New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/11/14 - Chevel, Fit, Carl Craig and more!

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Chevel - One Month Off



One Month Off 12"

Stroboscopic Artefacts

Odd new techno forms. The title track is combines nuanced, unsettling, atmophere with a martial two-step drum pattern. "The Wall" has a shape shifting bassline, and adroit drum programming that put Chevel in good stead with Hessle Audio's more outre material. 

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Fit Siegel - Cocomo Seedbed


Cocomo/Seedbed 12"

Fit Sound

Detroit son Aaron Siegel takes an unexpected, balearic turn after his anthemic "Tonite" and collaboration with Gunnar Wende. "Cocomo" is bittersweet, tropical nostalgia although Fit arrives in this sweet spot via his typical, hardware driven rig. "Seedbed" has Fit getting gnarly with a taut, acid techno instrumental. 

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Split Secs - I Stand Alone

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/3/14 - Panoram, Christopher Rau, Tom Ov England and more!

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Mr. Feeling - House is Mr. Feeling

Mr. Feeling

House is Mr. Feeling LP


Next level homage from Chicago vet Jordan Fields. In this world of pretenders, who better to take us through the possibilities of the classic jack track sound? "I Want to Jack" is a clear Chip E tribute, yet the moody rhodes and electrofunk pads on "Your Desire", and restless bassline on "15 Minutes of Fame" make this record inventive and enjoyable far beyond its conceit. 

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Terrence Parker - Emancipation of My SoulTerrence Parker

Emancipation of My Soul 12"

Intangible Records

You don't name a track "Emancipation of My Soul" lightly, and TP's 1995 sanctified piano house classic lives up to the title. A piano riff speeds up and remains constant through beatdown drums, a grip of killer basslines and introspective strings. The b-side, "A Track for O.J. Simpson" slams, and odd organ riff and bassline preceding huge marching band kicks and hand drums.

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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 CD


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"


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"


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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