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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" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 5/4- Laid, Panorama Bar 03, Axel Boman, Boddika, Christopher Rau, WAX & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 4, 2011 01:09pm | Post a Comment
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Laid 11
Laid

Dial's sub-label Laid presents tracks by UK's Juergen Junker and Lowtec. Junker enters the Laid zone with two deeply-rooted house pieces. Lowtec has always been a main influence on the Dial/Laid family, and here he presents a dirty Rhodes stomper to hit the house floors again. Freaky alert!

Purchase Laid 11 here




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Panorama Bar 03
Ostgut Ton

This is part three in a vinyl series of exclusive tracks off of Panorama Bar 03 (OSTGUT 017CD), compiled and mixed by Prosumer. Hitherto unreleased, the three tracks on this 12" tick all the boxes that make Prosumer such a unique DJ: house in its various identities. Soundstore starts the triptych with frantic fever visions of Chicago's second wave. Steffi slows down the pace with some serious deep house. To close, Hunee teaches you a freestyle lesson.

Purchase Panorama Bar 03 here



Boddika

2727/Sometimes/Soul What/Rubba
Swamp 81

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