New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/5 - Omar S, Jared Wilson, Young Male and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 5, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment
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Untitled 12"
Proper's Cult
Unruly, dub house/techno from the incorrigible Amsterdam scene figure, San Proper. The tracks are all various combinations of "?" and "!", the attention to detail seems to have gone into the tracks, which are rather dark excursions of scraping, single-note guitars, always buttressed by a kicking house rhythm. Very interesting!
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Chse Smith - Falling OutChase Smith
Falling Out 12"
Harmony Society
Pittsburgh producer Chase Smith continues his come up. After EPs for WT, Argot and a certain European label which issues anonymous missives, he sounds more relaxed than ever. The melodic progressions of the basslines are the most notable here. The title track is a true A1, all catchy dive-bombing bass and dubbed-out accoutrement. "Still Further" has a nostalgic feel to it -- it's a perfect driving track. The ambient outro will appeal to fans of Panoram. Handpainted cover, edition of 400.
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Jaakko Eino
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Yin Yang Theater 12"
Beats In Space
Delightfully unquantized funk from Tim Sweeney's label. This sounds a bit like the most joyful Chaz Jankel jams infused with a creepy, Krautrock edge."Sensaatio" slows things down to around 115 BPM, mixing heavy boogie bass, Shaft-style funk guitar and hooky, spaced out vocals. 
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Young MaleYoung Male
A11 R 12"
White Material
No-nonsense hardware techno. The first track "A11 R" is pretty similar to his contribution to the White Material comp - a simple synth stab and banging 909 ridden into oblivion. Closer "Black Satin Fan" uses a more nimble, sensuous rhythm with some creepy tones coming in and out of the mix. This unadorned style is  somewhat at odds with the hype that's built around his labelmate Galcher's stoned house rap.
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Jared Wilson - Ghost Miners
Jared Wilson
Ghost Miners LP
Straight-ahead DETROIT acid dedicated to everyone who spends their life (literally) underground. The 303 lines here and clipped and utilitarian, but the melodic gift Wilson's demonstrated on tracks like "This Love" and "Unknown Pleasures" comes through occasionally. "Ghostminer 3's" piano chords and jacking drums nail that elusive alchemy mixing soulful and tough.
Ghost Miners LP
Omar S - Annoying Mumbling AlkoholikOmar S
Annoying Mumbling Alkoholik 12"
Another great 12-inch from Omar S. (Is that even something that needs to be said at this point?) The hilariously named title track has a funky rolling bass line with a slight '80s feel (RIYL "Wayne County Cops") and a dope, ethereal lead. A fluttery ambient track and a more techno leaning tool close it out. Some people make it look easy.
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Black Madonna - stay
The Black Madonna
Stay 12"
The Night Owl Diner
Marea Vierge-Noire's reputation as a DJ has grown by leaps and bounds due to her beatdown sets and increasingly frequent touring. That said, there hasn't a massive amount music from The Smart Bar booker quite yet. This may be the year that changes. "Venus Requiem" is her first track to capture the isolator abusing glory of her all-vinyl sets. It sounds a bit like she's just leaning on the EQ on a fogotten g-funk/boogie. It's both relaxed and undeniable as a dance track. Awesome!
Buy Stay 12"
New this week:
MR RAOUL K: Still Living in Slavery CD 
D.A.F.: Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft LP
CELLER, ALEX: Kammsa/Plex Astunde 12" 
CRAY76: Master & Servant 12"
DEEPCHORD: dc07/dc08/dc09 [remastered] CD 
 DEEPCHORD: dc10/dc11/dc12 [remastered] CD 
DEEPCHORD: dc13/dc14/dc16 [remastered] CD 
INTRUSION: The Seduction of Silence (Remastered) 2CD 
SEEKAE: Test & Recognise Remixes 12" 
BJORKE, KASPER: After Forever LP 
LUSSURIA: Industriale Illuminato CD
KIRK, RICHARD H.: The Many Dimensions of Richard H. Kirk 3CD BOX 
DARK SKY: imagine CD 
GARNIER: KL 2036 EP 12" 
SAGITTARIUS A: Omega Point EP 12" 
PORTABLE: Sportable 12" 
BORTZ & SASCHA SIBLER, DANIEL: Tomorrow We Start a New Life Again 12" 
WATSON, VINCE: Rock-It EP 12" 
MAGNESII: VD Jams #1 12" 
WILHITE, RICK: Vibes 2, Part 2 2LP
SND: travelog (Special Extended Edition) 2LP 
NIRO: Tender as Asphalt EP 12" 
HARON: Optics 12" 
SKEPTICAL: Echo Dub/Chain Reaction 12" 
ZEMI17: Impressions EP 12" 
DREXCIYA: Neptune's Lair 2LP
Brett Cimbalik "I Wish I Could Say The Same" 12" 
Snakepiss "Toil EP" 12"
Lexi/Blendi/Adopo "Wirr 1" 12" 
F.R.U.I.T.S. / PTU "Dat 22 (First Track) / Tuesday
Royer "Tough Questions EP" 12" 2 6.99 13.98
Craig Sherrad "Sketches of A Circuit" 12" 
Generation Next "Generation Next EP" 12"
Moodymann "Sloppy Cosmic / Hangover" 12" 


New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/29 - Moire, Demdike Stare, Lee Gamble and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 29, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Moire - Shelter


Shelter CD

Shelter LP


Deubt full from the "London techno" producer after some trippy 12-inches. Moire's East London is somewhat similar to smoke filled vision proferred by Burial. This is all tension and atmosphere, yet the young producer is demonstrating a melodic talent we haven't previously seen. "Infinity Shadow" and other tracks take a classic KDJ/Theo Parrish approach to chords - keep it deep and bittersweet and they'll be hooked. His slightly off the beat bass hits are just enough to keep the listener reeling without knocking the tracks fully out of dance context. Still this is as good a record for driving as it is warming up a crowd.

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Design A Wave - A.R.M. II

Design A Wave

A.R.M. II 12"

No Label (Rush Hour)

Design A Wave might be the best post-punk inflected improv dance band on Rush Hour's "No Label" imprint. That says a lot, considering  Aaron Coyes, Suzanne Kraft, Willie Burns, Torn Hawk an Secret Circuit have all put out that type of music on the label. A great, varied release which pulls together hazy Durutti Column-esque midtempo Balaeria and the case of "Auto-Resonance Machine", a bit of The Pop Group's jittery paranoia.

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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


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"


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


Klockworks 13


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


The Budgie EP 12"


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.

Buy The Budgie EP 12"


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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