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Interview with Dial's John Roberts

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 8, 2010 03:35pm | Post a Comment
This week sees the release of John Roberts' debut album, Glass Eights, on Hamburg's Dial label. A deep moody excursion through the sound of Electronic House music, Roberts' debut long player on the ever consistent Dial is a sure fire winner. Melancholic & oozing emotion, this album will stand the test of time.

John took some time out to answer some questions for the Amoeblog…


You are originally from Chicago, correct?


I was actually born in Cleveland and lived there for 17 years. I moved to Chicago for college and ended up living there for about five years.

When did you move to NY and what prompted the move to Berlin?

I decided to move to New York in 2007 and spent just about a year there. I was living with some close friends who decided to move to Berlin around the same time that I started working with Dial, so we all decided to go together.

What got you interested in house/techno music?

I started to get seriously interested in house by visiting a small record shop in Cleveland called Grand Poo-bas. I would go there about once a week and pick out one of these bootleg mixtapes that were coming from Chicago. I listened to those tapes repeatedly in the car and when I was at home on headphones. Shortly after I started buying some Dancemania records. (I also accidentally bought a bunch of terrible breaks records in the process because I had no idea what I was actually looking for.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/29 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Marko Furstenberg, Phonique, Isolee, Luke Hess, Holger Zilske & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 29, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment



MARKO FURSTENBERG

Counter Mode EP 12"
Artless

The Mojuba sub-label brings you two new tunes from the vaults of dub techno ambassador Marko Fürstenberg. These two tracks of pure dub techno magic build a seamless connection to his previous releases and capture the special sound and feel of a true Fürstenberg track -- how it can only be done for this label.

Listen to "070120" here:





PHONIQUE

Perfect Stranger 12"
Dessous

"Perfect Stranger" is taken from Phonique's album Kissing Strangers (DES 015CD) and is a powerful modern house cut reflecting the many elements of Phonique's intricate sound. Blending raw, soulful throw-downs with tight and crisp next-level production, perfect for those late-night moments when rave is the only option. Phonogenic & Sasse carefully craft an ear-tingling remix -- ever so funky, clear and direct. Guti remixes "Perfect Stranger" into a roaring percussive journey, full of tumbling congas, dramatic fills and fx.

Listen to Phonogenic & Sasse remix here:


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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/24 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Penner & Muder, Harvey, Pacific Horizons, Aubrey/Skudge & More...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 24, 2010 01:40pm | Post a Comment



Discreet Unit

Shake Your Body Down 12”
Prime Numbers

Born from a live studio jam this track is a real club groover inspired by early Chicago acid house and old skool Detroit techno. Infectious bassline guaranteed to get the crowd moving. B/w "TWILIGHT" an edited DJ session cut. Cover art done by DISCREET UNIT himself.











Penner & Muder

Let The Music Play 12”
Moodmusic

NILS PENNER & JOHN MUDER bring 3 single cuts from their album "SAME MONKEYS DIFFERENT ZOO". The 1st is a hot track with an uplifting late night feel. "TIME HAS COME" is a deep vocal driven track and "ACROSS MY HEART" ends the EP nicely with real nice chugger complete with filtered synthlines & vocals.

Listen to "Let The Music Play" here:






Pacific Horizons

Jack Parsons Lab
Pacific Wizards

Followup to their successful debut that garnered support from HARVEY, RAY MANG and more. Two Balearic tracks ("less Pacha, more Cafe Del Mar") that quietly uphold the West Coast soft rock tradition. B/w "FOREST ELECTRIC". Sleeve features a full color cover painting by Cali artist JAY NELSON.

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Check out our New 12" Listening Stations at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 24, 2010 11:21am | Post a Comment
Out with the old in with the new! We've updated our listening stations, and you can now browse over 30,000 titles featuring all new 12" releases each week with ease. Browse by artist or by release week...

New Electronic 12" Releases 9/07 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Shed, Barker & Baumecker, Conforce, Lawrence, Holger Czukay, Skudge & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 7, 2010 05:55pm | Post a Comment

SHED
Traveller
(Ostgut Ton)

This is the second full-length release for Berlin-based DJ/producer Shed. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned-out escape into the safe haven where perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but rather it's an ode to the heart of electronic dance music that still pumps loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early '90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you've had your time. Needless to say, Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music's perfect key moments. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the "anything goes" cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism; instead, it is simply an example of untamed fascination for sound. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo right in the face. Again and again, Shed pulls little melodies from the depths of his studio and lets us discover our enthusiasm for the moment anew. He applies breakbeats bearing more history than the 909 bass drum where the 4/4 attack would have been the obvious choice, grants grandpa acid only a brief yet overwhelming guest appearance and deals with minimal dance music's heritage in a completely new, unexplored way. Always present: euphoria. With The Traveller, Shed manages the intangible and translates techno tracks into a shorter, yet crisper format, playing with tempi and moods. And yet each and every beat is right where it belongs, helping to merge every ingredient into an adventurous trip through a night one always dreams of and yet hardly ever gets. The album resonates from start to finish, is full of ideas, speaks dubstep and chooses radical approaches where other producers opt for the emergency exit of the lowest common denominator. The Traveller is the perfect base for everybody still willing to take a chance.

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