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Amoeba Hollywood's Best Electronic Albums of 2011 - Andy Stott, Roll The Dice, Morphosis, Tin Man, Demdike Stare, Omar S & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 29, 2011 03:29pm | Post a Comment
Andy Stott
We Stay Together / Passed Me By
Modern Love

Many electronic artists are entering a compelling new phase of progression and evolution, like Andy Stott, Rene Hell, Demdike Stare, Raime, and the Sandwell District roster -- and have crafted out their own hauntological niche in the modern music world. Brooding, visceral, and encompassing like a thick veil, sounding of a darkness that speaks psychically to the lonely silhouette of a dancer in the shadows of a warehouse party long after the crowd has dispersed. Slow, syrupy syncopated beats that are swirling in some sort of autoerotic blackhole, something like a VHS of loops thrown into a compression chamber. This music might slowly shut down your nervous system before transcending into brightly gaseous atmospheric bliss. Andy Stott mines in the deepest voids of sound and texture to craft what is at once real yet incredibly uncomfortable and subconsciously recessed in the depths of our emotions. Bondage wrapped electronica for those who wish to explore those existential darkrooms.

Purchase We Stay Together / Passed Me By here:


Morphosis
What Have We Learned
Delsin

This experimental techno free-form jam makes for one of this years best electronic albums. Recorded in only two days Rabih Beani has created a masterpiece that oozes with emotion and strays from traditional production methods and styles. The result is 10 tracks of abstract techno filled with dark kraut influenced bliss. Essential listening.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood - Morphosis, Palisade, Holger Czukay, Tin Man, Brawther, Linkwood, Floating Points, Dial, Juju & Jordash & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 13, 2011 04:34pm | Post a Comment
Morphosis
What Have We Learned
Delsin

This full-length from techno tastemakers Delsin is co-released by the man who made it, Morphosis aka Ra.H aka Rabih Beaini, on his own Morphine Records, as well as by close associate M>O>S. Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the '90s. Initially as a DJ, it was a move to Italy in 1996 which proved the catalyst for him to start experimenting in the studio. And he really did experiment: few people craft the sort of emotional, imaginative techno as has Beaini for labels like M>O>S and Morphine Records. Keen followers of techno will already have heard some of the offerings from this album, as both "Androids Among Us" and "Dirty Matter" were remixed by T++ and Newworldaquarium for a limited edition white label. The excitement surrounding that release was palpable enough, but get lost in a full-length Morphosis experience and you enter a whole new world of techno excellence. Kicking off with the Redshape-channeling, misty, slo-techno march and buried percussive clatter of "Silent Screamer," the album builds through a plethora of grainy landscapes. They're sometimes dense with a dusty static, sometimes lit up by a female vocal or occasionally paired with a round house kick, but always sound rooted in some real (albeit far off and desolate) world. The hum and buzz of Beaini's bottom-ends have instruments and synths spiraling round as the only reference points in an otherwise engulfing sonic fog. Churning the listener round and round with his confident, assertive grooves, Morphosis' dark and long house and techno fusions explore -- like few others can -- engaging new ground with their every subtle turn. Influences range from Krautrock via new wave but, importantly, all are digested by Morphosis before being re-imagined as something wholly fresh and original which, in turn, stands up well to both dancefloor deployment and intense home listening. What have we leaned? That house and techno still have a lot to offer thanks to the likes of Morphosis.

Purchase Morphosis - What We Have Learned here:


Palisade
So What? 12”
Laid

Redshape founded his new project Palisade to release the worldwide debut single "So What?" on Dial's house sub-label Laid. Now, after half a decade of success, including releases on Present, Delsin, Music Man, Styrax Leaves and remixes for Newworldaquarium, The Black Dog, Martyn and many others, a new moniker is born to work out the deeper side of Redshape. Once more the love of the machines turns slightly into the myth of house music.

Purchase Palisade - So What? here:



Holger Czukay

Hit Hit Flop / Hey Baba 7”
Claremont 56

HOLGER reveals his more playful side with this limited 7" on CLAREMONT 56. "HIT HIT" takes field recordings from swimming children and adds the exotic GUIKO instrument from BRAZIL to the mix. "HEY BABA" was recorded in 1986 at the CAN studio with hardware sequencers.

Purchase Holger Czukay - Hit Hit Flop Rmx 7" here:





Tin Man
Perfume DLP
Salon

The man who's been gaining a ton of worldwide respect as of late brings a full length to the SALON imprint. On this limited 200-copy vinyl release, 7 amazingly crafted tracks including the title cut, "BURNT SUGAR", "LOVE SICK", "LOST IN LA", all prove why he's on top of the electronic music game.

Purchase Tin Man - Perfume here:






Addison Groove

It’s Got Me 12”
3024

Splicing traditional hip hop breaks into the mix with a gauzy, drifting melody takes this track into a different realm, while "MINUTES OF FUNK" uses luxurious synth washes and increasingly intricate rhythmic shifts as interlocking traces of a unique dancefloor construction.

Purchase Addison Groove - It's Got Me here:





Brawther
Remixes EP 12”
Balance Alliance

Rising deep house star BRAWTHER brings this remix package to the BALANCE label. 1st he reworks the underground tech cut "LE VOYAGE" & gives it a hot house treatment, then tackles RON & CHEZ's KMS track. On the flip, he does "ASTEROIDS & STARDUST" from C.DAMIER & also interprets "LIFE"

Purchase Brawther Remixes EP here:








Linkwood
From The Vaults Pt. 1 12”
Prime Numbers

The latest release on PRIME NUMBERS is a 3 track EP from producer LINKWOOD recorded between 1997 & 2011 including the bleepy warehouse filth of "DIRTY LOVE".

Purchase Linkwood - From The Vaults here:






Floating Points
Sais Dub 10”
Eglo

One sided highly limited, super desirable UK RECORD STORE DAY exclusive now available to non-UK customers in limited quantities. A frantic mix of broken beat house grooves that is quite hard to classify at times, making SAM SHEPHERD aka FLOATING POINTS one of today's most original producers.

Purchase Floating Points Sais here:





Cut Copy
Need You Now – Carl Craig Rmx 12”
Modular

This epic, throbbing, technotronic love letter from their 3rd album gets an icy robofunk mix from GAVIN RUSSOM and a sweeping, deep techno remix from Detroit legend CARL CRAIG. Also includes the original mix. Full pic sleeve

Purchase Cut Copy - Need You Now here:





Steven Tang
Uprise In The Orient
Syncrophone

EMPHASIS boss brings "UPRISE IN THE ORIENT" to the SYNCROPHONE imprint that is a Chicago/Detroit flavored joint with signature style moody pads and banging beats. EARGASMIC's CHICAGO SKYWAY jumps in for a fresh remix and the B-side's "OPTIMAL SIGNALS" adds more bump for the buck. Recommended!

Purchase Steven Tang - Uprise In The Orient here:




Roman Fluegel
Brasil 12"
Dial

Roman Flügel comes up with a second issue of essential works for a colorful, twinkling dancefloor. Also known as Eight Miles High, Soylent Green and Alter Ego, Flügel has always been a main influence on the Dial family. Brasil is another example of Flügel's unique and unexpected productions, offering eclecticism, modernism and dandyism under a groove. Timeless.

Purchase Roman Fluegel - Brasil here:





Juju & Jordash
Quasi Quasi 12"
Dekmantel

Scary-looking new 12" on Amsterdam's Dekmantel imprint. Three deep and insightful new Juju & Jordash tracks with a top-notch remix from Ra.H. Includes a poster in the plastic sleeve. Limited to 500 copies.

Purchase Juju & Jordash - Quasi Quasi here:




Demdike Stare
Forest Of Evil/Liberation Through Hearing/Voices Of Dust 3LP
Modern Love

The Modern Love label presents a limited edition 3LP featuring the triptych of albums released by Demdike Stare in 2010 (Forest Of Evil, Liberation Through Hearing, Voices Of Dust). Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty (who works for the esteemed Finders Keepers label) and Miles Whittaker (a long-time producer and DJ who has released music under the MLZ moniker and as part of Pendle Coven). The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long-forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and re-align these found sounds via their ever-expanding array of analog machines, ending with something that is in part plunderphonic, but ultimately completely new. Their music has sometimes been lumped in with the hypnagogic, hauntological and, most recently, "witch house" movements, but ultimately, Demdike Stare should appeal to anyone with an interest in everything from classic KPM Library records through to the music of Basic Channel and all the way to the smudged, altered-realities of James Ferraro and The Caretaker. That is, at least until the next record, when the frames of reference might just change up and take them somewhere completely different. Three individually shrink-wrapped LPs bound with a metallic print obi-strip. Mastered and cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 400 copies for the world.

Purchase Demdike Stare here:


Black Van
Moments Of Excellence 12"
Permanent Vacation

Black Van is the project of KoweSix (Moonbootica) and Kris Menace (Compuphonic). "Moments Of Excellence" boasts great disco that works like a tense thriller: it grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. Before you know it, you're hopelessly lost. Open to dirty secrets. Hooked for a night. For a few weeks. Your whole life. There's always a secret hidden deep in the maelstrom. The deeper the true substance is concealed, the more powerful the effect, the thicker the shackles.

Purchase Black Van - Moments of Excellence here:


Anthony 'Shake' Shakir
Frictionalism 1994-2009 Part 4 12"
Rush Hour

Part 4 in the Shake Frictionalism (RH 110CD) reissue series, with three total corkers and also an exclusive track. "The Floor Filler" is a disco-frenzied track that was originally released in 1997 as part of Club Scam II. The track is still a valid club tool and will definitely fill a floor. "Plugged In" is taken from the same EP and is true disco meets techno. "The Other One" is a track from the vault and has never been released.

Purchase Frictionalism Part 4 here:



NHAR:Megumi/Bluedrop 12"
INKSWEL: Get To My Party 12"
SVEN TASNADI: Petit Four EP 12"
AQUARIUS HEAVEN: 7 Days 12"
VA: Eleven Years Cocoon Recordings Selected Remix Works Part 01 12"
MARTIN TC: In Situ 12"
NICOLAS JAAR : Love You Gotta Lose Again EP 10"
SHUTTER: Natterjack 12”
BORNGRABER & STRUVER: Urlaub LP MELON:Four Seasons Part 2 2x12”
SASCHA BRAEMER: People 12"
Tyson/OUT OF MY MIND 12”
Betek/U FUNKING CONFUSE ME 12”
Wild Rumpus/CLOUDHOPPING 12"
ASC/COMSAT 12”
Dark Sky/HIGH RISE 12”
Laid Back vs Soul Clap/COCAINE COOL 12”
Lee Foss/YOUR TURN GIRL REMIXES 12”
Quenum/BUBBLE GUM 12”
Downliners Sekt/MEET THE DECLINE EP 12”
Invisible Conga People/IN A HOLE 12”
Roberto Rodriguez/THINKING OF YOU 12”
Sully/TOFFEE APPLE (1-SIDED, ETCHED) 10”
Jazzy Jens/UNDISPUTED-GUARAPERA 12”
Lost/SNAKE EYES 12”
Spor/PACIFICA (CHASING SHADOWS RMX) 12”
Spor/PACIFICA (KITO & REIJA LEE RMX) 10”
Silkie/CITY LIMITS VOL. 1.6-1.8 D12”
Various/FROM THE VAULTS EP PART 2 12”
Chase & Status/TIME 12”
Russ Yallop/CROSSROADS 12”
DJ Sneak/ESSENTIAL SNEAK VOL 4 EP 12”
AK1200/FAKE (SUBSONIK & SMOOTH RMX) 12”
Various/NO FIT STATE VINYL SAMPLER 12”
Alain Ho/I REMEMBER THE FUTURE EP 12”
Jess Mills/VULTURES (PHOTEK DUB) 10”
Terravita/NAIL IN THE COFFIN 12”
Torn Sail/BIRDS 12”
Emalkay/ECLIPSE 3LP + CD
Andy Mac/EVERYTIME 12”
Afro Disco Boogie Edits/EP VOLUME 4 12”
Various/HUDDTRAXX 5 YEAR...PART 1 12”
Rahaan/RAHAAN EDITS VOL 3 12”
Jay West/THE RESTART EP 12”
Various/MY FRIENDS EP 12”

New 12" Releases 12/9 @ Amoeba Hollywood - James Blake, Isolee, Space Dimension Controller, Holger Czukay and More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 9, 2010 11:20am | Post a Comment


James Blake
LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE 10”
Atlas

His stunning cover of FEIST & CHILLY GONZALES showcases the melancholy soul of JAMES' voice mixed with moments of shuddering bass and a deliberate manipulation of silent spaces. This is truly a stunning piece of modern music. Do not miss out on this! 1-sided.
Listen to "Limit To Your Love" here:






Most Of This Moment
ISOLEE REMIXES
Most Of This Moment

Beautiful deep house 12". Melodious beats and pulsating rhythms mixed with some NY garage-styled female vocals. Catchy but deep and underground, too. Comes with two remixes from ISOLEE (remix and dub). Limited (500x) hand stamped white label 12".






Space Dimension Controller
TEMPORARY THRILLZ EP D12”
R&S

This SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER EP contains intergalactic slow jams, deep club excursions, and midtempo space funk, all with trademark soul, depth, and finesse. With 6 tracks total, 4 locked grooves. Repressed and back in stock.
Listen to "Kaleidoscopic Ecstasy" here:





Holger Czukay
DREAM AGAIN (CLEAR) D10”
Claremont 56

Teaming up with JAH WOBBLE and JAKI LIEBEZEIT, HOLGER remixes 4 of his best tracks: "MUSIC IN THE AIR," "SUDETENLAND," "THE EAST IS RED" & "DREAM AGAIN" on this double 10", clear vinyl gatefold hand numbered pressing of 666. Super collectible and absolutely beautiful. Act fast.





Maxxi & Zeus
AMERICAN DREAMER 12”
International Feel

The first track is a widescreen cinemascape inspired by multi-layered head music, perfect for a deep cult-like trip. The flip's "MZ MEDLEY" is a raw & exciting experiment through the days of the late 70s and cut n paste style disco medleys. Support from FRANCOIS K, PRINS THOMAS, DICKY TRISCO, & more!







Lone
EMERALD FANTASY TRACKS DLP
Magic Wire

MAGIC WIRE presents the second release on the label from co-founder LONE. From the massive slab of piano stab-lead Detroit-inspired techno of opening cut "CLOUD 909" to the primitive 808/BLACK DOG inspired house of "MOON BEAM HARP," this covers a broad spectrum of styles.
Listen to "Petrcane Beach" here:




Mark E
ESCAPE 12”
Vibrations

The first release from CHRISTOPHER GALLOWAY & PIERS HARRISON's VIBRATIONS imprint comes from the always-dependable MARK E, who drops 2 killer jams. The title track is a bassline driven banger that also sees a remix by ROOTS UNIT. "MIDNIGHT FIRES" is a more techno influenced cut for early mornings.







Vakula
NEMA 12”
3rd Strike

Coming off his FIRECRACKER EP, VAKULA brings this 5 track EP. The title cut features dreamy vocals, "NERVE" is like a future jazz-funk vibe, "ALL THE SAME" on the flip is a nice percussive groove, and "HOOPA LOOPA" holds soulful loops & soul-jazz touches. "BEAT JA" is a DETROIT influenced cut.





Caribou
VS. DJ KOZE EP 12”
City Slang

Epic 3 track remix EP featuring reworks from one of the albums of the year, all by DJ KOZE. Bringing his unique style that unites funked out glitch with a warm, organic house vibe, we get remixes of "FOUND OUT," "JAMELIA," and "ODESSA."
Listen to Koze's Jamelia Remix here:





Mount Kimbie
BLIND NIGHT ERRAND 12”
Hotflush

The title cut and "BEFORE I MOVE" are both album tracks from "CROOKS & LOVERS," plus a new DAYGLO mix of "WILLIAM," and a new live version of "MAYBES" recorded at legendary Berlin nightclub Berghain.
Listen to "Blind Night Errand" here:





Arp.101
FLUSH 12”
Eglo

ARP.101 returns with another jam packed 12" with 3 diverse productions! The title track has received heavy support from BENJI B and runs with tripped out synth work. "KORG-A-TRON" is a serious head noddin' joint that would fit on the "PRODUCER" series. "AC!D" is a crazy tune DAM-FUNK style. Hot!








Morphosis
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED 12”
MOS

This limited release brings a couple of remixes of some MORPHOSIS heat. 1st NWAQ turns out a hell of a dub for "DIRTY MATTER" that's a relentless 7.5 minutes of bang. On the flip JUST FOR ONE DAY remixes "ANDROIDS AMONG US" and creates a serious killer using the core elements of the original.





Dan Marshall/SCORN 12"
Joe Syntax/SLINGSHOT 12"
J:Kenzo/STOMP 12”
Topo/BA BA GO GO 12”
DJ Fresh vs Sigma/LASSITUDE #1 12”
DJ Fresh vs Sigma/LASSITUDE #2 12”
Pendulum/WITCHCRAFT (DRUMSTEP RMX) 12”
Visti & Meyland/LEAVE YOUR WORRIES 12”
Yosaku & DJ Day/THE BOTTLE 10”
Seven/SINISTER & ABDUCTION 12”
Man Like Me/LOVESTRUCK REMIXES 12”
Joe Syntax/LEAVING THE WORLD BEHIND 12”
Skinnz/KEEP IT GUTTA 12”
Cymatic/ELECTRIC CHURCH 12”
Hem/ON A MISSION (SHORTSTUFF RMX) 12”
Various/BRUTAL 500 SERIES PART 1 12”
Eveson/NUMBERS 12”
Kjell/DYNAMIC 12”
Cyantific/305 12”
Romanthony/LET ME SHOW YOU LOVE 12”
Yam Who/HI STEPPIN - COME ON & DO ME 12”
Lynx/FOR THE REBELS 12”
Various/DELIRIOUS GROOVES VOL 3 LP
Hybrid/DISAPPEAR HERE 12”
Raphael Gualazzi/REALITY & FANTASY 12”
Digital Mystikz/URBAN ETHICS LP
Francois X/THE STORM CYCLE EP 12”
Ekoplekz/STALAG ZERO 12”
S.A.S./GIVE IT TO YOU EP 12”
Various/PRODUCER 3 PART 1 EP 12”
Mutated Forms/DOUBTS 12”
Various/WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP 12”
House Nerds/NERDS ARE PEOPLE TOO 12”
Armand Van Helden & S Aoki/BRRRAT! 12"
Of Norway/HEATHEN BURIAL EP 12”
Incredible Bongo Band/BREAKDOWN RMXS 12”
Four Hands/HIZOU (LIMITED) 1-SIDED 12”
Nile Delta/CHANNEL 12”
Bbq/MY WAY HOME EP 12”
Marcelus/EP1 12”
Noisia/ALPHA CENTAURI 12”
Floating Points/VACUUM EP 12”
Frank Mitchell Jr/BOOTY LOCK 7”
Cloud/STRINGS 12”
Billy Woost/BILLY WOOST LP
Heels Of Love/SLAVE 12”
Ilija Rudman/AGAINST THE WALL 12”
Various/MANMADE GOLD EDITION DLP
Root Soul/FUSELAGE: UNRELEASED RMXS 12”
Amel Larrieux/TELL ME-G. FITZGERALD 10”
Mario Basanov/UP - NICHOLAS REMIX 12”
Badly Drawn Boy/YOU LIED 1-SIDED 12”
Various/KEEP HOUSE IN YOUR MIND 12”
House of Jezebel/LOVE & HAPPINESS 12”
Radioslave/RADIOSLAVE MEETS SKINT 12"
Small World Disco/EDITS #11 12”
Tiga/LOVE DON'T DANCE HERE ANYMORE 12”
Deep Space Orchestra/TRUST SKYNET EP 12”
Brother's Rise/PACK MENTALITY EP 12”
KBE/NAKED MUSIC CLUB VERSIONS 12”
Dimitri From Tokyo/SAKURA BLUE EDITS 12”
Eddie Leader & Friends/FRONT GROOVE 12”
Insiders/CAIRO 12”
Master H/STABS CALL EP C PROMMER RMX 12”
Digitalism/BLITZ 12”
Goth Trad/TWO FACED 12”
Modular Men/ACID MANEUVERS EP 12”
Roland Casper/JR EXPERIENCE 12”
Most Of This Moment/ISOLEE REMIXES 12”
Danny Byrd/WE CAN HAVE IT ALL REMIX 12”
Phace/MAMMOTH 12”
Phace/CCTV 12”
Hatcha & Lost/WHY SO SERIOUS 12”
Hatcha & Lost/WORKOUT 12”
Andy Ash/OTP PARTY BREAKS #3 12”
Stone Love/STONE SPANADA 7”
Various/NIGHTLIFE VOL. 5 EP #2 DLP
James Duncan/SHADES OF HOUSE 12”
James Blake/CMYK 12”
Lenzman/BITTERSWEET 12”
Miguel Migs/LOVE WE HAD (FEAT PEVEN) 12”
Bad Robot/BLACK WHIP 12”
Hotel Motel/PAYING THE PRICE 12”
Francis Inferno Orchestra/MEET ME... 12”
Ben Verse/DARK STAR 12”
KBE/NAKED MUSIC CLUB VERSIONS 12”