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New 12" / LPs @ Amoeba Hollywood 5/8 - Shackleton, Madteo, Actress, Soft Rocks, Untold, Kowton and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 8, 2012 07:14pm | Post a Comment


Shackleton
Music Drawbar Organ CD
Woe To The Septic Heart

The spaciously dark and minimalistic 5 parts from his "MUSIC FOR THE QUIET HOUR" project, as well as cuts from his 3 EP's comprising "THE DRAWBAR ORGAN"

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Madteo
Recast 12”
Meakusma

Brooklyn's Madteo has been seeing his profile grow considerably after some serious releases on Meakusma, Workshop, and most recently Joy O's Hinge Finger label. Here the leftfield dance producer gets remixed by Kassem Mosse, Marcellus Pittman and Shake!

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Actress

R.I.P. LP
Honest Jons

Between sleep and the void lies the electronic interzone of Actress. Following the noted 2010 album Splazsh (HJR 049CD/LP) (voted #1 in The Wire magazine's "Top 50 Releases Of The Year") South London producer Darren Cunningham returns with a suite of electronic laments, tone structures and dream-time rhythms which all carry his unmistakable fingerprint. R.I.P. comprises 15 tracks painstakingly crafted by Cunningham in his London studio over recent years, with a conceptual arc taking in death, life, sleep and religion. Right from the debut album Hazyville, Actress' music has carried deep tinges and pockmarks of London's rave music heritage. But after the angular dynamics of Splazsh, R.I.P. heads out into deep space. The rhythms and pulses are smudged or blurred, or are hinted at by their absence. Two-step garage is collided into gamelan, and freeform interludes explore microtonal spaces and imagined string instruments. The fifteen chapters of R.I.P. begin with ascension and the Book of Genesis, played out through gardens, serpents and mythological caves. Appropriately for exploring the myths of creation, the sounds Actress creates are completely sui generis. There are no soft synths or plug-ins, and instead he uses meticulous manual sound-tinkering to create tones, tunings and textures. The ghosted rhythms and free tunings of these tracks live in a parallel universe to the conventional rigors of the dancefloor. Unlike the sterile sound-spaces rendered in so much laptop sound-product, these tracks carry traces of the endless mouse strokes that made them. The album begins with the title track, a short tonal requiem for the dead, before drifting into another beatless meditation, the rippling minimalist structure of "Ascending." "Holy Water" and "Marble Plexus" introduce rhythm, although these percussive tics could be equally sourced from sub-bass speaker stacks or marbles rolling around a bowl. "Jardin" and "Serpent" are origami-like constructions which orbit around what could be pizzicato strings or harps. Last-but-one is "IWAAD," whose pulsing 4/4 rhythms and warm hits of low-end vibration hint at a return to the real. R.I.P. underlines Actress's reputation as one of the most eloquent voices to emerge from the sub-bass nexus of London dance music.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 4/18 - Pepe Bradock, Jimmy Edgar, Vakula, Desolate, The Traveller, John Daly & tons more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 18, 2012 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Pepe Bradock
Imbroglios 1-4 12”
Atavisme

Pepe Bradock
adds another 4-tracker to his unparalleled run of marvelous releases on his Atavisme imprint. A glorious synopsis of his unmistakable style fusing snippets of jazz, film soundtrack and eccentric humor and a huge atmospheric range from spooky to buoyant, often changing in seconds but always keeping that instantly-recognizable, quirky swing. This is the first part out of four.

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Jimmy Edgar

This One’s For… 12”
Hot Flush

Two slices of erotic robo-pop and future sleaze, plus an instrumental of the title track "THIS ONE'S FOR THE CHILDREN", from this Detroit producer already well known on the underground with full length albums released on WARP and !K7. A sampler for his forthcoming "MAJENTA" album.

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Vakula

Leleka 002 12”
Leleka

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/29 - Magic Mountain High on Workshop, Kaseem Mosse, Kowton, Burial + Four Tet, Baaz, Hunee & tons more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 29, 2012 04:13pm | Post a Comment



Magic Mountain High

Schnitzel Box Vol. 1 EP
Workshop

Debut release from Move D / Juju & Jordash's new project Magic Mountain High, serious analogue grooves here. Heavy droning, warm sounding, acidic original House EP - TIP!

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Kowton / Juniper / Kareem Moser
Ominira 333
Ominira

Three hypnotic grooves of dusty housish/technoesque tunes from Kowton, Juniper and Kareem Mosser AKA Kaseem Mosse

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Burial & Four Tet
Nova 12"
Text

Another extremely limited, black label 12" from this pair of underground superstar producers, with a lilting, melancholy melody that drifts over a shuffling bassline. Demand always exceeds supply on these BURIAL & FOUR TET releases on TEXT, so do not miss out on this!!

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/21 - Panabrite LP, Monolake, Barker & Baumecker, John Tejada, Vakula, Conforce & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 22, 2012 06:55am | Post a Comment
Panabrite
Soft Terminal LP
Digitalis

Panabrite is the project of Norm Chambers -- not a household name to most people, but for those who have been reveling in his music for the last few years, he is absolutely adored. He is also, we should add, the man responsible for one of the most-loved synth albums of the last few years, although that's a journey he took incognito and we just aren't at liberty to divulge that identity quite yet. Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as just another Kosmische record, but that's just the surface dressing. There is something deeper happening here: vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing another aspect of Chambers' production prowess. The thing with Chambers, is that he has an innate ability to write richly-textured, melodic compositions that have as much in common with vintage electronic library music as they do with minimal synth-pop and '70s prog. Soft Terminal opens with "Rainbow Sequence" and "Index Of Gestures." The former remains understated, moving simply and slowly while pulling open the curtain on the rest of the album. With "Index Of Gestures," Chambers opens up the sequencers and lets them fly. Dizzying passages resonate and when the piece finally feels like it will lift off, he tightens the reins and dives straight into an underwater sequence. But that's only a small part of the story. "Janus" opens with finger-picked guitar arrangements augmented with synth chords and rising leads. The guitars return on "Sound Softly" while Chambers' ghostly, robotic vocals float away unscathed. On "Beta Axis Terminal," pointillist tones flutter in and out before sharp, sequenced chord progressions overtake them. As the piece continues to build, vocoder hovers above thickened basslines and you feel lost in a dystopian sci-fi novel. But ultimately, Chambers' pop sensibilities are most evident on the mini-masterpiece, "Camembert Symphony." Pushed along by the constant thrum of a drum machine, multiple melodies are interwoven, wrapping themselves tightly around you. Each soaring synth glues the song deeper into your mind before fading away into the sonic ether. Cut to vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 500 copies only.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 2/10 - Scuba, Christian Naujoks, Goth-Trad, Laid, Vakula, Demdike Stare and tons more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 10, 2012 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Scuba
The Hope 12”
Hotflush

Soon, Scuba will release his third album through Hotflush. Entitled Personality and featuring 11 brand new tracks, it takes in a wealth of genres across contemporary dance music, proving once again Scuba’s place at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene. Preceding his LP will be The Hope, pushing on from the tense atmospherics of previous Scuba material, the single fizzes with claustrophobic bass pressure and menacing narration. Backed by an exclusive non-album cut Flash Addict, The Hope will proceed the album on the 6th February.

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Christian Naujoks
True Life/In Flames LP
Dial

Gatefold LP version. After his self-titled debut of 2009, True Life/In Flames is the second album by Berlin-based Christian Naujoks. Recorded by Tobias Levin at the Laiszhalle Philharmony Hamburg. A dense concert atmosphere sets the tone. Stringent seriality is combined with a romanticism of the minor key which one also finds in a certain corner of modern 20th-century piano music, in the vein of Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Arvo Pärt, John Cage and György Kurtág. Deep contemplation and solemn expression paired with intellectual clarity. Each note has weight, and every sound a purpose. Unlike Naujoks' debut, True Life/In Flames completely relinquishes the use of any sort of electronically-generated sound. Instead, there is a consistent stylization of what one might call "organic sound." The figure of the bedroom producer is relieved here by that of the composer and pianist. There's a piano, played by Naujoks; there's the marimba of Martin Krause and then Naujoks' voice. This album could be designated as a suite with various movements, bracketed by the conspicuous reprise of its most song-like piece, "Moments I" and "Moments II," as well as by the economy of the unchanging instrumentation and the black and white cover photograph by Dirk Stewen that references the recording location: the Laeiszhalle of the Hamburg Philharmonic. Piano and marimba stand there on an almost cave-like stage, surrounded by music stands, microphones and stacked Egon Eiermann SE 68 SU chairs -- a company of genuine instruments. Again, Christian Naujoks embraces the world of contemporary music-loving connaisseurs. True Life/In Flames is a gift for all those hunting the unique, the deep, the outstanding. All's quiet at the beginning, as it is at the end.

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