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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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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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