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New/Upcoming 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/11 - Pepe Bradock, The Sonic Aesthetic, Patrik Sjeren, and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 14, 2013 09:16pm | Post a Comment

 

Acid Test 07Pepe Bradock
Acid Test 07
Acid Test
 
It’s been 10 years since French legend Pepe Bradock has released music on any label outside of  his own Atavisme. From the start of “Lifting Weights”, the a-side off Acid Test 07 (the themed offshoot of LA’s Absurd Recordings), it’s clear that Bradock finds the label’s dedication to neo neo acid liberating. Those expecting the Pepe responsible for so many restrained masterpieces can keep looking: “Lifting Weights” starts with banging 909, quickly tempered by hazy guitar. At two minutes, the requisite 303 slices through the carefully constructed atmosphere. After a shrill, circuitous lead synth line does its damage, Bradock enters the more contemplative territory of “Ghosts” and “Deep Burnt”, dwelling on a bittersweet bassline to conclude the track. “Mujeres Nerviosas” starts out sounding like a Pierre track, but the nervous acid is soon countered by a bouncy French Touch piano vamp. Around the four-minute mark on the epic track, Pepe drops into a hypnotic, simple bassline, working an ambient arpeggiated synth against the 303 while using hi-hat filter sweeps to full-effect in what is perhaps the most efficient, utilitarian section of the two-tracker. As the track ends, you can see the master producer conducting the Roland orchestra, using the ingenious internal communication of the classic machines to bring new visions to life. Essential release from one house music’s most respected auteurs. Limited edition with silkscreened cover art painted by Pepe Bradock. Pre-order.
 
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The Sonic Aesthetic - Tales From The NocturnThe Sonic Aesthetic
Tales of the Nocturne
International Feel
 
High-class balearia from International Feel founder and recent Ibiza transplant Mark Barrott. “Medicant Adventures” is a slo-mo deep house workout, full of 303 and lush Roland pads repurposed for island living. Things proceed on the funk kosmische tip with “Dark of the Moon”, which weaves a filmic lead melody over mellow arpeggiation. “The Paradol Chamber” ventures further down the Cluster/Harmonia wormhole, a mellow motorik workout ending with gentle waves.
 
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Patrik Sjeren
Untitled 
FIT
 
Tight four-tracker from the FXHE/Omar S affiliate. Sjeren shows he knows his way around a house progression on the a-side, Lowdown. The track works a gorgeous set of chords and incessant bass to set the stage for a brief, soaring synth lead and vocal. "Trashed Funk" retains the melody but heads further into beatdown territory, recalling Terrence Parker or Claude Young’s work as Lowkey. The b-side is much more volatile, containing two tracks of uncompromising acid techno. 
 
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Paul Hill - Need Me Some U
Paul Hill/Nikki O
Need Me Some You/Music
Mahogani
 
Nice deep/vocal house split from the KDJ collaborators. Paul Hill’s A-side will appeal to fans of the Andrew Ashong/Theo Parrish collab "Flowers" from last year - beautiful chords and perfect song structure along with Hill’s longing, slightly strained vocal make “Need Me Some You” a winner. Nikki O’s “Music” is a more uptempo cut, built on submerged Rhodes chords and Nikki’s soulful vocals.
 
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Jeanne Vomit Terror and Ed Sunspot
The Seat Of Same
Acoustic Division
 
Awesome long-form mutant synthpop, as though the stars of the Drive soundtrack attempted to score the cult film Liquid Sky instead. Ms. Vomit Terror’s vocals hold it down over complex disco/prog indebted production recalling Peter Ivers “Terminal Love”. Fellow American weirdo Carl Calm (Caboladies) turns the complex original into a spaced piece of outsider house. The last several minutes of Calm’s remix loop the original’s vocal over an impressionistic, Debussy-influenced set of chords. Italians Do It Better/New Jersey head Mike Simonetti steps up for the second remix - hey, he used to be a weird American guy as well! Simonetti puts Vomit Terror’s odd, addictive vocals over a smooth tech house track, getting weird with a pitched down male spoken word section and a trashcan ride cymbal lifted from the original. 
 
Buy The Seat Of Same
 
 
 
Nina Kraviz
Fit x Rekids
 
Very cool collaborative release from the FIT and REKIDS labels pairing the Siberian underground house aesthete with some Detroit luminaries. Marcellus takes a swing at Kraviz’s “Working” first - hollowing out the sparse original even further and lending the track some signature Unirhythm machine-funk. Pittman relies on the slightest 303 burble and a deft polyrhythm for a full 3 minutes before introducing a totally insane, likely-shifted chord progression. A hint of jazzy deepness closes out the alien track, a single chord echoing like a foghorn in the night. Urban Tribe is back with his (their?) electro-influenced techno, turning Kraviz’s “Taxi Talk” into a dystopic, late-night journey. The kick varies between a Detroit pummel and deeper 808 throb - the omnipresent filtered arpeggio is supported by a recurring and futuristic melodic theme. Epic.
 
 
 
 
Ben Sun - Your FootprintsBen Sun 
Your Footprints
Delusions of Grandeur
 
Cool retro-house ep from the London-based Aussie. “Your Footprints” is reminiscent of prime Nu Groove material, the longing vocal and wandering synth also recalling the legendary Knuckles/Principle team-ups. “Affirmation” keeps up the high standard - the track pairs urgent bass with psychedelic ambience in a way similar to the classic Aphrodisiac track “Song of the Siren”. Tevo Howard presents an awesome Italo take on “Your Footprints” for the B.
 
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Borai - Moonlight on the MalagoBorai
Tasteful Nudes
 
The Bristolian-producer, dj, mastering engineer and frequent October collaborator releases his solo debut, the first on Argot offshoot Tasteful nudes. A-side Moonlight on the Malaga works a classic square-wave bassline, bright chords and 707-claps for a lush, slightly jacking whole. The positive influence of Borai’s mastering work is apparent; the high bell-like synth lead, the pulsing mid-range chords, every sound sits unencumbered in its frequency, spokes in a perfect wheel. “Does it Bother You” is based on a funky, percussive two-chord vamp, soaring string synths and several spoken-word vocal samples. Borai samples the 1974 classic “The Conversation”, emphasizing different words with repetition, adding a slightly paranoid edge to the otherwise sunny production. Limited to 300. 
 
 
Lamar
Aesthetic Audio
 
Keith Worthy returns with new material under his Lamar alias, and fans of the longtime Detroit dj/producer won’t be disappointed. Title track “Guilty Pleasures” balances a heavy, midi bassline against ethereal lead synth. Eventually a dirty bassline emerges against to offset the track’s heavy groove. B-side works a similar formula, balancing all manner of atmospheric deepness around a simple set of chords and five-note refrain. 
 

 

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/5 - Barnt, Indoor Life, Peel MD, Eddie C, Leech, Jesse Saunders, and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 5, 2013 04:18am | Post a Comment

Barnt - AriolaBarnt
Ariola
Comeme

The deluge of indistinguishable deep house, replete with “soulful” vocal samples, swung drums, and jazzy pads sometimes makes an avid listener long for a producer who hasn’t arrived fully-formed with only the most tasteful/retro influences. Barnt is that producer. Here, he follows last year’s bizarre anthem “Geffen” with four even odder tracks. “Tunsten” starts rather polite, then a maddening synth tone climbs slowly skyward and remains for a bit before coming back down and hitting on one-note as the beat picks up, a house track as carnival-ride. “Ariola” is more staid and baroque - with counterpuntal synths evoking Vangelis. "Stac" is a skewed percussion workout, with Barnt programming drums as though he’s never heard of the grid. Any cut off the record is perfect for waking up a crowd used to knowing what to expect.

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Indoor Life
Indoor Life
Compost
 
A bizarre and heretofore lost document of post-punk freedom, Indoor Life is in many ways an amazing missing link connecting Patrick Cowley and Chrome, Warhol and Sylvester, freewheeling SF-punk psychedelia with the NYC 80s downtown scene. Indoor Life formed in 1980 in San Francisco - Cowley produced their first ep (Indoor Life member Jorge Socarras also performed with Cowley as Catholic). The music is similar to Pere Ubu in a way, but with the rhythm section calibrated to funk/disco rather than utilitarian rock. Songs like Madison Ave. slow things down with gorgeous delayed trombone. Essential document.
 
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Peel MD - Grip

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/1 - Conforce, RVDS, Perseus Traxx, Benjamin Damage, Freeform Five and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 1, 2013 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Conforce - Time DilationConforce
Time Dilation 
Delsin

Boris Bunnik switches over from the dystopic electro of his Versalife project to the Conforce alias by which he's better known. Classic Delsin material here. "Nomad" sets the tone with ominous techno drones, an odd kick meter, elastic bass and big-room creepiness. "Receiver" veers closer to classic Detroit techno tropes, with insistent bells providing the atmosphere over a telltale tom. The patient and precise production of the ep’s opener is still intact, but here it's bolstered by subtle hi-hat drops that feel momentous in context. B-side "Last Anthem’s" rugged kick drum signals this 12”s diversity, ringing in the most floor-friendly track on the record. Closer "Embrace" is a deep, dub techno track with just a sliver of melody, achieving Chain Reaction-worthy hypnosis.

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RVDS
Arabian Moon
It’s

Laid back, eastern-tinged acid from the German producer, whose huge “Moon Oddity” (sensing a theme?) on Dial deep-house imprint Laid placed the producer alongside Tin Man in his ability to coax new, emotional sound out of classic equipment. The title track uses a busy 303 bassline against a deep Juno progression, the overall effect not unlike a more narcotic version of Max D’s Cassette Arabic (L.I.E.S.)

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 2/8 - Michael Whitehead, Pharoahs, 214, Versalife, Jeremy Greenspan, Daddub, Eddie C, and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 14, 2013 12:24pm | Post a Comment

Michael Whitehead

Danse Club 

Why release Jersey-inspired house when you can reissue the real thing? The “Meat Mixx” and “NYC Dub” of this Whitehead/Murk collaboration are compiled here, along with present-day remixes. The original NYC Dub is a transcendent example of American garage house - all vocal cutups, pristine piano, swung drums and organ steps.The Meat Mixx makes full-use of Whitehead’s powerhouse ( vocals. A1, the remix by Willie Graff and Tucillo provides an airier interpretation of the NYC Dub’s organ stabs and Whitehead’s soaring vocals, and adds a subtle acidic squelch. The Florian Kruse mix has a classic Strictly Rhythm vibe while Max Jacobson takes a deeper approach - looping a wordless sample of Whitehead’s vocal, but buoying the track with live-sounding bongos. Great release!

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Pharoahs
Island Time
ESP Institute

Their status as LA’s premier live dance/balaeric/kraut/? band cemented, the group of talented producers and music nerds (Pharoahs’ core consists of former Amoeba employee Sam Cooper, Dublab dude Ale Cooper and rising producer Suzanne Kraft) make the move to fellow diviner Lovefingers’ label for their most realized effort yet. “Ahumba” is named after surfer Cooper’s dream beach in Zanzibar - and the song reworks windswept digital beauty of the Innovative Communications label for the dancefloor. Sublime guitar arpeggiations color the tropical tracks. “If It Ever Feels Right” is a live staple that never comes out quite the same - a testament to the massive amount of improv that makes Pharaohs such an exciting group. The basis of the track is a descending Juno 60 arpeggio - delayed uptown sax, a far-off pad and varied percussion fill this out into perhaps the most floor-friendly track on the record. The insistent bassline eventually ends up scoring some light jacking and zonked sax-work worthy of Roland P. Young. Island Time successfully focuses on rhythm rather than the synth acrobats of the other tracks, bringing the tide back out for this great EP.

Amoeba spotted In The New My Bloody Valentine artwork

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 6, 2013 04:56pm | Post a Comment

22 years after releasing "Loveless" My Bloody Valentine return with "M B V" Sounding like a follow up to the iconic album, and spotted in the album artwork is an Amoeba t-shirt! Enlarge the image and in the top corner, you'll see our logo included in the collage!




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