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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 2/5/14 - Vril, Optimo, Terrence Parker and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 5, 2014 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Vril - Vortekz

Vril

Vortekz 12"

Delsin

Rattling, rave-inspired dub techno on Vril's first release for Delsin. The title track is one propulsive synth vamp orbited by corroded percussion and the occasional alarmist lead. The dub compresses the original idea into a cavernous, big room form, the bright synth lead muted in the opacity. Y7/10 hearkens back to the title track's high-strung energy and will appeal to fans of Levon Vincent's heavier productions.

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Terrence Parker - Life on the Back 9

 

Terrence Parker

Life on the Back Nine 3x12"

Planet E

Epic set from the underappreciated Detroit house legend. Terrence does two moods here, exuberant and contemplative. Most of the tracks are catchy, spiritual piano house. It's stunning how much Parker gets out of timeless progressions - on My Virtuous Woman he bangs out the hook on three different synths, yet the track still feels short at 7 minutes 30. The album, Parker's first official LP release in 14 (!) years is paced in an adroit manner, with a moody slowdown occurring two-thirds of the way through during the Friend I Lost/Hiding In Your Love/Selah Interlude suite. There's none of the Henny breathed come-ons that made January's other Detroit LP so hot, just pure god-fearing joy. 

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/29/14 - Actress, Evil Fred, Steve Moore, Container and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 30, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

Actress - Ghettoville

Actress 

Ghettoville Box Set LP

Werk Discs

The fourth official full-length from British polymath Actress has the producer less focused on traditional rhythms than ever, opting instead for a bleak council estate ambiance. Many of these tracks, such as opener, Forgiven, plod along slowly like a Western score reimagined as gritty urban synth music. Still Actress lets his obvious melodic talents drip sparingly, as seen on the insular funk jam Birdcag . Much of the material explores the DJ Screw influenced territory he explored on his otherworldy remix of Legowelt's  Elements of Houz Music.

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Evil Fred - Get On

Evil Fred

Get On 12"

H2 Recordings

Heavy, retro-tinged dj tools. The title track is heavy kick, vocal cut-up woodshedding along the lines of the Head High eps. An insouciant organ riff holds it all together. The B, Back Out, is for a little later in the evening, with a beautiful hypnotic piano chord propelling the track along.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/23/14 - Moodymann, Anthony Parasole, Francis Harris and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 23, 2014 01:12am | Post a Comment

Moodymann - 2xLP

 

Moodymann

Moodymann 2xLP

KDJ

It's Moody week at Amoeba Dance. Suffice to say, the legend has delivered. Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal. radio But yeah, the songs. Moody gets an assist from Andrés on future classic Lyk U Used 2, a track that has Kenny ably playing a  slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on Have You Ever Been Lonely. Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of Delia and Gavin are used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit Freeki MF acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies (Watching U) and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on Sloppy Cosmic. The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.

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Francis Harris - You Can Always Leave

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New 12"/LP Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/8/14 - Charles Cohen, MGUN, Heatsick and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 9, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

Charles Cohen - The Middle Distance

 

Charles Cohen

The Middle Distance LP

Morphine Records

Philly outsider synth veteran Charles Cohen gets a retrospective look thanks to Rabih Beani, who developed a fascination with CC's mostly improvised world after being tipped off by young Philly duo Metasplice . While Cohen's direct influence on bleeding edge music may be diminished due to obscurity (until now), the sounds he coaxes out of his preferred synth, the Buchla Easel, are as texturally adventurous as 2013 releases by Holden and Tim Hecker. The music is immediately rhythmic while eschewing dedicated drum machines. Camera Dance uses melodic triumphalism over a bed of unruly modular percussion, while Sonomama plumbs the depths like a cannon before settling into a Kraftwerk via Gamelan groove.

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MGUN - Some Tracks

 

MGUN

Some Tracks 12"

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Amoeba Electronic's 2013 Best of LPs

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 19, 2013 02:58pm | Post a Comment


Thanks for supporting Amoeba and reading the Amoeba Electronic blog in 2013. Like us on Facebook for daily updates and feel free to hit us up with any requests/feedback. Without further ado, here are our Best LPs of 2013, compiled by Oliver, Matt and Jordan. 

 

ADR - Chunky Monkey LP Cover20. ADR - Chunky Monkey

Hippos In Tanks

While visual artists have been quick to adapt to the internet's Babel of information, musicians have been slow to comment directly on the vast digital buzz. Hippos In Tanks, as a label, has admirably pushed this conversation forwards while also displaying a fierce devotion to the traditional mediums of CD and vInyl. James Ferraro's "Farside Virtual" (Hippos In Tanks, 2011) was seen as a comment on emerging personality types in the face of rampant technoconsumerism, but in retrospect, can be seen as Ferraro's first step out of the cassette underground into sleeker rnb/hip-hop influenced production Gatekeeper's "Exo" had them abandoning the Carpenter-esque VHS aesthetics of their previous releases, even hiring internet artist Tabor Robak to create a playable game for reach song. The most successful effort in creating a musical analog to endless internet-meme driven communication is ADR's "Chunky Monkey". 

The record succeeds first and foremost because Aaron David Ross (1/2 of the Gatekeeper) is a completely badass producer. I woudn't be suprised if legitimate pop production is in his future based off of the seemingly effortless genre tourism on display here. Opener "Casual Friday" places  samples of sitcom saxaphones against a loping 303 and eerie processed piano that could be lifted from a Prologue release. "Sumo" seems to be an oblique comment on 90s boom-bap, while "What It Takes" could be lifted from a sinister Sprite commercial. "Stray Dog Strut" could be seen as ADR's reading of Sly and Robbie digidub, but in this tune, the comment on internet culture is palpable. In the midst of innocuous and expertly produced genre-exercises, ADR is prone to interrupt with unsettling samples (e.g. a screaming chorus of roller coaster riders) to fray the edges. The effect has an uncanny resemblance to cruising through life with 15 tabs open.

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