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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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Jidenna Truly Is "The Chief" As Demonstrated On The Hip-Hop/Soul Artist's Recommended 14-Track Debut Album on Wondaland Records

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2017 03:03pm | Post a Comment

Future megastar Jidenna truly is the chief as readily demonstrated on his all killer / no filler 14 song debut album The Chief (Wondaland / Epic) that arrived into Amoeba Music in the past few weeks. Although filed under "soul" the endlessly talented and charismatic artist born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is equally hip-hop, and more including hints of roots reggae and strong traces of African highlife. In fact, if you only recently discovered the 31 year old NYC based singer/rapper/producer via his just published "Bambi" music video (see below), with the song's distinctive, soothingly hypnotic highlife harmonies that drive the song, you could be forgiven for thinking that he is a Nigerian highlife music crossover artist. Turns out that the Wisconsin born teacher turned professional musician, who has spent parts of his adult life living in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and the Bay Area where he attended Stanford, is of Nigerian descent and grew up listening to both Nigerian and American soul and hip-hop music.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"It's really hard to have a focused thought nowadays, right? There's a lot of stuff going on," says LA-based producer Daedelus, sitting on the Amoeba Hollywood couch with friend and fellow DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer. Daedelus is praising electronic legend Aphex Twin on his new EP, Cheetah, which he describes as a "very focused thought." Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer both grabbed healthy stacks of records on their recent visit to the shop, but they employed two very different strategies: digging for unknown treasure and upgrading known favorites to vinyl.

The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are driving forces in the LA alternative hip-hop and electronica scenes. The two first collaborated on a 2010 7" by The Gaslamp Killer which featured the Daedelus-starrer "Impulse."

The Gaslamp KillerOriginally hailing from San Diego, The Gaslamp Killer was born William Benjamin Bensussen. After cutting his teeth in the bars of the city's Gaslamp District, he relocated to LA and co-founded the legendary Low End Theory club night. His profile as a producer grew with the release of a handful of EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. His 2012 debut full-length, Breakthrough, featured appearances from GonjaSufi, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shigeto, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. His studio follow-up, Instrumentalepathy, was released in November 2016.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Grouplove

Posted by Amoebite, November 21, 2016 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Grouplove What's In My Bag? Ameoba Music

"I lived in New York for 10 years... Every time I was having, like, a cool moment; cut my bangs, I got a leather jacket, Spoon came on," says Grouplove's Hannah Hooper during their recent What's In My Bag? interview. She's talking about Spoon's beloved fourth album Kill The Moonlight, which features the now classic "The Way We Get By." The vocalist/keyboardist wryly continues, "we're parents now so we need...a lot of leather jackets in our life."

Grouplove Big Mess Amoeba MusicLos Angeles indie rockers Grouplove formed in 2009 after the members met at the Ikarus artist commune in Crete. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010, heading out on tour as the support act for Florence and the Machine and The Joy Formidable that same year. Grouplove signed to Canvasback/Atlantic Records, who reissued the band's breakthrough EP in January 2011. Soon afterward, Grouplove embarked on a co-headlining tour with Foster the People and played Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Up for Preorder, Out May 6

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2016 10:57am | Post a Comment

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Did you take a Twitter vacation over the weekend? If you weren't already aware, Beyonce just went right ahead and Beyonce'd again, releasing a (sort of) surprise album called Lemonade. Though it was previously only streaming on Tidal, for which you have to have a paid account, it's coming out on CD/DVD May 6th! You can preorder it now.

Anyone who's played her previous album to death, 2013's excellent Beyonce, knows they're in for something special. To boot, this new album features work by The Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar, plus samples and inspiration from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulja Boy and Animal Collective. Production was handled by Just Blaze, Diplo and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.

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