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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/15/14- Blase, Prostitutes, Lot.te and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 15, 2014 01:05pm | Post a Comment

Various Artists - If This is House

Various Artists

If This is House, I Want My Money Back III CD

Permananet Vacation

Terrific compilation that's acts as a good indicator on the state of current underground house music. Permanent Vacation shows an admirable dedication to exposing newer US/EU producers alongside relatively established names. Highlights include the dubby, warp zone funk of Lake People, Willie Burns' slightly chilled out take on his Hauge-influenced sound and one of the best Achterbahn D'Amour tracks to date. They can keep my money.

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Blase - Sunset Dawn

Blase

Sunset Dawn LP

ESP Institute

Secret Circuit and Suzanne Kraft debut their breezy cosmic-afrobeat collaboration just in time for summer. Though both of these chaps know their way around a synth, stringed instruments are fully embraced on Sunset Dawn. "Breathing Made Easy" features a hypnotic acoustic guitar, while the low-key heroics on "Downtown Salad" recall mid-period Floyd. Shuffling rhythms are complimented by adroit melodic interplay within these improv-based jams - they sound like they're having a good time, you will too.

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/2/14- Matt Karmil, Ondo Fudd, R-Zone and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 2, 2014 01:32am | Post a Comment

Matt Karmil

 

Matt Karmil

Matt Karmil CD

Popnoname

Inward-looking house album from the English producer Karmil. These tracks unspool slowly, largely based on gauzy samples and minimal synth work. The result is somewhere between Fennesz, Gas and the L.I.E.S. catalog, an alluring sound indeed. "Sinkhole" mixes an elegant, corroded string sample with a touch of 303 squelch. Ambient shufflers for the heads.

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Jonsson & Alter - Brevet Hem

Jonsson & Alter

Brevet Hem 7"

Kontra Music

Single version of the moody cut of J & A's excellent "2" album. Kazumi's heavily reverbed vocals ride an expansive synth motif. Eventually, the breakdown opens up to a tough tech/house drum workout with some Seinfeld slap bass accents and subtle jacking percussion. This track would do damage at one of  Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream parties.

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S.P. Posse - Acido 17

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/24/14 - Legowelt, Garnier, Octo Octa and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 24, 2014 10:18am | Post a Comment

Legowelt - Los Alamos Motel

Legowelt

Los Alamos Motel 12"

Peoples Potential Unlimited

Some reviewers have stated that all Legowelt records sound the same. Mr. Wolfers proves them wrong on this one. Sure, this release bears his trademark analog retrofuturism, but this is very much his "PPU" record. This EP explores lower tempos, noirish melodies and even vocals on "Videophone to Space". The title track has the gated 80s snare and plodding synth progression of a lost-to-VHS low-budget crime flick.

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Garnier - AF 4302 EP

Garnier

AF 4302 EP 12"

50 Weapons

New 50 Weapons from a guy who knows a thing or two about producing for the club. The Parisian legend is in fine-form here, delivering dark, peak-time bangers. The highlight may well be "H.E." the record's most minimal, lurid track. A driving and hypnotic bassline bump up against an looped male vocal that eventually utters an explicit come-on through the break. The other two tracks are fine hardware techno.

AF 4302 EP 12"

 

Octo Octa - Where Did You Go

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/18/14 - Suzanne Kraft, Sage Caswell, Seven Davis Jr. and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 18, 2014 08:56am | Post a Comment

Suzanne Kraft - Missum

 

Suzanne Kraft

Missum LP

Running Back

Running Back issues the teenage ambient tapes from Suzanne Kraft, the accomplished LA producer better known for sunny, psychedelic house. The roots of Kraft's melodic sense are revealed. II  has spacious guitar and ambles on with the timeless grace of a Basinski piece. VI  introduces a simple beat, while V is closest to traditional ambient electronic music - an enveloping pad transports the listener.

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Omar s - Romancing the Stone

Omar S

Romancing the Stone 2x12"

FXHE

Omar S continues his prolific tear, following the It Can Be Done ..LP and the FXHE 10 Year Mix  with this dj-friendly 2x12". The title is totally appropriate as this is Omar's most melodic, sensual material in years. "Romancing the Stone" centers on a wistful piano riff. "Frogs" works from a funky disco bass line into abstract 303 atmosphere and back again. Surpass leans heavy on piano riffs again, using a cosmic, repetitive chord to build tension for over 10 minutes!

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/11/14 - Chevel, Fit, Carl Craig and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 11, 2014 09:00am | Post a Comment

Chevel - One Month Off

 

Chevel

One Month Off 12"

Stroboscopic Artefacts

Odd new techno forms. The title track is combines nuanced, unsettling, atmophere with a martial two-step drum pattern. "The Wall" has a shape shifting bassline, and adroit drum programming that put Chevel in good stead with Hessle Audio's more outre material. 

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Fit Siegel - Cocomo Seedbed

Fit

Cocomo/Seedbed 12"

Fit Sound

Detroit son Aaron Siegel takes an unexpected, balearic turn after his anthemic "Tonite" and collaboration with Gunnar Wende. "Cocomo" is bittersweet, tropical nostalgia although Fit arrives in this sweet spot via his typical, hardware driven rig. "Seedbed" has Fit getting gnarly with a taut, acid techno instrumental. 

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Split Secs - I Stand Alone

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