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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.

Buy Tokyo Impressions 12"

 

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.

Buy Waves Of Titan 12"

 

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.
 
Buy Drizzling Glass 12"
 
 
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.
 
 
BuyMoods and Grooves Vol. 4 12"
 
 
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.
 
Buy Funny Thing 12" 12"
 
 
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.
 
Buy Nocturne 12"
 
 
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"
 

New vinyl releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/27 - T.B. Arthur, Ekman, Marquis Hawkes and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 27, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

T.B. Arthur

Test Pressing 1 12"

Test Pressing 2 12"

Test Pressing

Ok, so the story is these were found in some Chicago warehouse, but these don't sound like '90s cuts to these ears. In any event, raw, minimal, jacking acid techno tools that even manage to have a bit of fun here and there. "B2" off the second record has some pretty funky cowbell, "A2" off the first record is a great, lurching beast off a track. Despite the anonymity-craving backstory, the best stuff here has a lot of personality.

Buy Test Pressing 1 12"

Buy Test Pressing 2 12"

 

Ekman - EntropyEkman

Entropy 12"

Trilogy Tapes

Dutch producer Ekman's been turning out twisted acid/electro for the excellent Berceuse Heroique label for some time now -- his debut for Trilogy is his most gutted material yet. The title track caroms along on some out-of-phase kick, eventually spewing odd delayed stabs that sound like a bi-product of the track's own screwed-up momentum. "Dissipation" is sparse, electro-tinted stuff, like something off the Demdike Testpressing series, while the closer is pure madness, in fitting with the Trilogy "anything goes" ethos.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/19 - Randomer, Don Papa, Marcellus Pittman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 19, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment
Randomer - Russian Torrent VersionsRandomer
 
Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Russian Torrents
 
Randomer's been on a bit of a tear lately. His outings for Clone and L.I.E.S. have been unique and uniformly functional. His techy drum programming fits in with both Hessle and the unwashed barbarians of the lo-fi techno scene. Here we have three tracks and nary a dull moment. "Side Crack Lung" is a brilliant techno tool propelled on by some cheeky vocal samples. "Odd" gets more hypnotic, using circular piano patterns and basslines.
 
Buy Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Don Papa - Rock My TempoDon Papa
 
Rock My Tempo 12"
 
Sex Tags Mania
 
Laidback dub-dance experiments from Moss, Norway's hip-hop legend (your guess is as good as mine). This material's been culled from recordings made between 1997 and 2003 and runs the gamut from spliffed-up electro dancehall, distorted 'Mo Wax style experiments and most notably "Done (Piano Mix)", a chilled out psychedelic piano house with some odd dub screech around the edges and nonchalant raps up top. That's the one!
 
Buy Rock My Tempo 12"
 
 
 
Marcellus PIttman - 1044 CoplinMarcellus Pittman/John Cannon
 
1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
Unirhythm
 
Pittman's status as a distant third (or fourth) chair has lessened recently, mainly due to his reputation for joyful Detroit beatdown DJ sets. As such, it doesn't come as a complete surprise that he's turned in an ace boogie-funk 45, though the contrast with his previous stripped-down machine funk is notable. (To be fair, the "Do You Like Music 12"" from earlier this year saw MP headed this direction.) The groove is unstoppable, walking synth bass with just a bit of a 313 techno pulse. John Cannon comes correct as well with a slower, sexy synth jam.
 
Buy 1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
 
Buy Deetroit - The Underground UnderstandsDeetroit
 
The Underground Understands 12"
 
UDR
 
These records are cool. They look like they sound, no-frills midwest dancefloor heat, faceless and functional. "Making It A Reality" is an adroit combination of a bittersweet piano riff and Juno bassline, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Similarly, "Nipponese" gets even fancier with the Rhodes/bass interplay, like Moodymann was trying to make it to Carnegie Hall. The to-the-point title of the closer, "Reassuringly Analogue", tells you where this shadowy producer is coming from.
 
 
Buy The Underground Understands 12"
 
 
Peverelist - Roll With The Punches (Remixes)
Peverelist
 
Roll With The Punches 12"
 
Punch Drunk
 
Fascinating historical document of the Bristol dance scene. Originally released in 2007, Pev's spacious dubstep anthem would precipitate his migration to a hardware-heavy, but still low-end conscious techno released on his own Livity Sound. His partner in that label now attempts some historical revisionism. The Linear mix starts to mess with the reedy lead a bit but keeps the booming half-time drums relatively in tact. On the B, the lead is reimagined as beautiful, delayed ambience.
 
Buy Roll With The Punches 12'
 
 
Todd Osborn - Step OffTodd Osborn
 
Step Off 12"
 
Acoustic Division
 
The ingenious Ann Arbor producer returns with melodic jams which stand alongside his wistful self-title LP on Ghostly, Osborne. Jazzy chords and soaring leads abound, especially on "House 117", which is on some Midnight Express shit, such is Osborne's talent for melody. "November" cruises along like a loose, clanky house tool, before introducing some quiet storm piano chords, a perfect deep house B2.
 
Buy Step Off 12"
 
 
 
 
Ranier Truby - Slouse
Rainer Trüby 
 
Slouse-Fishing In Slower Territories CD
 
Compost
 
The veteran Stuttgart producer reveals the direciton his tastes have been headed in recent years, slow, mellow house jams. It's most successful when it goes towards more hypnotic, "balearic" territory, with Moonstar's "C-Minus Particles" and Maurice Fulton's amazing mix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor" standing as obvious highlights. Elsewhere, things veer closer to the chill-out zone with lilting vocals fit for the after-after party as well as the coffee shop.
 
Buy Slouse- Fishing In Slower Territories
 
 
New this week:
 
TENAGLIA, DANNY: Balance 025 2CD 
CLAP! CLAP!: Tayi Bebba 2LP
SENNI, LORENZO: Superimpositions LP 
ROOTS PANORAMA (AKA DEETRON & RIPPERTON): Mars 12" 
PUSHKAREV, ANDREY: Three Roads EP 12" 
A: Cocoon Compilation - N CD 
FLUGEL, ROMAN: Happiness is Happening CD 
WRONG STEPS: Wrong Steps EP 12" 
BLACKHALL & BOOKLESS: Se7en EP 12" 
LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN: Islands 2LP 
TANABE, DAISUKE: Floating Underwater CD
KISH, KILO: Across LP 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: With One Another 2LP
KAWASAKI, TOSHIYA: I'm Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 6 - 10 Years Edition Pt. 2 2LP 
HRDVSION: Hrdvsionremixes 12" 
KLINT, ANTON: Spritzer EP 12" 
RDG & HITMAN: Mercenary Ship EP 12" 
VA: New Jack Tribal 12" 
CLARIAN: Road to Recovery EP 12" 
DUMONT, DUKE: For Club Play Only 3 12" 
NICK THE RECORD: Under the Influence Volume Four: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco 2CD

 

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