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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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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/25 - Jessy Lanza, Delroy Edwards, Boddika and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 25, 2013 11:04pm | Post a Comment

Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

 

Jessy Lanza

Pull My Hair Back CD

Pull My Hair Back LP

Hyperdub 

Stately electropop from the Canadian chanteuse. Her running collaboration with Jeremy Greenspan seems to free the Junior Boys producer to explore odder aspects of his lush production. Against The Wall has  driving synth bass but buries the snare and drifts into ethereal synth wobble at points. Lanza shines. She typically chooses to provide hooky, ephemeral counterpart to the chilly base, yet when she flexes her soprano, as she does on the chorus of the album's title track, its apparent she would sit atop an alternate Top 40 for the lonely.

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Delroy Edwards - Untitled

Delroy Edwards

Untitled 12"

LA Club Resource

Delroy continues a meteoric 2013 by seizing the means of production for himself. No nonsense, no press, LA Club Resource presents a functional new sound from the Southland.  The first track, at 120 BPM, is slow compared to his recently preferred ghettohouse tempo, but introduces a fractured funk to the palatte. Two minimal synth lines, a simple double-snare hit and an unpredictable kick are all you need to move a floor. The B veers closer to the acid maze Funkineven travels. The vocal sample concluding the record is in-line with the cutty, street imagery associated with the label. Available in select few US brick and mortars. 

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