New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 4/26 - ADR, Jacques Renault, Ejeca, Anthony Naples, Silent Servant, Isolee and more!

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ADR - Chunky MonkeyADR

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.

The record's absolute highlight is "Don't Fret", which plays a gorgeous Art of Noise/Badalamenti influenced pad against a trip-hop inspired beat. At the edge of the track, a sample that sounds like a paper cutter whittles away, creating digital scraps for the next visionary.

Buy Chunky Monkey


OTP Party Breaks 7Various Artists

OTP Party Breaks #7

On The Prowl

The OTP/Let's Play House crew and affiliates come correct on the latest installment in the label's "Party Breaks" series. Marcos Cabral is up first, with a boxy proto-house edit that will appeal to fans of Jesse Saunders' "On and On", Sharevari, et al. Kon  is up next, emphasizing a beautiful piano progression for a perfect disco funk edit on the level of his brilliant reading of Sylvester from 2012. OTP co-founder Jacques Renault opens the b-side with Love Reaction, which evokes Frankie Knuckles' more lurid tracks. Finally, Woohoo takes things out with "NIghtwalker", a nuanced, slightly cosmic disco/house edit. 

Buy OTP Party Breaks #7

Ejeca - Frequency


Frequency EP

Last NIght On Earth

Solid EP from the Irish producer/Bicep affiliate. While the A-side appears to ply the drum swing and vocal cut-ups of the 90s house revival, these tracks are more melancholy than your average Local Talk stomper. Opener, "HI Rollin" gains momentum from a looped vocal sample, yet a rich Crumar-esque string synth sets the track apart. The B-side is slightly more referential to bass music, the deep "Nassau Storm" sounds like early-Kraftwerk reimagined by FWD residents.

Buy Frequency EP


Anthony Naples - Ill StillAnthony Naples

Ill Still


The young NYC producer continues his hot streak on this sought-after white label from UK outlet Rubadub. Naples has stated that since his breakout "Mad Disrespect", he's been considerate about which labels he works with and the purpose and feel of reach release. That seems to be the case here - true to white label tradition, this one is meant to put in work. The tracks are built around impossibly catchy loops, joined by the odd melodic progression. The bursts of melody become percussive during a breakdown on "Faceless", and when the kick drops, it becomes apparent the track is Naples' oddball attempt to hit on classic house joy. Limited.

Buy Ill Still


Royal Crown of SwedenRoyal Crown of Sweden



The aforementioned Naples' seems unsatisfied with merely maintaining his own breakneck release pace, and has started a new label, Proibito, to showcase a rising wave of US underground talent. Kansas City producer Huerco the focus of this release (under his Royal Crown of Sweden alias), and he emerges with the tape hiss enhanced dub-house that's made his previous output (through Opal Tapes and Boomkat Editions) so intriguing. "V├Ąttern" sounds like Donato Dozzy reworked by Heiroglyphic BeingL.I.E.S. dudes Steve Summers, Bookworms and Lori Antenes bring the fractured funk for their reworking of "Vnern", which may have come from the same hazy jam sessions that birthed their new Confused House imprint.

Buy R.E.G.A.L.I.A.


PTA - April BoogiePittsburgh Track Authority

April Boogie

Rotating Souls

The Pittsburgh Crew puts on their boogie shoes for their new EP on Atlanta's Rotating Souls records. "April Boogie" is a Moog-driven electrofunk jam, featuring boogie legend Craig Peyton (as previously heard on the group's collaboration with Pittsburgh producer Nicerec). The track bears a melodic complexity that's been absent from previous work, and sounds a bit like a dubwise reimagining of the soundtrack to Beverly HIlls Cop. "Revelation" is an ace, atmosphere strutting edit, while the floating drums on the awesome "Moving 2 Hard" bring Can's "Vitamin C" to mind. 

Buy April Boogie

Lucy and Silent ServantLucy & Silent Servant
History’s Survivors
Mote Evolver
Two side-length techno workouts from the masters of restrained menace, Sandwell/Downwards dude Silent Servant and Lucy, founder of the Stroboscopic Artefacts label. A-side “Dormancy Survivors” is a late-night journey through pleasing dub techno, into alarmist Jeff Mills territory, and out again with digital wind. “Victors History” continues the dark, revisionist theme, with martial drums and string pads ringing a lament into the fog of war.
Buy History's Survivors
Hakim Murphy - Murph Tone Jack SessionHakim Murphy
Murph Tone Jack Session
And the truth in advertising award goes to Chicago's Hakim Murphy. What you read is what you get- four low-end heavy jack trax for the underground. "Smack Sessions" starts with an almost comically heavy kick, soon accompanied by syncopated and clocked Roland-bass. Murphy cycles through all manner of classic drum sounds, intent on demonstrating just how nimble the old machines can be.The rest of the record follows the same template - this is restless, experimental acid house, this is Chicago.
Buy Murph Tone Jack Session
Isolee - AllowanceIsolee
Pristine, live-feeling synthpop from the popular German producer. The A-side is built around a warm but distant Rhodes progression, with expert production touches belying Isolee’s microhouse past. The title track will appeal to fans of Nathan Fake. “You Could Do Your Memories” continues the poignant mood, and may appeal to fans of early-M83. Closer “Wobble” repurposes the producer’s obvious gifts for melody and texture for the dancefloor.
New/Restocked This Week
PHON.O: Schn33/Go 12"
ALLIEN, ELLEN: The Kiss/Need Remixes 12" 
LIQUID PHONK/SELLO: Compost Black Label 98 12"
PEREZ: Cramer 12"
ULM WEST DEEP: Riders of the Lost EP 12" 
TOUCH SENSITIVE: Pizza Guy/Show Me 12" 
COMA: In Technicolor 2LP+CD 
VA: The Lifesaver Compilation CD 
TAZ & AKKA: Synergy 12" 
TIGA: Plush 12" 
VIOLETSHAPED: Violetshaped 2LP 
Perverse/TESLA 12"
Recondite/ACID TEST Red Vinyl (RSD Extremely Limited Release) 
Mathew Jonson/AUTOMATON 12"
Thievery Corp/BULLSEYE SLIPMAT     
Deep Space Orchestra/10 4 EP 12"       
Sepalcure/MAKE YOU EP 12"      
Scott Kemp/NEPTIS 12"     
DJ Marky & Makoto/BLOODY MARY 12"    
Daniele Baldelli/LET'S GET LOST #21 D12"     
Audio Atlas/WINDOW 2 THE WORLD DLP      
Silkie/NECKBACK 12"
Dub Mechz/BROKEN LFO 12"   
Tunnidge/TWENTY 12 12"        
Rory Phillips/MIXED FORTUNES VOL 4 12"    
Duke Dumont & Ame/NEED YOU (100%) 12" 
Black Merlin/SALUTE TO THE LIGHT 12"       
Squarewave/SQUAREWAVE EP 12"    
Billy Ocean/BALEARIC SOUND OF 12"     
Alex A & Tyree Cooper/ ONE NATION 12"    
Radio Slave/TANTAKATAN REMIXES 12"       
DJ Madd/NEVER 2 LATE 12"   
Jorge Ben/BALEARIC SOUND OF... 12"    
Enrico Martini/ROUGH TIMES EP 12"         
Mount Kimbie/CROOKS & LOVERS DLP   
Amir Alexander/EVERYBODY'S BEAUTIFUL 12"  
James Blake/HARD TO FIND DLP         
V.I.V.E.K/OUT OF REACH 12"    
Swindle/FOREST FUNK 12" 
Psychemagik/VALLEY OF PARADISE PIC 12"        
Skeptical/BLUE EYES EP D12"            
Icicle/BNC EP D12"       
Various/WOLF EP 9 12"    
Mario Biondi/THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE 12"      
Technicolour & Komatic/THE SECRET 12"    
Kraak & Smaak/FUTURE IS YOURS PIC 12"          
Citizen/SO SUBMISSIVE 12"          
Calyx & Teebee/STARSTRUCK (PIC DISC) 12"        
Deep Space Orchestra/WE HELD ON 12"          
Clarence Reid(Blowfly)/MISS HOT STUFF 7"   
Footprintz/UNCERTAIN CHANGE 12"           
Total Science/TUNED IN TWO 3LP      
Get Down Edits/VOLUME 3 EP 12"            
Troublemaker/CASH & SIMONE 7"            
DJ Marky & S.P.Y/YELLOW SHOES REMIX 12"       
Hot Chip/FLUTES SASHA REMIX 12"             
Simoncino/OPEN YOUR EYES DLP          
Tim Zawada/TUGBOAT EDITS VOL. 1 12"       
Ed Rush & Optical/WORMHOLE CD