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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/3 - ndf, Omar S, The Field, Terrence Parker and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 3, 2013 11:00pm | Post a Comment

NDF - Since We Last Met

ndf

Since We Last Met 12"

DFA

NYC mainstay DFA makes an unexpected move towards Berlin's MNMLscene, emerging with a winner. ndf is the duo of Bruno Ponsato and Sergio Giorgini. For the title track, they start with a nostalgic synth vamp, moving to imbue the dreamy atmosphere with space and melancholy. This is accomplished through claps, "around the edges" snare, and a sleepy spoken/sung vocal predicting a future run-in with a former lover. Heavy remix, with Villalobos exposing kaleidoscopic threads in the already hypnotic original. He turns the original vocal into a chorus of detuned ghosts while pulling the beat apart.

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Omar S - Nelson CountyOmar S

Nelson County 12"

FXHE

Detroit doesn't sleep, apparently. Omar S makes a speedy return to 12" mode after the awesome Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself LP. If you enjoy the non sequitur vocal samples scattered throughout Omar's catalog this is the one for you. Don't Let This Be Happening starts with one of these samples, but quickly jumps into lush synthesis. On the standout title track, the vocal samples start to make more sense. Like Altman, Omar S builds a sense of place with voices from the neighborhood. As those voices talk, the crack bassline and drums do the walking.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/25 - Jessy Lanza, Delroy Edwards, Boddika and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 25, 2013 11:04pm | Post a Comment

Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

 

Jessy Lanza

Pull My Hair Back CD

Pull My Hair Back LP

Hyperdub 

Stately electropop from the Canadian chanteuse. Her running collaboration with Jeremy Greenspan seems to free the Junior Boys producer to explore odder aspects of his lush production. Against The Wall has  driving synth bass but buries the snare and drifts into ethereal synth wobble at points. Lanza shines. She typically chooses to provide hooky, ephemeral counterpart to the chilly base, yet when she flexes her soprano, as she does on the chorus of the album's title track, its apparent she would sit atop an alternate Top 40 for the lonely.

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Delroy Edwards - Untitled

Delroy Edwards

Untitled 12"

LA Club Resource

Delroy continues a meteoric 2013 by seizing the means of production for himself. No nonsense, no press, LA Club Resource presents a functional new sound from the Southland.  The first track, at 120 BPM, is slow compared to his recently preferred ghettohouse tempo, but introduces a fractured funk to the palatte. Two minimal synth lines, a simple double-snare hit and an unpredictable kick are all you need to move a floor. The B veers closer to the acid maze Funkineven travels. The vocal sample concluding the record is in-line with the cutty, street imagery associated with the label. Available in select few US brick and mortars. 

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/18 - Shed, Lawrence, Tiedye, Leisure Connection and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 18, 2013 11:34pm | Post a Comment

Gersteffalen - Old Villagers

 

Gersteffalen

The Old Villagers 12"

M>O>S>

Excellent outre acid from Aroy Dee's MOS_DEEP imprint. These tracks strike a delicate balance between gritty acid lines and more contemplative pads. The instrumental  break in Game On Major feels like the chilled-out section of some lost Hacienda classic.

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Shed - Dirt/Fluid

Shed 

Dirt/Fluid 12"

50 Weapons

Shed comes correct with his third release on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons. Amazing, retro-tinged tracks with echoes of both the producer's Wax and Head High project. Both Dirt and Fluid trade in earworm synth themes comprised of two or three chords. Dirt's 909 kick and analog wind make for a track equally suited for djs and home listening. Fluid pairs a nostalgic organ riff with a massive breakbeat.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/11 - D'Marc Cantu, Tin Man, Ron Hardy and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 12, 2013 10:05am | Post a Comment

Mountain Range - From You Have I Been AbsentMountain Range

From You Have I Been Absent In the Spring 12"

Aniara Recordings

New heat from the Aniara crew, this time presenting some epic compositions from Christoffer Berg, best known for his work with The Knife and Depeche Mode . The a-side is a dubby, glacial climb, somewhat similar to the material on Vertical Ascent by Moritz Von Oswald Trio. The B, Untouchable , is a bit closer to the Knife's icy, futuristic synthpop.

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D'Marc Cantu - Alternate FrequencyD'Marc Cantu

Alternate Frequencies 12"

Creme Organization

Excellent new material from the Ann Arbor acid maestro.  The title track has the ominous pads and patient jack of prime Convextion material. Size and Shape suceeds with an 80s chicago house lead, expert synth harmonies and odd vocal sample. Elsewhere, the Hague and Midwest get all mixed up to delightful effect. 6-tracks, all killers.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/4 - Bookworms, Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Population One and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 5, 2013 01:25am | Post a Comment

Bookworms - Japanese ZelkovaBookworms

Japanese Zelkova 12"

L.I.E.S.

Bookworms, the nom the plume for New Yorker Nicholas Dawson, stormed into the national consciousness with his pizza-emblazoned white label, African Rhythms. The track's psychedelic, sample-driven shuffle, was one of the early tracks (along with Terekke's Damn and Legowelt's Sark Island Acid) the put L.I.E.S. on the map. A little over a year later, L.I.E.S. is 50 releases in, Dawson looks after the Confused House label/night and African Rhythms is a 70 dollar record. Most post-white label material has been work completed in concert with fellow cosmonaut Steve Summers, so new solo material is highly anticipated - Japanese Zelkova doesn't disappoint. This is moody, machine funk of the highest order. The title track has a drifting pad and a rhythmic element that sounds like an old Xerox machine. Malfunction is a slow, filtering arpeggio jam, finding several unlikely sweet spots and emphasizing the unpredictability of analog machinery. 

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Greg Beato - PMAGreg Beato

PMA 12"

L.I.E.S.

LIES unleashes a mini-epic from the Miami producer. As demonstrated on his recently reissued Apron debut, Beato is admirably unconcerned with traditional dance structures. That said, the young talent works in pockets of seasick improvisation onto more gridlike patterns on PMA, making the diversions even stranger in context.  These tracks feel like a chaotic ride through the black of night punctuated by placid sunrise. The title track's distorted lurchto life eventually dissolves to contemplative string pads. Hawo is truck idling dub house, while Gimme a Light  takes an idiot savant synth lead into what sounds like a seriously lo-fi version of early Orb material .

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