Amoeblog


New Vinyl and CD Releases At Amoeba Hollywood 11/14 - Jacques Renault, Nicuri, Bookworms and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 14, 2014 02:47pm | Post a Comment

VA - Tokyo Impressions

Various Artists

Tokyo Impressions 12"

Junk Yard Connections

So the story goes like this -- Mr. Tophat was shopping at Tokyo's vaunted vinyl output Diskunion and sees a fellow shopper carrying his record. He strikes up a conversation and eventually receives these excellent tracks, excellent house from an island that's still mysterious to many. The real highlight here is Butagoya an ace Detroit beatdown style roller with an odd jazz break in the middle. The final track, Kauboihatto by Okita Takamori is a cool martial post-punk bit.

Buy Tokyo Impressions 12"

 

Jacques Renault - Out Of Sync EPJacques Renault

Out of Sync 12"

Let's Play House

The New York producer and DJ comes out swinging on this one, with the help of analog guru Andy Meecham (Emperor Machine)I Like It is a warm yet alarmist house track, with a big fat analog bassline and detuned piano break. "Make Up's" got a totally convincing italo-arpeggio, which Renault bones out as the track does on -- equally pretty and functional. "M.A.N.'s" more in a '90s, Nu Groove style way, Burrell style catchy deepness.

Buy Out Of Sync 12"

 

Jordan

Division Point 12"

Finale Sessions

The young New York producer knows what's he's doing. With cosigns from Fred PAnton Zap and now Finale's Michael Zucker you may have a good idea of what to expect here -- hypnotic, dubby house tracks. Jordan adds a tasteful minimalism and soundsystem focus to the equation. On the opener, "Night Mask", panned synths and unintelligible vocal samples float in and out of the mix over an insistent bass line and house beat. Eventually some crisp house percussion and dub touches puts the icing on. The title track is all atmospheric synth interplay in a contemplative, sad/hopeful mood, quite beautiful proof that Jordan's one to watch.

Buy Division Point 12"

 

The It - Somebody SomewhereThe It

Somebody, Somewhere 12"

Alleviated Records

Jungle Wonz + Larry Heard on some deep, slightly acidic jams. If you need to read on, I'll say that this is certainly the product of a recessionary America. Jungle Wonz (a.k.a. Harry Dennis's) poetry is not far from the Gil Scott Heron's incisive dreaming, and Heard just reaffirms his national treasure status. "Beauty In A Picture" backs Dennis' reflection on art and perception with some rolling hand percussion and some minimal piano touches to devastating effect. Dance music with a message.

Buy Somebody, Somewhere 12"

 

Marcelus

Shine 12"

Tresor

Refreshing percussive techno blasts from the French producer. This isn't messing around, straight to it with the "Red Dance" rhythm, a clanking, massive thing that will anchor any late night set. "Worship The Bass" is bottom-heavy computer madness, a robotic two-note melody riding a massive kick that's eventually doubled-up. Marcelus does serve up a proper B-side after the immolating start. The title track cleverly layers what sounds like a rusty bell chorus with dubby atmosphere and low-end. It all becomes rather euphoric with some subtle angelic synths creeping in about halfway through. Ethereal, pretty, punishing vibes on one slab of wax.

Buy Shine 12"

 

Neel - Phobos

Neel

Phobos CD

Phobos LP

The respected mastering engineer and one-half of Voices from the Lake emerges with his first full-length statement, and it's a doozy. Phobos is an hour-long ambient dedication to the doomed Martian moon. The sound design is impeccable, the label urges the listener to "play it well" not just loud. 40 minutes of dark ambience emerge into a revelatory burst of strings and finally, a delayed kick. Phobos rewards patient listening, it's a throwback to audiophile records and a time when we weren't fighting distraction from streams and feeds all day and night long. An out-of-body experience of a record.

Buy Phobos CD

Buy Phobos LP 

 

High on Wye Quintet

High on Wye Quintet

Haford Jams 12"

Freerotation

After a seeming eternity in the box, there's been a cool trend towards live jamming in electronic music. The ruling theme of minimalism over the last 10-15 years of dance music keeps these units from entering indulgent, cheesy territory. In the underground, this charge is led by Juju & Jordash and Move D, both of whom appear hear on the Freerotation festival's new imprint. Lovely ambient house textures which culminate in "No Bones Jones" with some space rock guitar which blends into womblike synth. It all coalesces into an outre groove, with small percussive elements being added in real time. Tune in, turn on...

Buy Haford Jams 12"

 

BookwormsBookworms

Compact Visual Nature 12"

Nord

Bookworms, a.k.a. Nicholas Dawson, has burrowed deeper into hardware techno following the release of his excellent L.I.E.S. debut "African Rhythms". This machine mastery reaches it's height to date on "Compact Visual Nature". In a way, this material isn't far from his early work in that it drags a hypnotic melody over the course of an entire track. The difference here is that he evidences a love for Chain Reaction dub techno on "Location Unavailable", for Omar S's roughewn grace on "Outdoor" and plenty more excellent dance music while remaining his own dude. A new day, a new Bookworms.

Buy Compact Visual Nature 12"

 

Torn Hawk -Let's Cry

Torn Hawk

Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time CD

Mexican Summer

It's really a testament to how wide-open 2014 is that Torn Hawk's music has the opportunity to reach such a wide audience. The project of Brooklyn video artist Luke Wyatt, Torn Hawk is shambolic, Durutti Column inflected lo-fi disco not disco. The best tracks here, such as "Under Wolf Rule" seem to soundtrack a lost-VHS with his own blurry read on John Carpenter . It's also quite hopeful, with much melodic soul searching over corroded beats.

Buy Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time CD

 

Joey Anderson, Nicuri - SpectrumJoey Anderson, Nicuri

Spectrum EP

Sound Theories

Nicuri's the next out of New York's abstract deep house scene, so it's only right that he gets his own label. He mints the imprint with an A-side from another producer in the midst of a big year, Jersey house mystic Joey Anderson. Joey's track is cool, but fittingly, Nicuri steals the show. "Somethin Late Last Night" is comprised of typical elements; square wave bass, string pads, jacking perc, even a diva vocal, but the arrangement is odd enough to make it feel incredibly novel. 

Buy Spectrum EP

 

New this week:

Destroyers/LECTRIC LOVE 12"      
Various/ACID THUNDER SAMPLER VOL. 1 12"     
Beats In Space/15TH ANNIV SAMPLER D12"      
Harry Bennett/BODY REMIXES 12"              
Various/LUKE SOLOMON'S UNFNSHD V2 P1 12"     
Jozif/WAIKIKI INCL. REMIXES 12"     
Mefjus/SUICIDE BASSLINE 12"        
Session Victim/SEE YOU WHEN YOU... CD          
Gardens Of God/JURASSIC EP 12"            
Mark E/ACTIVITY 12"       
Dense & Pika/KLANK EP 12"              
Hercules & Love Affair/MY OFFENCE 12"      
Waifs & Strays/JUST DON'T KNOW 12"          
Various/EAST LA SOUL (RAMPART 63-71) CD     
Fabrice Lig/GALACTIC SOUL ODYSSEY CD         
Jaguar Skills & Chords/LUST 12"      
Chase & Status/INTERNATIONAL 12"         
Audio/NIL BY MOUTH EP D12"                     
Orphx/SACRIFICE 12"                      
Adam X/IRREFORMABLE CD               
Adam X/IRREFORMABLE DLP               
TM404/SKUDGE WHITE 008 12"             
Jackmaster Hater/KSTARKE RECORDS DCD        
Hardway Bros/SLEAZE EP 12"