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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/30 - Livity Sound, Pharoahs, Matt Tolfrey, Marshall Jefferson and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 31, 2013 08:24am | Post a Comment

Various Artists - Livity Sound

Various Artists

Livity Sound CD

Livity Sound

The Bristolians Pev(erelist), Asusu and Kowton present a compelling compendium of their mutant bass sound. The structures here are nominally sci-fi techno, yet a destructive low-end current runs through nearly every track. Despite its natural austerity, subtlety is not lost on the trio. Asusu's Sister uses ethereal pads over the percussive racket. Kowton's Jam01 cleverly employs filtering to make a 909 drum track sound fresh. Pev's revisit of his collaboration with Kowton, Beneath Radar, has the sonic precision and economy of Boddika's recent work.

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Gerry Read - U Got No God Damn Groove

Gerry Read

U Got No God Damn Groove 12"

Fourth Wave

Rough hewn house cuts. The title track slides banging lo-fi percussion and the expected sample up against a euphoric soul sample. The b, Rubber Hands, is brilliant. Corroded hi-hat sits atop addictive filtered synth/bass lead. Closer Andy Asteroids is a hardware jam less focused on melody than the previous tracks.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/23 - Funkinven, Delroy Edwards, Lakker, James Ferraro and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 23, 2013 11:20pm | Post a Comment

TCB - Monogamie

 

TCB

Monogamie 12"

Die Orakel

Odd, intriguing house forms from The Citizen's Band. The title track maintains an optimistic nu disco meets afrobeat pulse, but the highlights here are the original and MM/KM (Mix Mup and Kassem Mosse) take on Unchained. The original track uses only sharp modular arpeggiation for percussion but manages to be funky as hell, integrating a soaring horn motif and wordless vocal samples. KM/MM bring their trademark low-slung percussion and wooziness. Recommended.

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Delroy Edwards & Funkineven

 

Delroy Edwards x Funkineven

X & XX 12"

Apron

Heat from the unholy LDN/LA alliance of rising producers Funkineven and Delroy Edwards. The functionally titled tracks are rough dj tools with manic percussion. There is always talk of perfect tracks with just a few elements, but there are exactly two on this record - bassline and percussion. That percussion just happens to be some of the most unique you'll hear this year, all distant cannon snare, steamvent ambience and skittershot breaks.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/16 - Daniel Avery, Asphodells, Deepchord and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 16, 2013 11:34pm | Post a Comment

Daniel Avery - Drone LogicDaniel Avery

Drone Logic CD

Drone Logic LP

Phantasy Sound

The UK's second bid for crossover LP of the year is an odder beast than its predecessor (Disclosure). No vocals or pop songwriting chops here. Instead, Avery is preoccupied with 303 and guitar pedals while demonstrating a brilliant sense of pacing. Opener Water Jump sounds like a thoroughly modern take on Voodoo Ray. Elsewhere, as on the title track, Avery's admiration for Paul Woolford's spiky Erotic Discourse is evident. Towards the record's conclusion, Avery let's more diverse influences seep in. New Energy (Live Through It) uses a motorik rhythm while Spring 27 forgoes drums entirely. 

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Innershades - Nina at the Boiler RoomsInnershades

Nina at the Boiler Room 12"

Creme

Top notch dj tool with a cheeky title. Nina at the Boiler Room may be a joke at the expense of Ms. Kraviz; the track contains a rave siren, ham-fisted 707 programming and a simple  earworm synth lead. All that said, it's addictive. No Stopping is stately, propulsive dub house, while The Future in fact looks back to a well-trod Chicago past. 

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/9 - Dj Spider, Theo Parrish, Mix Mup and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 9, 2013 11:09pm | Post a Comment

 

Dj Spider, Marshallito - Deadly Structures

Dj Spider, Marshallito

Deadly Structures EP 12"

Trilogy Tapes

Chilly new techno and house forms from the NYC duo. The record begins and ends with slower synth experiments, with warehouse tracks inhabiting the middle. Opener C17H21NO2 is a heady warm-up, with a crawling melodic progression disintegrating into delayed ephemera. C17H21NO4 is absurdly funky for a minimal techno bomb. The track uses adroit drum programming, a drunken synth progression and expert deployment of vocal samples to achieve liftoff. Recommended.

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Theo Parrish - Overyohead

Theo Parrish

Overyohead 12"

Sound Signature

Reissue of the amazing 1999 12". The title track achieves an often imitated, rarely replicated level of spiritual deepness. Two simple progressions eventually intersect like ships in dark water. Raw drums and deep background vocal samples. Unstudied brilliance from the master.  

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 10/3 - ndf, Omar S, The Field, Terrence Parker and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 3, 2013 11:00pm | Post a Comment

NDF - Since We Last Met

ndf

Since We Last Met 12"

DFA

NYC mainstay DFA makes an unexpected move towards Berlin's MNMLscene, emerging with a winner. ndf is the duo of Bruno Ponsato and Sergio Giorgini. For the title track, they start with a nostalgic synth vamp, moving to imbue the dreamy atmosphere with space and melancholy. This is accomplished through claps, "around the edges" snare, and a sleepy spoken/sung vocal predicting a future run-in with a former lover. Heavy remix, with Villalobos exposing kaleidoscopic threads in the already hypnotic original. He turns the original vocal into a chorus of detuned ghosts while pulling the beat apart.

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Omar S - Nelson CountyOmar S

Nelson County 12"

FXHE

Detroit doesn't sleep, apparently. Omar S makes a speedy return to 12" mode after the awesome Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself LP. If you enjoy the non sequitur vocal samples scattered throughout Omar's catalog this is the one for you. Don't Let This Be Happening starts with one of these samples, but quickly jumps into lush synthesis. On the standout title track, the vocal samples start to make more sense. Like Altman, Omar S builds a sense of place with voices from the neighborhood. As those voices talk, the crack bassline and drums do the walking.

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