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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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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/20 - Theo Parrish, Spoiled Drama, KZA and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 20, 2014 10:25am | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish - Footwork

Theo Parrish

Footwork 12"

Sound Signature

The first single of the Detroit legend's upcoming album has a living breathing beat with a loose, undulating bassline and whispered encouragement to dance. It's immediately recognizable and fits in with the cubist funk Theo's been putting out recently. Great picture sleeve summing up the paradoxical finesse and brutalism present.

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Spoiled Drama - Black Drama

Spoiled Drama

Black Drama 12"

Nous

Dark, elegiac house from the Nous camp. The title track and highlight "Onto" are mid-tempo house explorations with minor key strings and slo-mo acid lines meant to lull the listener into a shuffling hypnosis. "Dark Passenger" samples the Showtime series with the worst ending in the history of endings. Patricia's remix of "Black Drama" is gorgeous, adding momentum to the original and concluding with some beautiful mid-range arpeggios.

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/13/14 - Matrixxman, Mark Barrott, Max Essa and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 13, 2014 06:39am | Post a Comment

 Max Essa/Edition Basso

Max Essa/Edition Basso

EP 12"

Africianado

Supreme balearica from this team of sonic globetrotters. Essa delivers some far east Sunset Jams. "Peninsular", in particular, is stunning, building a lush instrumental over a hypnotic synth motif. Growing Bin man Basso edits a heady, percussive African tune and some unknown 80s oddity on the B.

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Rodhad - Red Rising

 

Rodhad

Red Rising EP 12"

Dystopian

Over what seems like mere months, Rødhåd has become a household name among deep techno heads, mainly for his hypnotic, spanning dj sets. This 12", his third for Dystopian, shows his aggressive, heady sets have seeped into his own productions. These are top notch big room hypnotizers. Opening track "Helldiver" is sparse, dimensional techno, with a tuneless stab rattling the spine of the composition. "Mines of Mars" is a bit more melodic, while "Rising" is a heavy, minimal  reminiscent of peers Traversable Wormhole or even Robert Hood. 

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/6/14 - Bok Bok, Steven Tang, Frak and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 6, 2014 06:18am | Post a Comment
Steven Tang - Leaving the Physical World
Steven Tang
 
Leaving the Physical World 12"
 
Smallville
 
Underground Chicago producer Steven Tang with three cuts of dreamy analog house. The title track is a spacious, jacking highlight, full of rhythmic invention and lush pads. The end result feels like a Drexciyan take on new age music. Elsewhere, Tang opts for a swinging deep house sound that maintains a feeling of ethereal introversion.
 
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Bicep - CirclesBicep
 
Circles 12"
 
Aus Music
 
 
Bicep attempts to shed their reputation as forbears of the 90s house revival tidal wave with this harder edged EP. "Circles" is a Detroit-techno inspired roller that has the duo in a more robotic way than usual - the swinging hi-hats, a constant in their work to date, remain.The B, "NRG106", is a sci-fi epic influenced by Carl Craig's early work. 
 
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Fred P - Distant RainFred P
 
Distant Rain/Using Machines 12"
 
Mule Musiq
 
 
Fred P remains on that vibe treating his deeper than deep sound with subtle dub effects. "Distant Rain" recreates nature's unruly clatter with chaotic synth arpeggios. The B side is more what we expect from the NYC producer, a hypnotic, subdued exploration with a delicate guitar sample.
 
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Sculpture - Membrane PopSculpture
 
Membrane Pop LP
 
Software Records
 
Admirable abstraction from the a/v duo. Expansive, glitchy stuff, like the bastard child of Warp's IDM stable and Black Dice's distorted nature hymns. Sculpture emphasizes texture, allowing small glimpses of pop brilliance through a serrated rhythmic canopy. "Unhitch Your Program" is playful modular murk, while "Polymorphic Operator" latches onto a pulsing tribal rhythm while managing sound in totally alien. "Distraction Display" sounds like a group of children stumbling upon beatless brilliance - the beeping rhythm sounds could be sourced  from Mario Kart and intermingles with haphazard piano, digiclav and xylophone. A graceful string hovers above it all, suggesting there is method to this madness.
 
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Bok Bok - Your Charismatic Self
Bok Bok
 
Your Charizmatic Self LP
 
Night Slugs
 
 
Spacious full-length from the Night Slugs co-founder. These tracks have the actual air of grime and the liquid funk of boogie for a listen that's at once futuristic and familiar. The cover portrays a rendering of a hardware studio looking out on a hyperreal, lush greenhouse. The "Greenhouse (Day)" track is a beatless ambient track with pretty analog strings - a far cry from the floor-minded material Bok Bok/Night Slugs typically gravitate towards. "Da Foxtrot" is a sexy, accomplished track built around Rhodes chords, abstract percussion and cheeky, disco-indebted vocal sample. Bok Bok pushes things forward without needing to be difficult.
 
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Frak - Fusion in ParkFrak 
 
Fusion in Park 12"
 
Kontra Music
 
Cool, foreboding acid trax from the long-running trio. B-side "To Find a Way" is the highlight here. A deflated tom pounds out a rapid pattern while a loose bassline weaves. A single pulse is the track's melodic center while a digital whine sails in and out of the mix. It's nuanced and kinetic, but unlike most jack tracks, you probably haven't heard anything quite like it.
 
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Lauer - Donner Lake
Lauer
 
Donner Lake 12"
 
Permanent Vacation
 
 
A romantic set from the prolific Philip Lauer. In interviews, Lauer's Tuff City Kids partner Gerd Janson states he tries to rein in Lauer's musician tendencies in favor of a more streamlined dancefloor sound. Left to his own devices, Lauer's arrangements are of the new romantic 80s variety, but adjusted to the dynamics of today's dancefloor. "Ward" in particular is a Bernard Sumner-style tear jerker, sounding like the best part of an early New Order demo looped to perfection.
 
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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/30/14 - Ninos du Brasil, Powell, Napolian and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 30, 2014 03:32am | Post a Comment

Ninos du Brasil

Ninos du Brasil

Novos Misterios CD

Novos Misterios LP

Amazing shifting rhythms from the Italian percussionist duo. The group has moved from hardcore punk to this unique hybrid Batucada and Techno, and come up with something you might find nestled deep in a Villalobos marathon set. “Olhar Das Folhas” makes most minimal techno seem rhythmically bland - Ninos du Brasil’s drums are alive, a locktight amalgam of hand-played and electronic drums.

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Dalhous - Visibility is a TrapDalhous

Visibility is a Trap 12"

Blackest Ever Black

Darksided ambience from the duo formerly known as Young Hunting. That good ol’ Blackest Ever Black sound. Highlight “Success is Her Sensuality” sounds like an 80s gated-snare ballad (eg. In the Air Tonight) put through an austere, string synth grinder. 

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