New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 12/11/13 - John Heckle, GB, Legowelt, Move D and more!

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John Heckle - Baiyun Mountain


John Heckle

Baiyun Mountain 12"

M O S Recordings

Heckle x M O S, a match made in heaven. The pairing lives up to expectation. Cactus Jack obliterates with a chunky acid line, new wave snare and subtle guitar lead. Birds of Vertigo is another demonstration of brute force, yet the record's highlight is the title track, which turns some melancholy Juno chords into a shimmering, psychedelic banger. Recommended.

Buy Baiyun Mountain 12"


Nicholas - Let the Music LiveNicholas

The Music Lives 12"

Home Taping is Killing Music

Percolating disco/house rollers from the prolific and tasteful Italian producer. The Music Lives has a classic-King Street feel, building momentum with a skyward bound organ riff and eventually working in moody vocals before ending with a loose percussion jam. The final track leans into a Mahogani-inspired sample cut, all florid Rhodes, disco strings and crack rhythm section holding it down.

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Move D - The KM20 Tapes

Move D

The KM20 Tapes (1992-1996) 12"

Off Minor

Archival recordings that sound like they could have been made and pressed up last week. Of course, we are in the midst of a lo-fi zeitgeist, but these tracks are remarkable regardless of trends. Ovi Reese has a strange proto-electro feel with unidentified synth noises floating in and out of the mix. Hypnotic highlight Picking Flowers for You uses a simple 303 line and wobbly synth tones to nuance a plaintive synth refrain. Closer March of the Cheesecrackers is lighthearted as the title would imply, a short, rudimentary drum track followed by a solitary  deep pad. 

Buy The KM20 Tapes (1992-1996) 12"



GB - Within These MachinesWithin These Machines 2xLP

Within These Machines CD

Gifted and Blessed

Expertly paced full-length statement from Los Angeles' best kept secret. Well, that's not exactly true. FACT and Kyle Hall are fans, but it's obvious from this record that GB is underground because he's developing virtuosic studio skills. So many moods are contained within. Sol sounds like Steve Reich scoring a PBS documentary about hummingbirds. There are a number of tracks that approximate prog through modular experiments. Boogie and library music are also appropriate reference points. But then there is the more evocative, filmic work, such as the unclassifiable Rain Dance and the Carpenter-esque Tesla's Notebook. The album takes a welcome contemplative dip as it winds itself down, with GB burying the most dj friendly track, Made it Through, deep within the 57 minutes of music.

Buy Within These Machines 2xLP

Buy Within These Machines CD


Smell the Flesh

Smell the Flesh

Smell the Flesh 12"


Encompassing hardware based techno from Martin Skogehall aka MRSK aka Fishermen. This is deep, modulating big room stuff for fans of Ancient Methods. An unexpected hint of light slips in via a subtle pad on Closed Walls. Unsettled Conflict has STF wielding a cowbell and title with malice, perhaps copping a move or two from Vatican ShadowHail Congo is the records catchiest and most uncompromising track. 

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Legowelt - Teen RomanceLegowelt

Teen Romance 12"


LIES, newly dedicated to imaginative cover art, is making a late year run of it. Teen Romance has Wolfers in highly focused form, reconciling his analog futurism with the pummeling repetition necessary to make people move. The title track is the best example. A funky bass line, smeared vhs tracking synths, and tom heavy beat function as one.

Buy Teen Romance 12"



VA - Our Beat Is Still New

Various Artists

Our Beat Is Still New 12"

We Play House

Cool, loosely new beat themed ep from the WPH crew. San Soda appears under the Nick Berlin alias and provides a jacking rudimentary track with a vocal requesting psychedelics. Akil Brikha is The Assyrian Lover - the supremely title Ninevah at Night is a beautiful, soundtrack influenced piece with crunchy Linn snare. Red D is Max Erotic, and the martial swing of his "I Only Wanna" is the most reverent to the new beat era. Homages rarely sound this fresh.

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New this week:

BAMBOUNOU: Ignition/Take It Out on Me 12"
MODERAT: Bad Kingdom EP 12"
MOSCA: A Thousand Years' Wait 12" 
SEI A: Make It Work EP 12" 
ORB & LEE SCRATCH PERRY, THE: The Deadbeat Remixes 12" 
INFORMATION GHETTO: Inspiration 12" 
SHANNON, MIKE: Gravitron EP 12" 
DE MEESTER, LOUIS: Alpha Recordings LP
ANDERSON, JOEY: Fall Off Face 12" 
LAWRENCE: Films & Windows Remixed 12" 
DONOSO, RICARDO: One Verse Sharpens Another 12" 
UNKNOWN: I Love the Way/So Special 12" 
SIMS, BEN: Fabric 73 CD 
DREIHEIT: Dreiheit 12" 
THESE HIDDEN HANDS: Marcel Dettman/SHXCXCHCXSH/Old Apparatus Remixes 12" 
AKKORD: Akkord 2LP 
COLO: Holidays 7" 
VA: L.I.E.S. Presents Music for Shut-Ins 2CD
KUNIYUKI: Remix Collection 12" 
OOT & TAX: Acido 12" 
DJ KOZE: Amygdala Remixes 1 12" 
TANAKA, FUMIYA: Dark Pad 2x12" 
PAPERCLIP PEOPLE: The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich CD 
DAZE MAXIM: Drf 12" 
POPULATION ONE: Random Variables 12" 
POLICY: One Last Time 12" 
DJOKO, WILLIAM KOUAM: Deflourished EP 12" 
TRAGO, TOM: The Light Fantastic 2LP 
TEAM DOYOBI: Digital Music Volume 2 12" 
SMELL THE FLESH: Smell the Flesh 12"
UNDER, ALEX: Nao ha Macieiras no pais da Sidra 12" 
BALDO: Choosing Time EP 12"