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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/1 - Locussolus, Moritz Von Oswald, Benoit & Sergio, Sven Weisemann, Golf Channel & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 3, 2011 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Harvey presents Locussolus
I Want It 12”
International Feel

Harvey is back with the third and final installment of his Locussolus adventure before his album release. "I Want It" tells the story of midsummer heat that builds into a cacophony of phuture discostep tension and shuddering, dubbed-out synths. "Next To You" finds the Disco Administrator in a slinky mood, with Harvey's crooning bedside manner competing with sultry female vocals. This is liquid funk/nocturnal vibes for lovers, Harvey-style.

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Moritz Von Oswald
Horizontal Structures 2LP
Honest Jon’s

Gatefold 2LP version. This is the third album by The Moritz von Oswald Trio, comprised of members Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound), Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric), and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay, Luomo). This time, the album is enriched and expanded by guitar contributions from Paul St. Hilaire (also known as Tikiman), and double bass courtesy of Marc Muellbauer (via ECM). Horizontal Structures is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, Vertical Ascent. There is more contrast, more light and shade. St. Hilaire and Muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping. The coherence of the five-piece is remarkable, the boundary between acoustic and electronic undone. The group's evolution is firmly signaled in the opener, "Structure 1." There's a lush, romantic quality to the playing and arrangement that has not been heard before: the guitar licks have a bluesy lilt, the bass imparts melody as well as physical presence, the synth sequences are more painterly, looser somehow, and Ripatti's percussion roams feelingly. "Structure 2" is like '70s spy-flick jazz or groove-heavy Krautrock stripped to its barest essence, Loderbauer and von Oswald's electronics glistening in a sticky cobweb of reverb and delay. The languidly stepping "Structure 3" faintly recalls von Oswald's work with Mark Ernestus as Rhythm & Sound, with St. Hilaire's chords hanging thick above bone-dry drum machine drift. Lastly, "Structure 4," the track structurally closest to techno, is pervaded by a sense of mischief, with Muellbauer's strings -- plucked, bowed, scraped -- coming to the fore. For all its complexity, this is also a very playful album, and the Trio's increased confidence and empathy as improvisers allows them to indulge flights of percussive fancy, sudden about-turns, and vectors into the unknown. Horizontal Structures sounds, above all else, free.

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Benoit & Sergio
Boy Trouble 12”
DFA

BENOIT & SERGIO's new ep & DFA debut."BOY TROUBLE" has an exigent beat, a beckoning synthline & bassline of understated funk w/ SERGIO lethargically singing about the ups & downsides of girls. There's also an amped up remix from VISIONQUEST w/ "FULL GROWN MAN" & "WHAT I'VE LOST" on the flip.

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Sven Weisemann

Emphasized 12”
Mojuba

MR. WEISEMANN brings this amazing release to MOJUBA that has a distinct dirtier and basement edge. The title track holds some deep chords and a driving rhythm. "CAPRICE" on the flip is a super stripped tune with a ton of dubbed out elements perfect for chilled out sessions. Quality 12".

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Deaf Center

Owl Splinters LP
Type

It's hard to believe that six years have gone by since Deaf Center's Pale Ravine hit the shelves. In the time that's passed, the distinct melodies of Norwegians Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland have become almost synonymous with a specific shard of mysterious imagery so it feels high time that the duo should return to add a new next chapter to their shadowy story. In contrast to Skodvin and Totland's previous work, Owl Splinters was recorded in a studio setting (Nils Frahm's Durton studio, to be exact), and the lo-fidelity, haphazard techniques of their early recordings are now all but gone. With the benefit of some high-end engineering and analog equipment, Skodvin and Totland's murky compositions have been transformed from sketches into glorious widescreen spectacles. The blackened, scraping tone of Skodvin's strings ring out on the album's opener "Divided" before seismic bass drones push up from beneath with a cacophonous, earthy clarity. This is the same Deaf Center we fell in love with all those years ago, but bigger and more powerful than ever before. Between these epic compositions, the two musicians take time to give their own solo instruments the time to breathe -- Totland on the piano and Skodvin on the cello. These small vignettes are crucial to the overall narrative of Owl Splinters, allowing a crack of sunlight through the oppressively bleak atmosphere. Everything slots into place on the album's centerpiece "The Day I Would Never Have" -- piano and cello tumble into each other, forming a dense, affecting cloud of sound. Echoes of half-remembered horror movies, love songs and the dark arts come together in a Norwegian cauldron to reveal something that at its heart is deeply moving and beautiful. Deaf Center are back, and Owl Splinters might just be their most defining statement to date.

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Richard Sen & Cazbee
Gone Crazy 12”
Mixed Blood

Second 12" from MIXED BLOOD CUTS done by PADDED CELL's RICHARD SEN & CAZBEE and featuring two funky Euro disco re-edits. The orig track was from a new wave band doing dance music in the early 90s now turned into a high energy dancefloor bomb that's moody and atmospheric.

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Sirko Mueller/REEXPLORED 12”
Coyote/REMIX EP 12”
Sid Le Rock/Miso Honey 12”
Mike Dehnert / Before Frame 12”
Rick Howard – Do What You 12”
Unknown/PEOPLE OF EARTH 12”
Reso/VALKEN EP 12”
James What/ABOUT LOVE..TARGET 12”
Tomba/JAWS 12”
Disco Plumber/HOUSE TRAP VOL. 1 12”
Yellowman/ZUNGGUZUNG (HORSEPOWER RX) 12”
Killer Funk Disco Allstars/VOL.5 12”
Martin Buscaglia/JAULA DE MOTOS 10”
Lone/PINEAPPLE CRUSH 10”
Al Kent/PRESENTS AFTER MIDNIGHT EP 12”
Al Kent/PRESENTS THE LIQUID SMOKE EP
Ill Blu/MELTDOWN 12”
Chase & Status/BLIND FAITH 12”
Downlink/BIOHAZARD 12”
Soft Rocks/DISCO POWERPLAY SAMPLER 12”
Francois De Roubaix/COURTS METRAGES DLP
Tal M. Klein/HOUSE ON THE LEFT 12”
Codine/CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS 12”
Mark E/R&B DRUNKIE MASTER 1-SIDED 12”
DJ Nature/WIN LOSE & DANCE 12”
Try To Find Me/GET TO MY BABY 12”
Gala Drop/OVERCOAT HEAT EP 12”
Rune Lindbaek/DISCOFIL PRESENTS 12”
Roy Ayers & Bah Samba/POSITIVE VIBE 12”

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