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Mahssa's Massive CD Round Up - Theo Parrish, Walls, Plaid, Lawrence, DJ Shadow & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 7, 2011 05:05pm | Post a Comment
Theo Parrish
Theo Parrish
Ugly Edits
Ugly Edits 



Hello world, they're here. Unavailable for like, ever, now in one package complete with a hand-painted cover. Theo Parrish is one of Detroit’s most wanted exports especially in the past few years, but not too long ago, like many future techno-rebels that came before him, he was just another hustling Detroit DJ trying to make waves in the shadow of the city’s rich techno history. His indelible mark on the underground were highly limited, hand-labeled bootleg edit records of some of his favorite classic funk and disco tunes. The series of edits appropriately titled Ugly Edits, became highly desired rarities on the DJ and collector’s circuit. Rarities no more... as everyone should and can now hear his versions of Jil Scott, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Freddie Hubbard, and Sylvester edits just to name a few somewhere other than YouTube. Cool.
Lawrence
Lawrence
Timeless

Cocoon  

New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 4/5 - Inward Content, Tin Man, Skudge, Cosmin TRG, Smash TV, Four Tet & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 5, 2011 03:59pm | Post a Comment

Inward Content
Inward Content 2LP
Meanwhile

Meanwhile unveils Inward Content's highly-anticipated album project for 2011. Recorded specially for the label by a couple of highly-regarded Dutch producers, namely Niels Luinenburg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao) made together over the course of a two-year period. Following a string of dancefloor and critical smashes for the likes of Delsin and Ann Aimee, Niels Luinenberg has found a challenging, like-minded collaborator in Mohlao, who debuted for Meanwhile early in 2009 with his neon-lit Ambrose EP. In some ways, this double pack album could be seen as continuing the label's exploration of the "Leuwarden sound," furthering its fascination with the Netherlands crew. And while comparisons to the Conforce epic Machine Conspiracy set from 2010 are inevitable, Inward Content find themselves preoccupied with another area of techno research entirely: inner and outer space. The clue lies in the intriguing name and title: Inward Content -- somewhere in between the rich double meaning lies what is both concealed and self-evident. This is magnificent techno, no-nonsense, driving four-fours, immaculately swung rhythm. A sound informed by heritage. On "Halogen" you find yourself at home on a rain-streaked night-time drive or all day any day on the largest sound systems. The blatant ascetics of "Austere" are simply destined to detonate off concrete, bounce from brickwork. "Quantum Mechanics" transitions into "Continuum Mechanics," which takes us right around the Möbius strip with a softly-growling bass line rising in intensity, insistent, digging bass drum and ever so gradually, inside some mystical inner space, the hi-hats introduce themselves, a delight restrained for several minutes. As we progress from the haunted disembodied vocal on bass-weighted killer "Gravitational Collapse," all appears to dissolve back into itself into "Dust." All-day dance music at its best. All tracks by Niels Luinenburg and Samuel van Dijk. Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering.

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New 12" Releases 11/4 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Goldwill, Tigerskin, Cosmin TRG, Idjut Boys, Magnetic Man, Cos/Mes, Ben Klock & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 4, 2010 11:42am | Post a Comment
GOLDWILL
Discooker 12"
Dessous

Berlin & Schwerin-based nu-breeds-de-jour Goldwill cook up a rather special release as Dessous teeters ever closer to its 100th release. Discooker is comprised of 3 original tracks on vinyl. Sauntering off into the night, "Nachtzug" delivers a tripped-out, jazzy jam that skips between off-kilter house and laid-back disco edit stations. A freaky, warbling synth tone becomes the main destination as skipping beats and warm, coal-fired beats pump throughout.
Listen to "Nachtzug" here:




PHONIQUE VS. TIGERSKIN
Longdrink EP 12"
Ladies & Gentlemen

Phonique and Tigerskin explore their passionate, freaky and funky sides on their Longdrink EP. Phonique throws us two hot ones with "Sandman" and "Longdrink." The former skips through tripping, tool-y and percussive territories while the latter goes all-out with a rolling bass and hedonistic synth passages. Tigerskin's "Loop Back In Time" grows from a rolling drum array into a disco-fueled killer, while "Tony's Riff" is a jazz-based jam with super-funky drums fused with deep house and cutting-edge techno.
Listen to "Tony's Riff" 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.