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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/4 - Bookworms, Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Population One and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 5, 2013 01:25am | Post a Comment

Bookworms - Japanese ZelkovaBookworms

Japanese Zelkova 12"

L.I.E.S.

Bookworms, the nom the plume for New Yorker Nicholas Dawson, stormed into the national consciousness with his pizza-emblazoned white label, African Rhythms. The track's psychedelic, sample-driven shuffle, was one of the early tracks (along with Terekke's Damn and Legowelt's Sark Island Acid) the put L.I.E.S. on the map. A little over a year later, L.I.E.S. is 50 releases in, Dawson looks after the Confused House label/night and African Rhythms is a 70 dollar record. Most post-white label material has been work completed in concert with fellow cosmonaut Steve Summers, so new solo material is highly anticipated - Japanese Zelkova doesn't disappoint. This is moody, machine funk of the highest order. The title track has a drifting pad and a rhythmic element that sounds like an old Xerox machine. Malfunction is a slow, filtering arpeggio jam, finding several unlikely sweet spots and emphasizing the unpredictability of analog machinery. 

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Greg Beato - PMAGreg Beato

PMA 12"

L.I.E.S.

LIES unleashes a mini-epic from the Miami producer. As demonstrated on his recently reissued Apron debut, Beato is admirably unconcerned with traditional dance structures. That said, the young talent works in pockets of seasick improvisation onto more gridlike patterns on PMA, making the diversions even stranger in context.  These tracks feel like a chaotic ride through the black of night punctuated by placid sunrise. The title track's distorted lurchto life eventually dissolves to contemplative string pads. Hawo is truck idling dub house, while Gimme a Light  takes an idiot savant synth lead into what sounds like a seriously lo-fi version of early Orb material .

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New 12"//LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/28 - Sandwell District, Four Tet, Greg Beato, Moonraker and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 28, 2013 10:42pm | Post a Comment

Moonraker - Lowjit Bandits

Moonraker

Lowjit Vagrants 12"

Trilogy Tapes

Substantial 30-minute ep from the Philly crew, presented as shadowy associates of MetaspliceMoonraker proves just as willing to take it out as their associates. Oronimbus begins with scratchy Drexiciyan synths and ends with new age influenced tones which wander like comets. Cyan Lean's implied reference to Houston hip-hop is not for naught, the slowed down track  is reminiscent of Actress' creeping remix of Legowelt's  Elementz of Houz Music.

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Greg Beato - ApronGreg Beato

Apron EP 12"

Apron

Stunning warning shots from the teenage Miami producer. Beato throws the rule book out the window. Instead of the typical 16-bar intro/bass line/pad structure, Beato flips the script on opener Respect the 78. The track begins with a nasty, ping-pong arpeggio but is eventually reduced to just the beat and lo-fi ,hooverish bass. Let Em Know  is ominous, sun warped house. bears the record's prettiest moment - a distant theme park piano over heavy lo-fi drums. Small repress on Funkineven's Apron records - sure to disappear soon.

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New 12"/10"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/21 - Cromie and Sage Caswell, Helena Hauff, Iasos, Marcel Dettman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 21, 2013 10:47pm | Post a Comment

Cromie and Sage Caswell - VinesCromie & Sage Caswell

Vines 12"

Peach

First time on wax for two rising LA house producers. It's a big one. "Vines" comes off as a more euphoric, less serious Hyph Mngo , with angelic vocal samples and delayed chords ringing over insistent, human drums. Pyrex retains the drum snap, yet succeeds with a deeper, head down sound. Kyle Hall provides an amazing remix of Vines, introducing lo-fi percussion elements and modifying the bassline into a swinging, filtered monster. Ghosts on Tape aims for the floor with his read on Pyrex, cutting up diva vocals for a thoroughly modern take on the King Street template. A promising first release on the NYC-based Peach imprint, and hopefully the first of many from some new house talents.

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Helena Hauff - Actio ReactioHelena Hauff

Actio Reactio 12"

Werk Discs

Uncompromising first release from the Hamburg Golden Pudel resident, who has already built her name on freewheeling dj sets mixing acid techno, new beat and industrial sounds. The title track is an epic 10 minute polyrhythmic beater, with liberal application of Roland cowbell and clap, and nary a melody to hang onto. Break Force is similarly austere, while beatless closer micro manifesto is a crunchy  take on post-punk synth music.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/14 - Funkinevil, Vakula, Donato Dozzy, Osborn and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 14, 2013 09:30pm | Post a Comment

Kyle Hall - Ignorant Funkinevil

Ignorant/In the Grid 12"

Wild Oats

An aggressive and chilled side from the formidable combination of Kyle Hall and FukinevenIntro is little more than a tweaked arpeggio with some vocoder boasts on top. Ignorant follows, a skeletal, nimble bass track. In the Grid is a deep, inward-looking house jam, the ride home to Ignorant's dark club. To extend that metaphor, Outro's beatless drones could accompany a cloudy drift to sleep.

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Vakula - You've Never Been to Konotop

Vakula

You've Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-2012) (LP) 

Firecracker

A massive set from the Ukranian purveyor of all things deep. As with most Vakula releases, the producer's adroit musicianship sits alongside an preternatural understanding of atmosphere. Jazz Mutants works a fusion bassline and comes off sounding like one of the instrumental asides from Eno's  Another Green World. The producer's piano chops are on full display on New Romantic, flexing neoclassical over a loping 303. In My Head sounds like early Theo Parrish and disintegrates into upward modular experiments. The impact of Amsterdam improv journeyman Juju and Jordash is felt, not least on which on the track dedicated to the duo. For Juju and Jordash reimagines the duo's  synth based psychedelia as a primetime detective show intro. A remarkably cohesive release in light of  the considerable time period covered.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/7 - Hugh Mane, Innerspace Halflife, Dj Hell, Basic House and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 7, 2013 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Hugh Mane - SpectrasoniceHugh Mane  

Spectra Sonics 12"

Running Back

Chilled out vintage house from the UK, circa 1990. The album's analog warmth and playful musicality place these dusty DAT recordings in good stead with current house releases. Back Life and Hard to Finish If Your Finish place  charming improvised leads over unstoppable square wave basslines. My Midi Is A Mess works in a more sequenced set of chords while exploring the sweet spot between The Music Box and The HaciendaTuff City Kids appear with a classy edit. Recommended.

 

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Innerspace Halflife - 1000 Years of Acid

Innerspace Halflife

1000 Light Years of Acid 12"

Skudge White

Heady, substantial modern acid from the duo comprised of  Hakim Murphy and Ike Release. In a way similar to Convextion , the duo balances the more banging signifiers of the subgenre with cerebral synthwork. Open Electric Acid uses the classic 303 box in a traditional melodic context, presenting an oblique, banging bassline. Exosuit indulges more abstract modular exercises before introducing a spacious church organ. 

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