New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/30 - Mike Dehnert, Ellen Allien, Saturn V, Stephen Beaupre, Panda Bear, Steve Bug & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 30, 2011 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Dehnert
Framework 2LP

2LP version. Berlin-based new school techno producer, DJ and live performer Mike Dehnert releases his first album proper. In just three years, Dehnert has gone from unknown talent to underground hero with (as revered record store Hardwax calls it), his very own "raw techno" sound making waves on labels like his own imprint Fachwerk, hallowed Dutch outlet Clone Basement Series, as well as dub techno stable Echochord Colour, super reticent outlet MD2 and now Delsin, where he finds himself at home amongst the future music of talented cohorts Redshape, A Made Up Sound, Delta Funktionen and more. Framework -- as you'd expect of a man who performs genuinely live for hours, often only ever calling on his own tweaked, edited and skewed productions -- is an uncompromising album made up of pure techno tracks of the sort you'd expect to hear on the dancefloors of places like Berghain or Tresor. They go from pulsing and classic sounding to skipping and glitchy, through greyed-out and sandy via swinging and syncopated but always with a sense of restraint and control whether they are abstract, apocalyptic, atmospheric or whatever else. Drawing from a dusty, dirty toolbox of sounds, the echo-y, cavernous chambers and dusky warehouse aesthetics of Dehnert's moody music betrays the purity and simplicity of his arrangements. Although his records are undeniably functional, at the same time, they are neither nondescript nor forgettable: somehow, through masterful sound designs and an accomplished knack for blending real tension and atmosphere with his obvious Basic Channel and Berghain influences, Mike Dehnert manages to lock you into whatever mood takes his fancy with apparent ease. Make no bones about it (he doesn't), Framework is an album of tracks. Each one is made with various dancefloors in mind, and each is informed by the hundreds of hours Dehnert has spent working away in such places. The results are to-the-point without being unsubtle, each track has a job to do and does so efficiently. Whilst outlining a Framework for his many live sets to come, this debut album also makes for engaging listening and confirms Dehnert to be one of contemporary techno's most exciting current incumbents.

Purchase Mike Dehnert - Framework here

Ellen Allien
Dust Remixes
BPitch Control

After Ellen Allien's album Dust (BPC 217CD/LP) kicked up a lot of the same in 2010, it was only a matter of time until the right remixers for the album were found. No less than the crème de la crème of today's house scene were allowed to have their way with these tracks, and the results are more than fitting. This 12" features three powerful club tracks from three outstanding remixers: Ripperton, Camea and Shonky.

Purchase Ellen Allien - Dust Remixes here

Saturn V / X2
Rhythm Relics
Nation Killer Nation

Saturn V (Traxx & James T Cotton) turn out a sick wave-dipped bomb (live playing: no samples!), while X2 enter bleep warehouse-style territory with dark acid vocals. Immense.

Purchase Rhythm Relics here

Stephen Beaupre
It's Gl'amour When You Have It
Musique Risquée

Stephen Beaupré is back on Musique Risquée with a really solid record. "Gl'amour" bears his distinctive signature with a subtle use of vocals and strings colored with warm echoes layered over a big and chunky drum beat. On the flipside, "When You Have It" is an excellent way to summarize Stephen's electrifying live sets: funky, melodic hypnotic and sexy.

Purchase It's Gl'amour When You Have It here

Panda Bear
Surfers Hymn

Kompakt is honored to release the final installment from Animal Collective's Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear in a limited 7" series following previous 7"s on his own Paw Tracks, Fatcat and Domino. Surfers Hymn eases the mind like the ocean crashing against the beach. Noah's voice ebbs and flows in harmonious grace with a sample of that very sound while the blissful thump of a bass drum keeps the song together. Actress makes a rare, stunning remix appearance. Artwork by Scott Mou.

Purchase Panda Bear - Surfers Hymn

Rene Hell

The Terminal Symphony LP+CD

LP version. Includes a 40-minute bonus CD, The Hilton, featuring previously-unreleased material. Since Porcelain Opera (TYPE 077CD), his debut for Type, U.S. noisenik Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell has put out a whole series of collaborations, 7"s, tapes and splits. Looking to his love of classical minimalism, Jeff took it as the starting point for this new record. The result is a deeply electronic rendition of a classical electronic formula; the digital and analog synthesizer and drum machine sounds that brought Porcelain Opera to life are reframed and transferred into a very different compositional structure. The Terminal Symphony is Jeff's attempt to write tighter, more composed pieces of music -- something of a reaction against the glut of long, often-flabby drone compositions that have become a mainstay in the scene. The pieces here are short, concise, and packed full of ideas that can take multiple listens to unravel, and the album as a whole is almost obsessively structured and complex. Each side of the record is composed very specifically with a beginning, middle and an end, and when we begin with the familiar grunt and grind of "Chamber Forte," it is only mere minutes before the track dissolves into the main theme of the album. An appropriate enough comparison might be arch-recluse Aphex Twin, but there is no pandering to dance music culture here. Rather, Jeff has used his enviable background in noise, punk and synthesizer music to come up with something totally removed from the current Kosmische revival. The album comes to a close with the hauntingly melancholy and purposefully referential "Adagio For String Portrait." The dancing synthetic blips that pirouette across Witscher's mournful electronic waves not only re-enforce the decades-long love affair between electronic and classical music, but help to define it in 2011.

Purchase The Terminal Symphony here

Steve Bug / Martin Landsky

Jack Is Back/V2U
Poker Flat

Poker Flat presents a split 12" by Steve Bug, with an album edit of the track "Jack Is Back," and Martin Landsky with an album edit of the track "V2U." All tracks exclusively produced for the new Poker Flat compilation Forward To The Past (PFR 027CD/LP).

Purchase Steve Bug - Jack Is Back here

My Hidden Playground

Acker Records presents a 12" from Mollono.Bass with tracks off of his debut full-length (ACKER 002CD). The lively hustle and bustle on My Hidden Playground happens in many different ways: sometimes it's the frisky bounce of hopping bass lines and stimulating house rhythms, sometimes it's the hypnotic sound structures that take you on an adventure. But above all, it's the unmistakable sound of real instruments which create that earthy, organic groove. Also includes non-album track "Ballet In The Dark."

Purchase Mollono.Bass - My Hidden Playground here

CONNAN MOCKASIN: Forever Dolphin 12”
BUDZILLUS: Der Untergang Remixes 12"
VA: Quality Street 12"
TERROR DANJAH: Air Bubble Remixes 12"
D.O.K.: Chemical Planet/Keep On Making Grime 12"
DANIEL MALOSO: Hijos De José 12"
BRUNO GAUTHIER: Existing Reality 12"
EDDIE C: We Need We 12”
DJ T. (FEAT. NICK MAURER): Burning 12"
DJ AGEISHI & ACKIN': Rain Parade 12"
TANDEM: Himmel & ääd EP 12"
WOLS: Unframe LP
JIN CHOI: You've Done Me Wrong EP 12"
VA: Deep, Real And Raw Part 4 12"
NICO PURMAN: Visions EP 12”
YOUANDME: Nightvisions EP 12"
BLOCKS & ESCHER: Shadow Play 12”

June 15 - New Electronic/ Dance CD Releases

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2010 01:18pm | Post a Comment

Wolfgang Voigt
Freiland Klaviermusik

Wolfgang Voigt returns to stranj for his left-of-center Kompakt label offshoot, Profan. As GAS, Voigt composed ethereal, blue-hued, deep-forest metaphysical techno 'head music', but now under his own name he injects the dance floor with a dose of well tempered madness. If you like your techno birthed out of a slightly crooked disposition, thought provoking and borderline psychotic, please check this out.

Ellen Allien
BPitch Corp

Berlin's first lady of techno drops a solid release for 2010. Her trademark razor-sharp spooky production is complete with bleeps n bells, throbbing bass house, squidgy electro tech-pop, and even what could be taken as an homage to the Exorcist theme.

Ichisan and Nakova
Yugo Tempo

Between them, duo Ichisan & Nakova have toured the cream of the new disco stables with releases on Nang, Eskimo and Airtight. They present their debut album together for Nang, collecting thirteen Balkan disco grooves spiked with sparkling spacewise synths, cosmic guitar licks and dubbed basslines for the connoisseurs. Fans of Lindstrom, Ilija Rudman or Todd Terje should have a peek.

Honest Jons

This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon's are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham's place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir; and secondly, a major maturity and cohesion in his sound. If you want music that enhances or removes you from your own reality like the most visceral sci-fi novel or confirms that there is a sprawling future beyond the stasis of too much modern music, this is just absolutely vital listening!

Discoursive Diversions

Nu-disco hero Bottin presents his first mix CD for the Nang corporation. Actually, this is a bit more than your average mix CD, as Bottin has remixed each and every track to his exacting specifications, trimming inches and measuring inside seams like a a proper hands-on Italo tailor.

Michael Mayer
Immer 3

For IMMER #3, Kompakt chairperson Michael Mayer gathers a charming bunch of super hero electronica all-stars for glamour as well as certifiable quality. The mix flows in and out of melodic tech-pop through lush (pop)ambient scenes, deconstructing into the gorgeously discordant and back to the dance floor with trippy house and italo smashers. Highly recommended.


Connoisseurs of quality deep house take note -- Dial maintains a very respectable run of releases from Berlin's most interesting house head, Efdemin. This exquisitely crafted tribute to to the titular city is executed with sophisticated and mature gate, clean, crisp minimal tech house.

Pony No Hassle

Tosca is the brainchild of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber. They combine bass heavy, downbeat music with abstract soundscapes of found sounds, and when this formula is handed over to remixers, everything changes, from texture, dynamics, to structure -- in a really good way. Remixes done by Bottin, Chicken Lips, Kalabrese, and more.

Mad Decent

Dubstep's larger-than-life character hits the next level of his stratospheric rise to intergalactic domination. Whether its true or not that Rusko is producing the next Britney Spears album, we can revel in the ludicrous development of pop music's current championship of the new dance-rock rave-craze and jungle rinse-outs that has us all jacking dirty on the dance floors.

Dimitri From Paris
Get Down With the Philly Sound

This compilation is the first ever to document the birth of disco in Philadelphia and the work of the unsung musicians who played on the numerous hits that came out of the Philly scene. Featuring Melvin & the Bluenotes, Teddy Pendergrass, The Trammps, and Jackson 5. Curated by Dimitri From Paris.

Rene Hell
Porcelain Opera

Alter dimensional synth trips referencing classic kosmiche drenched in the lustre of nostalgia is the modus operandi of cult noisenik Jeff Witscher. As Rene Hell he reveals a decidedly modern grasp of electronic psychedelia. In breaking down elements of Cluster and Basic Channel and mixing in his own special enzymes he forms an alchemical concoction of tape-chewed cacophony to disconnect, then realign your cerebral hemispheres.

Mathew Jonson
Agents of Time
Wagon Repair

Very first solo album by Canada's finest melodic techno producer and longtime Cobblestone Jazz stalwart, Mathew Jonson. The pace of the album is largely sedate and infused with a late 90s electronica aspect, romantic IDM atmospheres, and Vangelis-like synth washes.

LCD Soundsystem
This is Happening

Perhaps, arguably, in my humble opinion, the best LCD album to date. A perfect vintage-sounding blast of new wave disco punk a la Talking Heads or A Certain Ratio, with dense percussion, no-wavey chants, sparkling guitar chank and pulsing space bass. James Murphy is the authentic disco-punk dancefloor pop messenger, with his uniquely self-aware post modern scrutinizations of modern hipster culture, and an apparent compulsion to second guess his listeners and outsmart the critics.

Crystal Castles
Last Gang

The latest greatest from Toronto based electro duo Crystal Castles is reminiscent of the jump from debut albums taken by Deerhunter and Fuck Buttons. Maybe this release will close the door on the blog-house/nu-wave/french-rave-craze with their wayward self-touted "artistic" approach on electro-rock. Check it!

Duke Dumont
Fabric 51

Dumont proves himself to be quite the nimble selector, pulling together disparate tracks by Bodycode, Scuba, Green Velvet and Late of the Pier. As he explains: "I'm not trying to promote a genre with this mix; the ethos is simply to make something that I'll still really love in a few years' time... It represents what I play: groove-based, bordering on the techy side and all with a sense of emotion."

James Holden
DJ Kicks

For his DJ KICKS mix, James Holden picks from outsider club music for a set that draws heavily on experimental techno, kraut-rock, ambient and indie sound. Quite good, obscure picks that represent an interesting slice of leftfield dance and indie-pop.

Rinse FM

Rinse FM presents this anticipated debut by ROSKA! Not to be confused with Rusko. UK-funky has made some headlines as of late: pair this with that Geeneus long player, King Midas Sound and Marcus Nasty mix, and you're fully schooled. This contains a blend of modern tribal house and garage indebted rudeness, crispy fresh like a new pair of trainers steeped deep into d-step whut whut house muzak n slow burnt grooves.


Drowned In Light

Drum machine loops and shimmering guitars (electric, acoustic, 12-string and flamenco) are bathed in analogue synth and modular effects, creating a lush, intoxicating sound that looks back to the 1970s and 1980s without a hint of the usual sleek irony or hip retro-revivalism, whilst simultaneously looking forward to a time when boundaries between programmed and played, and synthetic and organic, have become obsolete. Recommended: Lisa Papineau Solo album by Air and M83 guest vocalist... pretty and lush solo effort in the likes of Mia Doi Todd.

Jamie Lidell

Follow the bread crumbs and be prepared for almost anything, especially a more progressive strand of electro-psychedelic soul by everyone's long favorite & Prince-meets-Roy-Orbison; wunder kind Jamie Lidell. Pure molasses. Featuring Feist, Nikka Costa, Beck, and Gonzales.

Future Sound Of London
Environments 3

The third in FSOL's ongoing series investigates further planes of abstract, synthesized spaces and places. Contemporary FSOL territory with ruffled digital-concrete textures entwined with plaintive piano, calling at orchestral symphonics, hyperharp scenery, abstracted electronic jazz and resplendant Roedelius-style solo piano and synthscapes.

Electronic New Releases 03/26/2010 - Massive Attack, Pantha Du Prince, Seth Troxler, Martyn & more...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 26, 2010 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Massive Attack


Massive Attack's fifth studio album finally arrives, a full seven years after its predecessor. Clusters of gloomy chords, dubby basslines, and ominous breakbeats scattered across the album suggest that they haven't lifted their musical mood. Martina Topley-Bird's contributions scale the heights of astonishment Massive Attack has achieved with previous female collaborators. Set against a panoply of disjointed acidic bleeps and slippery electronic beats, it's taken into an entirely new emotional realm. The theme: sounds haunt to the point of terror. Some of the top tracks include "Pray For Rain," "Girl I Love You," and "Paradise Circus." All in all, a brilliant album.

Pantha Du Prince

Black Noise
Rough Trade

Firmly rooted in classic techno and house music, yet also appealing to a much wider audience (as also evident by their move to Rough Trade), Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise is his stellar new release, elevating him to a status occupied by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, The Field, and Isolee. A delicately nuanced album with romantic compositions, and dark panoramic splendour, maintaining a sense of minimalism amidst its textural, hypnotic feel. Whether its tribal (primal and child-like) rhythms, and trance-not-trance psychedelia, Pantha Du Prince is amongst the new breed (spearheaded by artists like Animal Collective) of highly accessible yet cerebral artists whose music flows from headphones like colors bleed from rainbows. Featuring Panda Bear from Animal Collective and Tyler Pope from LCD Soundsystem.



With Pantha Du Princes’ departure to Rough Trade, Pawel can easily claim to having released Dials' most innovative minimal album, if not topping the general list-so-far. Subtle dancefloor grooves are anchored by a melancholy ear and melodies that are clean and sparse. Classic techno synthlines, wispy electronics, and an occasional wordly feel.

Stefan Goldmann

Haven't I Seen You Before
(cassette only release!)

Stefan Goldmann is the latest guest on the Tapeworm's cassette only label (previous cast has included Philip Jeck, Biosphere, and Stephen O'Malley from Sunn O)))). Goldmann's guitar is the only sound source here, cut into loops of various durations, overlapped and sequenced. In proof that tapes are not merely cool ornaments or glamorized for the sake of nostalgia, Goldmann utilizes the full and unique potential of the format, such as encouraging the listener to use their auto-reverse function to flip between alternate versions of the take. Creative and fun!


Fabric 50

"I did the whole mix CD live just because I thought that was more honest than doing an Ableton DJ mix. It is how I would play live – not everything on the CD is perfect, but it’s not meant to be. That goes for my DJ sets and for my music as well" - Martyn
Martyn's meteoric rise to the vanguard of all things deep, techy, funky and steppin' is entirely warranted by a series of deadly productions that surely need no introduction here. The Dutchman's DJ sets over the last 12 months have increasingly looked beyond dubstep's peripheries to the fields of synthfunk, hiphop, housed-up ruffage and broken beat electronics, as well as deep-dub aquatics: scanning the oncoming waves of percussively rooted dance music to cherry pick the very tastiest chunks of goodness. For Fabric 50 he's assorted one of the most enviable trackists around, Madd Slinky, Ben Klock, Levon Vincent and Joy Orbison to keep the curve on a brilliantly varied but controlled trajectory for the floor. It's probably going to be another six months before half of these tracks reach the shop floor, and the other other half are simply stone cold essential, so there's very little doubt as to what you gotta do here. Immense.


Manifesto #1

Thisisnotanexit has unobtrusively been carving a niche for themselves as purveyors of frequently brilliant music sharing a singular aesthetic (a kind of Balearic open-mindedness combined with a love of fearless sonic adventures... and well, post punk) that, by accident or design, has positioned the new label as a kind of fantastic covert operation waiting to be discovered. Primarily dealing in disco-post-electronic odysseys, Manifesto #1 is a compilation, but, more than that, it's a statement of intent, a list of instructions and a dossier of clues to a secret society (in the best spirit of Factory Records). So here we have it, experimental post-rave ambiance (Brain Machine, Professor Genius) alongside Eno-esque throbbing beatless minimalism (Naum Gabo, Spectral Empire), and dreamy takes on kosmiche nu-disco. One word though, describes all: Progressive.

Hot Chip

One Night Stand

Poised for ridiculous levels of commercial success, Hot Chip arrive at their third album, having thus far enjoyed a surprisingly huge audience and a generous critical response. At various points One Night Stand sees a more determined approach to mainstream pop music. Well, enough shameless pop to put M-People to shame, actually. Plastic sounds and orchestrally embellished electro-soul define the new super rave. Love it or hate it.


Perfused For Greek stalwart

Fluxion's second album is an affirmation that he's among the elite in making killer ice-cool techno -- a great piece for the dub techno heads to add to their collections. Perfused sounds like it could have came out on Chain Reaction over ten years ago. A GOOD thing!

Ellen Allien

Watergate 05

Ellen Allien steps up for the next installment of the Watergate series, and bonus points for popping out a real time concoction! It's nice to hear a mix with rough edges contrast to Ableton perfection. Allien's sixth (!) mixtape is lively, a florid mix with edgy electro, feathery percussion, and what makes her awesome -- her playing-in-the-dark moody flirtations. Featuring Matias Aguayo, John Tejada, Fever Ray, Uffie, and AGF.

Seth Troxler

Boogybytes Vol.5

Another Detroit expat has been spotted in Berlin... and found collaborating with techno's first lady Ellen Allien. With successful joints on B-Pitch and high profile remixes in tow (Fever Ray and Hearththrob) Seth Troxler drops a mix boasting those collabed re-edits and peers in the world of funky minimal, such as Roman Flugel and Alexi Delano.


Plug Research

Plug Research dives into the pond of electronic soul music and casts out Danish pop-wise r'n'b duo Quadron for a debut album of boogie-idm-funk synth-pop symphonics, fronted by cute femme vocals. If you like Mayer Hawthorne, Shafiq Husayn or maybe even Sa-Ra, do check this jam out!


Head First

The thinking man's electro diva has brushed aside the more aggressive retro laser-beam electro but still couldn't be further than her debut Felt Mountain. Alison Goldfrapp has again reinvented herself, though within a bubbly New Coke n Pop Rocks paradigm of the 80s... and some artsy Italo disco. This is great stuff that could give Lady Gaga a run for her money (let me say again, Alison being the thinking man's diva!) with these nimble pop-perfect arrangements. Goldfrapp Is It!



Oversteps marks the tenth record from the Brits, and a reversion to the more traditional Ae method of dense and intricate studio work. This may sound horrible to some, but this album is probably Autechre's most approachable to date, with its satisfyingly warped wind-up melodies, beautifully discordant acid lines, fascinating oblique abstractions in sound structure, and its sheer baroque beauty overall. Beauty and harmony in complexity and a milestone for Autechre's very human achievement.