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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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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 12/11/13 - John Heckle, GB, Legowelt, Move D and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 12, 2013 11:52am | Post a Comment

John Heckle - Baiyun Mountain

 

John Heckle

Baiyun Mountain 12"

M O S Recordings

Heckle x M O S, a match made in heaven. The pairing lives up to expectation. Cactus Jack obliterates with a chunky acid line, new wave snare and subtle guitar lead. Birds of Vertigo is another demonstration of brute force, yet the record's highlight is the title track, which turns some melancholy Juno chords into a shimmering, psychedelic banger. Recommended.

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Nicholas - Let the Music LiveNicholas

The Music Lives 12"

Home Taping is Killing Music

Percolating disco/house rollers from the prolific and tasteful Italian producer. The Music Lives has a classic-King Street feel, building momentum with a skyward bound organ riff and eventually working in moody vocals before ending with a loose percussion jam. The final track leans into a Mahogani-inspired sample cut, all florid Rhodes, disco strings and crack rhythm section holding it down.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 12/4/13 - KWC 92, Dj Stringray, Function and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 5, 2013 03:25pm | Post a Comment

KWC 92 - Dream of the Walled City

 

KWC 92

Dream of the Walled City OST LP

LIES

Brilliant imaginary Soundtrack by Samo DJ Max Stenerudh, which seems to score an imperialist drama. The sounds within are closer to the bamboo drums and razor sharp synths of 80s Japan - music that sounds otherworldly and futuristic 30 years later. One of LIES most adventurous and most musical releases, not much for the non warm-up set dj here, simply a beautiful concept album. Recommended.

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Kim Brown - Somewhere Else It's Going to be Good

Kim Brown

Somewhere Else It's Going to be Good 2x12"

Just Another Beat

Brooding, virtuosic house from Kim Brown. Brown allures the listener with an equal understanding of rough Chicago inspired rhythms and a pristine high-end melodic sense reminiscent of early Border CommunityCamera Moves is a great example - starting with plaintive ambient synths before introducing an absolute monster melodic bassline which stretches out for eight bars. The bittersweet tone of the record will appeal to fans of Dial's leading lights.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 11/27 - RVDS, Magic Touch, Kyle Hall and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 28, 2013 02:01pm | Post a Comment

RVDS - Moon on Milky Way

 

RVDS

Moon on Milky Way 12"

Smallville

Brilliant new record from the oddball house producer. Warm analog soundbaths for all hours of the day and night. Monday Rain is a relaxed warm-up track with playful 303 and Juno strings. Winter Moonness takes classic square-wave Chicago bounce into a psychedelic, keyboard mashing solo. 

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KMFH - Boat Party Bonus

Kyle Hall

Boat Party Bonus 12"

Wild Oats

Cool companion piece to KMFH's fairly epic Boat Party  LP. This one's aimed at the djs. The A-side contains a couple of soul-sample jams roughed up to the point where they become something else, a mutant railroad dub. The B-explores Hall's other fascination - twisted drum beatdowns. 

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Magic Touch - Nothing More

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