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New CD and Vinyl releases at Amoeba 2/6/15 - Quiet Village, DJ Sotofett, Armando and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Quiet Village - Social Music
Quiet Village
 
 
Phonica Records
 
Revered London vinyl outpost Phonica hosts the return of Matt Edwards and Joel Martin's Quiet Village project. There's a formula at work here, take a hypnotic house groove and then drop insane sample after insane sample on top, pan the thing left and right and let it run for just a little less than ten minutes. This is a simple recipe for a spun audience and it's working here.
 
 
 
Armando - Land Of ConfusionArmando
 
 
Westbrook
 
The acid ur-track, one of the best examples of a form that people are still obsessing over 30 years in. Loose, jacking drums, a randomized TB-303 line that still feels right. No pads, no sexy vocal samples, no bells and whistles, just a couple ways to make you jack.
 
 
 
 
 
TX Connect - Trixxter
TX Connect
 
 
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
 
Might as well stick with the theme, and jump to a 2015 example of a producer tweaking the acid box, in this case, texas freak TX Connect. This is dark stuff with a bit of a New Beat influence, fits in well with other DABJ releases like Jared Wilson's awesome "Unknown Desires". Some dystopic, delayed synths amp up the post-apocalyptic feel.
 
 
 
 
Omar S. I Wanna KnowOmar S.
 
 
FXHE
 
Omar S is back with a big, audacious vocal track. Musically, this maintains some of the chord-heavy optimism of the Romancing The Stone double-pack as well as the Thank You For Letting Me… LP. What's different here is Garcia's vocals, an elongated, lurid come not unlike most mainstream rap verses. It's a fun, sensual track from the most consistent producer in the game. Instrumental on the B.
 
 
 
Garrett David
 
 
Gramaphone Records
 
Chicago, birthplace of house, still boasts one of the most tightknit scenes in the US. Promising locals DJ at the intimate Smart Bar, buy their records at Gramaphone, and generally carry on the city's amazing dance music tradition. It was only a matter of time, then, that the Gramaphone record store began to share its homegrown talent with the world. Here with have employee Garrett David' with the second release on the label, though you may remember him from his release on The Queen as well as his participation in the excellent Bell Boys project. Just good, inventive house music here, I'm partial to the piano stabs and hypnotic pads on Tunnels as well as the dreamy, chill-out B2 "Morning Mantra". Chi-town stand up!
 
 
 
Jamie Paton EP #2Jamie Paton 
 
 
Emotional Especial
 
Plenty of people hunt for forgotten disco not disco jams from the early '80s, but very few people attempt to actually make them. Jamie Paton makes it look easy. The opening track, "Mad Obsession" is a bouncy bit of tropical house, with a tom loop and some synth washes before some insouciant vocals come in. "Time After Time" is a dancefloor version of some daytime detective show funk, "Drole Model" is cool rainforest dub house. Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay on the production assist, so you know it sounds right.
 
 
 
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A TripDJ Sotofett
 
 
Honest Jon's
 
Fans of the bizarre Sex Tags triangle have had a lot to be excited about this year, with Sex Tags Mania, Wania and Sex Tags UFO firing on all cylinders. Now, Sotofett drops it on us, the collab motherload with an album's full of material running the gamut from ambient to afrohouse. It's killer, as expected. Talented producer Phillip Lauer provides some of the highlights. "JEKS: Space Dub" is a knackered ambient jam, while "JEKS: Nimbus Mix" (no relation to The Orb) is maybe the album's best dance track, with the various mixes of "Nondo" coming in close behind. The whole thing bubbles and scrapes, the most definitive statement to date from one of dance music's true characters.
 

 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: RIP Dot-A-Rock & The Jacka, Flip with Phat Kat & Elzhi, DJ Rob A with Masta Ace + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2015 11:34am | Post a Comment
Tragic news for Bay Area rap fans this week when they learned that popular longtime Bay Area rapper Dominic "The Jacka" Newton was shot and killed in East Oakland on Monday night (Feb 2nd) - the result of a bullet wound to the head. 

According to reports the 37 year old, Oakland based, Pittsburg, CA born hip-hop artist died doing what he loved most: rapping and freestyling with a group of seven hip-hop friends of his sitting in a van - The Jacka was standing outside beside the van when the shooting took  place. A very prolific artist, who has released numerous solo projects and collaborative projects (he's worked with everyone), The Jacka was a constant best-seller at the two Bay Area Amoeba Music stores including such releases as his 2009 Freeway collaboration Highway Robbery and his 2009 album Tear Gas which remains his best selling album to date (the video for the Traxamillion produced album track "Glamorous Lifestyle" appears below).

  
  
Andre Nickatina (featured in the above "Glamorous Lifestyle") was just one of countless fellow Bay Area artists that The Jacka collaborated with over the years. Others  include Berner, E-40, Guce, Keak da Sneak, and Friscasso The Jeweler (recently profiled on the Amoeblog) while on a national level he's worked with such artists as NYC emcee Cormega, Southern rapper Paul Wall, and Philly rapper Freeway. (Highway Robbery cover right). Ever since the news broke on Tuesday of The Jacka's shooting murder many online commenters have cynically suggested that being a gangsta rapper that he had he had it coming to him (IE: live by the sword die by the sword). However the truth is that while he rapped about the street "lifestyle" and all that went with it - he did so in a non glamorizing way - but in a real observant way.  Those who knew him all describe him a good person and an artist first and foremost. And what a prolific one too!

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Weekly Roundup: Them Are Us Too, Dunes, Birth Defects, Nic Hessler, Gateway Drugs, Jack Name

Posted by Billy Gil, February 6, 2015 09:17am | Post a Comment

Them Are Us Too – “Us Now”

them are us tooCali duo Them Are Us Too call to mind early Cocteau Twins with a more electronic bent, or School of Seven Bells precursor On!Air!Library!, if anyone remembers that cool band. Kennedy Ashlyn’s vocals dance up and down a ladder scale while Cash Askew’s guitar wails around her and little keyboard notes sparkle overheard. The band’s album, Remain, is due March 24 on Dais.

 

Dunes – “Circles”

dunesAnother wonderful dream-pop track comes to us from L.A.’s Dunes. True to its name, “Circles” is somewhat elliptical, starting with cascading, layered vocals and reverbed guitars before moving into silky disco beat and prickly post-punk guitar lines. Dunes’ last album was Noctiluca back in 2012. They’re working on new material now and will play with Roses and Moaning Feb. 16 at Harvard & Stone.

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Dilla Weekend Kicks Off In Miami

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2015 07:10pm | Post a Comment
After years of celebrating the legacy of Detroit's favorite son - the late great, revered hip-hop producer J Dilla - in his hometown of Detroit with the annual Dilla Day, this year Dilla's mom Ma Dukes moves the official main celebration of her beloved son way south of the cold February Motor City to sunny and warm Miami, Florida for not one day but an extended weekend of concerts, parties, and celebrations of her son who died nine years ago on February 10th, 2006. For this year's blockbuster event, that kicks off today (Feb 5th) and runs through Sunday (Feb 8th), there is an amazing line up of artists performing in Dilla's honor.

This impressive lineup includes his old crew Slum Village, kindred producer spirits/friends Madlib and Pete RockMobb Deep, acclaimed new artist Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Tony Touch, Black Milk, ESTA, and Camp Lo. These and many still TBA guests will appear at concerts, BBQs, producer panels, and artist meet and greets.

These events will be held at various venues around the Midtown/Wynwood area of Miami including at The Stage, Bardot, and LMNT. For more information and tickets, both all weekend passes and individual shows (Note: some already sold out), go to JDillaWeekend website that includes all the info on such shows as tonight's opening concert party with Madlib, Kumi, Mr Brown, and DZ at Bardot. Also note that this is the main Dilla event but that there will be many others held over the coming days all over the place including over in the UK. Meantime below are a couple of videos of some classic Dilla tracks. Oh and if you don't already have it in your collection - pick up the recently released Dilla 10" LP Beat Batch series.

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KPOO Live Broadcast From Amoeba SF, 2/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 5, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Kpoo

On Saturday, February 21st, the listener-sponsored, noncommercial, independent and local radio station KPOO will broadcast LIVE from the Amoeba SF stage from 2-6 pm! Join us in welcoming DJ X1 (Old School, Hip-Hop, R&B), McSchmormac (exploring the origins of recorded music with recordings from 1900 to 1950), and DJ Jose Ruiz (Latin Salsa). Come down and shake it with us! There will be dancing in the aisles. 

KPOO broadcasts 24 hours a day to San Francisco, Oakland, and the greater Bay Area. Founded by Poor People’s Radio, Inc., KPOO’s ongoing mission has been to open the airwaves to the disenfranchised and underserved. They broadcasts news, public meetings, election, live events, interviews, public service announcements, and music not heard on any other radio stations. KPOO Radio is run by a volunteer staff.

DJ X1 mcSchmormac DJ Jose Ruiz
DJ X1 McSchmormac DJ Jose Ruiz

 

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