Amoeblog

Comparing Tricky's New Song "The Only Way" With His Maxinquaye Album Quintessential Track "Hell is Round the Corner"

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2017 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Today Tricky unleashed his brand new track "The Only Way" that, upon listening to, longtime fans of the Bristol, England trip-hop  pioneer's will inevitably compare it to the artist's quintessential song "Hell is Round the Corner" off his post Wild Bunch / Massive Attack, 1995 solo debut Maxinquaye. And that comparison would be an honest, accurate one. In fact even Tricky himself describes the new track, part of a recording session series in done recently in Berlin, as "Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2." Further he noted that it's the type of homage to his own work that in the past he never would have dreamed of doing. 

"A few years ago I'd have said I ain't doing this because it sounds like me," said the artist born Adrian Thaws  noting that, "I always had a punk rock attitude: I don't give a fuck if you like Maxinquaye, I ain't doing another Maxinquaye. Now I'm a bit more comfortable giving people what they want sometimes." Listen and compare "Hell is Round the Corner" with the new "The Only Way" that iK7 label, who are distributing the single, accurately describe as "an orchestrated soul-barer" featuring Tricky's "trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop." Both tracks are immediately below. So far no official new album date or announcement that would be the follow up to last year's Skilled Mechanics (also avail on LP) that was also distributed by !K7 for the artist's own False Idols imprint.

Continue reading...

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.

50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

Continue reading...

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
Watch and comment on YouTube

 

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. 

Continue reading...

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.31.13: The Low End Theory, A$AP Rocky, J-Dilla, Tricky, The Genie, Black Moon, dPress, Kendrick Lamar

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2013 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week End 05:31:13


1) Black Moon Enta Da Stage LP reissue (Nervous)

2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

3) A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory CD reissue (Jive)

4) A$AP Rocky Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA)

5) J Dilla Anthem/Trust vinyl (Pay Jay)

The latest hip-hop top five, a mix of vinyl and CDs, from the San Francisco Amoeba Music store includes some new music plus some classic golden era hip-hop as well as a posthumous release (a single vinyl only) from the late great Detroit producer J Dilla who died seven years ago. The new releases represent both coasts: from the Left Coast is Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath) and from
Harlem, New York is A$AP Rocky's Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA) whose features include the hot new artist Schoolboy Q (on the track “PMW”

Continue reading...
<<  1  2  >>  NEXT