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New Electronic 12" Releases 10/28 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Morgan Geist, John Daly, Lukid, Omar S, Marcellus Pittmann, Four Tet & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 28, 2010 12:05pm | Post a Comment

Storm Queen
Look Right Through12”
Environ

Morgan Geistʼs new project STORM QUEEN marks a return to his roots with an analog approach towards modern house music with a disco pedigree. STORM QUEEN is made for DJs, but doesnʼt sacrifice atmosphere and songwriting. STORM QUEEN owes a debt to classic house music from New York, Chicago and Detroit, as well as disco and boogie.

Listen to "Look Right Through" here:





John Daly
BIG PIANO 12"
Drum Poet

Ireland's JOHN DALY brings this 4 track EP of house perfection. The title track brings back the feeling of 90s KERRI CHANDLER; "REACH" continues the deepness with a warm sound; "LONG DISTANCE" adds more of a tech texture & "ATLANTIC DRIVE" finishes the 12" with a serene mood.

Listen to "Big Piano" here:




LUKID
Chord 3LP
Werk

3LP release. Chord is a vital body of work from an important member of the Werkdiscs group of questing artists. Lukid tunes unfold and ripen into sonic screenplays that you can re-discover and re-immerse yourself in on each listen. In a review of his late 2008 album Foma (WERK 007CD), Resident Advisor opined "he may as well re-christen his production alias The Master Of Musical Subtlety. This collection of perplexingly complex hip-hop instrumentals takes the low-slung, late-night pace of his first, Onandon, and runs headlong with it through a room full of wilting vinyl into a sample bank of bitty drum hits and scuzzed-out, succulent synth swells." Presented as a vinyl-only triple pack limited to 500 copies, Chord extends and develops the sonic themes of Foma, taking three tracks from that CD-only release into the vinyl realm for the first time as augmentation to the eight brand-new pieces on display.

Listen to "Spiller" here:





Omar-S
These Complimentary Tracks 12"
FXHE

Another Omar-S 4 track banger!! DJ Tools for the non-lazy DJ's of today! These are some tracks that Farley Jackmaster Funk would jack in and out of a set back in the day on WBMX..Don't Sleep!!







Marcellus Pittman
Unirhythm Green 12”
Unirhythm

The first edition of the Unirhythm Green Series. Two brand new, smooth as ice tracks from the Motor City Madman Marcellus Pittman. The A-Side is "TOM Remix," a dynamic DJ tool that will keep the heads bouncing in the club. The B-Side, "If the Earth Could Talk," is equal parts deep and dubby, but still has that lo-fi Detroit grit in the sound. This is a record that will stick around in many DJs crates for a long time. This record is the first of a series of collaborations between Unirhythm and FIT.

Listen to "If the Earth Could Talk" here:






XX

VCR (FOUR TET REMIX) 12"
Young Turks

Very limited, one-sided, official promo only release from the label YOUNG TURKS. These indie darlings, winners of the UK's prestigious Mercury Music prize this year, get possibly their best remix to date from FOUR TET in the form of this percolating, melodic, and uplifting remix!

Listen to the Four Tet remix here:




King & Hound
LOVE BUZZ 12"
Golden Goose

San Fran's KING & HOUND (JAMES GLASS & DJ GARTH) strike again with two more disco rock edits: "LOVE BUZZ" is an obscure 70s psyche rock album cut re- mastered and extended for adventurous dancefloors b/w "CAN'T GET ENOUGH," a percussive 80s boogie groover for the disco trains...







Caribou/SUN & LEAVE HOUSE (M.C.D.E.) 12"
Morphosis "Running Out / Musafir" 12”
Reggie Blout " Hard Times EP" 12"
Kyle Hall "The Dirty Thouz" 12”
Kyle Hall "The Perfekt Sin" 12”
Steven Tang "The Verged Sessions" 12"
Psycatron "She Is Music" 12”
Badboe/I BELIEVE EP 12"
Mike Dehnert "The Many Roots" 12”
Roy Davis Jr./Omar-S "All I Do" 12"
Roberto Rodriguez/COMPOST BLACK #69 12"
Various/ITALO HOUSE NOW SAMPLER 12"
Embassy/LURKING (TENSNAKE REMIX) 12"
Untold/COME FOLLOW ME 12"
Noisia & Ed Rush/BRAIN BUCKET 12"
Mock & Toof/NORMANS EYES 12"
Lukatron-Luke Solomon/FACTS OF LIFE 12"
Space Ranger/CHOCOLATE BAR EP 12"
Chicago Damn/HOLD ON 12"
TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE: Traversable Wormhole - The Remixes Pt.0312”
STOJCHE: Whack Whack 12”
MENDES & ALCADA: Night Of The Bath/In The Morning 12"
METOPE: Defender/Zonic 12"
SEBASTIEN BOUCHET: Fallen Angel 12"
IAN POOLEY & SPENCER PARKER: Kinderteller/Jolesch 12"
AZARI & III: Reckless With Your Remixes2 12"
LOSOUL: Care Remixe Pt. 3 12"
FLATNER & LOPAZZ, ALEX: Dinosaurs 12"
JODEY KENDRICK: Plus Ten 12"
MONOLITH: Volume 1 12"
FRITZ ZANDER: For Your Love EP 12"
LONE: Once In A While 12”
LADY BLACKTRONIKA: First Lady Of Beatdown EP 12"
PLANT 43: Burning Decay LP

my top 50 albums of 2009...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 15, 2009 01:20pm | Post a Comment

thieves like us play music
#1
Thieves Like Us
- Play Music (Shelflife)

This was one of those albums that I was excited about before I even heard it. I knew I would be falling in love with this one from the review alone. And the love only got stronger as time went on. I couldn't get enough of this one! It may not seem like much at first, but it truly is fantastic. I still don't know too much about this band. All I know is that they are from Sweden and they like New Order. The album is that sort of dark and new wave style but it doesn't really fall into one genre alone. Favorite songs on the album are "Fass," "Miss You," and "Drugs in My Body." The label Shelflife has put out good albums before, but nothing as good as this. I had really big hopes for this band this year to catch on in America but I don't think they ever really got that big here, which is the fate of many bands that I have fallen in love with before. They might just be a bit too weird or dark and slow. The album does not hit you over the head at first but it does get under your skin and the songs are catchy in their own special way. I highly recommend it. They do remind me a bit of the album by The Teenagers that I fell in love with last year, just without the silliness. A fantastic little album.

listen to "Fass" by Thieves Like Us...

 

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the pains of being pure at heart
#2
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland)


This album still gets me all happy and giggly -- even just looking at the album cover or saying the band's name out loud. The album cover reminds me of Strawberry Switchblade or My Bloody Valentine but The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound more like Belle & Sebastian or Camera Obscura. This album is 100% pure twee pop, like nature intended it to be. The songs are cute and adorable but they are also so much more than that. They all tell a story and bring you into a different world, like watching your favorite movie when you are sad. This album can cure any bad mood...unless you hate twee music. Then it might make your mood a bit worse! But even then I think you might have a hard time not falling in love with this album. I saw them live at the Echo not too long after the album came out and it was a great show but I think they still had some stuff to work out. It was just hard to capture the brilliance of the album in a live setting. It is one of those records meant to be listened to in your own bedroom, music for those of us that grew up with The Cure and The Smiths; for those of those that fell in love with The Softies and The Aislers Set in the 90's. Slumberland was the perfect label for this band to end up on -- I really couldn't think of a better label for them. I have been a big fan of Slumberland for a while, since it brought us albums by The Softies, Boyracer, Velocity Girl, The Aislers Set, Henry's Dress, Lodger, Rocketship, and The Crystal Stilts. The Pains are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I am happy to have them in my life.

listen to "Young Adult Friction" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart...


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out this week 9/8 & 9/15...xx...kid cudi...muse...the feelies...health...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 17, 2009 04:41pm | Post a Comment

From the moment I first heard the single "Crystalized" by the XX, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the album. That song just got deep down inside of me. It is such a fantastic song and is the kind of song that really affects you emotionally. It made me cry I think the first time I heard it, and yet I keep going back to it and can't get it out of my head. It is like the best day of your life that is now only a memory. It becomes tinged with sadness since you know you will never experience that day again and it will only be a memory. I love being nostalgic and I often put experiences too quickly into my memory. Sometimes I make them into memories as they are still happening. When I am having a really great day or experiencing a really magical part of life, I immediately start thinking about how I will remember this moment before it is even over. I know that we often make our memories better than the actual event so I try to reflect on the moment as it is happening to make sure my memory is more accurate. I don't know if all this makes sense, but I am basically comparing this song, this band and this whole album to the greatest memories of the greatest experiences that you have in your life. They are fantastic memories but also have a hint of sadness and tragedy because they are just memories.

The new self titled album by the XX is as good as the single. There is not a bad song on the album. It is XX by XXactually a pretty simple album. There is really not a lot of stuff going on here. The songs are structured simply and most have male and female vocals trading back and forth. It just comes together beautifully somehow. I have always loved R&B and the darker side of New Wave music, but rarely do the two genres meet. They often couldn't be more different. But XX manages to somehow combine the genres into one magical style of music. I would never call the XX a Goth band but they might appeal to fans of Goth music. They will for sure appeal to anybody who likes Dark Wave or Dream Pop. Fans of Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, Piano Magic, & For Against will not be disappointed. The music often sounds like The Cure or Joy Division. Maybe like Blonde Redhead's version of Joy Division. But the songs also have the feeling of a really good R&B ballad. Imagine R. Kelly or Aaliyah singing along to a Joy Division song. They totally make it work and I totally have fallen in love with this band. But beware! These songs are not going to make you get up and dance. I doubt they will put a smile on your face. The album is on the dark side. XX is made up of four friends from South West London who are all in their very early 20s, but they seem to have already experienced the whole range of emotions that most of us will ever go through. The album is released on the label Young Turks which has quietly been putting out albums and singles for the last couple of years. This might be the best record it has put out so far.

You really need to experience the XX yourself to properly make up your mind about them. I have not had the chance to see them live yet but I will be going to see them as soon as I can. The album has 11 tracks and it is really hard to pick my favorite song. They all sort of blend into each other to make up one simply perfect album. I probably love "Crystalized" more than anything, but "Heart Skipped A Beat" and "VCR" are also fantastic. "Shelter" and "Night Time" are also two of the better songs on the album. They are for sure two of the darker songs on an album full of darkness. I know I keep saying it, but all the songs are amazing! "Shelter" could easily be a song by Portishead. I always love the contrast of the male and female voice. Some bands just get it perfect. The contrasting voices on this album are often not so contrasting. They are both dark and on the deeper side, but it still works. I am gonna go back and listen to some more XX right now. I can usually only take the album about once a day. It is sort of like the Carpenters...I love them more than anything but their music can sometimes get me down and I can really only handle that about once a day. But don't let that scare you away from listening to this album. The best things in life often come with a bit of heartache, and what is the point of life without the risk of some heartache? This album is for sure worth it. I love it.

here is the video for "Crystalized" by the XX...



and here is the video for "Basic Space" by the XX...




also out this 9/8..






After Robots by Blk Jks











The Good Earth (Reissue) by The Feelies










Crazy Rhythms (Reissue) by The Feelies











Friendly Fires (Deluxe Edition) by Friendly Fires











Get Color by Health











Visitor by Jim O'Rourke











In Prism by Polvo






out 9/9...





The Beatles Reissues (Rubber Soul/Abbey Road/Let It Be/Etc...)







also out 9/15...






Central Market by Tyondai Braxton











Keep In Mind Frankenstein by Grand Archives











Man on the Moon by Kid Cudi











Journal For Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers











Resistance by Muse











Skinny Jeanz & A Mic by New Boyz











Kamaal the Abstract by the Q-Tip











Temporary Pleasure by Simian Mobile Disco











Ashes Grammar by A Sunny Day In Glasgow











Diary and LP2 by Sunny Day Real Estate (reissues)











Manafon by David Sylvian