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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 12/14 - Conforce, Traxx aka Poetic Painter M, Smallpeople, Larry Heard, Floating Points and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 14, 2011 04:51pm | Post a Comment
Conforce
Escapism 2LP
Delsin

Holland's deep electronic specialist Conforce releases his second full-length. Still riding high on the praise from his last EP, Dystopian Elements, Boris Bunnik has crafted another album of deep digital and authentic analog bliss. As well as on Delsin, it's appropriately classy labels like Clone and Rush Hour which have released Conforce's work in the past -- the results of which have helped mark out the man behind them as one of the day's most considered sonic craftsmen. All but one of the album tracks is new and exclusive, with "Lonely Run" the only one heard thus far, given its inclusion on the aforementioned EP. It was a track which perfectly surmised the man's musical mission -- to combine elements of futurism with real hardware, decent software and to simply go wherever it takes him, be that a landscape doused in dub, formed from a firmer techno template or built on a house groove. As such, the aptly-entitled album is a wholly immersive listen from start to finish. Operating in its own deep and subliminal world of rhythm, it goes from lateral and dubby to more upright and kicking, touching on ambient moments and the odd classist moment along the way. Rather than ten shades of the same color, Escapism investigates a number of different moods and tempos. Opener "Revolt DX," for example, suggests a lively pace, despite being drenched in echo and reverb. "Elude," meanwhile, is a more roughshod roller torn apart by blistering synths, crisp percussion and prying claps. "Shadows Of The Invisible" is a mysterious journey into the tense, unknown world of deep space, while "Aquinas Control" floats in a murky, churning and dark underwater abyss... like the album overall, it's hugely evocative stuff that bares little resemblance to the populist motifs of Chicago-this or Detroit-that. From start to finish, Escapism grabs your attention without being rushed, hurried or over-complicated. It's the sort of album which works on both headphones up-close, but also on a dancefloor at a distance, thanks to its devilish detail but palpable presence. Unsurprisingly, one of today's most reliable producers has turned in one of the year's finest albums.

Purchase Escapism here:


Poetic Painter M
Marie's Transcendence 12"
MOS Deep

Melvin Oliphant III returns with this stunning solo-project under his The Poetic Painter M pseudonym. "Marie's Transcendence" is backed by two reworks from Sean Hernandez aka Chicago Skyway. "Marie's Transcendence" is a frenetic house track that echoes memories of downpitched newbeat material. Chicago Skyway takes the track to another hypnotizing realm. Aroy Dee edits a second rework of "Marie's", creating a highly effective and bouncing track.






Smallpeople
Black Ice 12"
Smallville

Dionne and Julius Steinhoff had an enormous success with their Meadows EP together with Christopher Rau on Smallville. That Smallpeople issue has been celebrated by all the deep house buddies such as Fred P, Jus Ed, DJ Koze and Lawrence, MCDE, XDB, RNDM, etc., and it was also included on some great compilations. Running the Smallville label and shop in Hamburg, inviting the who's-who of house music to the clubs, Smallpeople present three heavenly tunes to warm hearts and dancefloors.

Purchase Black Ice here:




Cosmic Metal Mother & Larry Heard
Time Is Now (Fingers Dub Mix) 12”
Panacustica

Panacustica’s fourth release is amongst Cosmic Metal Mother’s finest work. “Time is now” the track in question, defies definition by mastering a style on it’s own, by fusing elements echoing from prog-rock drenched with emotional content into an adult and contemporary way of delivering which is unique to the CMM writing style. The original is melancholic bliss. A vocal line at the center of the piece whispers words about Oscar Wilde and Mr. death accompanied by a cello melody that grows bigger and bigger into an angelic cascade of notes. The track begins and ends in the most bare way with just a drum beat leaving you with the feeling you have just entered a loop where time is irrelevant. Commodity Place has the second cut of the A side. The duo from Rome, known in the global underground of the vinyl tribes for their signature guitar style, chooses to call their mix “experience”, clearly paying homage to the gods of rock, delivering a guitar solo that will fire up your speakers and fill your eyes with the brightest psychedelic colors that we all so desperately need in this age of grey anonymity. The B-side is a full eight-minute mix by the man who needs no introduction and made us all dance since day one, Larry Heard, a.k.a. Mr. Fingers. His version is a fast “four to the floor” track, where a shaker drives the house beat into the melodic lines and voice borrowed from the original, making it one hundred per cent dance floor efficient with the modernity and mastery of his touch.

Purchase Time Is Now here:



Floating Points

Shadows D12”
Eglo

Brand new 5 track EP from the one and only FLOATING POINTS, on gatefold double vinyl with spot varnish! As well as new material this EP features some of their oldest surviving tracks including "SAIS". Drum machine and synthesizer activity set to high! Full picture sleeve. Limited.

Purchase Shadows here:






Raime
Hennail 12”
Blackest Ever Black

Raime return on Blackest Ever Black with Hennail, their first 12'' release since 2010's 'If Anywhere was here we would know where we are'. A double-A-side comprised of 'Told And Collapsed' and 'You Will Lift Your Frame Clear', it's the most potent and substantial document of their militant dysphoria yet.

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Randomer: Real Talk 12”
Karl O’Connor: White Savage Dan 12”
XDB: Recago 12”
Rrose: Merchant Of Salt 12”
Echelon Plan: Black Dots 12”
NHAR: Motionless/Betrayer 12"
SCHLEPPSTIGG: Up In The Weeds 12”
ARIL BRIKHA: Palma 12"
CHLOE: Watch Out 12"
JOASH: Mission/Bleed Remixes 12"
KPLR: KPLR LP
BACONHEAD: Astro Sludge EP 12”
BIODUB: Reisegefaehrte Remixes (I) 12"
TERRANOVA: So Strong 12"
COLUMBUS: Schwarzes Gold 12"
MACEO PLEX: Under The Sheets 12"
VA: Noone Number One 12"
POLE: Waldgeschichten 2 12"
VA: The Knights Of The Sad Pattern 2x12"
RYAN ELLIOTT: Kicking Up 12"
VA: Pudel Produkte 15 12"
Alex Coulton/REPRESENTATIONS 12”
Ad Bourke/TIDAL MOTION EP 12”
French Fries/CHAMPAGNE 12”
DJ Sneak/SUR AMERICA 12”
Rapture, The/HOW DEEP IS YOUR RMXS 12”
AM & Shawn Lee/PROMISES ARE NEVER... 12”
Mensah/THE RESISTANCE 12”
El Kid/HYPNOSIS EP 12”
808State/PACIFIC STATE - DFRNT RMXS 12”
Jack Dixon & Rick Grant/RUNNING MAN 12”
Sportloto/THE WILL I EP 12”
Various/10 YEARS OF HOSPITAL #1 12”
Various/10 YEARS OF HOSPITAL #2 12”
Hatti Vatti/YOU EP 12” Kingdom/DREAMA EP 12”
Nicholas/NU GROOVE EP 2 12”
Nicholas/NU GROOVE EP 3 12”
Bok Bok & Tom Trago/NIGHT VOYAGE... 12”
Biome/PROPAGANDA 12”
Melleefresh/INTUITION 12”
No Boundaries/MODULAR PURSUITS RMXS 12"
LD/SUNRISE EP D12”
Optiv & BTK/BACKLASH 12"
Reso/ISHIMURA 12”
Coki/DON'T GET IT TWISTED EP D12”
Mensah/THE RESISTANCE 12”
George FitzGerald/SHACKLED 12”
Various/THE STORY SO FAR EP 12”
Leo Zero/LEO ZERO EDITS 2 12”
V.I.V.E.K/SOUNDMAN 12”
Liquid Liquid/LIQUID LIQUID DLP
Kingdom/DREAMA EP 12”
Little Dragon/LITTLE MAN (D&B RMX) 12”
Wilkinson/TONIGHT 12”
Reel People/GOLDEN LADY - LOUIE VEGA 12”
Various/RELISH 3 EP 1 12"