New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/3 - Tom Trago, Nathaniel X Project, Tin Man, Psychemagik and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 3, 2013 08:28am | Post a Comment

Nathaniel X Project 

Supplement Deux 12"

Under Tones

Reliable deepness from Nathaniel X, whose "prequel" First Supplement moved 2,000 copies. More of the same in the best way possible, with two vocal tracks and two instrumentals. "Just A Dance" contains a narrative that will resonate with clubgoers who won't move to just anything. When the track's narrator moves towards the floor the music picks up with an inspired set of chords. Beautiful track. "Station X" and "You F O (Self)" are terrific NYC-style rollers, the former tastefully using a DX7 sax sounds and the latter cutting up a diva vocal to pleasing effect. "Pathematics" is the record's highlight and has Nathaniel X addressing epic themes of economic disparity, dropping the snare in on the 3 and 4 while strings, harp and percussive bass set the tone.

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Neo - Global NetworkNeo  

Global Network LP

Emotional Response

Another bizarre piece of the Kevin Harrison puzzle, lovingly reissued by Soft Rocks' Emotional Response imprint. Global Network was made by Harrison and Peter Every in 1985, and though the My Life In The Bush of Ghosts and YMO comparisons hold water, this thing is deranged in its own way. Corroded dub horns and eastern melodies feature throughout. "Bete Noire" is creeping dub raga over an infernal stopwatch. "Subt(erranean) Culture" sounds like a midi take on the Suspiria soundtrack. Some of the record's most inviting tracks come later, with "Under the Sun" laying gregorian chant over chilled synth arppegiations. Essential listening for the Mutant Sounds set.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/26 - Rong Music, Juan Atkins/Moritz Von Oswald, Gemini, Moon B and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 26, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment

Rong Music

Originals Vol. 7 CD

Claremont 56

Stunning entry in the essential Originals series. This is the missing Vol. 7, compiled by Ben Cook and Jason Drummond (DJ Spun) of Rong Music. Moreso than the legendary Originals discs compiled by Mark Seven and Sean P, the tracks here are firmly rooted in memory and place. Rong describes Aardvark's "The Return of Rasputin" as a quintessential SF rave track, credits the 1992 F.M. Inc version "Dub Me Anytime" as responsible for his desire to produce, and imparts the stoned wonder of hearing an Electro-Harmonic pedal demo record for the first time. Texas punk iconoclasts Big Boys and SF culture-jammers Negativland feature without interrupting the vibe. 

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Terekke - YYYYYYYTerekke



The mysterious Brooklyn producer returns with his second 12-inch for L.I.E.S. Top-notch dub house. Tape hiss adds to the overall atmosphere and soul samples are given the hauntological treatment. Listen to "Amaze" for an apt summary of Terekke's appeal - a somewhat pedestrian Maze sample becomes an isolated voice on a tripping, analog bed.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/14 - Head High, B-Tracks, Kode9, Mark Ernestus and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2013 08:05am | Post a Comment

Head High- BurningHead High


Power House

Shed returns under his now-infamous Head High alias. Rene seems less bent on destroying the dancefloor this time out, retaining the huge kick but focusing instead on drum swing and reverbed pianos. Corroded percussion and dub atmospherics nuance the King Street/MK-channeling rollers. Expect this one to fly of the shelves as quickly as the vaunted "Rave" release.

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Joey Anderson - Diagram SolutionsJoey Anderson 

Diagram Solutions 


Terrestrial, burbling EP from Joey Anderson on his own Inimeg records. The NJ/NYC producer starts deep with "Musical Tentacles", which works with a insistent bass line to create an subtle peak time monster. "Storm Valley" is more ethereal - Anderson's take on the restrained dub-house sound. "Rise Senth" could have been released on Editions Mego or Spectrum Spools and has Anderson is otherworldy cipher mode in a way similar to fellow NYC house mystic Madteo.

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 6/2 - Delroy Edwards, Levon Vincent, Pye Corner, James Blake and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 2, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment


Delroy Edwards - White OwlDelroy Edwards

White Owl


Gripping new entry for LA's Delroy Edwards. The young producer has all but abandoned traditional house signifiers (as last seen on the title track of his excellent "Heart and Soul" 12-inch for L.I.E.S.). On "White Owl" he explores the sounds with which he's been pummeling dance floors DBX's minimal techno and bug in the bassbin Dancemania ghettohouse. It works ridiculously well. Delroy waits until the final track, "Drop Dead", to introduce the record's most memorable bassline, which has remained in this writer's head for weeks. Amped up 140 bpm ghettotechno "for the working dj". 

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Dolo Percussion

Dolo Percussion 12" 


Max D strips down the aquarium funk of his excellent full length for RVNG Intl. for this limited white-label drumtrax 12" on L.I.E.S. Though Max D's signature New Age/Compass Pointe influenced atmospherics are not the focus here, the pitched toms and human percussion that imbue Max's music with so much character are on full display. The melodic elements simply contribute to the overall crazy rhythm, but the tracks are properly cosmic.

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New 12" Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/22 - Stellar Om Source, Kyle Hall, Willie Burns, Koreless and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 22, 2013 02:04pm | Post a Comment

Stellar Om Source - Elite ExcelStellar Om Source

Elite Excel

RVNG Intl.

Teaser 12-inch for Christine Gualdi's upcoming LP on New York institution RVNG Intl (Max D, Blondes, Sun Araw/Congos). Stellar Om Source's recent Image over Image 12" saw her integrating tough beats into her synth vistas -  on Elite Excel, Gualdi combines raw, adroit drum programming with the time-warp qualities of her earlier work. Everything is in its right place - at 2:30 a pristine C2-esque synth vamp emerges over the hazy acid. The momentum picks up as the track spans on, Gualdi continuing to strike the balance between rough acid techno and synthetic mind-music. The remix finds Kassem Mosse  exploring the cubist funk he pulled off so well on 2D. Buy Elite Excel

Kyle Hall - The Boat Party

Kyle Hall

The Boat Party

Wild Oats

Assured full-length debut from the producer whom many expect to carry Detroit's legacy forwards. What's on display here is not a producer buckling under decades of dance music history, rather, a singular talent who began his career taking risks and continues to double-down. KMFH's use of isolators is unparalleled. The first half of this album holds skittering drum tracks, yet remains compelling due to Hall's nuanced filtering and effects work. "Flemmenup" welds the recent footwork fixation onto classic Detroit electro-styles, while "Crushed" shows the producer can cut a sample alongside legends like KDJ and Terrence Parker. "Finnapop" is a Dancemania tribute which ends in a solid 2:30 minutes of spooling noise, emphasizing the experimental nature of Hall's production and listening (Hall enjoys shopping for outre records at Windy and Carl's "Stormy" records). The final track, "Measure 2 Measure" shows Hall effortless skating around a pair of soul samples, juggling insane hi-hats and morphing the soaring female vocal into an endless, abstract delay trail. There is a perfect sloppiness to what Hall does on the record, light years away from marathon Ableton sculpting sessions.

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