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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/14 - Svengalisghost, Elizabeth Merrick-Jefferson, Urulu, Peter Gordon & Factory Floor & more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 15, 2013 11:33am | Post a Comment

Svengalisghost - Vicious CircleSvengalisghost

Vicious Circle

L.I.E.S.

Twisted new entry from Chicago's Svengalisghost. "Hidden Cities" comes off like a tape-hiss Drexciya, also bearing similarities to the recent uncompromising output on Morphine Records (Container, Metasplice). The final track, "Judged By Machine", is the record's highlight, with what are presumably Svengali's vocals creating a kind of claustrophobic post-punk a la Ike Yard or Liasons Dangereuses

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Elizabeth Merrick-Jefferson - Urban Off roadElizabeth Merrick-Jefferson

Urban Off Road

Argot

Amped-up debut from Elizabeth Merrick-Jefferson, a new Detroit producer whose only other credited track is "Bubo Blakistoni", used by Alex Israel in his LWE podcast. Fitting then, that Steve Mizek, who helms both Little White Earbuds and Argot is the one to introduce this talented new producer to the world. This is an extremely assured debut, drawing heavily on Detroit's overwhelming legacy, especially Kenny Larkin's propulsive ouput. The nuance applied to these tracks is stunning. "John Krunk" takes a memorable piano-riff that most producers would leave as is and takes in one further, dropping hypnotic, circular synth over the mix.

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/5 - Motor City Drum Ensemble, Recloose, Container, Legowelt, Tiago and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 5, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Container - TreatmentContainer

Treatment

Morphine

Nashville producer Ren Schofield continues his strange odyssey with his strongest tracks yet via Italy's Morphine records (Morphosis, Hieroglpyhic Being). Previous releases forSpectrum Spools have shown the producer (and admitted techno outsider) plying the tough sounds issued by labels like Stroboscopic Artefacts,though his formatives are the legendary early-00s Providence, RI noise scene. Here, Schofield has found the perfect drum sounds for his uncompromising tracks. The rhythm tracks in "Saturated" have as much to doThis Heat or even Arab On Radar as they doJamal Moss- the end result feels like a more incisive version ofAphex Twin'"Didgeridoo". The title track starts with martial post-punk drums before taking a brutal trip into delay and dynamics that would give any industrial-techno producer a run for their money. Closer "Obstruction" sounds a bit likeKassem Mosse mixed by Wolf Eyes.

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Commanchee's RevengeCommanchee's Revenge

Commanchee's Revenge/Tetrahedron

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/26 - ADR, Jacques Renault, Ejeca, Anthony Naples, Silent Servant, Isolee and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 26, 2013 07:06pm | Post a Comment

ADR - Chunky MonkeyADR

Chunky Monkey

Hippos In Tanks

While visual artists have been quick to adapt to the internet's Babel of information, musicians have been slow to comment directly on the vast digital buzz. Hippos In Tanks, as a label, has admirably pushed this conversation forwards while also displaying a fierce devotion to the traditional mediums of CD and vInyl. James Ferraro's "Farside Virtual" (Hippos In Tanks, 2011) was seen as a comment on emerging personality types in the face of rampant technoconsumerism, but in retrospect, can be seen as Ferraro's first step out of the cassette underground into sleeker rnb/hip-hop influenced production Gatekeeper's "Exo" had them abandoning the Carpenter-esque VHS aesthetics of their previous releases, even hiring internet artist Tabor Robak to create a playable game for reach song. The most successful effort in creating a musical analog to endless internet-meme driven communication is ADR's "Chunky Monkey". 

The record succeeds first and foremost because Aaron David Ross (1/2 of the Gatekeeper) is a completely badass producer. I woudn't be suprised if legitimate pop production is in his future based off of the seemingly effortless genre tourism on display here. Opener "Casual Friday" places  samples of sitcom saxaphones against a loping 303 and eerie processed piano that could be lifted from a Prologue release. "Sumo" seems to be an oblique comment on 90s boom-bap, while "What It Takes" could be lifted from a sinister Sprite commercial. "Stray Dog Strut" could be seen as ADR's reading of Sly and Robbie digidub, but in this tune, the comment on internet culture is palpable. In the midst of innocuous and expertly produced genre-exercises, ADR is prone to interrupt with unsettling samples (e.g. a screaming chorus of roller coaster riders) to fray the edges. The effect has an uncanny resemblance to cruising through life with 15 tabs open.

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/16 - Miles, Virginia, Alexander Lewis, Carlos Nilmmns, Desolate, Zed Bias and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 17, 2013 03:14pm | Post a Comment

Miles - Fainted HeartedMiles

Faint Hearted

Modern Love

Expansive debut full-length statement from Miles (aka MLZ, half of Demdike Stare and Pendle Coven). This album builds on Miles Whittaker's dub techno pedigree, but also pulls liberally from jungle, corroded big room techno and all manner of experiment esoterica. Opener "Lebensform" pits dub atmospheres against a massive breakbeat recalling a more blown-out version of Pan Sonic's transportative music. By contrast, the meditative "Sense Data" is a drone in search of a drop that eventually comes not with drums, but dubby, plaintive chords. While "Rejoice" recalls AFX's lucid ambient work, "Queuing" takes the beatless formula down into the dungeon, it's reverbed darkness blackened  by sheet metal samples. "Loran Dreams" takes things out on a positive, new-age note, its pristine arpeggios recalling Steve Moore or Ricardo Donoso. For travellers.

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Virginia - Loch and HillVirginia

Loch and Hill

Ostgut Ton

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/10 - C.L.A.W.S./Vereker/Demdike Stare/JTC/Shakarchi & Straneus and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 10, 2013 03:54pm | Post a Comment

C.L.A.W.S. - That MagicC.L.A.W.S.

That Magik

Ecstasy

Substantial Bay Area house overview from the Northwest/LA-based Ecstasy crew. The title track is a hypno-house epic with subtle drum programming and atmosphere which belies C.L.A.W.S.' day job as the drummer in RVNG Intl. act Bronze. "John Hetero" plays the convincing diva over the classy Fingers Inc./Gottsching influenced arrangement. 100% Silk mainstay Bobby Browser turns in an excellent rework of the track which sounds like an unremembered Hacienda classic. "It's Tragic" keeps the quality level high with a psychedelic hardware jam enveloping the descending bassline. John Barera takes the track to big room territory. 

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Vereker

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