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Best Electronic Albums of 2014 Handpicked by Matt, Jordan & Oliver

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 18, 2014 09:05am | Post a Comment

Best Electronic Albums of 2014

Moodymann - Moodymann (Mahogani Music)

Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal radio. Moody gets an assist from Andres on future classic "Lyk U Used 2," a track that has Kenny ably playing a slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on "Have You Ever Been Lonely." Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of "Delia and Gavin" is used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit "Freeki MF" acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies ("Watching U") and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on "Sloppy Cosmic." The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.

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New CD and Vinyl release at Amoeba Hollywood 12/10/14 - Theo Parrish, Keith Worthy, Lady Blacktronika and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 10, 2014 02:42pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish

American Intelligence CD

American Intelliegence 3x12"

Sound Signature

The latest album from the Detroit iconoclast. You're pretty much going to buy it or not, the sticker price ensures that, but for those who need a description: American Intelligence, like Moodyman's 2014 effort, attempts to lay out the psychic space of Detroit for a worldwide audience. Parrish's city is far more introspective, often restrained to the fascinating rhythms of his mind. Much of the album is interesting drum + bass (but not drum 'n bass) workouts, similar to Footwork  and his 12" for Trilogy Tapes. Highlights include Welcome Home, which has Parrish subjected to racial profiling on his way home from the airport and Ah (feat. M. Pittman, Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres),  a King Crimson-style slow burn evocative of a bar with red leather booths in some forgotten neighborhood in Detroit.

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Lady Blacktronika - All In VainLady Blacktronika

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New Vinyl and CD Releases At Amoeba Hollywood 11/14 - Jacques Renault, Nicuri, Bookworms and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 14, 2014 02:47pm | Post a Comment

VA - Tokyo Impressions

Various Artists

Tokyo Impressions 12"

Junk Yard Connections

So the story goes like this -- Mr. Tophat was shopping at Tokyo's vaunted vinyl output Diskunion and sees a fellow shopper carrying his record. He strikes up a conversation and eventually receives these excellent tracks, excellent house from an island that's still mysterious to many. The real highlight here is Butagoya an ace Detroit beatdown style roller with an odd jazz break in the middle. The final track, Kauboihatto by Okita Takamori is a cool martial post-punk bit.

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Jacques Renault - Out Of Sync EPJacques Renault

Out of Sync 12"

Let's Play House

The New York producer and DJ comes out swinging on this one, with the help of analog guru Andy Meecham (Emperor Machine)I Like It is a warm yet alarmist house track, with a big fat analog bassline and detuned piano break. "Make Up's" got a totally convincing italo-arpeggio, which Renault bones out as the track does on -- equally pretty and functional. "M.A.N.'s" more in a '90s, Nu Groove style way, Burrell style catchy deepness.

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/24 - Pixelife, Lauer, Mura Oka and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 24, 2014 03:19pm | Post a Comment

Pixelife - Waves Of Titan

Pixelife

Waves Of Titan 12"

Throne Of Blood

The sometime DFA-affiliated Pixelife, have a very subtle, jacking and psychedelic sound. "Waves Of Titan" sounds a bit like fellow Brooklynites Invisible Conga People mixed with some lost Chicago classic. The B-side, "DC To Daylight" starts with 707 clatter, eventually introducing some cosmic pads for an  amazing krauthouse conconction which works a lengthy, swinging jam into its epic 10-minute run. Druzzi of The Rapture takes the idea further, introducing some beautiful Kosmische piano waterfalls for his version of the track. On the A, Pittsburgh Track Authority? strips things down a bit, demonstrating their hardware house prowess.

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Life Recorder - Hope In The SoulLife Recorder

Hope In The Soul 12"

Soul Print

Inspired pairing of the French producer Life Recorder and Simoncino . Great source material. The title track is a deep, dubby Chicago track that works in just a bit of skewed Detroit sci-fi futurism. For fans of NicuriJoey Anderson, etc.  The Italian producer's remixes are a real treat. The "Spirit Mix" is all new age drift. The "pressure mix" sounds like a refracted Model 500 endurojam, and the morning mix explores the uplifting nature of the source material, sounding like Ron and Chez or Joe Smooth hands in the air house. Excellent and diverse DJ record, highly recommended.

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New vinyl releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/18 - Max D, Rick Wade, Jack J and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 18, 2014 01:16pm | Post a Comment
Max D - Drizzling Glass
Max D
 
Drizzling Glass 12"
 
Trilogy Tapes
 
Sir Maxmillion Dunbar delivering straight new age vibes for Will Bankhead's imprint. 
"Calvin and Hobbes" is on that Mark Isham tip, beatless dx7 tropical exploration. He goes down several wormholes, very deep and heady which I suppose is the point. The rest hearkens back to the beatific jams on his debut for Ramp, "Cool Water". For a current reference, it sounds like Young Marco if he was raised on hip-hop, a good thing indeed.
 
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Moods and Grooves Vol. 4KDJ/Rick Wade
 
Moods and Grooves Vol. 4 12"
 
Moods & Grooves
 
Two Detroit dons doing what they do best. KDJ with some beatdown edits, the first Untitled track sounds like the Halloween soundtrack over some afrobeat drums, while the second is a disco flip worthy of his famed skate parties. Turn it over for some deep introspection from Rick Wade. Released in 1999, "Thought Process" is a piece of moody house with bottomless pads and a techno pulse. Too sad to be happy, for Motor City driving.
 
 
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George Theodorakis
George Theodorakis
 
The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996) (LP)
 
Into The Light
 
 
Into The Light continues their short and magical run with this stunning anthology from the son of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. It's all here, quiet introspective New Age ("Nicotine 2"), Durutti Style sun-specked sadness ("The Lottery") and a number of inspired soundtrack, kraut and psych moves. It's similar in spirit to that excellent K. Leimer comp RVNG released earlier this year in its unveiling of a secret and beautiful body of work.
 
Buy The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996) (LP)
 
 
Jack J - Looking Forward To YouJack J
 
Looking Forward To You 12"
 
Mood Hut
 
Here at Amoeba, we've been looking forward to this one coming back in. It's a hot record. Actually, it's more a cool record with its off-the-cuff romanticism, spoken word sections and dubby, loping basslines, Arthur Russell meets Pal Joey. Mood Hut has a knack for making tracks that sound current and classic all at one -- with "Something (On My Mind", they've succeeded once again. The synth and bassline pull the heartstrings while making you chill.
 
 
 
Raw Ten - Funny Thing
Raw Ten
 
Funny Thing 12"
 
Pittsburgh Tracks
 
Cool, unexpected team-up between the Pittsburgh Track Authority boys, !!!'s Nik Offer and vocalist Lou Tanning. The end result is an excellent vocal house track with a bittersweet hook to match the pedigree of the crew involved. Dirt Tech Reck's Wajeed contributes a jacking, disembodied version for the b-side, leaving a ghostly imprint of the original vocals in favor of a hypnotic, electro-tinged synth workout. Recommended.
 
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Anaxander - Unexpected EncounterAnaxander
 
Unexpected Encounter/An Orderly Life 12"
 
Tasteful Nudes
 
Class record from French producer Anaxander. The vibe here is restrained, expertly produced Chicago-style house. "An Orderly Life" uses a loping 303 line with ethereal, twinkling synths that erupt into an (orderly) piano breakdown. It's like some kind of evocative acid made for movie soundtracks, lovely. In an unexpected move, Anaxander puts the DJ tracks on the B-side, specifically "Love Crowd" and the acapella. Expect to hear this one out, a simple spoken word vocal sample, pummeling two-note bassline and off-kilter beat are all you need. Think Jack Master's "Bang The Box."
 
Buy Unexpected Encounter/An Orderly Life 12"
 
 
Generation Next - Nocturne
Generation Next
 
Nocturne 12"
 
Seven Days Ent.
 
Generation Next is just that, the son of Leonard "Big Strick" Strickland and nephew of Alex "Omar S"(mith. This is his most restrained 12" yet, a quiet piece of a new Detroit story. He's mainly hitting blue chord sweet spots with the expected analog drum workouts beneath. The cut, to me, is "Vanilla Sky," which uses a gorgeous synth progression and occasional, somewhat hesitant acoustic piano flourishes -- a dose of humanity too often absent from the dance productions.
 
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New this week
CATTANEO, HERNAN: Balance 026 2CD 
OYE, ERLEND: Legao CD 
ICHISAN: Extra Ball 12"
CHICKS ON SPEED: Artstravaganza CD 
JAAR, NICOLAS: Don't Break My Love 10" 
MININNI, MICHELE: Endless Ceremony
DJ T.: Body Language 15 CD 
LOSCIL/FIELDHEAD: Fury and Hecla CD 
STRANGER, THE: Bleaklow (Remastered) 2LP 
YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S ADVENTURE SOCIETY/PARADA 88, THE: Adventure Party/You're Gonna Miss Me 12" 
DONOSO, RICARDO: A Song for Echo LP 
VERMONT: The Prins Thomas Versions 12" 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: Major Fun 10" 
HOOD, ROBERT: Protein Valve EP 12" 
WEBSTARR: Aegrus/Clocked 12" 
FUTURE 3: With and Without CD 
DREEMS: Mirages (Michael Mayer + Valentin Stip Remix) 12" 
BRODINSKI: I Love Techno 2014 CD
KATY B: Katy on a Mission 12" 
KATY B/SKREAM/HEADHUNTER: Remixes 12" 
ZINC: Show Me 12" 
SKREAM/BENGA & COKI: Midnight Request Line/Night 12" 
ROUTE 94: My Love 12"
ZINC: ?ugeez or Not/138 Trek 12" 
P MONEY: Mad 12" 
WONDER: What-Wizzbit 12" 
JAMMIN: Kinda Funky/Go DJ 12"
SKY WALKING: Sky Walking CD 
BABA STILTZ: Total CD 
BUNNY ON ACID: Are You a Rainbow 12" 
RODHAD: Haumea (Incl. Ø [Phase] Remix) 12" 
DJ W!LD: When You Feel Me EP 12" 
PAN-POT: Watergate 17 CD 
VA: Common EP 12" 
BELTRAN, JOHN: Faux/Faux (Four Tet Remix) 12"
 
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