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Mahssa's Massive CD Round Up - Theo Parrish, Walls, Plaid, Lawrence, DJ Shadow & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 7, 2011 05:05pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish
Ugly Edits
Ugly Edits 



Hello world, they're here. Unavailable for like, ever, now in one package complete with a hand-painted cover. Theo Parrish is one of Detroit’s most wanted exports especially in the past few years, but not too long ago, like many future techno-rebels that came before him, he was just another hustling Detroit DJ trying to make waves in the shadow of the city’s rich techno history. His indelible mark on the underground were highly limited, hand-labeled bootleg edit records of some of his favorite classic funk and disco tunes. The series of edits appropriately titled Ugly Edits, became highly desired rarities on the DJ and collector’s circuit. Rarities no more... as everyone should and can now hear his versions of Jil Scott, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Freddie Hubbard, and Sylvester edits just to name a few somewhere other than YouTube. Cool.
Lawrence
Lawrence
Timeless

Cocoon  


 
Sure the techno mix CD might seem to some as a maligned format. But as long dope jams like these keep coming, well, better this than most. The port city of Hamburg is not only Germany's gateway to the world, but home of DIAL label boss Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence which he runs with Carsten Jost, quality brand for all value-conscious cultivation of high-quality melancholy Techno. In a fit of celebration and after seven albums under his producer aliases Lawrence and Sten, his vision of sound (especially as a DJ) is manifested in his new mix, TIMELESS. Crafted with a kind of instinct only a seasoned producer/DJ upholds, and in flawless role reversal from spectator to participant, a romanticism of clubbing and its relation to electronic dance music as a crucially timeless sensual component is vivid and alive. Milestones of minimalized deep house are found here, cuts by Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Isolee, Rob Hood, and Thomas Melchior/Baby Ford to name a few.

Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Macrospective
Macro



Welcome to the first Macro label compilation, where first hand you can reap the awesomely weird fascinations of all things left-of-techno-field, as groomed by these avant-gardeners. In this world it is normal for minimal techno patterns and rhythms be paired with atonal choir chanting, or being inspired to stich 146 sections from over a dozen classic recordings of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps in order to create a "fully realized" version. Features cuts and remixes by Oni Ayhun, Elektro Guzzi, Oliver Ho, Villalobos, and Goldmann himself. Impressively at the forefront of everything stylistic, and perpetually cool, Macro has musical material and inspiration to be seriously reckoned with and celestially absorbed.

Plaid
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Warp
                                                                                                                                                                       
Warp Records is undoubtedly the worlds leading electronic brand of quality, and not so much quantity. And ill gladly wait 1-15 years for a new album by Seefeel, or in this case, Plaid. In this piece of sonic sci-finery, the main thing (out of all the cool things one can say about this album) is hearing how the ideas you hear in modern dubstep have their roots in and with these classic artists... old school Artifical Intelligence and UK post-techno. Its also interesting to hear how the modern dubstep sound has also influenced the old order. Generations melding. Speaking of the old order, there are also some cuts here that still runs hot with IDM in a true to from 90s Warp steez, reminiscent of not just Plaid/Black Dog's early days but also of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Generously melodic and even poppy at times, this is a wonderful Plaid album, with chamber instrumentations and Stereolab-isms to boot.

 

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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 4/5 - Inward Content, Tin Man, Skudge, Cosmin TRG, Smash TV, Four Tet & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 5, 2011 03:59pm | Post a Comment

Inward Content
Inward Content 2LP
Meanwhile

Meanwhile unveils Inward Content's highly-anticipated album project for 2011. Recorded specially for the label by a couple of highly-regarded Dutch producers, namely Niels Luinenburg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao) made together over the course of a two-year period. Following a string of dancefloor and critical smashes for the likes of Delsin and Ann Aimee, Niels Luinenberg has found a challenging, like-minded collaborator in Mohlao, who debuted for Meanwhile early in 2009 with his neon-lit Ambrose EP. In some ways, this double pack album could be seen as continuing the label's exploration of the "Leuwarden sound," furthering its fascination with the Netherlands crew. And while comparisons to the Conforce epic Machine Conspiracy set from 2010 are inevitable, Inward Content find themselves preoccupied with another area of techno research entirely: inner and outer space. The clue lies in the intriguing name and title: Inward Content -- somewhere in between the rich double meaning lies what is both concealed and self-evident. This is magnificent techno, no-nonsense, driving four-fours, immaculately swung rhythm. A sound informed by heritage. On "Halogen" you find yourself at home on a rain-streaked night-time drive or all day any day on the largest sound systems. The blatant ascetics of "Austere" are simply destined to detonate off concrete, bounce from brickwork. "Quantum Mechanics" transitions into "Continuum Mechanics," which takes us right around the Möbius strip with a softly-growling bass line rising in intensity, insistent, digging bass drum and ever so gradually, inside some mystical inner space, the hi-hats introduce themselves, a delight restrained for several minutes. As we progress from the haunted disembodied vocal on bass-weighted killer "Gravitational Collapse," all appears to dissolve back into itself into "Dust." All-day dance music at its best. All tracks by Niels Luinenburg and Samuel van Dijk. Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering.

Purchase Inward Content here



Tin Man
Devotion 12”
Salon Records

Single from the upcoming album on Salon - "Devotion" is an ultra deep affair with Tin Man's signature vocals. Tobias Freund remixes "Love Sick" for an atmospheric acid cut. "Lost In LA" sees a brilliant remix from Antislash.

Purchase Tin Man - Devotion here





Cosmin TRG
A Universal Crush 2x12"
Rush Hour

Cosmin TRG drops his third release for Rush Hour, this time a 4-track EP. As he moves away from his dubstep/funky roots, he heads more towards 4-floor techno and house; yet, he keeps his crisp drum programming and sharp synth lines, which makes his productions sound fresh and gives them a future feel. With this release, Cosmin TRG proves that house music still can be an inspiring and amazing genre of music.

Purchase Cosmin TRG - Universal Crush here




Smash TV
World Wide Wet 12"
Leena

Smash TV's Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner have been in the game for quite some time, yet this is their first release on Leena. With releases in the past on labels such as BPitch Control, Diynamic and Get Physical, now they are here to present World Wide Wet! All three tracks come with the producers' high-energy dancefloor trademark, while, in spite of its suggestive title, "Eating Bullets" takes it a bit deeper and gives you some space to kick back to.

Purchase Smash TV - World Wide Wet here




Skudge
Phantom 2LP
Skudge

Full length double LP from Stockholm's biggest sound, Skudge. Formed in the summer of 2009, the duo has moved out of near anonymity to become precious favorites of deep, warehouse-styled house and techno fans. Their output to date has molded together classic ideas and modern aesthetics with a keen sense of minimalism: their looped soundscapes are often bare, but never lacking, and the intersection between house and techno seems to be the point at which the duo most often find themselves. As a result, that's the area most explored on their debut album, Phantom, which conjures up exactly the sort of adjectives you should imagine, given its title. It kicks off with eerie chambers of grainy sound, synth melancholy and frosty mists that hang in a beatless air for just over three minutes. From there the thumping beats swing until the end of the album -- sometimes accompanied by a little trippy sonic color, sometimes devoid of anything but filters, echo and decay, and sometimes paired with cavernous claps, but always with a solid, ground shaking resonance and, more importantly, a noticeable analogue vitality. Although the bold forms Skudge produces are optimized for maximum dancefloor impact, there's also a deftness to their designs: sounds and vocal snippets are subtly, selectively employed to imbue each loop with an extra infectious sense of swing; or to underline a groove or accentuate an emotion. Once you enter into Phantom, you'll be in no hurry to get out the other side.

Read my exclusive interview with Skudge here!

Purchase Skudge - Phantom here




Tiger & Woods
Girls Like Boys 12"
Burning Spears

A favorite from one of their recent podcasts, TIGER & WOODS bring this mysterious disco track to a limited one-sided 12" that many have been on the hunt for. Cut and spliced, this tune carries a funky groove with choppy vocal bits and a serious bump. 500 copies with etched flipside. Tip!

Purchase Tiger & Woods - Girls Like Boys here





FaltyDL
Mean Streets Part One 12"
Swamp 81

Extremely limited pressing on 180g vinyl with full pic sleeve! One of the most hotly tipped producers on the electronic underground graces LOEFAH's SWAMP 81 label with a lush 3 track EP of soul and downtempo sounds on the first 2 cuts, and a 3rd of retro/futuristic beats. Miss at your peril!

Purchase Falty DL - Mean Streets here





Four Tet / Caribou
Pinnacles/Ye Ye 12”
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The A-side's "PINNACLES" by FOUR TET moves effortlessly along an extended house groove before the intro of some gorgeous spiritual jazz piano. "YE YE" from DAPHNI (aka CARIBOU) is a dancefloor nugget with 4/4 rhythms and dirty techno chords. Extremely limited stock!

Purchase Pinnacles here




Poolside
Do You Believe 12”
Future Classic

This is the debut from L.A. production duo Poolside with their tune "Do You Believe?" Big piano keys, whispered vocals, a light drizzling of 303 acid served at 105 bpm over a thick summer disco groove, with remixes by Jacques Renault featuring Tiffany Roth from Midnight Magic, James Curd and Cosmic Kids. It was debuted by Aeroplane in their January 2011 mix for BBC Radio 1.

Purchase Poolside - Do You Believe here





CHRISTIAN BURKHARDT: Stopover Goa 12"
JACEK SIENKIEWICZ: On The Road Again 12"
CLAPZ II DOGZ: Clapz II Dogz EP 12"
SOLOMUN: Love Recycled EP 12”
FOG: Diggler's Romance 12"
MODESELEKTOR (FEAT. NAZIZI & ABBAS): Monkey Flip 12”
ARTTU: Fear Diluted 12"
PELE & NICO STOJAN: Belladonna 12"
JONNY ROCK: Edits 12”
HUMANDRONE: WPH Yellow 12"
NICOLAS JAAR: A Time For Us/Mi Mujer 12"
GREG PAULUS: Nightime EP 12”
VA: Various Artists #1 - 2010 12"
MARLOW/SCREEN AGE: Love Kills Slowly/What You Do To Me 12"
Snoretex/STRANGE AEONS SJU REMIX 12"
97 Upbeats/TOR (AUDIO REMIX) 12”
Rusty Egan,J Kohncke & Bottin/ATZARO 12”
Trap.Avoid/PRESENCE NICK CHACONA RMX 12”
33HZ/UNDER THE SUN PRINS THOMAS RMX 12”
Various/SUPER SOUND SINGLE VOL. 4 12”
Various/DISCO BOOGIE CLASSICS VOL 1 12”
Drop Out Orchestra/PART 1 12”
Moodymann/I CAN'T KICK THIS FEELING 12”
Double Hill/WANNA GET 12”
They Live/CANCEL STANDARD LP
DJ T/BURNING FT NICK MAURER-REDSHAPE 12”
Max Sedgely/SUPERSTRONG 12
Moodymann/IT'S 2 LATE 4 U AND ME RMX 12”
Noni/BE MY FRIEND 12”
Stanton Warriors/NEW YORK 12”
Daphni Edits/VOLUME 1 12”
Unity Love Vibe/INFO TRAC-DOOM LOOP 12”
Stac/GLORY ASHLEY BEEDLE REMIX 12"

New 12" Releases 11/4 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Goldwill, Tigerskin, Cosmin TRG, Idjut Boys, Magnetic Man, Cos/Mes, Ben Klock & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 4, 2010 11:42am | Post a Comment
GOLDWILL
Discooker 12"
Dessous

Berlin & Schwerin-based nu-breeds-de-jour Goldwill cook up a rather special release as Dessous teeters ever closer to its 100th release. Discooker is comprised of 3 original tracks on vinyl. Sauntering off into the night, "Nachtzug" delivers a tripped-out, jazzy jam that skips between off-kilter house and laid-back disco edit stations. A freaky, warbling synth tone becomes the main destination as skipping beats and warm, coal-fired beats pump throughout.
Listen to "Nachtzug" here:




PHONIQUE VS. TIGERSKIN
Longdrink EP 12"
Ladies & Gentlemen

Phonique and Tigerskin explore their passionate, freaky and funky sides on their Longdrink EP. Phonique throws us two hot ones with "Sandman" and "Longdrink." The former skips through tripping, tool-y and percussive territories while the latter goes all-out with a rolling bass and hedonistic synth passages. Tigerskin's "Loop Back In Time" grows from a rolling drum array into a disco-fueled killer, while "Tony's Riff" is a jazz-based jam with super-funky drums fused with deep house and cutting-edge techno.
Listen to "Tony's Riff" here:


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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/07 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Shed, Barker & Baumecker, Conforce, Lawrence, Holger Czukay, Skudge & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 7, 2010 05:55pm | Post a Comment

SHED
Traveller
(Ostgut Ton)

This is the second full-length release for Berlin-based DJ/producer Shed. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned-out escape into the safe haven where perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but rather it's an ode to the heart of electronic dance music that still pumps loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early '90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you've had your time. Needless to say, Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music's perfect key moments. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the "anything goes" cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism; instead, it is simply an example of untamed fascination for sound. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo right in the face. Again and again, Shed pulls little melodies from the depths of his studio and lets us discover our enthusiasm for the moment anew. He applies breakbeats bearing more history than the 909 bass drum where the 4/4 attack would have been the obvious choice, grants grandpa acid only a brief yet overwhelming guest appearance and deals with minimal dance music's heritage in a completely new, unexplored way. Always present: euphoria. With The Traveller, Shed manages the intangible and translates techno tracks into a shorter, yet crisper format, playing with tempi and moods. And yet each and every beat is right where it belongs, helping to merge every ingredient into an adventurous trip through a night one always dreams of and yet hardly ever gets. The album resonates from start to finish, is full of ideas, speaks dubstep and chooses radical approaches where other producers opt for the emergency exit of the lowest common denominator. The Traveller is the perfect base for everybody still willing to take a chance.



BARKER & BAUMECKER

Candyflip 12"
(Ostgut Ton)

Andreas Baumecker and Sam Barker make up a production partnership closely founded upon their love for more experimental dance sounds. Straddling the boundaries between emotional, classically-inspired techno and heavy broken beat electronics, "Candyflip" is a wonderfully analog-sounding tribute to years in the underground. Echoes of the past resound throughout this moody epic while stark, futuristic elements urge it forward. Stepping into "The Hole," a darker sound takes precedence, as a deep, tripping techno jam unfolds from the pair's machines.





CONFORCE

Grace EP 12"
(DELSIN)

Delsin is proud to present a first EP by Boris Bunnik, aka Conforce. Like fellow Dutch techno talent Delta Funktionen, Conforce is also from the northern parts of The Netherlands. After two debut EPs on Rush Hour and releases on Curle and Modelism, he released his well-received first album on the Meanwhile label. On Delsin, he presents some slick-produced atmospheric tunes in the style of label mates like Quince and D5.







SKUDGE

Overture/Mirage 12"
(SKUDGE)

Skudge make their machine music the old way. They channel these processes into their heavyweight dub sound. The results seem to be working -- another colossal 12".

Listen to "Overture" here:








SEBASTIAN MULLAERT AKA MINILOGUE

Voices Around The Fire 12"
(MULE)

Mule Electronic presents a single cut from Sebastian Mullaert's (aka Minilogue) first mix CD, WaWuWe (MULE 019CD). The title track is in a very similar style to Minilogue -- hypnotic and groovy and a perfect DJ tool for the dark dancefloor. On "Music Becomes A Function," Sebastian shows his more musical side with some ambient house reminiscent of Thomas Fehlmann or Lawrence.








COSMIN TRG/FALTY DL

See Other People/St. Marks Remixes 12"
(RUSH HOUR)

After the individual releases by Falty DL and Cosmin TRG on the RH-DC series, the third release features them remixing each other. They both turn each other's version up a notch, creating some heavy duty dancefloor pressure, while pushing the borders of house, techno, dubstep and rave. Back to the future!

Listen to "See Other People (Falty DL Remix)" here:







MATIAS AGUAYO

Menta Latte Remixes 12"
(KOMPAKT)

Top of Form "Menta Latte" from Matias Aguayo's acclaimed full length Ay Ay Ay (KOMP 076CD/KOM 205LP) gets the remix treatment. Who else could be more perfect to do his own rendition than the maestro of Northern disco Prins Thomas -- keeping the organic sensibility of the original by making it RAW. Acid flirts with bongos and wonky bass in a diatribe of immense magnitude. The results are a tremendous, gallivanting steamroller of a track. Bottom of Form Top of Form.






Holger Czukay
PERSIAN LOVE (GOLD) 12"
Claremont 56

Limited pressing on GOLD vinyl, 2 new versions of "PERSIAN LOVE," his first compositions after parting with CAN. Created by switching a multitrack to 1/2 speed while playing guitar/drums in slow motion. Persian vocals nicked from short wave radio. Features CAN drummer Jaki.

Listen to the original of "Persian Love" here:






Axel Bomann

HOLY LOVE 12"
(PAMPA)

Swedish house producer releases a refreshing 3 track EP on DJ KOZE & MARCUS FINK's PAMPA imprint. The title track features J JONASON on vocals for a deep smooth & sexy vocal. "PURPLE DRANK" is a hypnotic joint with a dark bouncy bassline. "NOT SO MUCH" is a perfect tune to end a perfect night.

Listen to "Holy Love" here:






Lawrence

DWELLING ON THE DUNES 12"
(LAID)

Deep and soulful house EP from LAID. Three tracks: "PRECIOUS HALL" and "PRECIOUS HALL (DUB)" plus the title cut "DWELLING ON THE DUNES," a laid back and atmospheric house cut reminiscent of classic Detroit tracks.








PANTHA DU PRINCE: Diamond Daze 2LP (DIAL)

FAUSTO MESSINA: Boungaville EP 12" (DIYNAMIC)

LOIN BROTHERS: Garden Of Vargulf 12" (FUTURE CLASSIC)

IDEAL: Schöne Frau mit Geld (Losoul Versions) 12" (PLAYRJC 008EP)

TERRANCE MCDONALD: Mind Over Matter EP 12" (MOSDEEP)

GEOFF MULLEN: Bongo Closet LP (TYPE)

214: Cascadian Nights EP 12" (TOUCHIN BASS)

CHARANJIT SINGH: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat 2LP

FreshRo & Apiento Co: PACIFIC STATE (CLEAR) 7"

Jill Scott: RON TRENT REMIXES 2-SIDED 12" (SPRING001B)

Raw Soul: RARE & UNRELEASED FUNK... (LP PLUTLP1)

Smith & Mudd: SURVEYOR (JAPAN PROMO) 12"

DJ Zinc: WILE OUT-DJ MARKY & S.P.Y RX 12" (INN034)

Eddy Meets Yannah: COMPOST BLACK #66 12" (COMP357)

Filippson & Ulysses: ESCAPE FROM NY 12" (INTSPE001)

Foog: OPEN YOUR EYES 12" (MULE072)

Frisvold & Lindbaek: BOZAK-PRINS THOMAS REMIX 12" (FP027)

Hypno: OVER THE TOP EP 12" (PTN003)

Marvin Gaye: GOT TO GIVE IT UP 12" (MGGT1)

Monarchy: LOVE GET OUT MY WAY REMIXES 12"

Thabo: THE MACHINES 12" (ORN01)