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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/21 - Panabrite LP, Monolake, Barker & Baumecker, John Tejada, Vakula, Conforce & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 22, 2012 06:55am | Post a Comment
Panabrite
Soft Terminal LP
Digitalis

Panabrite is the project of Norm Chambers -- not a household name to most people, but for those who have been reveling in his music for the last few years, he is absolutely adored. He is also, we should add, the man responsible for one of the most-loved synth albums of the last few years, although that's a journey he took incognito and we just aren't at liberty to divulge that identity quite yet. Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as just another Kosmische record, but that's just the surface dressing. There is something deeper happening here: vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing another aspect of Chambers' production prowess. The thing with Chambers, is that he has an innate ability to write richly-textured, melodic compositions that have as much in common with vintage electronic library music as they do with minimal synth-pop and '70s prog. Soft Terminal opens with "Rainbow Sequence" and "Index Of Gestures." The former remains understated, moving simply and slowly while pulling open the curtain on the rest of the album. With "Index Of Gestures," Chambers opens up the sequencers and lets them fly. Dizzying passages resonate and when the piece finally feels like it will lift off, he tightens the reins and dives straight into an underwater sequence. But that's only a small part of the story. "Janus" opens with finger-picked guitar arrangements augmented with synth chords and rising leads. The guitars return on "Sound Softly" while Chambers' ghostly, robotic vocals float away unscathed. On "Beta Axis Terminal," pointillist tones flutter in and out before sharp, sequenced chord progressions overtake them. As the piece continues to build, vocoder hovers above thickened basslines and you feel lost in a dystopian sci-fi novel. But ultimately, Chambers' pop sensibilities are most evident on the mini-masterpiece, "Camembert Symphony." Pushed along by the constant thrum of a drum machine, multiple melodies are interwoven, wrapping themselves tightly around you. Each soaring synth glues the song deeper into your mind before fading away into the sonic ether. Cut to vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 500 copies only.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Best Electronic Albums of 2011 - Andy Stott, Roll The Dice, Morphosis, Tin Man, Demdike Stare, Omar S & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 29, 2011 03:29pm | Post a Comment
Andy Stott
We Stay Together / Passed Me By
Modern Love

Many electronic artists are entering a compelling new phase of progression and evolution, like Andy Stott, Rene Hell, Demdike Stare, Raime, and the Sandwell District roster -- and have crafted out their own hauntological niche in the modern music world. Brooding, visceral, and encompassing like a thick veil, sounding of a darkness that speaks psychically to the lonely silhouette of a dancer in the shadows of a warehouse party long after the crowd has dispersed. Slow, syrupy syncopated beats that are swirling in some sort of autoerotic blackhole, something like a VHS of loops thrown into a compression chamber. This music might slowly shut down your nervous system before transcending into brightly gaseous atmospheric bliss. Andy Stott mines in the deepest voids of sound and texture to craft what is at once real yet incredibly uncomfortable and subconsciously recessed in the depths of our emotions. Bondage wrapped electronica for those who wish to explore those existential darkrooms.

Purchase We Stay Together / Passed Me By here:


Morphosis
What Have We Learned
Delsin

This experimental techno free-form jam makes for one of this years best electronic albums. Recorded in only two days Rabih Beani has created a masterpiece that oozes with emotion and strays from traditional production methods and styles. The result is 10 tracks of abstract techno filled with dark kraut influenced bliss. Essential listening.

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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/25 - Genius of Time, Conforce, Pearson Sound, Move D, Dog Eat Dog & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 25, 2011 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Genius of Time

Drifting Back
Royal Oak

After Space Dimension Controller, the Clone Royal Oak series is coming with another young talent. This time it's Swedish Genius of Time, known for their debut release on Aniara records. Three takes on classic house music done by young producers in their unique, almost serene style that reveals their nordic roots. Genius of Time shows that house music can still sound fresh.

Purchase Genius Of Time - Drifting Back here



Pearson Sound

NSWL007
Night Slugs

Two white hot remixes by Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman on the Night Slugs White Label series. This guy is one of the hottest (and more importantly, best) producers around just now. STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION.

Purchase Pearson Sound - NSWL007 here





Conforce

State of Mind
Clone

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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/29 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Marko Furstenberg, Phonique, Isolee, Luke Hess, Holger Zilske & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 29, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment



MARKO FURSTENBERG

Counter Mode EP 12"
Artless

The Mojuba sub-label brings you two new tunes from the vaults of dub techno ambassador Marko Fürstenberg. These two tracks of pure dub techno magic build a seamless connection to his previous releases and capture the special sound and feel of a true Fürstenberg track -- how it can only be done for this label.

Listen to "070120" here:





PHONIQUE

Perfect Stranger 12"
Dessous

"Perfect Stranger" is taken from Phonique's album Kissing Strangers (DES 015CD) and is a powerful modern house cut reflecting the many elements of Phonique's intricate sound. Blending raw, soulful throw-downs with tight and crisp next-level production, perfect for those late-night moments when rave is the only option. Phonogenic & Sasse carefully craft an ear-tingling remix -- ever so funky, clear and direct. Guti remixes "Perfect Stranger" into a roaring percussive journey, full of tumbling congas, dramatic fills and fx.

Listen to Phonogenic & Sasse remix here:


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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/07 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Shed, Barker & Baumecker, Conforce, Lawrence, Holger Czukay, Skudge & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 7, 2010 05:55pm | Post a Comment

SHED
Traveller
(Ostgut Ton)

This is the second full-length release for Berlin-based DJ/producer Shed. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned-out escape into the safe haven where perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but rather it's an ode to the heart of electronic dance music that still pumps loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early '90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you've had your time. Needless to say, Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music's perfect key moments. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the "anything goes" cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism; instead, it is simply an example of untamed fascination for sound. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo right in the face. Again and again, Shed pulls little melodies from the depths of his studio and lets us discover our enthusiasm for the moment anew. He applies breakbeats bearing more history than the 909 bass drum where the 4/4 attack would have been the obvious choice, grants grandpa acid only a brief yet overwhelming guest appearance and deals with minimal dance music's heritage in a completely new, unexplored way. Always present: euphoria. With The Traveller, Shed manages the intangible and translates techno tracks into a shorter, yet crisper format, playing with tempi and moods. And yet each and every beat is right where it belongs, helping to merge every ingredient into an adventurous trip through a night one always dreams of and yet hardly ever gets. The album resonates from start to finish, is full of ideas, speaks dubstep and chooses radical approaches where other producers opt for the emergency exit of the lowest common denominator. The Traveller is the perfect base for everybody still willing to take a chance.

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