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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 3/27/14 - Hidden Fees, Efdemin, Voices from the Lake and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 27, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

Hidden Fees - So What

 

Hidden Fees

So What 12"

Beats in Space

Plenty of djs (plenty of LA djs) are involved in the disco not disco unearthed classic arms race, but you don't hear too many acts take a shot at their own version. Hidden Fees isn't scared. Full disco orchestra with Emotional Rescue-era Jagger pouting all over it. Great hypnotic Rhodes lines and horn arrangements. Portugese wizard Tiago turns in some hypnotic, floor-ready remixes.

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Vermont - Vermont

Vermont

Vermont CD

Kompakt

Brooding, patient album from the US-style house wunderkind and the Innervsions man Worgull. Not a sample or an obvious club cut to be found here, this is emotional synthesizer music more concerned with textures than beats. "Ruckzug" uses moody piano and an insistent synth, while "Ubersprung" has beautiful, elegiac strings. It's all a tad serious, but it's expertly produced the listener would be hard pressed to find more evocative, filmic electronic music. The delicate, precise touch used to create these tracks make it a perfect fit on Kompakt.

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 3/13/14 - Bohemian Groove, Jay Daniel, Vincent Floyd and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 13, 2014 11:25am | Post a Comment

Bohemian Groove - A Musical Drama

Bohemian Groove

A Musical Drama 12"

Throne of Blood

Awesome, somewhat under the radar EP from the shadowy Bohemian Groove. "BJ Funk" purports to be a mission statement of sorts, using a catchy organ stab before bringing in a deep bassline which brings the deep collaboration between FIT and Gunnar Wendel (Kassem Mosse) to mind. Veterans Posthuman knock their remix of the track out of the park, working from a huge melodic progression to a relaxed acid breakdown. Another original with a Hieroglyphic Being mix on the B-side. Recommended.

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Dj Sotofett Presents Another Bahkti MixDj Sotofett

Dj Sotofett Presents Another Bahkti Mix 12"

Wania

New tracks following the first unobtainable Bahkti release. A-side "Trans-Jungle Ride" takes a psychedelic house progression and places it over a dub bassline and breakbeat flourishes. Properly hypnotic. "Cross-Jungle Tide" removes the kick, focusing on the natural rhythmic qualities of the insistent melody and filling the background with creepy synth abstractions.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 3/6/14 - Dj Deep, Willie Burns, Phonica Records and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 6, 2014 12:40pm | Post a Comment

Detour 001Various Artists

Detour 001 12"

Detour

Pittsburgh's given us the prolific Pittsburgh Track Authority and Chase Smith (WT Records, Argot) as of late, and the new Detour label evidences the city is emerging as midwest (ish) hotspot for underground sounds. Remarkably consistent in style for a V/A, PTA starts things off with straightforward Detroit techno, reminiscent of prime Carl CraigMirko (who has also released on Ithaca's excellent Blank Slate), goes dark with "Arena", nestling a cool didgeridoo-like bassline within austere, Function-style techno. The young producer Naeem is responsible for the comp's most adventurous track, a gritty house track that mixes tough percussion and dreamy melodies like Omar S.

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The Citizen's Band - Smalltown BluesThe Citizen's Band

Smalltown Blues 12" 

Tasteful Nudes

Airy, tripping house EP from TCB. The title track introduces the loose, nuanced percussion that defines the EP, with a boogie influenced bass line and melodic piano progression serving as an inviting introduction. "Disrupted" is headier, with searching synth leads recalling Four Tet's most psychedelic work. "Eddy's Theme" continues down a similar Krautrock/Border Community-influenced path, while closer "Freefall" is built on a cosmic, arpeggiated theme which will appeal to fans of Steve Moore and Pye Corner Audio.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 2/20/14 - STL, Lucy, Gigi Masin and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 20, 2014 12:26pm | Post a Comment

jSTL - At Disconnected Moments

STL
At Disconnected Moments CD
Smallville

Masterful dub techno full-length from STL, aka mysterious German producer Stephan Laubner. To date, Laubner has never released a full-length on a label other than his own Something imprint, though the austere art direction of Hamburg's Smallville label make it a good home for Laubner's atmospheric music. "Amelie's Dub" waits until halfway through its 10-minute runtime to introduce abstract, wintry piano over propulsive synth stabs and hissing field recordings. "Ghostly Ambit" begins inauspiciously as a simple delayed pattern over a symphony of crickets; eventually a kick drops in, the pattern is blurred and a mournful viola heightens mood and tension. On "One Day" STL demonstrates his mastery of clean, emotional mixing - the drums, bass, distant synth and woodwinds burrow into their own sonic space, isolated, yet as a whole, capable of enveloping the listener. For fans of DeepChordand Basic Channel.

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Lucy - Churches Schools and GunsLucy 
Churches Schools & Guns LP
Stroboscopic Artefacts

Varied full-length from the Berlin producer, who seeks to bend techno into new forms while maintaining a clear sense of history. After The Horror's uneasy, droning intro, Lucy quickly jumps into blackened Sandwell District-informed sound design. Lucy takes varying paths towards creepy territory. On Follow the Leader, Tuvan throat singers contribute to an unholy techno ritual. The Illusion of Choice is among the album's most traditional, 90s-rave influenced compositions. Even here, Lucy drops some brilliant free-jazz saxophone atop to keep the listener guessing. On closer Falling, the producer works with vocalist Emma for a wistful, wind chime folk number that is at odds with the album's dark mood, serving to demonstrate Lucy's wide emotional range and gift for narrative.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 2/13/14 - Patricia, Todd Terje, Dancemania and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 14, 2014 11:21am | Post a Comment

Patricia - Body Issues

Patricia

Body Issues LP

Black Opal

LP issue of the terrific 2013 cassette from the shadowy New York producer. Unlike many straight to tape 4/4 experiments, the forms here are remarkably close to classic techno/dub techno templates; that said, the lo-fi quality that many us producers are employing out of necessity or fashion is in effect. Not a bad track here, yet Josephine is notable. Pastoral pads and tape hiss drift over brittle drums before an ascending bassline sputters out of the garage like an old sedan on a snowy day. On Plural, Patricia dwells on a terrifically mournful synth motif while techno drums rumble underneath. Recommended.

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Dancemania - Hardcore TraxxVarious Artists

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 2x12" LP

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 CD

Strut

Dancemania, the regional label that could, is experiencing a massive resurgence based on the pure jacking functionality of the label's music in a landscape focused on raw, unstudied sounds. This cleverly sequenced comp traces the label's progression from more traditional house sounds to the lurid, bug in the bassbin jams it's most often associated with. Victor Romeo's Love Will Find a Way is soaring vocal house - the heavy drum machine programming is what sets it apart from a King Street release. Likewise for the Burrell Brothers influenced I Dream You, an ethereal Vincent Floyd t rack. Later, Paul Johnson, Arnaldo and Dj Deeon burn it down. High quality versions, essential.

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