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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/15 - Tambien, Head High, Four Tet and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 15, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

Tambien - Der Elf

Tambien

Der Elf 12"

ESP Institute

Tambien's two EPs for ESP Institute are adorned with totally generic art portraying themselves as a ""polite trio from Bavaria." Their music, on the other hand, is unruly and odd. The a here is an acid jam with wild female vocals of unknown origin, while the B, "Are You In Touch", veers closer to the highly musical yacht house you'd expect from Andrew Hogge's label. Cool!

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Panthera Krause - LaikaPanthera Kruse

Laika 12"

Riotvan

Super melodic, slightly off-kilter house EP from Panthera Krause. The weirder the better with this guy. Things start to heat up with "If", which has an odd swing over a big, funk influenced breakbeat. Some euphoric chords bring it home. "Dubcek" also contains a slightly psychedelic edge, but fits more neatly alongside other modern house. It sounds like PK is trying to score a car chase.

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Marcel Dettmann - Planetary Assault Systems Remixes

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/24 - DVS1, Demdike Stare, Lowtec and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 26, 2014 09:00am | Post a Comment

Klockworks 13

DVS1

Klockworks 13

Klockworks

The Minneapolis phenom with his third release on Ben Klock's label. The title track is gorgeous, deep melodicism, based around a soulful set of synth chords which come into greater definition over the course of the track's 6 and a half minutes. Each percussive moment feels huge, no snare, just a well-timed 909 clap. That clap reappears on the more minimal but slightly swung "Creeping". "Spying" is late night techno gear, a bright piano figure creates a perfectly illicit vibe

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Demdike Stare - Test Pressing 005Demdike Stare

Testpressing 005

Modern Love Demdike Stare are really taking it there with the Test Pressing series. This might be the most punishing issue yet. "Procrastination" starts like a cantankerous engine, slowly. Eventually, a comically heavy beat and bassline are issued in by a lion's roar. No joke. "Past Majesty" is more of a head-down deathrock thing, interrupted by blasts of noise. The track bears the influence of Albini's gnarly units Big Black and Rapeman.

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/18 - Dj Slugo, Todd Osborne, Budgie and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 18, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Budgie - The Budgie EP

Budgie

The Budgie EP 12"

Wildheart

Nice addition to the canon of rare groove/hip-hop inflected music that is equally suited for home listening or warm-up sets. Budgie is formidable/session man and record collector, and it shows in these ornate boogie/funk influenced instrumentals. "Full Moon" and "Clevage" are top notch soul-sample beats, a looser, more psychedelic version of the sound that brought Kanye West to massive fame. For fans of Andres, Floatin Points.

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Shift Work - Scaled to FitShift Work

Scaled to Fit 12"

Optimo Music

Very cool wavo-inflected release on Optimo Music. "Patience (JD Twitch Edit" moves along with a nice arpeggiated bass line and some unintelligble post punk vocals. The rigid arpeggiation and early 80s feel remains throughout, with tracks like "[Less] Merchandise]" adding to the political vibe and bringing in a bit of melody. 

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/11 - Gilb'r & Sotofett, XDB, Sterac and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 11, 2014 12:25pm | Post a Comment

 

Gilb'r and Sotofett - Cobra

 

Gilb'r and Sotofett

Cobra EP 12"

Versatile

Tripping, dub-inflected tracks from Gilb'r and Sex Tags honcho Sotofett.  These tracks are structured like psychedelic rock jams on analog synthesizers rather than loop based dj tools. This is apparent on B-side Plantehaelvate, which spins various melodic yarns over a pulsing bass line.

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Eamon Harkin - Back Down 12"Eamon Harkin

Back Down 12"

Argot

Tight two-tracker from Mr. Saturday Night's Eamon Harkin. Title track Back Down begins with the sound of party conversations over a chunky techno beats - perhaps Harkin's many days and nights leading the dance in Brooklyn have allowed him to nail the communal feeling present during a track's lead up. Harkin eventually drops some spacious pads to complete the simple banger. The track will appeal to fans of Runaway's Brooklyn Club Jam. The b-side is a bit bouncier, possessing a cool, Kraftwerk-style mid-range bass line.

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XDB - Africc

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/27 - Sons of Magdalene, M. Geddes Gengras, Population One and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 27, 2014 01:28pm | Post a Comment

Sons of Magdalene - Move to Pain

Sons of Magdalene

Move to Pain CD

Move to Pain LP

Audraglint

Stunning solo debut from Josh Eustis, known for his work with cult favorites Telefon Tel Aviv and touring membership of Nine Inch Nails. It’s been five long years since we’ve heard from Mr. Eustis. Telefon Tel Aviv’s last album, “Immolate Yourself”, consisted of blurry, romantic synthpop made infinitely bleaker by the accompanying news of co-founder Charles Cooper’s death. Since then, Eustis has been a synth and guitar mercenary for Reznor and Co. However, Eustis is now free of the major label shackles and Telefon’s legion of fans can rejoice. Sons of Magdalene has Eustis operating at the height of his powers.
 
Eustis is that rare studio rat with an equal understanding of voltage control and pop songcraft. His voice is stripped of effects and pensive but imbued with personality. Like Bernard Sumner, he’s a reluctant icon, belting stadium-worthy choruses into the studio ether. The title track could be a cherished and apocryphal Pet Shop Boys B-side, while “A Strange Sound” sounds like  Martin Rev doing his best Donna Summer impression. It’s that good. Meanwhile, Eustis is completely aware of the techno zeitgeist. “O’Death” interpolates the industrial cadence of the Sandwell District axis, and the record, as a whole, is a textural delight. “Move to Pain” will be loved by synth nerds and new romantics alike. An unexpected high-water mark for emotional synthpop.

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