning In Vaci
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7. The Monkey Room
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8. Flute Whip
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9. What It Is
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10. Last Call
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11. Call It Deep
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12. Zuni
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Based in Indianapolis, the Mystikos Quintet is out to show that there's more coming out of Naptown than basketball and auto racing. This debut effort is a hook-laden, groove-centered homage to Jimmy Smith-era jazz/funk, Miles Davis' muted trumpet and the funkier side of 1970s jazz fusion. Mystikos Quintet also conjures up plenty of rock ingredients to fill out their gourmet stew. All this against a backdrop of the quintet's idiosyncratic take on familiar downtempo elements. Indeed, when it comes to the Mystikos Quintet, the fortunate listener will experience music that's easy on the ears and soothing to the soul—yet deep enough to shake ya rump. So check in and check it out!


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Mary Garrison @ Indianapolis InTake Weekly

This Loungey Disc is Crisp Like a Granny Smith
Local group Mystikos Quintet has done what a lot of local acts can't do -- put together an album that doesn't sound so homemade.

The fivesome's jazzy, loungey disc is crisp like a Granny Smith, and its polish helps it stand out among other do-it-yourself releases.

Mystikos' groove is relatively straightforward: It takes you to the martini bar and back, winding through funky, horn-laden tracks and then slowing it down a bit for the slippers-on-the-feet nightcap. Lyrics are few and far between; it's clear the emphasis is on the instruments.

Highlights for me are the album's bookends, Easy Listening and Zuni. The former betrays its name only in the sense that when I think easy listening, I think Richard Marx. Instead, the song is peppy and groovy, laced with sax, piano and xylophone (a surprisingly comforting combo). The album's ender, on the other hand, is soft and slow, laying a mellow flute over a lazy beat.

Other songs of note: Big Fatty, which is fitting background music to some 1970-era espionage; and Last Call, which is drowsy like a lullaby.

Mark Casavant

Musical and refreshing, draws you in and keeps you smiling
I am constantly scouring the web and local CD stores for the new, innovative and timeless grooves from artists you just don't hear on the radio, which is fine because commercial radio is not for me. After discovering many along the way, I literally stumbled on this one and it is a gem. I listen to various forms of jazz, fusion, electronic, jam bands, funk, and especially as a musician I enjoy a great sense of rhythm, musical progression, and intricate layering of soundscapes with an artistic touch. "Mystikos" has it in spades and I can't get enough of it. This is the music I always can listen to around the house, on planes, or in the car that breathes fresh air into my day. It has a natural sound that keeps it fresh and separates it from all the overly-processed music out there that tries to meet this cool new genre, 'Jazztronica', I think it is called.
All cuts are strong, but I really dig these tracks: Easy Listening, Flute Whip, Big Fatty, Skunk Weed, The Monkey Room, and Xanax Tattoo. If only I owned a cool cafe to crank this up in! And if you have a great stereo, you will love this even more. This is a standout, and I am telling my friends to snap it up. Suddenly I am trying to find more music like this, but I know it is rare. I guess that defines a gem, right?

Gary Applegate

Slammin'
I love this CD! Funky down-tempo grooves abound. Exceptional creativity. Can't wait to hear the next project!

JD SMITH

You saved my marriage!
I'm a jazz freak and my wife is a dance hound. Your music has finally brought compromise to my marriage. Jazztronica! We love it!!!

lee foley

groovy baby!
for all groovers.laidback,fun,jazzy,funky downtempo beats.pure ear candy

Broad Ripple Gazette

One of the most finely crafted local CDs I've heard
The Mystikos Quintet is the brainchild of local Indianapolis artist G. Rode, and let us hope that Mr. Rode continues favoring us with musical offerings like this, for this CD is nothing less than brilliant, one of the most finely crafted local CDs I have heard. Rode’s background includes time spent honing his skills in folk and roots-rock scenes in other locales, but he has certainly come into his own with this endeavor, a combination of live and programmed instruments that fits squarely into the downtempo, funk, and jazzy sides of instrumental electronica. Ably assisted by four other musicians who provide live and sampled doses of bass, guitar, saxophone, flute, and trumpets, with Rode providing keyboards and programmed beats, the Mystikos Quintet sounds fully formed on this debut CD. And unlike so many “groups” of this type, the music sounds anything but canned or cobbled together, Rather, the music feels completely live and natural. Starting off with a simple cowbell and conga pattern, soon joined by a samba-like bass line and drum beat, the opening track “Easy Listening” sets the template for what is to follow. With a funky, Jimmy-Smith like organ pattern, catchy trumpet line, keyboards sounding like a vibraphone, and capped with beautiful sax and piano fills, this song is stuffed to the brim with great melodies and hooks all set to a swinging, laid-back groove. Indeed, while most artists are satisfied with one good hook per song (if they can muster even that), the Mystikos Quintet stuffs numerous hooks into every tune, with each instrument usually entering the music with its own memorable hook-line. This is a tall task for even one song, but Rode proceeds to pull it off on nearly every track. Tempos are laid-back but deep enough to allow anyone to groove to the music, with the added kicker being the jazzy nature of much of the soloing, with particular kudos going to Slick Harper on trumpet and Danny Mumford on saxophone and unbelievable soulful flute. The strongest comparison would definitely be to prime-era Jimmy Smith, but there is plenty here for fans of Portishead, Jazzanova, Nightmares On Wax, or even Sade (instrumental, mind you) to get their heads around. Indeed, lovers of the “groovy” side of all things musical will be in heaven with this disc. I say “more please,” and we Hoosiers should be supremely proud to count G. Rode and his Quintet as one of our own, although I predict it will only be a matter of time before these sounds extend their reach far beyond this state. My only question now is, “Where’s the live show?” Watch this space for more information on this front, but for now, just pick up this CD, lay back, and enjoy.

CDOMAIN

ultimate lounge music
This CD is a genre blurring blessing that manages to sound both rooted in a bunch of different traditions (blues, jazz, and funk) and yet is so NOW. Spin this baby at just about any kind of party. I played it for a hipped out academic crowd and they raved! The debut of Mystikos Quintet is something to shout out about. Bodes well.