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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood - Steffi, Anton Zap, Sepalcure, Ron Hardy, Son Of Sam, Isolee & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 10, 2011 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Steffi
Yours & Mine LP
Ostgut Ton

On the debut album by Berlin-based Dutch DJ/producer Steffi, you will discover an even further developed producer who shares her personal journey. A long period of intense experimentation and self-discovery led to this sensitive, instinctive and extremely insightful long-player. Carefully mixing old and new, warm analog synth and drum textures flow in unison with modern studio finesse over nine tracks, each telling its own story. Ethereal, hypnotic passages and positive, uplifting messages meet temperate, slow-building vibes and heart-wrenching moments. Often, simplicity blurs into satisfying complexity. Moments of sheer joy arise against the backdrop of a rich and elegantly-controlled exploration of sound. The opening track, "Lilo," is a soothing, harmonious forecast of this deep dance music album-- swirling and reduced. A warm solid state thump drives it, however, and it becomes clear that the beauty in Steffi's house music lies in this meeting of classic, emotion-drenched melodies and bold, earthy drums. The tactile "Piem" rises and climbs with a strong late-night intensity before "Yours" featuring Virginia comes to the fore. Striking a clever balance between positive, addictive pop and straight-up club energy, this vocal-led future-classic is a loud and proud testament to how far Steffi has come -- not only as a producer, but as a DJ who understands the need for balance, control and release. Perhaps an ode to the many foundations of house that have no doubt inspired Steffi, "Arms" is a string-led jack track, a slow burner in the best sense, and all the better for it. Similarly, "Manic Moods" sells itself on the strength of its handful of carefully-crafted analog synth lines, slowly fusing to become one while her beats urge us forward. The urgent sci-fi tones and extended soaring strings of "Mine" bring it back to the club as heady images of warehouses past, present and future flash before you. This retro-futurism is then taken further with the muscular "Nightspacer," whose NY house roots are fleshed out by blossoming pads and an unstoppable, throbbing, traveling vibe. Drawing the album towards its close, the deeply spaced "You Own My Mind," featuring Virginia's beautifully smooth vocals, washes over and wraps around you in a melancholic blanket of sound. Deeply personal to the last, "Moving Lips" could be that special last embrace; one more moment to end the night and yet keep you longing for more.

Purchase Steffi - Yours & Mine here


Sepalcure
Fleur EP 12”
Hotflush

Following their stunning "LOVE PRESSURE" debut, this Brooklyn-based duo, who have recorded previously as MACHINEDRUM, release another gorgeous EP of 4 tracks that weave distant chords, soulful vocals, and organic rhythms into vibrant soundscapes that transcend genre.

Purchase Sepalcure - Fleur here



Ron Hardy

RON HARDY EDITS #4 12”
Not On Label

#4 of this jacked up series brings more cuts supposedly from lost Chicago reels. Side A holds a clean edit and an instrumental of "LIQUID LOVE." On the flip are 2 more tracks that have been heard on numerous HARDY tapes that bring out the more 'acid' style of house. This one's the best so far!

Purchase Ron Hardy - Edits #4 here



Son Of Sam

Nature Makes A Mistake 12”
Running Back

It is 1984 all over again. The freshest sound ever, even fresher now. Running Back unearthed a treasure from the UK '80s art funk vaults: "Nature Makes A Mistake," written and produced by Chris Bishop, originally released on a cassette sampler, now restored and remastered for vinyl. Âme (teaming-up with Marcel Dettmann in the mix) maintains the spirit of the original and teleports it onto the dancefloors of the 21st century.

Purchase Son Of Sam - Nature Makes A Mistake here


Isolee

Well Spent Youth 2LP
Pampa

After six years, Isolée finally releases his third album on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Over the last 15 years, Isolée has managed to create a breathtaking trademark sound. Every note seems lovingly scavenged from the depths of his analog equipment pool, then polished and woven into an abstract, otherworldly, always morphing yet still binding and bouncing sound composition of epic proportions. Well Spent Youth is a chameleon; it assumes different forms depending on the volume it's played. Tunes like 'Taktell,' 'Thirteen Times An Hour,' 'Hold On,' 'One Box' and 'Celeste' set the club on fire, quickly spreading the unique, indescribable Isolée vibe, which imbues the often cold, bleak dancefloor with a unique, clever color. The collective joy at being challenged is ubiquitous. People dance to Isolée's music with their eyes closed -- opened every now and then only to exchange knowing nods. Now, Isolée reminds us yet again what electronic music is capable of -- crossing boundaries and achieving the psychedelic.

Purchase Isolee - Well Spent Youth here

Various
TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 2 12”
Harmless

2nd volume of this compilation series for TRAX's 25th anniversary features tracks re-edited by some of the contributors to DJ HISTORY. PPF's "JACK FOR DAZE DUB" of "FARLEY KNOWS HOUSE," JUSTIN HARRIS redoes RALPHI's "YOU USE TO HOLD ME," KINK covers "CLAP ME," & JOHN DALY edits "CAN YOU FEEL IT!"

Purchase Trax vs Dj History vol 2 here



Anton Zap
Background Series #3
Ethereal Sound

Continuing the string of ultra deep releases, ANTON ZAP brings #3 in this particular series. "KEEP ON MOVING" is a hypnotizing tune with warm pads and a familiar melody sample. "38" on side B keeps the atmosphere deep and chugs with a synth bass and minimal changes.

Purchase Anton Zap - Background Series #3 here




Isolee & Robag Wruhme/TAKTELL 12”
Aril Brikha/DEEPARTURE IN TIME 2LP
Calagad 13/I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE EP 12”
Max Essa/MIDNIGHT & DUB DIRECTION EP 12”
Telephunken/ALL THE MAMIS EP 12”
Marcello Napoletano & IFM/RENEGADE...12”
Mizz Beats/ARE WE THE DICTATORS EP 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 1 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 2 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 3 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 4 12”
JD Twitch/CUMBIA 12”
Boohgaloo Zoo/I GOT 12”
Onur Engin/EDITS VOL. 2 12”
Kay Sputnik/BIPOLAR PROMO CUTZ 5 12”
Chris Simmonds/STILL WORKING HARD EP 12”
DJ Madd/ARPZ 3000 12” SP:MC & LX1/DOWN 12"
1000names/BEFORE SUNRISE 12”
Trujillo/FRUIT PUNCH 12”
DJ Madd/DUB MARINE-KRYPTIC MINDS RMX 12”
Jay 5ive & Kromestar/BASS 96 12”
Lee Foss/YOUR TURN GIRL 12”
Zero G/BRING IT (SUBSCAPE REMIX) 12”
Greg Paulus/CREW LOVE REMIXES 12”
Anton Zap/BACKGROUND SERIES #3 10”
Vakula/BACKGROUND SERIES #4 10”
Mic Newman/LIVE EAST, DIE YOUNG 12”
Relocate/SOUL SURVIVOR 12”
Yasmin/ON MY OWN 12”
Marlow/LOVE KILLS SLOWLY 12”
Danny Byrd & Netsky/TONIGHT 12”
Various/HOSPITALITY D&B 2011 EP D12”
Kromestar/JABBER JAWZ 12”
Andy Ash/ANOTHER WORLD 12”
Marcos Cabral/OTP PARTY BREAKS #5 12”
Genetix/SQUID ATTACK 12”
ASC & VACCINE/MACHINES 12”
Gravious/JUNCTION CITY 12”
VOZMEDIANO: There's A Light EP 12"
SHADOW DANCER: Murder Room 12”
KINK: Leko/Yako 12"
ERNESTO FERREYRA: El Paraiso De Las Tortugas Remixes 12"
GUMMIHZ: Songs From The Continents 12"
ENEMY EARTH: Bardo L
DANIEL STEINBERG: Shut Up 2LP
OMURAH: Paranormal Symphonies 12”
MARCO CAROLA: Groove Catcher 12"
MANIK: Keep That Fresh EP 12"
DAVID ALVARADO VS. LUCA BACCHETTI: The Remix EP 12"
NORTHERN STRUCTURES: Self Similarity 12"
AARDVARCK & KUBUS: Gloom 12"
BENTON: Sinners/Necromancy 10"
NUPHLO: 40 Thieves 12"

New Electronic 12" Releases 9/24 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Penner & Muder, Harvey, Pacific Horizons, Aubrey/Skudge & More...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 24, 2010 01:40pm | Post a Comment



Discreet Unit

Shake Your Body Down 12”
Prime Numbers

Born from a live studio jam this track is a real club groover inspired by early Chicago acid house and old skool Detroit techno. Infectious bassline guaranteed to get the crowd moving. B/w "TWILIGHT" an edited DJ session cut. Cover art done by DISCREET UNIT himself.











Penner & Muder

Let The Music Play 12”
Moodmusic

NILS PENNER & JOHN MUDER bring 3 single cuts from their album "SAME MONKEYS DIFFERENT ZOO". The 1st is a hot track with an uplifting late night feel. "TIME HAS COME" is a deep vocal driven track and "ACROSS MY HEART" ends the EP nicely with real nice chugger complete with filtered synthlines & vocals.

Listen to "Let The Music Play" here:






Pacific Horizons

Jack Parsons Lab
Pacific Wizards

Followup to their successful debut that garnered support from HARVEY, RAY MANG and more. Two Balearic tracks ("less Pacha, more Cafe Del Mar") that quietly uphold the West Coast soft rock tradition. B/w "FOREST ELECTRIC". Sleeve features a full color cover painting by Cali artist JAY NELSON.










Harvey

Tan Sedan 12”
International Feel

HARVEY presents LOCUSSOLUS with a balearic vibe of FLEETWOOD MAC on quaaludes. B-side "THROWDOWN" is a tripped out, chillwave anthem with some sleazy vocals for the perfect ambience. Includes a bonus bass & beats mix of "THROWDOWN". Rave reviews from a who's who of DJ's!












Aubrey

Evacuation – Skudge remix 12”
Syncrophone

An official re-release of the 1997 track "EVACUATION" from the label OFF SHOOT RECORDS, here accompanied with a new SKUDGE remix for a new techno feel. On the flip, the huge tech track "SHIMMER" from 1995 gets another spin along with an unreleased 2010 version by AUBREY.

Listen to Skudge remix here:







Dj Sprinkles

House Explosion 1
Skylax

SKYLAX CLASSIC drops this 4 track EP from DJ SPRINKLES presenting K-S.H.E. Originally released in Japan in 2006, these were extracted from his amazing album. Includes "DOWN HOME KAMI-SAKUNOBE", "DOUBLE SECRET (ORIGINAL MIX)", "FUCK THE DOWN LOW (ORIGINAL MIX)", & lastly "HOBO TRAIN". Essential.

Listen to "Kami-Sakunobe" here:






Gene Hunt & Ron Hardy

Throwback 87’ 12”
Hour House Is Your Rush

HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH puts out this 3 track EP from GENE HUNT that he produced 'back in the day' along with the late RON HARDY. Whether or not RONNIE was really involved, you can still expect dope old school beats, jackin bass, and signature GENE keys and chords. Recommended!

Listen to "Throwback 87" here:








Terrance McDonald

Mind over Matter
MOS-Deep

Originally released in 1991 on Chicago TRAX' sublabel SABER, this almost forgotten Chicago house EP gets remastered, recut, and re-released! STEVE POINDEXTER contributes his "NEW MIX" of the title cut and includes the originals of "SPACED OUT" & "BACK FROM CANADA".












Silver Columns

Aways On – Caribou remix
Moshi

A band on the rise, SILVER COLUMN's wacked out off-kilter brand of electro pop has electrified the UK festical circuit all summer. This new single comes backed with a gloriously sprawling, thrillingly dense 9-minute remix by CARIBOU - turing it inside out into an epic psyche pop odyssey. (MOSHI)

Listen to Caribou remix here:





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Hot Chip/WE HAVE REMIXES 12”
Others/OFF THE WALL 12”
Thievery Corp/IT TAKES A THIEF EP # 1
Thievery Corp/IT TAKES A THIEF EP #2
Marcos Valle/ESTATICA LP
Kuba Sojka/BRIGHT SHADOW OF A STAR 12”
Kuniyuki/SET ME FREE 12”
Project Club - Fete/FUTURE BALEARICA 12”
Pariah/SAFEHOUSES EP D12”
Various/NEW RECRUITS EP 12”
Drumsound/FU MANCHU 12"
Psychic TV/ALIEN BRAIN MAGGOT BRAIN 12"
Tes La Rok/IGNITION (VIP MIX) 12”
Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Auge/RUBBER OST 12”
Squarepusher/SHOBALEADER ONE (OIZO) 12”
Synkro/LETTING GO (D BRIDGE REMIX) 12”
Synkro/RESERVOIR 10”
Tunnidge/7 BREATHS 12”
Second Floor/PLEASANT PEOPLE 12”
Marvin Gaye/PRAISE (DJ PRIME EDIT) 12”
Bonar Bradberry/SIULA GRANDE 12”
Moonstarr/ILL HARMONICS VOL. 1 12”
Acid Washed/ACID WASHED EP 12”
Recloose/EARLY WORKS PT. 1 12”
DJ Sneak/ESSENTIAL SNEAK VOL 3 12”
Various/SMALL TIME CUTS VOL 4 10”
Heels Of Love/CRAZY REMIXES 12”
Zombie Zombie/PLAYS JOHN CARPENTER 12”
Gotan Project/RAYUELA 10”

Listen to all these new releases on our 12" listening stations!

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 05/16/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 11, 2009 03:09pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Linkwood Family - MILES AWAY DUBS 12" FIREC005
INTRUSION DUBS pressed on ultra heavyweight white vinyl. Limited pressing of 1000 copies each hand stamped by the label with each sleeve done with a special screen printing process. This is STEVE HITCHELL aka INTRUSTION aka CV313 aka SOULTEK and one half of ECHOSPACE. Do not sleep!!
 
Jon Hopkins - LIGHT THROUGH THE VEINS 12" DS014
Sit down and listen to this. Classic, hypnotic, spacey electronica with a beauty and sadness to it. EWAN PEARSON delivers a 15 minute future Balearic classic and DAVID HOLMES keeps it simple and euphoric, with a slight indie meets cosmic feel.
 
Beatfanatic - AUTOMATIC 12" SCR016
 
Francisco Mora Catlett - BABA LU AYE 12" PC12002
 
Nickodemus - SUN CHILDREN EP 12" ESL152
 
Federico Aubele - LA ESQUINA & CORAZON 12" ESL126
 
Federico Aubele - MARIA JOSE 12" ESL127
 
Annie - ANTHONIO (FRED FALKE REMIX) 12" ITEM1
 
Embassy - State 08 12" ADV003
 
Golden Bug - BARBIE'S BACK REMIXES 12" SSG003
 
Hexadecimal - SECRET AGENT EP 12" DISNT184
 
Kraftwerk - ULTRA RARE TRAXX 1 DLP KFT001
 
MGMT - KIDS (SOULWAX REMIX) 12" 88697412831
 
Metronomy - RADIO LADIO REMIX 12" BEC5772480
 
Maetrik - SPACE CHRONIC EP 12" MSHIP008
 
Nice Up! - DARE MAN & SHOW ME DUB 7" NICEUP007
 
Trackademics - ENJOY WHAT YOU DO 12" FGR016
 
Various - FOOL'S GOLD REMIXED 12" FGRRMX
 
Various - WIREBLOCK 002 12" WB002
 
Roxy Music - AVALON 12”  ROXYMISC.



New House/Disco 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Jaz - I PLAYED SPORTS EP 12" SF005  
Groove Dis Exclusive! 4 track EP taken from JAZ's CD. It starts off with some rough vocal disco slow and funky called "GLAMSANITY," the next track is a smooth and slow groover/head nodder, "GIVE ME SOME LOVE" is a percussive Jamaican funk meets disco cut and the last track is a late night Balearic epic.
 
Rone - LA DAME BLANCHE-ROCCO REMIX 12" IF2016
New French house and disco sounds from RONE. This one is a chugger with a catchy synth hook. On the flip "ROCCA (BUZZIN FLY)" drops a tracky house version with some acid sounds over French vocal snippets. A steel drum like synth pierces through unexpectedly and makes ya wiggle.
 
DJ Bang - THIS'N THAT (AKA DERRICK CARTER) 12" GKM028
 
DJ Bang - ST JAMES REMIX 12" GKM023
 
DJ Funky Chocolate - FIRST CHOICE #4 12" FCR004
 
Demis - LOVE IS (DANNY KRIVIT) 12" 6153606
 
Demis - LOVE IS (DIMITRI FROM PARIS) 12" 6153786
 
Fred Everything - MERCYLESS REMIX 12" OM350SV
 
Jaz - SHRIMP & GRITS 12" SF004
 
Mendes & Alcada - COASTER (IDJUT RMX) 12" C56012  
 
Various - SMALL TIME CUTS VOL.1 12" STC001
 
Amel Larrieux - GET UP (LEO & G.ROBIN) 12" RAW016
 
Atlantic Conveyor - FANTASTIC REPRESS 12" UT008
 
Delano Smith - THE SMITH HALL PROJECT 12" UT002
 
Ivan Allard - BRING DOWN THE HOUSE 12" F009
 
Los Charlys Orch - DISCO FUNK EP 12" IMAGENES004
 
Los Charlys Orch - DISCO ROYALE 12" IMAGENES003
 
Louie Vega - DA JUNGLE (DJ PIERRE) 12" AAP002
 
M Swift - FEELING 12" FSR069
 
Claude Vonstroke - S.MACAW, E.DIRK RMX 12" MSHIP007
 
Output - VIBRATIONS - PEACE DIVISION 12" DOG009
 
Tarnished Thighs - BUTTER BALL ROCK 12" HC005
 
Touch Sensitive - BODY STOP-BRADBERRY 12" FCL35
 
Truck - RADIO-CAGE & AVIARY-LEO ZERO 12" EARS3005
 
Various - HOME RECORDINGS SAMPLER EP 2 12" HOMERECEP2
 
Half Pint - WINNER TAKES ALL (BOBBY KONDERS MIX) 12” MB007
 
Frankie Knuckles - TEARS NIGHT CRAWLERS 12” 739classic
 
Lil Louis - I CALLED YOU/BREAK 4 LOVE 12” M870
 
Levon Vincent  - SOLEMN DAYS EP 12” DEC02
 
Forrest Avery & Eric Andrew  - ON THE SLIDE 12” MHM004
 
Brothers Vibe & Anthony - COOL MIX SESSION 12” MIXX11
 
Ron Hardy - MUSIC BOX CLASSICS 12” Ph04
 
Kerri Chandler & Friends  - KCS KLASSIX VOL. 2 12” KK002
 
Soho - FREAKY (FRANCOIS K/JUNGLE BROTHERS) 12” 96358



New Dubstep/Jungle 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Coki - SQUARE OFF 12" DDEMON001
Limited stock on this first single from the DANCING DEMONS label. "SQUARE OFF" is a wobbly, pulsing, bass-heavy dubstep anthem, while "WARLORD RIDDIM" is a more dubwise steppers track with an insistent kick drum.
 
Kito - WHAT IF 12" DISF005
A deep, atmospheric dubstep track with ethereal vocals, this is modern / futuristic chillout. B-side "COLD" takes the same vibe, but adds ominous wobbly bass & synth washes for a dark, chilled vibe. Very dope! But what else would you expect from SKREAM's DISFIGURED DUBZ label?
 
Compound One - SPACE ODYSSEY 12" CMPD005
 
Compound One - THE PHONECALL 12" CMPD002
 
Dev79 - IN YA FACE 12" SECLUS017
 
Ed Rush & Optical - TRAVEL THE GALAXY 3LP VRS007LP
 
RSD - ON DECK 12" R8004
 
Scuba - BLEACH 12" ABUCS005
 
Scuba - FROM WITHIN (M.DETTMANN RMX) 12" HFRMX005 

TECHNO IS BLACK!

Posted by Mike Battaglia, February 2, 2009 11:00am | Post a Comment

              

Even five short years ago, many clubbers, ravers and dance music fans would be hard pressed to recognize the names Ron Hardy or Larry Levan (above, R-L), let alone acknowledge African American influence on the music they get freaky to on the weekends. Even in the black community, whole generations seem completely oblivious to this part of their musical heritage. Thankfully, that's changing. With a renewed interest in disco, 80's uptempo R&B aka boogie, techno and early house music over the past few years, knowledge of dance music's history and the role blacks (and gays and latinos) played in its inception is growing. Nightclubs where the music was allowed to evolve, like Levan's Paradise Garage (right) in New York, Hardy's Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse in Chicago (the latter being where the name House Music was coined) and Detroit's Music Institute remain legendary not because of the venues themselves or the people who owned them, but due to the DJ's who made those places immortal by performing an aural alchemy that transformed the American soundscape.

In honor of Black History Month 2009, I plan on taking a look at these legends so that they might gain a foothold with a new audience. People like The Belleville Three, legendary innovators of techno music from Detroit, or DJ's and producers like Tony Humphries at New Jersey's Zanzibar, that bridged the gap between disco's firey, racist and homophobic "death" and the birth of house and techno. I'd like to visit the lives and careers of people who changed the face of music forever, as well as ask a few questions. Questions like: Why is it that DJ's like Tiesto, Sasha & Digweed, Paul Oakenfold or Paul Van Dyk remain the most recognizable faces in mainstream dance music while Theo Parrish (left) remains an "undiscovered talent," or that popular knowledge of its history seems to go no further than the 90's, when white folks finally caught on en masse to what black folks in Chicago, Detroit and New York had already known for years? Or that the most popular strains of dance and electronic music seem to have erased all trace of African American influence? In a press release for a 2006 conference on techno's black origins at Indiana University, author and professor of folklore and ethnomusicology Portia Maultsby said:

"It is interesting how the music migrated from Detroit to Europe, and...became associated with rave parties, and then migrated back to the U.S., and Americans became involved...and the African American identity became invisible. Music can be appropriated and re-appropriated, and history can be distorted as a result of that ...Very few people associate techno with its African American origins."

                     

(The Belleville Three, L-R - Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson)

I may not even have answers to these questions (but would love to hear people's ideas in the comments), but I think raising them is almost enough. Questioning the status quo has never been a popular idea in dance music, but it's something that skeptical ol' me is hardwired for.

Now, obviously things are changing. These men have been regarded as gods in the underground for nearly 20 years and as new generations discover this music for the first time, it seems that it's the essence they immediately attach themselves to; the music's late 70's and early 80's beginnings are attracting the kids and new artists alike, such as Hercules and Love Affair or New York's DFA label, headed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. These artists either consciously or unconsciously are realizing a concept-- that house/dance/electronic music (whatever you want to call it) has lost its way and needs to step back a bit to reflect, to capture what made it great in the first place. To remember the groove.
 

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