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New 12" Electronic releases at Amoeba LA - Marcel Dettman, Roman Flugel, Kate Simko, T++, Marek Hemmann & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 5, 2010 10:17am | Post a Comment


MARCEL DETTMANN
Dettmann 3LP
(Ostgut)

This is the debut long-player by Berghain's resident DJ, producer and remixer Marcel Dettmann. Intrinsically tied to the myth that is Berghain by now, the attached label Ostgut Ton and at the same time with the regeneration of no-frills, cleansed and powerful electronic music, Marcel Dettmann managed a daring feat: the production of a truly absorbing and veritable techno album. Spread out over these tracks, Dettmann transports the raw energy, the rough aesthetics and the simple grace of techno. A Berliner-by-choice, the difficult format doesn't bog him down. Neither does he give in to exhausting finger exercises that try to supersede his learned trade, nor does he confront the listener with hasty or brutal tracks that would rather feel at home pressed on a 12" in a DJ-case. Tracks like "Reticle," "Drawing," "Captivate" or "Silex" seem like the convergence of his striking efforts and discography up until now. You get contemplative moments with almost-weightless layers of sound that get used like melodies or chords, rotating with condensed, intensified and sappy snatches. Rigour and austere beauty go hand-in-hand. Surprisingly enough, with a genre that is aware of its own history, Dettmann never falls prey to the dangerous and seductive nature of nostalgia. However, Dettmann sounds as fresh and self-contained as techno nowadays can be. And more so, it once and for all establishes its eponym as a genre mainstay. However described or classified, his music is a successful meditation about the art form we call techno.

Listen to "Captivate" here:


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New Electronic/House 12" at Amoeba LA - Till Von Sein, Tigerskin, Martin Buttrich, Cassy & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 13, 2010 06:15pm | Post a Comment

TILL VON SEIN

Sundowna 12"
Supplemental Facts

Presenting Till Von Sein's first EP on Supplement Facts. The Sundowna EP will defrost your minds and hearts with its warmth and soul. After the title track, Joeski provides a house-y retouch. And to complete the vinyl release, label hero Dyed Soundorom and Shonky bring more of a dancefloor-banging version.

Listen to "Sundowna" here:





TIGERSKIN
Everybody Likes Ollie 12"
Audiomatique

Tigerskin aka Alex Kruger presents one for Audiomatique which supports the techier, more intense end of his eclectic love of house and techno. "Everybody Likes Ollie" whirls and skips across a liquid platinum backdrop of silky-smooth grace and wonder. Part pumping house, part disco, part future-techno, it's a mind-blowing, anthemic track. "Carlswood" comes on strong like a techno classic with off-kilter FX, building slowly as momentous synths mark its incline -- a monster of the highest order.

Listen to "Everyone Likes Ollie" here:


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Electronic New Releases 03/26/2010 - Massive Attack, Pantha Du Prince, Seth Troxler, Martyn & more...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 26, 2010 12:36pm | Post a Comment


Massive Attack

Heligoland
Virgin

Massive Attack's fifth studio album finally arrives, a full seven years after its predecessor. Clusters of gloomy chords, dubby basslines, and ominous breakbeats scattered across the album suggest that they haven't lifted their musical mood. Martina Topley-Bird's contributions scale the heights of astonishment Massive Attack has achieved with previous female collaborators. Set against a panoply of disjointed acidic bleeps and slippery electronic beats, it's taken into an entirely new emotional realm. The theme: sounds haunt to the point of terror. Some of the top tracks include "Pray For Rain," "Girl I Love You," and "Paradise Circus." All in all, a brilliant album.




Pantha Du Prince

Black Noise
Rough Trade

Firmly rooted in classic techno and house music, yet also appealing to a much wider audience (as also evident by their move to Rough Trade), Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise is his stellar new release, elevating him to a status occupied by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, The Field, and Isolee. A delicately nuanced album with romantic compositions, and dark panoramic splendour, maintaining a sense of minimalism amidst its textural, hypnotic feel. Whether its tribal (primal and child-like) rhythms, and trance-not-trance psychedelia, Pantha Du Prince is amongst the new breed (spearheaded by artists like Animal Collective) of highly accessible yet cerebral artists whose music flows from headphones like colors bleed from rainbows. Featuring Panda Bear from Animal Collective and Tyler Pope from LCD Soundsystem.

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New Electronic/House 12" at Amoeba Hollywood: Kirk Degiorgio, Donato Dozzy, Chymera, Lindstrom, Idjut Boys & More..

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 17, 2010 04:21pm | Post a Comment

KIRK DEGIORGIO
Membrane 12"
Planet E

"1990 was the decade Kirk established healthy roots with the network trio of Detroit producers: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. In preparation for Kirk's most influential journey to the US, he collaborated demos with Ed Handley and Andy Turner under the collective The Black Dog. During his inspirational visit to Detroit, Kirk took notice of the affordable studio setups he observed at Transmat, Metroplex and KMS. Consequently Kirk sold his entire record collection upon his return to London and invested in an Atari, Akai S950 sampler, a broken TB303 and a Roland R8 drum machine. To complete his Detroit-inspired studio, the last pieces were actually loaned from Derrick -- including a Kawai K3 and the infamous DX100. Fast forward to the more present time and Kirk has released purist techno EPs for an EMI subsidiary New Religion. For the same label he has collaborated with Dan Keeling under the name Critical Phase and together with Alex Bond has also coordinated the joint ART-New Religion compilation The Electric Institute. On this compilation Kirk shocked purists with the techno breaks track 'Whatever Happened To The Cosmic Kid,' which was co-written with Dan Keeling and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Kirk's revolutionary pulse has been recognized and is credited with being the first known professional DJ to use Ableton Live alongside vinyl for his DJ sets. A tour of Japan 2002 saw him use Live exclusively which he has now done ever since in venues worldwide. Kirk paved the way for the current popularity of laptop DJing."



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New Electronic/House 12" at Amoeba Hollywood: Innervisions, Cadenza, Robag Wruhme, The Revenge and more...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 5, 2010 12:56pm | Post a Comment


HENRIK SCHWARZ/AME/DIXON

A Critical Mass Live EP 12"
Innervisions

As a result of 2009's "A Critical Mass" tour, Innervisions release two tracks recreated from the recorded live material. The A-side is based on the former Henrik Schwarz hit "Chicago." This new, eerie, bleepy techno version has a touch of early M-Plant production and was recorded during the Flow Festival in Helsinki in August 2009. "Berlin-Karlsruhe Express" is an aquatic Drexciyan house inferno by Henrik Schwarz/Âme/Dixon, and was the highlight of every live show.









ROBAG WRUHME

Dreiklangkrapriolen 12"
Musik Krause (MKR 031)

Robag Wruhme returns toting three nuggets which are somewhere between gentle hardcore with a weakness for horns, and a warm coolness. Dark, complex and almost avant garde. For all intents and purposes, a Lindenberg with Kafka-esque posing on a steamer, turned in the direction of the Ziller Valley. All three have a frugal consumption of a mere 4 liters per 100km, and there is still a healthy acceleration here that is lively and quick.








MARCEL DETTMANN

Dettmann Remixed 12"
Ostgut (OSTGUT 033EP)

In anticipation of Marcel Dettmann's debut full-length, Ostgut Ton presents a remix package of four original tracks, courtesy of Norman Nodge and Wincent Kunth. From the very first bar of Norman Nodge's remix of "Shift," an urgent, pumping charge of fizzing electricity is let loose, letting the arrangement simply flow. More raw energy powers also are throughout his remix of "Unrest." Taking a recognizably metallic Dettmann-forged synth pattern, Nodge's frenetic yet respectfully withheld structure guides you sure and steady through the smokescreen.

Listen to Unrest (Norman Nodge Remix):


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