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New CD and Vinyl releases at Amoeba 2/6/15 - Quiet Village, DJ Sotofett, Armando and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Quiet Village - Social Music
Quiet Village
 
 
Phonica Records
 
Revered London vinyl outpost Phonica hosts the return of Matt Edwards and Joel Martin's Quiet Village project. There's a formula at work here, take a hypnotic house groove and then drop insane sample after insane sample on top, pan the thing left and right and let it run for just a little less than ten minutes. This is a simple recipe for a spun audience and it's working here.
 
 
 
Armando - Land Of ConfusionArmando
 
 
Westbrook
 
The acid ur-track, one of the best examples of a form that people are still obsessing over 30 years in. Loose, jacking drums, a randomized TB-303 line that still feels right. No pads, no sexy vocal samples, no bells and whistles, just a couple ways to make you jack.
 
 
 
 
 
TX Connect - Trixxter
TX Connect
 
 
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
 
Might as well stick with the theme, and jump to a 2015 example of a producer tweaking the acid box, in this case, texas freak TX Connect. This is dark stuff with a bit of a New Beat influence, fits in well with other DABJ releases like Jared Wilson's awesome "Unknown Desires". Some dystopic, delayed synths amp up the post-apocalyptic feel.
 
 
 
 
Omar S. I Wanna KnowOmar S.
 
 
FXHE
 
Omar S is back with a big, audacious vocal track. Musically, this maintains some of the chord-heavy optimism of the Romancing The Stone double-pack as well as the Thank You For Letting Me… LP. What's different here is Garcia's vocals, an elongated, lurid come not unlike most mainstream rap verses. It's a fun, sensual track from the most consistent producer in the game. Instrumental on the B.
 
 
 
Garrett David
 
 
Gramaphone Records
 
Chicago, birthplace of house, still boasts one of the most tightknit scenes in the US. Promising locals DJ at the intimate Smart Bar, buy their records at Gramaphone, and generally carry on the city's amazing dance music tradition. It was only a matter of time, then, that the Gramaphone record store began to share its homegrown talent with the world. Here with have employee Garrett David' with the second release on the label, though you may remember him from his release on The Queen as well as his participation in the excellent Bell Boys project. Just good, inventive house music here, I'm partial to the piano stabs and hypnotic pads on Tunnels as well as the dreamy, chill-out B2 "Morning Mantra". Chi-town stand up!
 
 
 
Jamie Paton EP #2Jamie Paton 
 
 
Emotional Especial
 
Plenty of people hunt for forgotten disco not disco jams from the early '80s, but very few people attempt to actually make them. Jamie Paton makes it look easy. The opening track, "Mad Obsession" is a bouncy bit of tropical house, with a tom loop and some synth washes before some insouciant vocals come in. "Time After Time" is a dancefloor version of some daytime detective show funk, "Drole Model" is cool rainforest dub house. Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay on the production assist, so you know it sounds right.
 
 
 
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A TripDJ Sotofett
 
 
Honest Jon's
 
Fans of the bizarre Sex Tags triangle have had a lot to be excited about this year, with Sex Tags Mania, Wania and Sex Tags UFO firing on all cylinders. Now, Sotofett drops it on us, the collab motherload with an album's full of material running the gamut from ambient to afrohouse. It's killer, as expected. Talented producer Phillip Lauer provides some of the highlights. "JEKS: Space Dub" is a knackered ambient jam, while "JEKS: Nimbus Mix" (no relation to The Orb) is maybe the album's best dance track, with the various mixes of "Nondo" coming in close behind. The whole thing bubbles and scrapes, the most definitive statement to date from one of dance music's true characters.
 

 

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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