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Best of 2015 Picks From The Hollywood Electronic Staff

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 24, 2015 11:07am | Post a Comment

Deepchord

CHRIS

Deepchord - Ultraviolet Music (Soma)

Petre Inspirescu - Vin Ploile (Mule)

Grad U - Redscale 07 (Redscale)

Gigi Masin - Wind (Bear On The Moon Records)

William Basinski - The Deluge (Temporary Residence)

Steve Hauschildt - Where All Is Fled (Kranky)

Celldod

KYLE

Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia - 1989 (Sacred Summits)

Civil Duty - Civil Duty (The Corner)

John Frusciante on his Trickfinger project released on Acid Test

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 5, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment




John Frusciante on his Trickfinger project released on Acid Test


The latest chapter in the electronic evolution of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante sees him utilizing the classic hardware that spawned the eternal acid template under the guise of Trickfinger. “After Below’s” marching beat and ethereal synths flow into “Before Above’s” layered, ascending attack. “Rainover” has a full-bodied 303 groove that becomes more infectious as the track progresses; “Sain’s” complex opening bassline and beats eventually give way to a similarly intoxicating bassline. “85h’s” 4/4 beat hits hard, making it the go-to banger on Trickfinger, while “4:30’s” fluttering synths make it the album’s most headphone-friendly track. “Phurip” ends the album on dancefloor-friendly lockstep three-note groove that you never really want to end. In contrast with his genre-hopping solo releases, Frusciante’s Trickfinger sticks hard to acid house, making it his most focused release yet. With Trickfinger, Frusciante has found his way to a satisfying post-RCHP solo career that speaks to his wide and ever-changing musical talents.

Read the interview at Resident Advisor here.
 

New CD and Vinyl releases at Amoeba 2/6/15 - Quiet Village, DJ Sotofett, Armando and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 6, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Quiet Village - Social Music
Quiet Village
 
 
Phonica Records
 
Revered London vinyl outpost Phonica hosts the return of Matt Edwards and Joel Martin's Quiet Village project. There's a formula at work here, take a hypnotic house groove and then drop insane sample after insane sample on top, pan the thing left and right and let it run for just a little less than ten minutes. This is a simple recipe for a spun audience and it's working here.
 
 
 
Armando - Land Of ConfusionArmando
 
 
Westbrook
 
The acid ur-track, one of the best examples of a form that people are still obsessing over 30 years in. Loose, jacking drums, a randomized TB-303 line that still feels right. No pads, no sexy vocal samples, no bells and whistles, just a couple ways to make you jack.
 
 
 
 
 
TX Connect - Trixxter
TX Connect
 
 
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
 
Might as well stick with the theme, and jump to a 2015 example of a producer tweaking the acid box, in this case, texas freak TX Connect. This is dark stuff with a bit of a New Beat influence, fits in well with other DABJ releases like Jared Wilson's awesome "Unknown Desires". Some dystopic, delayed synths amp up the post-apocalyptic feel.
 
 
 
 
Omar S. I Wanna KnowOmar S.
 
 
FXHE
 
Omar S is back with a big, audacious vocal track. Musically, this maintains some of the chord-heavy optimism of the Romancing The Stone double-pack as well as the Thank You For Letting Me… LP. What's different here is Garcia's vocals, an elongated, lurid come not unlike most mainstream rap verses. It's a fun, sensual track from the most consistent producer in the game. Instrumental on the B.
 
 
 
Garrett David
 
 
Gramaphone Records
 
Chicago, birthplace of house, still boasts one of the most tightknit scenes in the US. Promising locals DJ at the intimate Smart Bar, buy their records at Gramaphone, and generally carry on the city's amazing dance music tradition. It was only a matter of time, then, that the Gramaphone record store began to share its homegrown talent with the world. Here with have employee Garrett David' with the second release on the label, though you may remember him from his release on The Queen as well as his participation in the excellent Bell Boys project. Just good, inventive house music here, I'm partial to the piano stabs and hypnotic pads on Tunnels as well as the dreamy, chill-out B2 "Morning Mantra". Chi-town stand up!
 
 
 
Jamie Paton 
 
 
Emotional Especial
 
Plenty of people hunt for forgotten disco not disco jams from the early '80s, but very few people attempt to actually make them. Jamie Paton makes it look easy. The opening track, "Mad Obsession" is a bouncy bit of tropical house, with a tom loop and some synth washes before some insouciant vocals come in. "Time After Time" is a dancefloor version of some daytime detective show funk, "Drole Model" is cool rainforest dub house. Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay on the production assist, so you know it sounds right.
 
 
 
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A TripDJ Sotofett
 
 
Honest Jon's
 
Fans of the bizarre Sex Tags triangle have had a lot to be excited about this year, with Sex Tags Mania, Wania and Sex Tags UFO firing on all cylinders. Now, Sotofett drops it on us, the collab motherload with an album's full of material running the gamut from ambient to afrohouse. It's killer, as expected. Talented producer Phillip Lauer provides some of the highlights. "JEKS: Space Dub" is a knackered ambient jam, while "JEKS: Nimbus Mix" (no relation to The Orb) is maybe the album's best dance track, with the various mixes of "Nondo" coming in close behind. The whole thing bubbles and scrapes, the most definitive statement to date from one of dance music's true characters.
 

 

Best Electronic Albums of 2014 Handpicked by Matt, Jordan & Oliver

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 18, 2014 09:05am | Post a Comment

Moodymann - Moodymann (Mahogani Music)

Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal radio. Moody gets an assist from Andres on future classic "Lyk U Used 2," a track that has Kenny ably playing a slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on "Have You Ever Been Lonely." Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of "Delia and Gavin" is used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit "Freeki MF" acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies ("Watching U") and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on "Sloppy Cosmic." The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.






Joey Anderson - After Forever (Dekmantel) 

Loosely affiliated with the NYC crew which includes Fred P and DJ Qu, this was the year for the New Jersey building inspector and leftfield house extraordinaire. Most producers attempt to make an album that "flows" together with a solid mix of short, long, ambient and dancefloor cuts. After Forever is so memorable because it dispenses with this rulebook altogether, luxuriously spreading the wings of its own twisted logic. On the LP, nothing is at it seems. "It's A Choice" takes a worried vocal sample and lays it on an equally foreboding atmosphere. "Sorcery" is the closest thing the record has to a club track, but of course it's subverted. The convincing lead and bassline are frayed by some hyperreal percussive elements and cluster piano, like a corroded-VHS recording of a spinning top, barely hanging on in a bizarre and dramatic balancing act.




Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19 (Workshop)


Gunnar Wendel has been operating for some time now like an EU version of Omar S, quietly releasing remarkably consistent sides for Workshop. With that said, the nondescript black packaging for Workshop 19 housed one of the most anticipated releases of the year. KM's double-LP lived up to the hype, offering the absolute best in psychedelic mid-tempo house. The record starts gently, with the first untitled track focusing a nonchalant Rhodes figure and Mosse's trademark shuffling percussion. The songs are patient and hypnotic, constantly shifting, but the b-side in particular drops the hammer with some dubby, melodic future house classics. Bits of acid, Detroit, and the euro masters go in, but in the end, this pleasantly disorienting sound is all his.







Edward - Into A Better Future (Giegling)

The Giegling crew was on fire this year, with mainstays Edward and Traumprinz leading the charge. While the latter opted for ethereal dancefloor EPs, Edward, aka Gilles Aiken, presented his most realized work to date: an album which subtly intertwined krautrock influences with heady techno and house. As such, Aiken felt free to integrate motorik guitars and speak-sung vocals on "Let's Go," but by the end of the record he's dropping ecstatic funk breaks ("Skating Beats") and deadly breakbeats ("Hecstatic"). Into A Better Future is a portrait of a curious producer at the top of his game. The question isn't whether he'll continue to push it, but in which direction.





Mura Oka - Autfakt (Latency)


Just as winter approaches (for those of you on the East Coast), Latency pops up with an album perfect for shorter days, colder nights. This is deep dub techno, a paradoxical mix of humanity and cold alienation, just like the uncanny valley figure on the cover. Mura Oka prefers the slow burn--nary an assault on the eardrums here. Rather, tracks like "990933" poke around the edges of the dancefloor, perfect for the beginning of the night or a subway car zone out. Later, on "Xqdel Eit" and elsewhere, some subtle IDM moves work themselves in, the latest portent of an impending revival.









Juju & Jordash - Clean Cut (Dekmantel)


Hardware aficionados Juju & Jordash return to Dekmantel with their 3rd LP. The duo say that "Clean-Cut is tighter, more honest and there’s less hiding behind a hazy screen of FX." The album is a rollercoaster of tempos and experimentation, but somehow very coherent. The attention to detail in the arrangement and production really shines through and it's quite a journey through their marshland of machine funk.










Roman Fluegel - Happiness Is Happening (Dial) 


The stately Dial sound has been in need of an update for a little while now, and who better to revamp it than the massively talented Roman Flugel. The concept here seems to be accepting happiness, a tall order for an artist and really, anyone living through these dark times. Flugel presents a salve in mannered, playful krauthouse. "Tense Times" updates the Kraftwerk autobahn sound for today's dancefloors, while album highlight "We Have A Nice Life" rides wild leads over peaceful pads. Who says great art has to come from a place of oppression or sadness? For those going through tough times, Happiness... serves as a lovely escape.








Todd Terje - It's Album Time (Olsen) 



It was Terje Olsen's game to lose on Album Time. Naysayers complained that the sprawling prog-disco opus lacked functionality, but what would you expect from a guy who obviously holds Chaka Khan and Quincy Jones in higher regard than any modern producer. This is a capital A album, and it's better for that. The intro is a virtuosic and cheeky triumph, the hits "Inspecter Norse" and "Strandbar" appear in unedited glory, and Bryan Ferry stops in for a midnight ballad. What can't this dude do?









Cloudface - Wyre Drive LP (Going Good) / Untitled LP (Black Opal)


First released in 2012 as a very limited cassette, this eight track mini-album brought the Vancouver-based Mood Hut collective to the attention of the weirdo-dance underground. A mix of home-brewed hardware house experiments and Selected Ambient Works-period Aphex Twin.









New CD and Vinyl release at Amoeba Hollywood 12/10/14 - Theo Parrish, Keith Worthy, Lady Blacktronika and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 10, 2014 02:42pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish

American Intelligence CD

American Intelliegence 3x12"

Sound Signature

The latest album from the Detroit iconoclast. You're pretty much going to buy it or not, the sticker price ensures that, but for those who need a description: American Intelligence, like Moodyman's 2014 effort, attempts to lay out the psychic space of Detroit for a worldwide audience. Parrish's city is far more introspective, often restrained to the fascinating rhythms of his mind. Much of the album is interesting drum + bass (but not drum 'n bass) workouts, similar to Footwork  and his 12" for Trilogy Tapes. Highlights include Welcome Home, which has Parrish subjected to racial profiling on his way home from the airport and Ah (feat. M. Pittman, Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres),  a King Crimson-style slow burn evocative of a bar with red leather booths in some forgotten neighborhood in Detroit.

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Lady Blacktronika - All In VainLady Blacktronika

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