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50 Essential Albums Released in 2012

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for eight years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. This is my extensive list of 2012 releases that I fell in love with or had serious affairs over the past 365 days. 2012, for me, was a surprising and amazing year in music. Nearly all 50 releases here could have been a Top-Ten contender almost any other year, and the Top Ten is full of records that could easily have been #1.



50 Essential Albums of 2012


1.  SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch (4AD) 

The 6-year-long wait was well worth it, as is usually the case with Walker. This isn't the latest indie background music du jour - It's an Absurdist's symphony. Melody is eschewed for repetition, but you still walk away with the damned thing in your head. E-bows, machetes as percussion and disturbing (as well as amusing) scatological metaphors are some of the unlikely ingredients that make up this terrifying (and weirdly infectious) beauty. There's really nothing else like it, so enjoy figuring it out for the rest of your life.  






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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 9/14 - Ricardo Donoso, Silent Servant, John Tejada, Innerspace Halflife, Steffi, Pacific Horizons and tons more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 14, 2012 11:13am | Post a Comment

Ricardo Donoso
Assimilating The Shadow 2LP
Digitalis

In the time since Ricardo Donoso delivered his debut album Progress Chance, he's been pursuing his take on morning music even further. Informed by deep house, slowed-down trance and club influences, this new album unfolds to reveal elaborate sonic labyrinths that emerge out of the burning embers of dance music. Assimilating the Shadow has been designed to be consumed at sunrise, at the party's end. It assembles dark, carefully-considered sequences layered in a way that seems on first listen to be a fusion of opposites. Sacred geometry sets the stage for these intricate, emotional structures, illustrating tonal passages that appear divergent on first listen but which become coherent the further into the album you delve. It's an album that harks back to the beginnings of dance music but which somehow sidesteps the usual revivalist signatures that have become all too familiar in recent years, instead opting for a rhythmically complex variant that echoes early Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster, Manuel Göttsching and Speedy J but with a strange compositional quality quite unlike any of its influences. 2LP deluxe gatefold pressing limited to 500 copies. Mastered by James Plotkin and cut to vinyl by Lupo at Dubplates + Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by Lee Tindall. 

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Silent Servant
Negative Fascination LP
Hospital Productions

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 12/6 - Nuel, Soundstream, Caretaker, Redshape, LFO, Silent Servant, Morgan Gesit, John Daly and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 6, 2011 11:59pm | Post a Comment


Nuel
Trance Mutation LP
Further Records

Recorded in just one week, “Trance Mutation” is a departure from the sound of Aquaplano and one that delves into experimental territory. The result is a beautiful rhythmic and textured journey through the mind of Manuel Fogliata.

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Soundstream
Sound Sampler 12"
Soundstream

One of the most magical & original house projects with deep roots in classic Chicago House offers its multiple facets on one EP .

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Storm Queen
It Goes On 12"
Environ

Morgan Geist returns with his Storm Queen project with another anthemic vocal jam, limited vinyl only release!

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Sandwell District / Downwards Stock @ Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 29, 2010 04:17pm | Post a Comment