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The Unmistakable Sound of Allan Kingdom Continues to Blossom on "Lines"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2017 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Allan KingdomBy doubleay

Vocalist Allan Kingdom’s stunning debut album, Lines, should not get overlooked. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised artist dropped the project in early April and it’s surely one of the most exciting releases of 2017 thus far. Kingdom’s uniquely iconic vocals and rap prowess command attention. He was raised on traditional African music and mainstream American R&B played by his Tanzanian mother, and he eventually took to hip-hop acts like Pharrell and Outkast. All his influences were prolific and candidly original, pushing him to develop a distinctly unmistakable sound all his own that only continues to blossom on Lines.

 

 

Allan Kingdom - “Evergreens”

Kingdom’s early one-off singles like “Evergreens” and the powerful “Wavey” featuring Spooky Black garnered him esteem in the digital realm of Soundcloud, while his incredibly inventive 2014 solo project, Future Memoirs, and self-titled collaborative album with the group Thestand4rd (Kingdom, Corbin fka Spooky Black, Bobby Raps & Psymun) solidified him as serious talent looking to break through to higher planes.

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New Electronic/House 12" at Amoeba Hollywood: Innervisions, Cadenza, Robag Wruhme, The Revenge and more...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 5, 2010 12:56pm | Post a Comment


HENRIK SCHWARZ/AME/DIXON

A Critical Mass Live EP 12"
Innervisions

As a result of 2009's "A Critical Mass" tour, Innervisions release two tracks recreated from the recorded live material. The A-side is based on the former Henrik Schwarz hit "Chicago." This new, eerie, bleepy techno version has a touch of early M-Plant production and was recorded during the Flow Festival in Helsinki in August 2009. "Berlin-Karlsruhe Express" is an aquatic Drexciyan house inferno by Henrik Schwarz/Âme/Dixon, and was the highlight of every live show.









ROBAG WRUHME

Dreiklangkrapriolen 12"
Musik Krause (MKR 031)

Robag Wruhme returns toting three nuggets which are somewhere between gentle hardcore with a weakness for horns, and a warm coolness. Dark, complex and almost avant garde. For all intents and purposes, a Lindenberg with Kafka-esque posing on a steamer, turned in the direction of the Ziller Valley. All three have a frugal consumption of a mere 4 liters per 100km, and there is still a healthy acceleration here that is lively and quick.








MARCEL DETTMANN

Dettmann Remixed 12"
Ostgut (OSTGUT 033EP)

In anticipation of Marcel Dettmann's debut full-length, Ostgut Ton presents a remix package of four original tracks, courtesy of Norman Nodge and Wincent Kunth. From the very first bar of Norman Nodge's remix of "Shift," an urgent, pumping charge of fizzing electricity is let loose, letting the arrangement simply flow. More raw energy powers also are throughout his remix of "Unrest." Taking a recognizably metallic Dettmann-forged synth pattern, Nodge's frenetic yet respectfully withheld structure guides you sure and steady through the smokescreen.

Listen to Unrest (Norman Nodge Remix):


LULA CIRCUS
Blumenholz 12"
Acker (ACKER 017EP)

"To sound the bell for the slowly but constantly sprouting spring also in a musical respect, the crew from Acker called for support from the Mediterranean sceneries of Italy: The two operators of the Lula Circus have already pricked up the ears of lovers of flamboyant tech house tunes with their recent releases on Resopal. Matching the season, they are now back to send up the temperatures on dance floors again. 'Waiting For The Sun' to come impatiently, this tracks frisks along on a bouncy bass and prompts dreamy spring fever with breezy- warm panpipe sounds. After that, 'Tears And Ice' makes quite clear where it goes to already during the first bars: Straight ahead! Beyond whipping hi hats and cutting snare impacts, slowly but constantly a piano loop clears its path to the surface. Later on the smoky and outrageously casual rap of a lady adds on and prepares a really explosive departure. The panpipes from the A-side make a perfect meal for Mr. Mollono.bass and so the euphony, in which he launches himself into a remix on the other side of this vinyl, can clearly be heard. Besides his typical, extensive percussion repertoire, also his hypnotic style is unmistakable. Finally the 'Lipstick Gang' comes around in a crunchy and reduced manner, this time it's the rhythmically emphasized voice of a male lending this track a distinct easiness." Acker



MIRKO LOKO

Seventynine Remixes 12"
Cadenza (CADENZA 045EP)

Cadenza presents a special remix package of tracks from Mirko Loko's Seventynine, featuring Carl Craig and Ricardo Villalobos. Craig's remix of "Love Harmonic" stretches to nearly 12 minutes and, following a long, gradual build-up of rolling congas, trademark C2 sawtooth drones slice through a haze of strings. Villalobos' remix of "Takhtok" places the chanting children's choir of the original at center stage, framing them with a velvety curtain of fuzzy synthesizers and shirred, crumpled beats. This is Ricardo at his amniotic best.

Listen to Carl Craig's Love Harmonic remix:








MARCELLO NAPOLETANO

Chicago-Detroit-New York 12"
Quintessential (QUINTESSE 011EP)

Marcello Napoletano has made his name on the circuit: his first 12" and his awesome album on Mathematics show his love of analog instruments and old school house. These 4 tracks reference his early influences and his much-loved sound: Chicago - Detroit - New York! Quintessentials tracks are raw, but they have soul, and that's why Napoletano fits in with this label 100%.









THE REVENGE

Looking up to You 12"
Motor City Drum Ensemble (MCDE1204)

THE REVENGE loops a popular sample into a slow burner that maintains disco vibes while being a heads down house track. GROOVEMAN SPOT on the flip, offering a more trippy version with filters over the main synth & shuffled snares to skip along to.













MARK PRITCHARD

Elephant Dub 12"
Deep Medi MEDI025

This music veteran (JEDI KNIGHTS, HARMONIC 313, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, RELOAD, TROUBLEMAN) drops a thudding, dub heavy anthem in the making, while B-side "HEAVY AS STONE" utilizes a beautiful, soulful female vocal over a lush, abstract track pushing future garage sounds forward.

Listen to Elephant Dub:








TENSNAKE 

Coma 12"
Permanent Vacation (PERMVAC049)

This sampler incl. three exclusive tracks taken from the cd comp: "IF THIS IS HOUSE I WANT MY MONEY BACK," Burners "COMA CAT," "NEED YOUR LOVIN," and "GET IT RIGHT" are all on this house meets disco record. Plus a remix from 6TH BOROUGH PROJECT (CRAIG SMITH & THE REVENGE).

Listen to Coma:







GLIMPSE

If I Was Your Girl 12"
Crosstown Rebels (CRM 057EP)

Crosstown Rebels presents a taste of the sublime debut album from Glimpse. Spiced up with warm, luscious pads and delirious vocals, "If I Was Your Girl" reinvigorates Glimpse's current sound while skillfully imprinting his endearing signature. The original version will only see the light of day on the album, while this EP brings an alternative "Glimpse Beats" mix to the table. Simon Baker reworks the track into a melodic, piano-laden affair, with stabbing epic chords.






ELLEN ALLIEN - Pump 12" (BPC 209EP)

VA: MARCO RESSMANN - Remixed 12" (UY 031EP)

BOYS NOIZE - Transmission RMX Pt. 1 12" (BNR 041ER)

HUGO & MARCIN CZUBALA - Zoo Comunale 12" (MOBILEE 062EP)

ANJA SCHNEIDER - iThought 12" (MOBILEE 063EP)

MOTORCITYSOUL - Deliver Me Remixed 12" (SIMPLE 1046EP)

POPULETTE - Mommy/Daddy 12"

CHRISTIAN MARTIN - Ghosts 12”

ARCHITEQ - GREEN & GOLD DLP TIRK048LP

BEATSY COLLINS - RAY CHARLES RE-EDIT 7" DP007

JINDER - YOUTH BLOOD 12" TBRAD001

KOTEY EXTRA BAND & BOTTIN - HOT RING 12" BFK044

SORCERER - CHEMISE 12" TIRK057

BADAWAI - EL TOPO & DSTRY ALL PRFTS RMX 12" INDEX001

THE BUG - RUN (FEAT FLOWDAN) 12" SWAMP004

ERDEERSCHNITZEL - 4 MONTHS 12" STRIKE1

I.F.M - YES WE ARE EP 12" DPC028

SEAN BROSNAN - SATJAM 12" NEEDW003

New Electronic CD Releases 7/3/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 3, 2009 03:20pm | Post a Comment

PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS

Temporary Suspension
Ostgut

Planetary Assault Systems is the legendary, harder-edged techno project from the UK's Luke Slater, and this is his first full-length effort after more than 7 years. Temporary Suspension is released as a continuous mix of 10 tracks on CD, as well as 6 single tracks on a double 12", and defies any current sound trends. However, Slater himself states that it's "time to bring the funk and intensity back in a new way. Time to open the sound again." In addition to funk and intensity, Slater manages to create an industrial strength and energy that has evolved over the years -- ranging from aggressive techno to very deep and melancholy pieces that still retain an alien feeling. The first track "Open Up" sets the pace for things to come, already, with a driving groove and a thunderstorm of synths cutting through a confusing melody of chimes. Subsequently, the loud and fast "Whoodoo" dives deep into the primordial blend of techno, using an uncompromising, metallic percussion. "Om The Def" takes the foot off the gas pedal, marking one of the album's definite highlights by using an arrangement of bongos and a funky, distorted bass line oscillating between dense and airy aggregate states. "Hold It" is an unbelievably sexy Chicago house stomper reminiscent of a modern version of an Amando track. "Attack Of The Mutant Camels" fascinates with its noise and bleep fest, complete with a decelerated rhythm and a fierce bass line. On "Gateway To Minia" he loses the beat in favor of gloomy ambient synth chords culminating in a cacophony of noise. But the album does not end here, as he brings back the kick on "Sticker Men" one last time with the crowd firmly set in his sights. Luke Slater's sonic vision on Temporary Suspension as a rough and highly energetic sound hardly comes as a surprise, as he has continually tested and pushed his musical boundaries ever since releasing his first tracks in 1989. Planetary Assault Systems has always been Luke's pseudonym for hard and uncompromising techno, and almost all of his releases on Peacefrog have become classics of the genre. Luke has never been satisfied with exploring just one aspect of music, and is well-known for his eccentricity and rebelliousness, aspects that have held his audience captive in his extraterrestrial light-beam of past, present, and future. Heavy, grinding techno cuts that will most definitely rank as the best of 2009.

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