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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 Electronic 12" releases at Amoeba LA- Holger Czukay, Conforce, A Made Up Sound, Dj Koze, Mano Le Tough & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 23, 2010 10:47am | Post a Comment




Holger Czukay
Let’s Get Cool
Claremont 56

CAN's HOLGER CZUKAY releases this 2 track 10" with tracks based on "COOL IN THE POOL," recorded in his home studio in 1979. Quirky with a touch of free jazz horn work. Pressed as a strictly limited 10" on transparent vinyl.













Conforce
Black Stroke EP
Modelisme

The original is a hymnic Detroit-ish tune with a swingy groove and the right strings. KINK & NEVILLE WATSON work out an old school acid house mix in the Chicago vein, and "PRETTY FAR FROM HERE" closes out the record with old school deep funky sounds that are raw.













A Made Up Sound
Alarm
A Made Up Sound

A MADE UP SOUND brings 2 tracks of bangin' beats! "ALARM" is a punchy tune with synth stabs, moody pads and a swaggering rhythm. "CRISIS" on the flip is all about restraint. Thick house-not-house beats and a thumping acid bassline. This is a killer 12".

Listen to "Crisis" here:

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/23/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 19, 2009 03:38pm | Post a Comment
 
New Techno/Electronic 12"s Coming This Week:

DJ Koze
MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12" 
LTD001

White label remix 12" from GET PHYSICAL's DJ KOZE. One side is his minimal smokey remix of ELVIS PRESLEY's cover of "FEVER" -- techno meets cafe jazz. The other side is a chopped up minimal remix of MICHAEL JACKSON's "BAD."


Aphex Twin
DUMB DAN REMIX 1-SIDED 12"
APX101 

1-sided remix of "ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH" done by DUMB DAN (who also remixed JUSTICE vs NEW ORDER and DAFT PUNK recently). As an added bonus it's pressed on clear vinyl!    


Boys Noize JEFFER-MODESELEKTOR RMX 12" BNR038 

Excepter 
FRKWYS VOL. 2 EP 12" FRKWYS02

Flying Lotus 
WHOLE WIDE WORLD 12" RAMP016

Fever Ray 
IF I HAD A HEART REMIX 12" RABID38T

Fever Ray 
WHEN I GROW UP REMIXES 12" RABID40T 

MFA 
THROW IT BACK 12" 26BC      

New Electronic CD Releases 8/14/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 14, 2009 05:47pm | Post a Comment

DREHER & SMART
Wandertag
3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)

"There is for sure no lack of electronic music producers in the German capital, but in contrast to most of their colleagues, Dreher & Smart were really born in Berlin, which becomes obvious already after the first verbal exchange. In the beginning of February they left their urban sphere and headed towards day. Through snow-covered forests and past frozen lakes, they finally arrived at the cozy Dacha on the ground of Fusion festival where the Fortschritt3000 crew welcomed them very heartily. Little by little, more and more guests arrived and the evening became more and more frisky and social. And so, Dreher & Smart soon unpacked their music machines and serenaded the audience. They set all the experiences from their eventful day to music and so also the recording became very entertaining and exciting. On a continuously forcing groove, varied sound constructions unfold, which lead from trippy-minimal deepness over hypnotic melodies and through huge reverb rooms to distinctive percussive take offs. The unobtrusive reactions from the dance floor mixed into confer Wandertag its authentic live atmosphere and increase the anyhow very strong pressure of this recording." - 3000˚


IAN SIMMONDS
The Burgenland Dubs
MUSIK KRAUSE (GERMANY)

Relocated from Wales to Jena, Germany, Ian Simmonds (aka Juryman) is responsible for pure innovation on the electronic scene. He left London in 2005 and began a new chapter in the East German province of scenic Jena in Thuringia, recording The Burgenland Dubs in the old Castle Wendelstein in the middle of the vineyard region in Unstrut Valley in Burgenland Saxony-Anhalt. Working in an environment with faulty heating, rotting old windows, and two hard winters that set ice crystals in his beard, Simmonds toiled in his castle like a sorcerer in his spiritual craft, revealing an album filled with maritime dimensions, rhythmic, lyrical moments, dramatic beat wizardry, and orchestral presence. This album also demonstrates a swinging, acoustic flight of traditional instrumentation paired with modern electric sonic culture. He also doesn't shy away from soul and jazz, and possesses a smooth British breakstep sense and even the depths and straight lines from Detroit. His sound began on the bass with the extraordinary combo, Sandals (1992-1994), whose proliferation anticipated British-isle club innovation. As Juryman, Simmonds began to merge modern music with traditional. From there came unbeatable productions in the form of 12" remixes, albums on renowned labels like SSR, Ntone, Studio-K7!, Pussyfoot, G-Stone, Compost, and more. The Burgenland Dubs is pure beat-fiddling sound research plus orchestral radiance and moving, warm peak-time brush-strokes for the home or club.

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 06/26/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 21, 2009 08:10pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Miss Kitten & The Hacker 
PARTY IN MY HEAD 12" BIZZ7

Fresh out of the traps and hot on the heels of MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER's "1000 DREAMS" springs "PARTY IN MY HEAD" -- one of their best. Also contains remixes from MR PAULI (CLONE/VIEWLEXX), THIEVES LIKE US, and KIKO. Hi-NRG, 80s indie electro party stompers on one 12".

Peak 
DARKSUITE-SOULTOURIST REMIX 12" ORN008 

New limited ORNAMENTS from PEAK! Three cuts of quality, dub-influenced deep house & techno, including a remix from SOULTOURIST (DRUMPOET COMMUNITY) and YOUANDME. Vinyl release ONLY, and even though we don't know for sure, it's probably pressed on marble wax. You know how ORNAMENTS does it.

Fort Knox Five FOUNDATIONS EP 12" FKXP000

Fort Knox Five RADIO FREE DC RMX #4 12" FKX017 

Medusa Edits REFLECTION SERIES #3 12" ME003

Rephrase CHASE YOUR TAIL 12" REPHRASE001

Rephrase JELLY JAM REMIX EP 12" REPHRASE003

Sly Players ARTIST SERIES 8 12" GG16 

Assembly Line FALLING BACK EP 12" CCR007

Beatstalkers MODERN STALKING EP 12" FFM002

Bonaparte VS Markus Lange ANTI ANTI 12" FMO0905 

Depeche Mode ACAPELLA ALBUM LP DMACCLP

Dimlite QUIZ TEARS 7" AC7X7X0 

Heavy FeeSASQUATCH EP 12" PASA050 

Kenny Larkin SKETCHES EP-SHLOMI ABER 12" BAO018 

Modernaire FAITES VOS JEUX 12" ROXOUR005   

Sally Shapiro MIRACLE 12" PERMVAC037 

Various ALL NIGHT LONG EP 3 12" AUS0921  
 
 
 


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