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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Adrian Younge

Posted by Amoebite, July 30, 2019 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Adrian Younge - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sharp-dressed man Adrian Younge visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about his introduction to jazz, the influence of David Axelrod's compositions on hip-hop, and the band that inspired him to learn how to play instruments in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Often fusing the genres of soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz, Adrian Younge first attracted critical acclaim for his score to the Adrian Younge Produced By2009 blaxploitation flick Black Dynamite. In addition to his roles as producer and composer, Younge was responsible for the majority of the music on the score, performing over a dozen instruments himself with support from a handful of vocalists and instrumentalists. Wax Poetics released Younge's score later that year. The success of Black Dynamite led Younge to relaunch his earlier Venice Dawn project; as a result, Wax Poetics released his atmospheric Something About April LP in 2011.

In 2013, Younge teamed up with The Delfonics, a major influence on Adrian, for the LP Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics. Shortly afterward, Younge joined forces with Ghostface Killah for Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die. His next high-profile collaboration was 2014's Adrian Younge Presents There Is Only Now with Souls of Mischief. Working tirelessly, Younge followed this up with work on Bilal's In Another Life and Ghostface's Twelve Reasons to Die II. In 2016, Something About April II came out, with contributions from Raphael Saadiq and Laetitia Sadier. That same year, Younge released The Electronique Void, a synth-heavy concept LP featuring narration from Jack Waterson, and joined forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the Luke Cage soundtrack. Younge has also worked with or been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Jay-Z. In 2019, he released Produced By Adrian Younge, which features vocals by Black Thought, Estelle, Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.

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Massive Attack Vinyl Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2016 03:16pm | Post a Comment

Massive Attack vinyl reissues

On December 23rd, pioneering English electronica duo Massive Attack are reissuing three essential albums on 180-gram vinyl. Formerly a trio, original members Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall changed the course of dance music, slowing it down and infusing it with hip-hop rhythms to create a musical hybrid that would establish Massive Attack as a major presence in the music world and help open the doors for collaborators/fellow travelers Tricky and Portishead. Unfortunately, the group's early albums have been hard to find on vinyl for several years, unless you were lucky enough to score a used copy or a pricey import. But that's about to change soon, and here's why we're delighted to bring each LP home and put the needle on the record.

Blue Lines

Blue Lines

With the release of their debut LP Blue Lines in 1991, Massive Attack put themselves and the whole Bristol scene on the map. Fusing elements of hip-hop, reggae, soul, and electronica, the album features classic tracks "Lately," "Daydreaming," and "Unfinished Sympathy," with contributions from Shara Nelson and Horace Andy.

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with AIR

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

AIR Nicolas Godin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I've never wanted to buy any live albums before. For me live was live, records were records...This one makes me change my opinion," says Nicolas Godin, of the French electronic duo AIR. He is talking about Roseland NYC Live by Portishead, a band he explains is very influential to his own music. Godin had sincere and interesting insight into his shopping picks during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, and he also revealed which artist's music career he most wishes he had.

AIR Twentyears Amoeba MusicNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunkel formed AIR in 1995, at the peak of the French electronic scene's popularity. However, with influences ranging from '60s easy listening to Italian film soundtracks and the work of Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo didn't entirely fit in with the French Touch sound prominent at the time. Instead, with the release of AIR's Moon Safari in 1998, Godin and Dunkel ushered in a new downtempo sound that would be emulated by scores of artists. In 2000, the band teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, launching a collaboration that would extend through the band's contributions to the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.

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Essential Records: Portishead's 'Dummy'

Posted by Amoebite, October 27, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Portishead Dummy

During the summer of 1996, I became obsessed with Portishead. Dummy had been released two years earlier, so generally speaking, I was late to the game, but in the suburban town where I was about to start high school, I was definitely way ahead of the game. Because when it came to underground music, culture or film, there was no game.

I was just about to turn fifteen and leave all the friends I'd known for nearly a decade to attend the state's largest high school on my own. It was a deeply mopey time. At the same time, I was starting to realize that the music on Top 40 radio made me feel like something was missing, that musically-speaking, there must be more out there. So, I started tuning into the local alt-rock station after school, alone in my room, and that's where I first encountered Portishead's "Sour Times."


Portishead - Sour Times
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I hated this song. I thought it was irritating and abrasive. Singer Beth Gibbons would wail "Nobody loves me/it's true/not like you do" with her '60s jazz influenced vocals and I would get pissed off that I'd have to sit through it for the next three or four minutes. (For some reason I never went as far as actually turning the radio off.) Every time I heard it, I would get angry at it, angry that I had to sit through it, angry that the station's Music Director had poisoned the rotation with this grating, slightly terrifying few minutes of song. 

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Portishead to Reissue Seminal 'Dummy' LP

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:32am | Post a Comment

Portishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.

The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.

Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below:

 

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