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Mecanica
ESP 016A
13 Jan 14
Techno
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Mecanica - (13:49) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Byot - (7:55) 131 BPM
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Review: Andrew Hogge's ESP Institute enjoyed a fine 2013, issuing a range of music from Tambien, Pharaohs, Tornado Wallace and Shocks that have deftly widened the label's sonic parameters whilst very much retaining the overarching aesthetic approach the man known as Lovefingers has cultivated. This release sees yet another label debut and it's a new name to us here at Juno; 33-10-3402 is a code name for Nenad Markovic, an imaginative and limitless musician and producer from Belgrade, Serbia. The Mecanica single is apparently the first in a trilogy of "opium den and whorehouse inspired" releases planned with the label and the two tracks further demonstrate just how wide of the mark it is to brand ESP just another disco label. The title cut is an erratic, abstract exercise in cacophony, with Markovic treating a stuttering vocal and crazed drum programming to all manner of delay - no one would bat an eyelid if this came out on PAN. "Byot" meanwhile offers some soothing sanctity and is reminiscent of the excellent KWC 92 LP recently issued on L.I.E.S.
Mecanica - II
ESP016B
11 Aug 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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III33 - (8:04) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cool Down - (11:21) 133 BPM
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Review: The esteemed ESP Institute label overseen by digger extraordinaire Lovefingers seems to be right in the midst of a purple patch right now having just dropped excellent long players from Young Marco and the Blase duo of Secret Circuit and Suzanne Kraft. Ahead of exciting returns for Tambien and Tornado Wallace, ESP offer another sublime slice of electronic funk for the open minds out there from Nenad Markovic's 33 10 3402 project. This is the second installment of Markovic's Mecanica series and it's a sound we've personally some to associate with Beppe Loda's infamous mix tapes from the mid-80s cosmic scene in Northern Italy. Both tracks are heavily reminiscent of that era, where brash African drums meet intricate electronic manipulations and funky basslines. A beautiful crossing of post-punk, cold wave and funk. Sublime!
MECANICA III
ESP 016C
04 May 15
Techno
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Slow Port - (8:21) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Plutonium Certainly - (4:52) 120 BPM
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Elika - (4:37) 99 BPM
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MECANICA IV
ESP 016D
04 May 15
Techno
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T Bov - (6:26) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Metamorfoze - (6:33) 100 BPM
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Panokorama
ESP 046
07 Apr 17
Deep House
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Sala Sensi - (5:07) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clypp - (5:28) 120 BPM
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W.C.R. - (2:00) 100 BPM
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Shufflington - (5:51) 122 BPM
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Ex% - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Amnesia - (2:22) 85 BPM
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Operator In Excelsis - (6:44) 119 BPM
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Saba - (5:30) 122 BPM
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Notion - (5:14) 122 BPM
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Panokorama - (4:43) 110 BPM
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Played by: DIONIGI
Review: Bartellow is German producer Beni Brachtel, an artist that has been in involved with Lovefingers' ESP Institute for some time and as a member of label favourites Tambien, alongside Marvin Schuhmann & Valentino Betz of Public Possession. It's a pretty diverse affair on his debut Pankorama LP, starting off with the rather rather Pal Joey sounding "Sala Sensi" before he dives into some cosmo-balearic tinged ambient on the lovely "Clypp". Dusty swing-fuelled underground house is covered covered on the appropriately titled "Shufflington" or especially the stopmin' "Operator In Excelsis". "Notion" bridges the gap between label head Andrew Hogge's fascination with the exotic and analogue electronics wonderfully.
The Lobbyist
ESP 028
04 Mar 16
Techno
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The Lobbyist - (6:32) 118 BPM
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Cupid's Delight (feat TCB) - (4:46) 107 BPM
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Gravel - (6:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: ESP Institute has always sought out unusual interpretations of electronic music. This latest offering from Benedikt Frey is no exception, as it sees him push the boundaries in a way that releases for Creme and Mule had only hinted at. "The Lobbyist" is a gnarly, rugged groove, gradually unraveling and full of the kind of intrigue that its title hints at. "Cupid's Delight" is even slower and more deliberate, with breathy soundscapes and twitchy percussive ticks adding to the sense of mystery. The release closes with "Gravel". Again the sense of otherworldliness prevails, with the rhythm at a dead pace and its fractured, disconnected groove sounding like tiny stones rattling around inside a tunnel.
Sunset Dawn
ESP 017
19 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Third Wall - (6:36) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hypnotic Mango - (5:10) 111 BPM
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Breathing Made Easy - (6:25) 110 BPM
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Suites & Spices - (5:32) 120 BPM
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Downtown Salad - (4:55) 111 BPM
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Chocolate Noon/Chocolate Moon - (8:21) 100 BPM
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Kyoto
ESP 074
04 Aug 17
Deep House
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Kyoto - (7:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Coimbra - (6:29) 76 BPM
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Played by: Akio Imai
Gozmez Land: Chaosexotica
ESP 003CD
26 Oct 10
Deep House
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From Other Space - (2:58) 129 BPM
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Gomez Land - (8:30) 120 BPM
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Mescat - (3:38)
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DFG (feat Dr Nishimura) - (7:32) 115 BPM
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Chaosexotica - (8:02) 123 BPM
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Forever - (4:32) 126 BPM
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Heavenly Trax - (7:18) 112 BPM
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Indigo Blue - (7:51) 126 BPM
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Marcos - (1:38)
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I-Bizan (Build The Progressive Band) - (8:42) 125 BPM
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Natural Lifespan (Acid Orchestra mix) - (11:16) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Heights B/w Safe House
ESP 041
29 Jan 16
Deep House
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The Heights - (7:57) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Safe House - (5:32) 120 BPM
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Played by: Night Noise
Review: According to ESP Institute, Damien Lynch is "a gentleman you've met in a past life". That's certainly true for those who checked his previous productions under the obscure Sarsparilla [sic] and Diamond Dagger aliases. Unlike those, which were inspired by classic electro and Italo-disco, the two tracks that make up this ESP Institute debut are deep, woozy, atmospheric and sensory. First up is "The Heights", where fluttering riffs, horizontal chords and luscious melodic flourishes ride a gradually building - and eventually pulsating - groove. "Safe House" is a more melancholic affair, despite the presence of some particularly bold and heavy percussion, with lilting marimba melodies, undulating arpeggio lines and tear-jerking pads catching the ear.
Brunette/Forced Relax
ESP 042
01 Jul 16
Deep House
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Brunette - (7:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Forced Relax - (5:22) 110 BPM
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Review: Damien Lynch has been busy of late, serving up a superb slab of electro-influenced experiments for Lunar Disko under the Diamond Dagger alias. Here he returns to ESP Institute under his given name, serving up the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut 12", The Heights. Opener "Brunette" is a deep and softly spun techno shuffler, with quietly spacey stabs, swooshing pads and stoned electric piano motifs enhancing the hypnotic, late night mood. "Forced Relax" is equally baked, but noticeably slower. It, too, sounds like a yearning, early morning transmission from some far-off planet, beamed down by a sleep-deprived astronaut pining for a comfy bed back on Earth.
Resume / Poor Old Head
ESP 035
19 Feb 16
Techno
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Resume - (7:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Poor Old Head - (5:56) 122 BPM
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Review: Having delivered a couple of quietly impressive solo EPs for Keep It Zen and Saft, as well as a highlight of Disco Bloodbath's label as one half of Al Gobi, Ian Blevins pops up on Lovefingers' ESP Institute with a pair of tracks that the LA label claim will "boost your Serotonin levels". Certainly, A-side "Hannibal" is a definite mood enhancer, with bubbling, high-pitched electronic melodies and spacey chords riding a fizzing, Detroit-influenced analogue house groove. Flipside "Welcome Aunt Poly" is an altogether deeper and drowsier affair, with rich, stretched-out pads reclining over a shuffling, cowbell-laden rhythm. It feels like the sort of track that could induce a "moment" when heard at the right time, despite its' relatively simple - if not less delicious - construction.
Hannibal B/w Welcome Aunt Poly
ESP 034
15 Jan 16
Techno
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Hannibal - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Welome Aunt Poly - (7:02) 116 BPM
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Review: Having delivered a couple of quietly impressive solo EPs for Keep It Zen and Saft, as well as a highlight of Disco Bloodbath's label as one half of Al Gobi, Ian Blevins pops up on Lovefingers' ESP Institute with a pair of tracks that the LA label claim will "boost your Serotonin levels". Certainly, "Hannibal" is a definite mood enhancer, with bubbling, high-pitched electronic melodies and spacey chords riding a fizzing, Detroit-influenced analogue house groove. "Welcome Aunt Poly" is an altogether deeper and drowsier affair, with rich, stretched-out pads reclining over a shuffling, cowbell-laden rhythm. It feels like the sort of track that could induce a "moment" when heard at the right time, despite its' relatively simple - if not less delicious - construction.

ATKM/Globalizacion Acido
ESP 052
02 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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ATKM - (7:05) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Globalizacion Acido - (6:28) 81 BPM
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Review: 11 months on from his first appearance on Lovefingers' impressive ESP Institute imprint, Juan Ramos returns with two more chunks of throbbing late night heat. Once again breaking up the rhythms for an altogether groovier experience, virtual A-side "ATKM" sees the producer joining the dots between bubbling techno, rolling proto-house and Young Marco style new age house. There's an extra-humid feel about the track that follows, "Globalizacion Acido", with Ramos gleefully joining the dots between bustling Afro-acid, trippy tropical house, unsettling alien funk and percussive tribal motions. It's utterly bonkers, but also rather stunning. The boy has clearly got talent.
Last Of The Natives/Enemy Of Enemy Is Friend
ESP 051
01 Jul 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Last Of The Natives - (6:12) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enemy Of Enemy Is Friend - (6:24) 60 BPM
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Review: Lovefingers seems to be struggling a little with what to write on ESP Institute's distinct centre labels. For this Juan Ramos 12" - the producer's first for the New York based imprint - he's posed a question: "what colour Speedo should she wear this summer?" By the sounds of the fuzzy, broken beats, popping electronics, tribal percussion hits, drunken melodies and stretched out chords that mark out "Last Of The Natives", we'd suggest a rich shade of green. That said, if you also take the woozy, intense and cluttered - but nevertheless impressive - flipside "Enemy Of Enemy" is friend into consideration, dark brown might be a better option.
Karamika
ESP 022
11 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ton 01 - (9:18) 80 BPM
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Ton 02 - (4:28) 94 BPM
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Ton 03 - (9:12) 120 BPM
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Ton 04 - (9:00) 100 BPM
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Ton 05 - (7:10) 98 BPM
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Ton 06 - (6:14) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ton 07 - (8:09) 101 BPM
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Ton 08 - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Ton 09 - (7:34) 76 BPM
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Ton 10 - (6:22) 122 BPM
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Ton 11 - (7:00) 71 BPM
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Ton 12 - (8:17) 97 BPM
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Played by: In Flagranti
Review: With Black Merlin man George Thompson and Musiccargo's Gordon Pohl at the controls, you'd expect this eponymous debut album from their Karamika project to be an atmospheric, out-there affair, heavy on hypnotic synthesizers, droning textures and sparse, stretched-out grooves. That's exactly what they deliver, with a range of tracks that verge from beatless and spooky ("Ton 2"), to pulsating and industrial ("Ton 8"), via more robust, upbeat affairs (check, in particular, the hard-wired, proto-techno bump of "Ton 4"). The krautrock influences are clear, but there are also nods to classic ambient, drone, darkwave and, of course, blissful electronica ("Ton 11", one of the standout moments).
Land Of Light
ESP 009
19 Nov 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Flares - (11:02)
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Bell Rock Outpost - (4:59) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strange Attractor - (4:54)
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Isle Of Tears - (5:08)
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Presence Of The Past - (6:09)
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Higher Love - (5:07)
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Review: Whereas certain trends and producers regress or digress at a moment's whim, ESP Institute remain steadily on their own unique stylistic path overseen by Andrew Lovefingers Hogge from his NYC base and propelled gently on the wave of critical acclaim afforded to the litany of diverse artists that release on the label. Following serene and sublime dancefloor emissions from Michael Ozone and Young Marco, ESP Institute invite you to bask in something even gentile with the self titled debut album from Land Of Lights. A collaborative project from ESP regular Johnny Nash and former Spectral Empire producer Kyle Martin that's been in gestation for some time, Land Of Lights comes with the advance warning that "if you don't have time to really listen, please do not buy this record. If your mind is not ready to unwind, please do not buy this record". "Flares" sets the tone that justifies this warning, laying down all manner of meditative textures before any discernable rhythmic force appears. While that opening track is undoubtedly the most expansive production from Nash and Martin, the subsequent five productions retain the sumptuous levels of production throughout and it'd be a truly angry man to reach the end of "Higher Love" in anything other than a blissful high.
Land Of Light: Remixed II
ESP 009B
19 Aug 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Strange Attractor (Peaking Lights remix) - (9:59) 80 BPM
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Isle Of Tears (Tiago remix) - (5:14) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Higher Love (The Backwoods remix) - (7:54) 107 BPM
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Review: ESP Institute excel at two things very important to labels; releasing interesting original music that spans feelings, tempos and genres yet fit into the overall aesthetical approach and enlisting some fine artists when it comes to remixes. Last year's self-titled album from Land of Light, the collaborative project of ESP regular Johnny Nash and former Spectral Empire producer Kyle Martin perfectly encapsulated the former and this addendum EP does the same for the latter. Peaking Lights, Tiago and The Backwoods all bring their respective styles to the fore in impressive fashion; in thee hands of Aaron "Peaking Lights" Coyes, "Strange Attractor" is transformed into luscious, dubby expanses nudged forth by a lazy motorik beat. Complementing this, Tiago gets his salsa on with a guitar flecked rendition of "Isle Of Tears" whilst Jap crew The Backwoods provide the defining dancefloor moment with their take on "Higher Love".
Land Of Light (Remixed I)
ESP 009A
25 Mar 16
Techno
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Flares (Kuniyuki Takahashi remix) - (10:52) 91 BPM
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Flares (Tambien remix) - (8:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bell Rock Outpost (Seahawks remix) - (5:35) 96 BPM
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Review: Four years after its original release, tracks from Land of Light's eponymous album get a new set of remixes. Fans of Lovefingers' ESP Institute label may recall the orginal remixes, released back in 2012, and this new set are just as essential. Kuniyuki Takahashi's take on the title track sets the tone, with sensuous ambient textures and gently warbling guitars creating an atmospheric mood. Tambien's version is just as esoteric, but slightly more understated, while Seahawks rounds off this latest remix package with his take on "Bell Rock Outpost". Juddery, slow-paced drums and warm, jazzy piano lines create another beautiful piece of music - tailor-made for those sunset moments.
In Waves
ESP 039
11 Nov 16
Techno
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Airgoid Meall - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Years Away - (4:53) 116 BPM
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Liobasta - (4:55) 125 BPM
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Obar LA¬obhaite - (2:35) 105 BPM
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Weh-In - (8:00) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Expansions - (3:12) 120 BPM
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Gualainn - (1:22) 120 BPM
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Yanomami - (7:10) 120 BPM
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Offline - (7:10) 116 BPM
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Three 2BU - (2:44) 122 BPM
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Gravity Waves - (5:18) 122 BPM
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Meserole Ave - (3:59) 125 BPM
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Skylark - (7:46) 125 BPM
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Plasma Nomad - (5:48) 122 BPM
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Jump - (6:16) 120 BPM
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Played by: Adam Freeland
Review: In Waves is the debut album from Lord of the Isles aka Scottish producer Neil McDonald. As expansive as a boat ride through a rain-swept Highlands loch, it starts with the wispy, ethereal ambience of "Airgoid Meall" and "Years Away". The playful, stop-start rhythm of "Liobasta" provides a kooky interlude to the generally deep mood, before "Obar Liobhaite" plunges back in with floaty, serene ambience. That reflective sensibility is again temporarily pierced by the acrid, spiky rhythm of recent single "Weh-In", but in the main, this is a reflective work, best characterised by the neo-classical piano composition, "Gualainn".
Weh-In
ESP 039A
04 Nov 16
Techno
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Weh-In (extended version) - (12:21) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Weh-In (Ian Blevins remix) - (7:39) 120 BPM
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Pik (original mix) - (5:17) 145 BPM
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Review: Given that Neil McDonald aka Lord of the Isles has released on notable labels like Firecracker - and its offshoots - as well as Phonica, Mule and Permanent Vacation, it was only a matter of time before ESP Institute tapped him for a release. That said, McDonald does not follow a typical deep house trajectory here. Indeed, the title track, in its extended version, is a distorted jacking affair, shot through with dark waves of acid. While Ian Blevins' version offers a pulsing, less visceral alternative take on "Weh-In", overall this release is jittery and hyperactive, as the abstract twists and growling bass of closing track "Pik" demonstrates.
The Tourist/Oye
ESP 055
01 Jul 16
Techno
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The Tourist - (8:55) 122 BPM
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Oye - (8:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: According to Lovefingers' typically eccentric sales notes, these two tracks from Man Power (AKA similarly quirky producer Geoff Kirkwood) will "put a wrench in your holiday". Kirkwood has been globetrotting a lot lately, and both cuts here sound like they were inspired by visits to hot, steamy countries. He kicks things off with the subtle positivity of "The Tourist", where swirling chords and tumbling synthesizer melodies ride a busy, bouncy, and pleasingly off-kilter, tribal drum groove. While excellent, it lacks the surging positivity, glistening Balearic touches and wonky analogue bottom-end of flipside "Oye", which sounds like an Adriatic anthem in waiting.
Emergency
ESP 025
23 Mar 15
Deep House
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Laurentian Abyss - (9:45) 110 BPM
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Emergency - (8:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In recent times, Mark E seems to have been returning to his disco and Balearic roots, albeit whilst retaining the stretched-out deep house vibe with which he's most famous for. It's little surprise, then, to see him blending the sun-ripened goodness of the Mediterranean with his usual attention to groove on this double A-side delight for Lovefingers' formidable ESP Institute imprint. "Laurentian Abyss" is particularly enchanting, with muted steel drums and a touch of accordion offering a focal point for a jaunty, Latin-influenced house groove and dreamy pads. "Emergency" continues the rush-inducing feel of the A, with chiming melodies and starburst chords riding a thickset, synthesizer-heavy deep house rhythm.
Feeling Hopeful B/w Gis Gis
ESP 045
01 Jul 16
Deep House
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Feeling Hopeful - (6:29) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gis Gis - (6:30) 118 BPM
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Review: Serial collaborator Mister Ho - co-founder of Klasse Recordings, fact fans - first joined forces with up-and-coming producer Heap earlier this year. Feeling Hopeful is the speedy follow-up to that record, and once again sees the duo in the loving arms of Lovefingers' ESP Institute label. The title track sets the tone, with duo layering twinkling organ motifs and undulating bass atop a chugging, mid-tempo house groove. As if to prove that they're capable of making more obviously cheery music, B-side "Gis Gis" is a spacey, analogue-rich affair, with a fizzing drum machine rhythm underpinning dreamy chords and vintage, late night melody lines.
Mexican Cola Bottle Baby
ESP 033A
02 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mexican Cola Bottle Baby - (6:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mexican Cola Bottle Baby (Peaking Lights remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
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Mexican Cola Bottle Baby (Peaking Lights remix instrumental) - (6:13) 120 BPM
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Played by: Roe Deers
Akachi
ESP 031
25 Sep 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Akachi - (7:35) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nobody Else - (5:42) 116 BPM
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Review: Following a couple of impressive outings on Cosmo Vitelli's I'm A Cliche imprint, well-regarded Israeli producer Moscoman makes his ESP Institute debut. The Tel Aviv native is in fine form, too, delivering a pair of tracks that blend trippy, psychedelic electronics with clear cosmic disco and no wave influences. Opener "Akachi" is arguably the bigger of the two, with swirling effects, tribal chants and bongo-laden percussion peppering a long-slung disco-not-disco groove. "Nobody Else" has a more trippy and trancey feel, with looped, slowly building guitar and synthesizer parts - all drenched in special effects - rising above a hypnotic, drum machine-led groove.
A Shot In The Light
ESP 033
23 Sep 16
Techno
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Nineteen Eighty-Two - (5:22) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Silent Thunder - (5:09) 110 BPM
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Mexican Cola Bottle Baby - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Chickpea - (4:43) 110 BPM
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Losing My Wedge - (5:53) 118 BPM
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A Shot In The Light - (5:57) 121 BPM
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Maltese Duck - (5:12) 120 BPM
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Death At The Funreal - (5:59) 121 BPM
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Review: Tel Aviv's Moscoman returns to the always reliable ESP Institute for more of his infectious oddball grooves which continually defy categorisation. Much like fellow homeboys Red Axes and Autarkic, his sound sits somewhere between disco, house, synth pop, punk-funk and even balearic; and indeed that's the spectrum of sounds explored on his new album titled A Shot In The Light. There's some lo-slung, latin infused disco deepness on the "Mexican Cola Bottle Baby", trippy cosmo/psychedelic shenanigans on the hilariously titled "Losing My Wedge", the moody and entrancing journey that is the title track (which pushes the same territory as Barnt or Marvin & Guy) and there's even some darkwave electro: like on the epic closer "Death At The Funreal".

Dikembe Manutu B/w Rage In The Cage
ESP 032
29 Jan 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dikembe Manutu - (6:25) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rage In The Cage - (8:25) 113 BPM
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Review: Given the quality of their respective releases, you'd expect this first collaboration between Moscoman and Red Axes to be rather good. Predictably, it is, with both tracks offering the perfect balance between weary late night atmospherics and intoxicating dancefloor shuffle. Opener "Dikembe Manatu" builds the action around a foreboding bassline and dense African percussion, with metallic melodies and druggy electronics expertly layered atop. Virtual flipside "Rage In The Cage" takes a different approach, with sleazy, late night electronics and throbbing analogue refrains contrasting neatly with the trio's unfussy, cowbell-laden percussion. Both tracks sound primed for dimly lit basement spaces and intimate parties the World over.
Collision Resistance B/Veils Of The Beloved
ESP 044
01 Apr 16
Deep House
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Collision Resistance - (5:12) 105 BPM
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Veils Of The Beloved - (7:51) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: DJ/producer Mr Ho is the co-founder of Klasse Recordings, while Heap is man behind Vienna's Discuss Throwers parties and online store. Together, they've penned this rather fine two-tracker for ESP Institute, whose tongue-in-cheek label copy promises cuts that are neither, "too salty or too sweet". Happily, it's definitely not bland or tasteless, either. "Collision Resistance" is relatively simple in construction, but surprisingly powerful - all muscular analogue bass, thrusting drums and trippy, late night textures. "Veils Of The Beloved" is altogether more loved-up in feel, with dreamy pads, tuneful marimba motives and bubbling electronic bass. The bassline, in particular, is little short of stunning.
Teen Bee
ESP 047
16 Jan 17
Deep House
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Grace - (7:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illustrations & The Large - (5:54) 117 BPM
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Teen Bee - (5:49) 117 BPM
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Review: By anyone's standards, ESP Institute enjoyed a hugely successful 2016, delivering a string of fine singles and killer albums from Moscoman and Lord of the Isles. This first digital missive of 2017 is equally as impressive, and comes from the previously unheard Nancy Azzuro. Opener "Grace" is undoubtedly impressive; a rolling trip into 21st century dub disco territory blessed with killer percussion work and an addictive electronic bassline. "Illustrations & The Large" is a deliciously woozy and melodious chunk of softly spoken Balearic deep house, while the loopier "Teen Bee" fixes ghostly melodies onto a loose and warm disco-house groove.
Perfect Systems
ESP 006
12 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Perfect Systems - (5:57) 107 BPM
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Hetrotopia - (8:50) 106 BPM
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Perfect Systems (Steve Summers remix) - (6:24) 115 BPM
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Hetrotopia (Young Marco remix) - (5:40) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In this enduring age of shallow house and poorly executed "disco edits" you have to applaud labels like ESP Institute who keep veering down their own stylistic trajectory with little regard for trend or fad. Their latest release comes from a new name to us in Michael Ozone, a Melbourne based producer whose apparent interest in Giallo Horror soundtracks and New Beat is very much evident here. However it's the unique and absurdist way with which Ozone implements these influences across both "Perfect Systems" and "Hetropia" that grab your attention and have you flipping the needle back to the start again and again to try and cram every detail into your cerebral cortex. Both tracks get twisted in all new directions by Young Marco and Steve Summers; L.I.E.S. mainstay Summers tackles the title track, increasing the Italo drama markedly amidst loose drum programming and thick analogue bass and adding a further sense of menace via his own masked and echoed vocals. Complementing this, Rush Hour's secret weapon Young Marco retains the mysticism inherent in "Hetrotopia" but adds his own dense murky dub laden embellishments.
Island Time
ESP 014
18 Feb 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ahumbo - (5:56) 117 BPM
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Island Time - (4:36) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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If It Ever Feels Right - (9:11) 129 BPM
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Played by: Kid Who
Review: Pharoahs have already graced 100% Silk with their brand of disco-inspired synth jams, but these three tracks are infinitely more accomplished. "Ahumbo" combines subtle Afrobeat influences with thick, lustrous bass and the kind of spacious guitar licks that would make Talking Heads jealous, while the dubby feel and atonal percussion of "Island Time" recall Ital's brilliant track "Queens". Finally, the "If It Ever Feels Right" goes in as hard as you could imagine an ESP release going, with thick analogue bass tumbling out of control at 132bpm driven relentlessly forward by a conga-led rhythm, which segues effortlessly into a blissful saxophone breakdown. Unsurprisingly, this is excellent stuff which comes highly recommended.
Island Time (Remixed)
ESP 014B
28 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ahumbo (Another Beach version) - (8:49) 116 BPM
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If It Ever Feels Right (Tornado Wallace remix) - (6:01) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Jad & The
Review: Dublab affiliates and current no-wave dons Pharaohs return to Lovefingers ESP Institute label to get the dancefloor treatment. The Another Beach version forges the sedate lollops of "Ahumbo" into a lush bass groove that's laced with infectious percussion and majestic splashes of instrumentation that build dynamically and hypnotically. Tornado Wallace's take on "If It Ever Feels Right" is even more floor-focussed thanks to its arpeggiated bass twist and Ame-style construction. Spellbinding.
Highly
ESP 029
15 Jan 16
Techno
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Lost Of Light - (6:11) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Manhole - (6:13) 118 BPM
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Humid Wind - (5:54) 123 BPM
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Busy Port - (3:52) 119 BPM
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Highly - (3:50) 126 BPM
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Review: Japanese newcomer Powder debuted in impressive fashion with the Spray 12" issued through Sling & Samo's Born Free label earlier this year consisting of diverse yet equally trippy dancefloor tools. We were not the only ones impressed, as Andrew Hogge has got his Lovefingers on some fresh Powder produce for the latest ESP Institute release, the five track Highly. Again it's Powder's diversity and her knack for blending the functional with the trippy that really impresses here with opener "Lost Of Light" setting the tone. Glassy textures slip over the taut, minimal groove, with vocal effects drenched in all manner of delay - a most humid and intoxicating production. Tempos vary as the EP progresses, from the slow burning throb of "Manhole" to the cooing house delights of "Humid Wind", yet Powder's qualities remain undimmed throughout. The two briefer cuts that close out the record are quite delightful productions that seem perfectly tailored to opening and ending a mix.
Strangefruit
ESP 004B
30 Apr 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Strangefruit (Soft Rocks remix) - (6:27) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wild Combination (Secret Circuit remix) - (5:51) 92 BPM
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Yesterday Is Dead (Jonny Nash version) - (5:35) 100 BPM
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Yesterday Is Dead
ESP 004
21 Feb 11
Deep House
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Yesterday Is Dead - (5:49)
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Wild Combination - (5:46)
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Mango - (4:46) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strange Fruit - (5:59)
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The Revenge Of Soft Rocks
ESP 008
23 Jul 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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We Hunt Buffalo Now (Andrew Weatherall remix) - (5:49) 120 BPM
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Obo (Tiago Esp Disk mix) - (7:22) 100 BPM
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Thunder Thunder (Spectral Empire remix) - (6:30) 89 BPM
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Talking Jungle (Justin Vandervolgen remix) - (9:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Air (Secret Circuit remix) - (5:56) 108 BPM
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Magic Milk (Beautiful Swimmers Coconut dub) - (5:33) 116 BPM
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Little Lights (Cos/Mes remix) - (7:39) 106 BPM
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200 Satsumas (Young Marco Dust remix) - (6:24) 118 BPM
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Slowdown (Cage & Aviary bonus beats) - (6:52) 108 BPM
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Mirador De Las Estrellas (Ray Mang remix) - (7:30) 110 BPM
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Wicker Man (feat Kathy Diamond - COsmodelica remix) - (7:56) 130 BPM
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Mirador De Las Estrellas (Mudd Murgi Morisa remix) - (6:09) 89 BPM
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Wicker MAn (feat Kathy Diamond - Lexx mix) - (5:08) 130 BPM
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Review: For some reason, Soft Rocks' brilliant debut album, 2011's The Curse of Soft Rocks, flew under the radar. It's a pity, because it's one of the best full-lengths to emerge from the cosmic/Balearic scene to date. Here, that album gets remixed, with an impressive cast of like-minded producers re-imagining the Brighton crew's immaculate efforts. Predictably, there are some stunning versions, from the intense fuzziness of Andrew Weatherall's take on dub-punk single "We Hunt Buffalo Now" and Spectral Empire's ket-addled rework of "Thunder Thunder", to the dub disco shenanigans of Young Marco, and Cage & Aviary's wonky new wave version of "Slowdown". Best of all, though, is Justin V's take on "Talking Jungle", a ten-minute slice of baggy disco peppered with impeccable pianos.
The Curse Of Soft Rocks
ESP 007
28 Nov 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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We Hunt Buffalo Now - (6:18) 137 BPM
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Obo - (7:10) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thunder Thunder - (5:56) 88 BPM
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Slowdown - (8:45) 101 BPM
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Magic Milk - (5:44) 116 BPM
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Air - (5:39) 108 BPM
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Talking Jungle - (7:00) 100 BPM
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Mirador De Las Estrellas - (7:22) 89 BPM
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200 Satsumas - (5:38) 105 BPM
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Little Lights - (8:50) 74 BPM
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Wicker Man ((FT KATHY DIAMOND)) - (5:05) 130 BPM
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Review: Given the eclectic nature of Soft Rocks' output so far - and, in particular, their effortlessly Balearic re-edits of crate-digging obscurities - you'd expect this debut original album from the Brighton quartet to be impressively varied. For the most part, it is - though perhaps not in quite the ways you'd imagine. While you could certainly describe it as Balearic - see the dreamy, Kate Bush-ish pop of "Thunder Thunder", the Afro-tinged slo-mo prog-disco weirdery of "Slowdown" and the Spanish vocals and bubbling grooves of "Mirador De las Estrellas" - that wouldn't really do it justice. Hidden amongst the album's 11 exquisite cuts are trips into weirdo cock-rock territory, twisted dub-punk and folksy, string-drenched hypnotism. A fittingly impressive debut.
Journey To The Centre Of The Sun
ESP 001
19 Apr 10
Deep House
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Journey To The Centre Of The Sun - (7:49) 110 BPM
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Journey To The Centre Of The Sun (Stallions remix) - (8:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drogato
ESP 021
11 Nov 13
Techno
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Drogato - (6:43) 120 BPM
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El Borracho - (12:09) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Munich trio Tambien come through with their most high profile release yet, gracing the esteemed ESP Institute with an excellent two track excursion in the shape of Drogato. Formed of Public Possession founders Marvin and Valentino and their Munich pal Bartellow, Tambien first emerged on a killer white label release last year before inaugurating the Public Possession label in final style with the Robusto / Sexalitat EP. The sonic themes explored there - straight to tape analogue techno throw downs where robust, rumbling drums duke it out with sinuous basslines - might not seem immediately suited to an ESP release but you can't fault the two productions on Drogato. The title cut implements the sort of psychedelic qualities amidst the rhythmic intensity that clearly appealed to Lovefingers but it's the 12 minute "Dois" that really impresses, swaggering at mid tempo, teasing out a classic breakbeat over a backdrop of sound rich in emotion and colour.
Der Elf
ESP 023
18 Aug 14
Deep House
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Der Elf - (5:27) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Are You In Touch W/ Varan? - (9:16) 120 BPM
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Played by: Joe Morris
Review: Fresh from unleashing an album of the year contender in Young Marco's Biology, ESP Institute welcome Munich trio Tambien back into the fold for a superb second record. The Der Elf single is described by the label as "a beacon of hope in a dark warehouse" andwill be welcome news for anyone that indulged in Drogato, last year's ESP bow from Bartellow and Public Possession pair Marvin & Valentino. Both tracks here suggest Tambien's productions are growing in confidence and range with each release. The concoction of bouncing 909 rhythms, gently bent synths and heavily delayed vocals that make up the title track could easily be mistaken for a production from Mark Seven's Parkway label, and is complemented nicely by the melodically-driven deepness of "Are You In Touch w/ Varan?"
Jaguar Mirror
ESP 038
29 Jul 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Exact Location Of The Soul - (6:10) 72 BPM
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Jaguar Mirror - (5:30) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Snake Charmers Union - (6:35) 70 BPM
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Alignments - (1:23) 102 BPM
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Gravitator/Right Turn To Nowhere
ESP 061
31 Mar 17
Deep House
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Gravitator - (10:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Right Turn To Nowhere - (11:43) 125 BPM
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Played by: Jimpster, Heizo Murakami
Review: Since making his debut way back in 2005, Toby Tobias has released material on some seriously good labels. Here he adds another fine label to his CV via a first appearance on Lovefingers' ESP Institute. Both tracks here are genuine epics, weighing in at well over ten minutes apiece. Opener "Gravitator" is an atmospheric chunk of woozy, mind altering late night deep house, where fluttering melody lines, drowsy chords, dubbed-out vocal samples and bubbly bass wrap themselves around a relentless groove. "Right Turn To Nowhere" is a little bolder and sleazier, featuring as it does trippy acid lines, hardcore-inspired flourishes, saucer-eyed, held-note chords and layered drum machine percussion. Both tracks are amongst the South Londoner's best productions to date, and that's saying something.
Circadia
ESP 019
22 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Circadia - (6:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Time Of Nectar (feat Jonny Nash) - (6:59) 107 BPM
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Soft Light - (7:05) 120 BPM
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Review: The development of Aussie Tornado Wallace from a promising deep house producer to a masterful maker of Balearic beats has been a joy to behold. Since first hooking up with Beats In Space and the similarly inclined ESP Institute last year, he's begun to develop a trademark sound that's warm, humid and musically rich. He's still capable of laying down chunky dancefloor rhythms, though, as the hypnotic new age house bumper "Soft Light" - the flipside of this second outing for Lovefingers' acclaimed imprint - so deftly proves. Really, though, it's when he gets more adventurous - such as on the wonderfully evocative Jonny Nash collaboration "Time of Nectar" and decidedly tropical lead cut "Circadia" - that he really comes into his own. Highly recommended.
I
ESP 026A
15 Jan 16
Techno
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Stars Quivering Slowly - (9:35) 100 BPM
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Disturbed By The Possibility Of Someone - (8:23) 86 BPM
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Clocking A Moving Wave - (10:50) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All At One Point - (6:35) 160 BPM
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Review: Lovefingers' ESP Institute delivers more delightfully oddball grooves, this time courtesy of Vactrol Park; a London based duo featuring Kyle Martin and Guido Zen. The latter having previously collaborated in Brain Machine and with Not Waving's Alessio Natalizia. The dark and trippy cosmic vibe of "Stars Quivering Slowly" sets the mood just nicely. "Disturbed By The Possibility Of Someone" is truly nefarious; its slow motion hypnotic groove quite possibly being the best example of what heroin house would sound like. On the flip is more of the same, but "All At One Point" is an epic imaginary soundtrack in which the protagonist rises up triumphantly to the light, returning from his or her near death experience. Epic stuff!
II
ESP 026B
20 May 16
Techno
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Tired & Feathered - (10:27) 124 BPM
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Hump - (7:09) 142 BPM
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Probe Into Static - (5:18) 90 BPM
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Grottaferrata - (9:49) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A year on from the woozy, experimental oddness of their simply titled debut EP I, Guido Zen and Joel Martin re-ignite their Vactrol Park production partnership. II sees them exploring similar sonic pastures, offering up moody, atmospheric, analogue-heavy workouts that join the dots between krautrock, drone, ambient, leftfield techno and curiously distorted, dubbed-out experimentation. The hypnotic, slowly unfurling opener "Tired & Feathered" is probably our pick of the bunch, though similarly epic, slo-mo closer "Grottaferato" - a creepy exercise in sparse, dubby electronics and Ket-addled rhythms - is not far behind. "Hump", a trip into the furthest realms of the duo's collective subconscious, is also strangely fulfilling.
Thinking Allowed (remixes)
ESP 015B
05 Aug 13
Deep House
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Bit 1 (Nina Amnesia remix) - (6:01) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thinking Allowed (Pharoah remix) - (6:41) 111 BPM
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Review: The Thinking Allowed EP that saw Tornado Wallace debut on ESP Institute earlier this year not only signaled the end of a production hiatus from the affable Melbournite, it hinted at a fuller, more vivid sound that went much further than the pitched down deep house upon which he first made his name. Having subsequently demonstrated this further on releases for Kinfolk and Beats In Space, Wallace returns to Lovefingers label - well sort of - as tracks from the aforementioned Thinking Allowed are reworked by Pharoahs and Nina Amnesia. It's the latter, somewhat mysterious compatriot of Wallace who leads the way with a wonderfully uptempo take on "Bit One", whilst LA trio Pharaohs discard with the Will Powers style vocals of the title track and add plenty of their own instrumentation and production gloss.
Thinking Allowed
ESP 015
18 Feb 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bit 1 - (7:10) 116 BPM
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Cloud Country - (5:21) 97 BPM
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Thinking Allowed - (8:41) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In a 2010 interview, Tornado Wallace explained the inspiration behind his distinctive title as "something between a deep south blues artist or a logger from Nebraska". In subsequent years the Australian has seemingly swapped the south blues artist for something southern Italo, keeping the Nebraskan edge with his logger's beard. This is demonstrated in wondrous fashion on the water-coloured artwork to Thinking Aloud, his debut EP for Lovefingers' ESP Institute. Heavy bass plods switch to a walking bassline in "Bit One", as motorised and starry arpeggios weave between breathy vocals that are as much human as they are synthesised. This is complemented by "Cloud Country" which lowers in BPM with more Italo inspired arpeggios, pulsating toms and sprinklings of Latin sounding synths. The title track slowly reveals itself to be a Balearic burner of the highest calibre, opening with an analogous kick-snare combo and a "higher-self" spoken word spiel that's reminiscent of Will Powers legendary "Adventures In Success". Peaks come; troughs go as the track builds sublimely before dovetailing back to its original form. Welcome back sir!
The Atmospheric
ESP 056
08 Sep 17
Deep House
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The Atmospherian (extended) - (9:38) 101 BPM
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The Atmospherian (Carpentaria remix) - (5:36) 101 BPM
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The Atmospherian (Tornado Wallace remix) - (4:32) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: Warp Factor 9 are the sibling duo John and Russell Kilbey from Australia, brothers of Steve: the lead singer of acclaimed rock band The Church. They only ever released one album entitled Five Days In A Photon Belt back in 1993. "The Atomospherian" likes its name may suggest is a spacey and tripped out cosmic journey: a real dive into the esoteric. They get remixed by fellow Australian duo Paul Harmon and Tamas Jones aka Carpentaria, who inject more epic synth action into the track while label staple Tornado Wallace lends his trademark retroactive Balearic style to the track making it more dancefloor friendly. Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!
Video Days / Later Than U Think
ESP 013
08 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Video Days - (6:13) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Later Than U Think - (5:05) 124 BPM
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Review: We've prattled on before about the immense talents of Amsterdam-based producer Marco Sterck, describing his previous missive for ESP Institute as being like "Larry Heard on a fistful of downers". "Video Days", on the other hand, is like an immense MDMA rush in the company of Lindstrom, Yellow Magic Orchestra and LB Bad - all twinkling, Japanese-inspired melodies, darting electronics and gently lapping chords. It goes without saying that it's superb. "Later Than You Think" is impressive, too, layering bold, "Coma Cat"-ish melodies atop a woozy base of frisky, jazz-flecked drums, bittersweet chords and vintage electronics. If anything, it provides even more of an intense rush than its predecessor. Bliss.
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