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Stalactite
   
Starnet - (1:55) 105 BPM
   
Gamete - (3:24) 55 BPM
   
Massonia - (3:51) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zooid - (3:51) 60 BPM
   
Ssekkai - (4:34) 62 BPM
   
Pyrosome - (1:55) 63 BPM
   
Kaseijin - (3:39) 86 BPM
   
AAVT/AAVTSL - (2:25) 65 BPM
   
Hydrozoa - (3:59) 77 BPM
ESP 110
18 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Cellular Housekeeping
   
Evident Wear - (5:05) 154 BPM
   
Evacuation Zone - (7:18) 160 BPM
   
Autophagy - (2:59) 150 BPM
   
A Long Way To Walk For Bad News - (4:40) 154 BPM
   
Swings In Reactivity - (5:10) 142 BPM
   
Eyes Of Providence - (5:26) 144 BPM
   
Castor & Pollux - (6:20) 140 BPM
   
Eat Thyself, Sustain Thyself - (4:41) 152 BPM
   
Cellular Housekeeping - (2:42) 148 BPM
   
Lorentz Factor - (4:53) 63 BPM
   
Element 115 - (4:50) 132 BPM
   
New Beginning - (3:06) 156 BPM
ESP 106
19 Nov 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Agua Del Cenote
   
Ague Del Cenote - (5:55) 94 BPM
   
Ague Del Cenote (Harald Grosskopf Synthesist mix) - (6:17) 94 BPM
   
Let It Loose (Freaks Only) - (6:11) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cuko - (5:59) 110 BPM
ESP 085
15 Oct 21
Experimental/Electronic
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S/t
   
Mild Bunch - (4:40) 100 BPM
   
Ghost Army Redemption - (5:22) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fade II Black - (3:04) 68 BPM
   
Star & Garterlude 1 - (1:00) 76 BPM
   
Safe Distance - (4:32) 60 BPM
   
Underwater Ghosts - (5:04) 68 BPM
   
Star & Garterlude 2 - (1:24) 62 BPM
   
Archaeoacoustics - (5:30) 59 BPM
   
High St - (5:35) 64 BPM
   
Ashley Road Steppa - (4:49) 60 BPM
   
The Drake Equation - (4:37) 64 BPM
   
Celestial Bird - (2:40) 83 BPM
   
Lullaby For The Apocalypse - (5:38) 60 BPM
ESP 105
18 Jun 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Jomon
   
Hitsuji - (3:24) 156 BPM
   
Nakasora - (5:26) 120 BPM
   
Sadacho No Netori - (6:29) 120 BPM
   
Shin Sekai - (4:33) 94 BPM
   
Kegon - (7:15) 129 BPM
   
Rokumeikan - (5:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tougenkyo - (6:07) 134 BPM
   
Tanabara Monogatari - (7:25) 90 BPM
   
Jomon - (3:01) 120 BPM
   
Taira - (2:55) 100 BPM
   
Yamatouta - (6:10) 114 BPM
   
Bonnou - (6:37) 112 BPM
   
Hane No Uta - (6:56) 102 BPM
   
Kizamu - (5:14) 145 BPM
Review: Having kick started his career internationally through the likes of Blood Music, Boys Noize Records and a now faded electro scene, Hoshina Anniversary has ebbed his way into the catalogues of DJ Lyster's Youth label, London's Alien Jams and ESP Institute. Jomon presents the artist with a sixth album and third release for Love Fingers' label, and it presents a unique blend of downbeat electronics and industrial jazz to acid techno tracks, harder edged breakbeats and avant pop that all feature Hoshina Anniversary's inherent exotic touch. And for something straight out of the blocks we recommend the house groove and playful hauntolgies of "Rokumeikan".
ESP 099
14 May 21
Deep House
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Skylark
   
Skylark (12" re-master) - (7:40) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
OmniMulti - (4:09) 123 BPM
   
Skylark (Linkwood remix) - (9:36) 83 BPM
   
Skylark (Tourist Kid remix) - (4:51) 105 BPM
Review: 'Skylark' was undoubtedly one of the shimmering highlights on Lord of the Isles' rather good 2016 album, In Waves, so it's great to see it return to stores in re-mastered and remixed form. This time round, the superb original - a spacey and emotive affair that sees the Scottish artist wrap a kick-heavy drum machine beat in star-fall synthesizer motifs and elongated early morning chords - comes accompanied by some fresh remixes. His old pal Linkwood steals the show with an epic, ultra-deep version that sounds like ambient techno fused with broken beat, while Tourist Kid provides a similarly impressive experimental ambient take. Bonus cut 'OmniMulti', a house tempo exercise in melancholic Motor City futurism, is also rather good.
ESP 039B
05 Feb 21
Techno
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Reconstructions
   
Reconstruction 1 - (15:10) 76 BPM
   
Reconstruction 2 - (12:22) 73 BPM
ESP 030
29 Jan 21
Ambient/Drone
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Karakuri/Michinoku
   
Karakuri - (7:54) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Michinoku - (8:21) 100 BPM
Review: Having broken cover last March to release an album of wonderfully eccentric electronica on Alien Jams, Hoshina Anniversary returns to ESP Institute for the first time since the tail end of 2019. The Japanese producer is once again in cosmic and otherworldly - but nevertheless dancefloor-friendly form, prioritising undulating acid bass, bongo-rich drums, jazz-funk style electric piano solos and alien-sounding chords on mid-tempo opener 'Karakuri'. He brilliantly pitches down the tempo on accompanying track 'Michinoku', quirkily underpinning a clicking, lo-fi drum track with minor key piano riffs and creepy-but spacey chords on 'Michinoku'.
ESP 098
08 Jan 21
Deep House
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Hypersocial B/w Safety Test
   
Hypersocial - (5:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Safety Test - (4:20) 129 BPM
ESP 054
18 Dec 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Point Vacancies
   
Dislocation Climb - (8:02) 116 BPM
   
Alloyed Forces - (7:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Point Vacancies - (7:23) 50 BPM
Review: Not much is known about Metal, the latest artist to release on Lovefingers' label. Despite this sense of mystery, if you are looking for left of centre electronic music, you've come to the right place. "Dislocation Climb" is a gloomy synth-laden workout, underpinned by steely drums. On "Alloyed Forces", Metal picks up the pace to deliver a linear rhythm littered with razor-sharp percussion that underpin cosmic sound scapes and a rumbling bass. This flirtation with the dance floor is only a temporary measure, and on the title track, Metal delivers a moody, downtempo track that oozes synth-led gloom.
ESP 088
06 Nov 20
Techno
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Light Magic/The Grand Illusion
   
Light Magic - (7:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Grand Illusion - (10:20) 125 BPM
Review: Daniel Koehler follows up last year's Melencolia V release on ESP Institute with this bubbling, diverse affair. On "Light Magic", Koehler drops a shuffling rhythm that is underpinned by repetitive vocal samples and buzzing electronic riffs. It sounds like a slightly more accessible version of what he releases on labels like Skudge and Diagonal. In contrast, "The Grand Illusion" comes across as being more introspective. Revolving around languid break beats, its guitar squalls are mixed with looped chords that give the arrangement some extra impetus and ensure that it will work both as a warm up track or peak time selection.
ESP 066
05 Jun 20
Techno
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The Lost Art Of Wandering
   
Denton, Texas - (5:38) 76 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fossil, Oregon - (4:27) 90 BPM
   
Tucson, Arizona - (3:21) 80 BPM
   
Livermore, California - (5:40) 71 BPM
   
Astoria, Oregon - (4:08) 79 BPM
   
Roslyn, Washington - (4:28) 102 BPM
   
Idaho Falls, Idaho - (3:29) 75 BPM
   
Paradise, California - (5:41) 80 BPM
Review: Described as a clean-cut all-American pedal steel guitarist, and member of the country-tinged Mojave 3 outfit on 4AD, Raymon Richards has an epic discography to be discovered. Introduced to the leftfield, house and disco loving community through ESP Institute, the label champions Richards' new age twang and ambience of through The Lost Art Of Wandering. Largely an ambient affair of finger picked guitars, harmonicas and percussion, all lathered in gorgeous reverb and delay, there's still some drum machines and rhythm tracks to be found in "Roslyn, Washington", "Fossil, Oregon" and deep into "Tucson, Arizona". The Lost Art Of Wandering is an all-American affair and ode to the lonely roads and rolling tumbleweeds of dreamland's wild west.
ESP 070
22 May 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Wakusei
   
Wakusei A - (7:38) 90 BPM
   
Wakusei Y (feat Sinkishi & Kabamix) - (7:50) 50 BPM
   
Hayabusa - (8:50) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Ground follows last year's Logos EP and his critically acclaimed Sunizm album on ESP Institute with this fine, frazzled release. "Wakusei a" is set to a mid-tempo rhythm and teems with abstract percussion, spooky vocal samples and bursts of droning feedback and noise. Adding to the sense of intrigue, a mysterious pianist plays away in the background. Meanwhile, "Wakusei y" features a droning bass that supports a cacophony of found-sound samples. It's only on "Hayabusa" that Ground turns his attention towards the dance floor, but as is his wont, the groove is scuffled and led by dense layers of percussion, a heady climax to another individualistic release.
ESP 037
08 May 20
Techno
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Have It Tall/Daily Gates
   
Have It Tall - (5:37) 126 BPM
   
Daily Gates - (10:10) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
ESP 043
13 Mar 20
Funky/Club House
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Oxford House
   
Fahrt Im Himmel (Let It Go) - (5:46) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oxford House - (5:01) 118 BPM
   
Oxford House (New York Metroplotan Area mix) - (3:34) 103 BPM
ESP 040
20 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sagano/Haru Wa Akebono
   
Sagano - (6:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Haru Wa Akebono - (6:13) 115 BPM
Review: ESP Institute has become synonymous with championing left of centre dance music and this debut by Hoshina Anniversary is testament to the label's knack of supporting unusual releases. "Sagano" revolves around a low-slung groove and robust drums that support droning textures and colourful synths. On "Haru Wa Akebon'", the Tokyo producer moves towards some semblance of convention; designed for more discerning dance floors, staccato percussion and an understated, pulsating rhythm play host to warm house keys and the sound of machines malfunctioning in the background. It rounds off the latest eccentric EP to be issued by the ESP roster.
ESP 097
13 Dec 19
Techno
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Cells
   
Interlinked - (5:53) 113 BPM
   
Pilot - (3:54) 146 BPM
   
Substance B - (6:28) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pedal To The Metal - (5:41) 85 BPM
Review: Following on from last year's remixes of Artificial on ESP, Benedikt Frey returns to the label with some fresh material. "Interlinked" is a robust electro affair, bolstered by steely drums and tweaked acid that support an ominous vocal sample. It sets an ominous tone for the release. The mood remains the same but the delivery differs on "Pilot", where Frey lays down understated bass notes and gloomy atmospherics. While "Interlinked" sees him pick up the pace and resounds to a low-slung groove, it too boasts haunted vocal samples and eerie synths. The fuzzy, murky rhythm of "Pedal to the Metal" closes out this superb EP of electronic mood music.
ESP 080
29 Nov 19
Techno
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Primal Astrology
   
Spooks - (4:53) 120 BPM
   
Greenwashing - (4:57) 130 BPM
   
Past One-Twenty - (3:52) 120 BPM
   
Wet FX - (6:18) 125 BPM
   
Help For People - (3:21) 92 BPM
   
Primal Astrology - (4:31) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Under the now familiar TCB alias, Christian Beisswenger has spent the best part of a decade offering up distinctive mutations of deeo house, techno and tech-house for labels including Live At Robert Johnson, Tasteful Nudes, Die Orakel and House Is OK. "Prima Astrology" sees him tackle the mini-album format for the first time via an outing on ESP Institute that's arguably aimed more towards home listening than any of his previous work. Of course, there are a number of club-ready cuts on show, but like the album's more downtempo offerings they're deep, spacey, cleverly composed and often shot through with references to dub-house and dub techno (see "Wet FX" and "Once Past Twenty" for starters). It's a good blend that makes for suitably drowsy and enjoyable listening, with highlights including the eccentric, off-kilter opener "Spooks", the deep digi-dub of "Help For People" and the blue-tinged early morning warmth of "Prima Astrology".
ESP 096
22 Nov 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Punch
   
Punch - (7:07) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Myth - (5:03) 123 BPM
   
Cnt - (5:02) 123 BPM
   
Agenda - (7:01) 127 BPM
Review: Emerging last year to rework Benedikt Frey's "Private Crimes" on ESP Institute, Dalo aka Nadia D'Al? now delivers her debut EP for the label. The title track is a tight, jacking affair, led by a pulsating acid line and featuring a doomy vocal accompaniment. On "Myth", she veers towards a more industrial sound, with bleak synths unravelling over a primal pulse. That sound is further teased out on "Cnt", where Dalo delivers shrieking vocals over a dark, dense rhythm, chiming bells and a visceral, building bass. Rounding off the release is "Agenda", where a heads-down, pulsating ebm-style groove prevails.
ESP 095
01 Nov 19
Techno
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Follow Me
   
Follow Me - (4:18) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Follow Me (Jay Glass Dubs mix) - (6:55) 104 BPM
   
Ozone House - (6:56) 60 BPM
Played by: Chris Coco
Review: You certainly can't accuse Japanese chill-out producer and found sound enthusiast Ground of sticking too rigidly to a well-defined blueprint - the three tracks presented here don't sound anything like each other! In its Original form, 'Follow Me' is a world music-leaning Balearic number, with a hefty bassline, mantra-like female vocal, aquatic sounds, heavyweight hand percussion and an overall hypnotic feel. The Jay Glass Dubs Mix then takes the track into seriously out-there experimental territory, before the EP's completed by 'Ozone House', a percussion- and vibes-led affair with a pronounced Far Eastern feel. If you dig Gilles P or Bonobo, you'll probably dig Ground, too.
ESP 063B
25 Oct 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Know The Future/Digital Warfare
   
Know The Future - (6:56) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Digital Warfare - (5:25) 132 BPM
ESP 053
11 Oct 19
Breakbeat
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Exodus B/w Kamchatkan
   
Exodus - (5:51) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kamchatkan - (5:59) 130 BPM
Review: This is the second outing for Xinner aka Robotron on ESP, and follows 2018's debut, Dream Resonator. Sitting somewhere between electro, techno and industrial, it's an impressive follow-up that showcases his considerable talent. "Exodus" resounds to tough 808s but also features airy synths woven around the robust rhythm. "Kamchatkan" also favours an off centre approach to the dance floor. Built on a minimal, stepping rhythm, its sweeping synth lines are combined with warbling acid that transports the listener to a tripped out electro space that's redolent of Transparent Sound and the catalogue of late 90s underground labels like Groove Pleasure.
ESP 092
04 Oct 19
Techno
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LA Funk B/w Wig Teleportation
   
LA Funk - (7:56) 143 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wig Teleportation - (7:40) 128 BPM
ESP 087
04 Oct 19
Electro
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Osmin Uratoma
   
Lemmi Ash Theme - (7:03) 122 BPM
   
Apsu - (4:03) 124 BPM
   
To Dare Is To Do - (4:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Horror Vacui - (5:23) 122 BPM
Review: Lemmi Ash is a new project comprising producer Martin "Martinou" Str?mstedt and long-term ESP Institute affiliate DJ Samo. The act's debut release, Osmin Uratoma leans towards the label's more techno-facing sound; "Lemmi Ash Theme" is built on a dense, low-slung groove and wave upon wave of filters, while "Apsu" is a loose, percussive affair, featuring powerful sub-bass and organ riffs. The duo go off the abstract deep end with "To Dare is To Do", which features shimmering synths and dreamy vocals layered over a stop-start rhythm, while "Horror Vacui" closes the release in melancholy, dubbed out mode.
ESP 050
13 Sep 19
Techno
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Changing Hands
   
The Problem With Ambiguity And Finding Space - (2:09) 90 BPM
   
Master Data Tribute (Ode To A City's Industrial Past) - (5:54) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
As Above So Below - (5:28) 107 BPM
   
Reflex - (3:17) 94 BPM
   
Create The Cloud - (3:20) 60 BPM
   
EXP-89 HP-INF - (4:25) 105 BPM
   
Incongruent - (2:05) 62 BPM
   
Going Somewhere - (3:48) 84 BPM
   
Private Island, Little Prince - (4:39) 84 BPM
   
Ship To Shore - (4:15) 97 BPM
ESP 082
12 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Fingertracks Vol 1
Various
   
Lovefingers - "DJ Intro" - (0:17) 103 BPM
   
The Chequers - "Theme One" - (3:56) 119 BPM
   
Lifetones - "Good Side" - (3:57) 112 BPM
   
Rick Cuevas - "The Birds" - (4:45) 76 BPM
   
Data - "Data Plata" - (3:33) 114 BPM
   
Hotlegs - "Today" - (4:01) 99 BPM
   
Jo Squillo Eletrix - "Avventurieri" (remix Dance version) - (7:02) 119 BPM
   
Captain Mustard - "Quiet Move" (Special Dance mix) - (6:34) 76 BPM
   
D.E. - "Full Moon" (Lovefingers remix) - (6:23) 108 BPM
   
Nuno Canavarro - "Blu Terra" - (7:02) 90 BPM
   
Electronic System - "Skylab" - (14:18) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Eddie Callahan - "Santa Cruz Mountains" - (3:37) 80 BPM
   
Dave Brock - "Spirits" - (5:31) 71 BPM
   
Florian Poser - "Winds" - (10:11) 88 BPM
Review: Back in 2006, Andrew Hogge AKA Lovefingers launched a simple blog in which he offered up one "Fingertrack" a day. To celebrate the tenth birthday of his fine ESP Institute label Hogge has decided to release a series of compilations containing some of the gems he originally shared online. There's naturally tons of fantastic little-known fare to be found on this first collection, which encompasses spaced-out psychedelic style dream pop, groovy disco-rock, thrusting new wave club rockers, throbbing Euro-disco and unashamedly odd but brilliant Balearic fare. Highlights are plentiful but we'd suggest checking Lovefingers' remix of D.E's exoctic and hypnotic "Full Moon", the horizontal art-rock wooziness of Electronic System's "Skylab", the new age bliss of Florian Poser's "Winds" and the throbbing sleaziness of Data's "Data Plata".
ESPFT 1
28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Contrails
   
First Snow - (5:33) 78 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pendant Qu'ils Dorment - (6:34) 79 BPM
   
Ghetto Berlino - (8:26) 61 BPM
   
Lonely Walk - (4:31) 80 BPM
   
Vespa - (6:01) 65 BPM
   
Lavaux - (8:14) 77 BPM
   
Love Is Not Enough - (5:52) 105 BPM
   
Mona - (9:23) 95 BPM
   
Where The Wind Blows - (5:31) 105 BPM
   
A Little Rain - (2:01) 78 BPM
   
DA©dale - (6:40) 95 BPM
   
Marble Zone - (4:48) 72 BPM
   
DaAmmon - (1:48) 62 BPM
   
Philemon - (3:34) 69 BPM
   
Contrails (Bonus - Album Only/Mixtape - Side A) - (36:52) 79 BPM
   
Contrails (Bonus - Album Only//Mixtape - Side B) - (36:38) 95 BPM
ESP 084
07 Jun 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Panokorama (Remixed)
   
Sala Sensi (Florian Kupfer remix) - (8:45) 123 BPM
   
Clypp (Skudge remix) - (5:50) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sala Sensi (Gilb'r remix) - (7:16) 120 BPM
   
Clypp (Ground remix) - (6:10) 114 BPM
Review: Bartellow aka Benedikt Brachtel returns to ESP Institute with remixes of tracks from his 2017 album, Panokorama. First up is Florian Kupfer from L.I.E.S, who turns "Sala Sensei" into a teased out lo-fi jam, with cavernous filters cascading into epic drops. Gilb'r from Versatile also opts for a dubbed out take on the same track, but it has a softer, more shimmering approach as a dub groove chugs away in the background. Given their reputation for making lean, linear club techno, it comes as no surprise that Skudge's take on "Clypp" is an expertly streamlined, tracky affair, but this is a largely out-there remix package, as evidenced by Ground's warbling, sub-aquatic take on "Clypp".
ESP 046A
19 Apr 19
Techno
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Recife
   
Recife (Bailemix) - (7:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cuatro Meses De Verano - (8:46) 116 BPM
Review: It looks like 2019 is going to be Tobar's year. Having dropped his vivid, expansive Continuidad album for ESP Institute, he now returns to the label with more heat. "Recife", which featured on the long player, is presented in 'Bailemix' format, making it a searing, sensuous groove that resounds to steely drums and a searing, low-slung bass. It's a mesmerising, hypnotic track, one that is sure to get played at festivals this summer. On the flip, the Chilean artist drops a new arrangement. "Cuatro Meses De Verano" is a slower, more complex groove, featuring epic, Italo-style synths and the murkiest bass tones this side of Nation's catalogue.
ESP 060A
12 Apr 19
Techno
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Melencolia V/Invidiosa
   
Melencolia V - (7:19) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Invidiosa - (7:10) 135 BPM
Review: Following Eps on well-known underground labels such as Whities, Berceuse Heroique and Diagonal, Daniel Koehler makes his debut on ESP Institute. It's a release of contrasting styles: "Melencolia V" is a cosmic affair led by sensuous strings and shimmering synths that unfolds over an unhurried back beat and is sure to work best at sun-up. "Invidiosa" is a radically different affair: set to a high-paced tempo, its hollowed out drums take the listener down the rabbit hole and back over the course of seven minutes. As always, ESP Institute can be relied on to dig deep and deliver left of centre electronic music.
ESP 065
05 Apr 19
Techno
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Condor Sunflower
   
Condor Sunflower - (7:59) 68 BPM
   
Svava - (3:15) 77 BPM
   
Creation Discoteque - (10:55) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
ESP 089
29 Mar 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Continuidad
   
Les Vagues - (7:17) 102 BPM
   
Recife - (6:38) 128 BPM
   
Totem - (4:58) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Purple Sun, Rising - (6:43) 151 BPM
   
Entrada Y Salida - (3:01) 131 BPM
   
Vestigios - (4:54) 159 BPM
   
First - (5:27) 140 BPM
   
Birds - (4:50) 114 BPM
   
Seguridad - (5:44) 156 BPM
   
Lost Youth - (6:38) 152 BPM
Review: Ricardo Tobar takes the listener to electronic music's outer limits on his latest artist album. Like the aesthetic of that other great producer of Chilean origin, Ricardo Villablobos, Continuidad is a sprawling, vivid affair. It moves from the gritty guitar sounds of "Les Vagues" and "Totem" into the jangling percussive rhythm of "Recife", before edging back into abstraction with dirge-like arrangements such as "Purple Sun, Rising" and "Vestigios". Tobar even touches on psychedelic textures on tracks like "First" - whose detuned guitars and tripped out nuances sound like early Pink Floyd getting it on with Spacemen 3 - but eventually makes his way back to the dance floor with the expansive groove of "Birds". Continuidad is a journey in the truest, most cosmic sense.
ESP 060
08 Mar 19
Techno
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Birds  (Continuacion)
   
Birds - (9:59) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
La Venida Del Mar - (8:54) 124 BPM
Review: Ricardo Tobar follows 2017's Liturgia release on ESP Institute with this diverse EP. The title track is an expansive affair, with swirling electronic sounds unfolding over a rumbling bass and rolling, dusty drums. It's a loose, unhurried track that gradually sucks the listener in as it progresses on its way. By contrast, "La Venida Del Mar" offers up a different side to the Chilean producer's production. There, the rhythm is more buzzing and electronic, with a nagging ebm riff shot through with recycled rave vocals and underpinned by filtered layers of percussion. "Birds" effortlessly represents two different sides to this talented artist's canon.
ESP 060B
01 Mar 19
Techno
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Lost In Lindos
   
Bleusa - (5:17) 116 BPM
   
Forus Echo - (6:42) 85 BPM
   
Lost In Lindos - (5:57) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aylie - (10:33) 109 BPM
Review: Norway has always been a place for left of centre music - including a significant period during the 90s when it was one of the world's deep house hubs. As Lost In Lindos demonstrates, it remains friendly to those who make music on the fringes. "Bleusa" is an understated but expansive house groove, its pared back beats supporting balmy chords. "Forus Echo" is more uptempo, but just as idiosyncratic, as skipping beats and ticking percussion supports dreamy synths. On the title track, Nygard retreats to an atmospheric, down tempo place, while he leads the listener into a hazy, ambient finale with the swirling electronic plumes of "?ylie".
ESP 073
18 Jan 19
Techno
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Ode To A Happening Earth
   
Tye Die Techno - (8:07) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ode To A Happening On Earth - (5:58) 120 BPM
ESP 078
14 Dec 18
Electro
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Never Rhythm Game/Team Player
   
Never Rhythm Game - (6:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Team Player - (6:30) 128 BPM
Played by: Rave Energy
Review: Canadian producer Nathan Micay follows up releases on Whities, 17 Steps and several editions of his own Schvitz Edits series with this energetic pair of tracks for Los Angeles based ESP institute. The Berlin by way of Toronto artist (formerly known as Bwana) further explores aesthetics of '90s trance music on the hypnotic and elevating acid express that is "Never Rhythm Game" followed by a deep, moody and introspective electro number in the form of "Team Player".
ESP 083
07 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Themes
   
Theme I - (8:14) 75 BPM
   
Theme II - (3:15) 75 BPM
   
Theme III - (3:39) 78 BPM
   
Theme IV - (5:47) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Theme V - (3:44) 55 BPM
   
Theme VI - (5:03) 63 BPM
   
Theme VII - (3:56) 62 BPM
   
Theme VIII - (3:53) 75 BPM
   
Theme IX - (3:41) 75 BPM
   
Theme X - (2:47) 75 BPM
   
Theme XI - (1:40) 74 BPM
   
Theme XII - (5:29) 80 BPM
   
Theme XIII - (4:39) 80 BPM
ESP 076
26 Oct 18
Experimental/Electronic
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DREAM RESONATOR/ICE
   
Dream Resonator - (7:45) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ice - (6:54) 130 BPM
Review: Xinner has put out Eps for Phonica and Gifted Culture, but Dream Resonator is his first outing as Robotron. In fact, ESP Institute is so taken with his new alias that they refer to him as 'the machine formerly known as Xinner'. Machines still loom large on this release: "Ice" is a raw sounding electro cut, with old school drums crashing in over repetitive hooks and melodic synth lines. On the title track, Robotron sets his sights on a more dance-floor friendly approach. The groove has a pulsating, squelchy feeling and the synth hooks sit somewhere between classic Italo and Legowelt's dreamy West Coast sensibilities.
ESP 091
21 Sep 18
Techno
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Everybody In The Past
   
Everybody In The Past - (6:25) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Frigo - (6:30) 127 BPM
Review: This is Autre's debut release on ESP Institute, but he fits right in with the label's aesthetic. As the title track demonstrates, this emerging producer shares the same love as Loverfingers' label for freeform dance music. 303 lines spiral gently and atmospheric chords ebb and flow majestically over an off beat groove that sits somewhere between deep house and electro. It's a heady affair, with cosmic keys introduced to make it all the more intoxicating. "Frigo" is just as distinctive: over cowbells and snappy beats, an electronic salsa rhythm unravels, containing enough soul to keep even the most demanding DJ happy.
ESP 086
07 Sep 18
Techno
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Sunizm
   
Osaka Native - (7:21) 105 BPM
   
Logos - (6:16) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Follow Me - (4:18) 52 BPM
   
Lady Plants - (7:41) 55 BPM
   
Hanasai - (9:01) 90 BPM
   
Feel It - (4:58) 104 BPM
   
Koot Works (feat OR) - (8:17) 90 BPM
   
Oenothera - (8:08) 57 BPM
   
Sunizm - (9:00) 109 BPM
Played by: OOFT!
Review: Osaka's GROUND is no newcomer to the world of experimental electronics, with the artist's last official EP having come out all the way back in 1995 as a self-releases 7" on the forever-defunct 595-76-8239 Music. Sunizsm is his debut LP, with a few of these tunes already out in the last few months on separate EPs, each one of them backed by a series of killer remixes, of course. The LP as a whole, however, is a startling beauty, dipping and diving from dance music to the abstract, rich in Ground's Japanese aesthetics. "Logos", one of the tracks released already, is a tripping bundle of percussion and Eastern vocal chops and, among our other favourites on here, there's also the off-kilter chimes of "Hanasai", the moody bass tones of "Feel It", and the hypnotic journey that is "Sunizsm" itself. House-not-house for the DJ-not-DJs.
ESP 063
13 Jul 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Artificial
   
H For Hysteria (I-Cube remix) - (7:30) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
H For Hysteria (Tolouse Low Trax remix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
   
Private Crimes (DJ Normal 4 remix) - (5:13) 142 BPM
   
Private Crimes (DALO remix) - (7:24) 130 BPM
Review: Last year, ESP Institute put out Benedikt Frey's debut album and now they offer a remix package that's just as impressive. First up is I:Cube, who reworks "H for Hysteria". Currently riding high on the back of his brilliant Double Pack release, the French producer turns it into a deep, flowing affair, led by subtle acid tweaks and hushed atmospheric chords. In Tolouse Low Trax's hands, the same track morphs into a stripped back, bass-led affair, while DJ Normal 4 offers an idiosyncratic take on "Private Crimes", with deep acid lines and a ghostly vocal sample burning their way through rickety break beats. Rounding off this impressive remix package is DJ Dalo's take on "Crimes", where a spooky break beat sound prevails.
ESP 048A
06 Jul 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Logos
   
Logos (original mix) - (6:16) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Logos (Bartellow remix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
   
Discopazzle (original mix) - (8:40) 59 BPM
ESP 063A
29 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Tangier
   
Tangier - (13:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everything Is Nice - (6:26) 117 BPM
Review: To date, long serving but low key Detroiter Sharif Laffrey has specialised in delivering epic cuts that prioritize hypnotic grooves, raw drums and subtle musical shifts. For his debut on Lovefingers' ESP Institute label he ratchets up the intensity by a few dozen notches, basing fearsome "Tangier" around a druggy, full-throttle groove, wild and psychedelic acid lines, snaking Middle Eastern horn solos and the kind of rumbling bassline that will sound awesome blasting out of a meaty soundsystem. "Everything Is Nice" is deeper and groovier in tone, with Laffrey wrapping bleeping melody lines and echoing vocal samples around a crunchy drum machine rhythm. It's very good, even if it does lack the restless energy of the exotic "Tangier".
ESP 079
22 Jun 18
Techno
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TUSK B/w AKU
   
Tusk - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aku - (6:05) 164 BPM
Review: Tusk is the second outing on ESP Institute by Cleveland, an alias for the Brussels-based producer Andrea Mancini. While it does not have the immediacy of some of the label's output, it does tingle and sparkle with understated brilliance. On "Aku", Mancini conjures up a vivid, complex rhythm track, peppered with reverberating tropical animal sounds, hollowed out drums and a dash of intelligent techno melancholia. The title track is even more impressive; similar in rhythmic construct to "Aku", it is imbued with glorious, jazzed out melodies and tinkling bells and is shot through with a wonderfully hypnotic bass that insinuates itself into the listener's consciousness.
ESP 075
08 Jun 18
Techno
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Rambutan
   
Banana Paradiso - (7:11) 120 BPM
   
Rambutan - (6:03) 117 BPM
   
The Color Of Maracuja - (6:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Juan Ramos and Luca 'Trent' Trentini come together for only their second EP as Greenvision. Rambutan will come as a surprise to fans of ESP Institute's free flowing disco sound, and could conceivably have been released on an experimental techno label. This approach is audible on "Banana Paradiso", where a doubled up, gnarly rhythm houses spacey passages and a sinewy, bleepy bass. The title track strays further into an offbeat direction thanks to Greenvision's smart fusion of abstract beats, tonal sounds and a stop-start groove. They leave the best to last however, with "The Color Of Maracuja" unfolding to the sound of melodic Asian elements and frazzled acid lines.
ESP 068
11 May 18
Techno
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Trycksaker
   
Trycksaker - (8:50) 116 BPM
   
Roguish Days - (6:37) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
ESP 067
20 Apr 18
Deep House
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Second Stimulus / Synchro Surfer
   
Second Stimulus - (8:55) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Synchro Surfer - (6:11) 127 BPM
Review: Second Stimulus is Toby Tobias' second outing on Lovefingers' label, and goes a long way to explain why the UK producer is so revered. The title track is a cosmic affair, with mysterious melodies, tripped out synth sweeps and extra helpings of reverb all unfolding over tight drum breaks. Tobias opts for a different approach on "Synchro Surfer": focusing on the dance floor from the get-go, he delivers a linear rhythm that will be well received by DJs. However, he then proceeds to daub it in bleeps, sirens and the kind of warm and woozy chords that have become his signature.
ESP 062
06 Apr 18
Techno
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Sight Seeing
   
The Dove - (3:33) 129 BPM
   
Puente De Los Enamorados - (5:16) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Uroboros - (2:40) 147 BPM
   
Vesperal - (5:55) 157 BPM
   
Iginition - (2:08) 119 BPM
   
Eloigne - (6:23) 146 BPM
   
Halilios - (10:07) 157 BPM
   
Strategie Silencieuse - (3:43) 154 BPM
   
Spring - (4:13) 116 BPM
   
Monade - (3:16) 148 BPM
   
Atomatic - (5:49) 132 BPM
   
Infinite - (3:23) 102 BPM
   
Gradation 65 - (3:12) 116 BPM
   
Miroir Daeau - (7:08) 60 BPM
   
Meteorythme - (13:12) 60 BPM
Review: Swiss DJ and producer Ripperton has undergone a significant shift of gears since his early productions for the like of Dessous and Tamed Musiq, among others. While he was very uch on the tech-sided end of the spectrum, he has been scouted by the UK?s excellent ESP Institute, to which he has provided his fourth studio LP, Sight Seeing. Much in line with the existing syle of the imprint, the album is a wondrous voyage of deep-minded electronics, often veering towards the beatless space - the sonic ether, if you will. These fifteen euphoric progressions are nothing but good vibes, and their differentiation resides in an almost total negligence of beats and more traditional experimental tactics. In fact, this is more experiential than anything else, diving you head-first into a mesmerizing whirlpool of hollow drones, propelled by rich landscapes of colourful sounds, with a nod to the new age perspective. Hats off, Mr Ripperton!
ESP 072
16 Feb 18
Ambient/Drone
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Liturgia
   
La Dormida - (8:08) 120 BPM
   
The Lake - (7:24) 125 BPM
   
Liturgia - (7:21) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Star Alliance - (8:57) 127 BPM
Review: Chilean producer Ricardo Tobar has released music on far more labels than most, building up an impressive discography that includes outings on such lauded imprints as Border Community, Traum Schallplatten, Cocoon and, most recently, Correspondant. Here he adds another fine label to his bulging CV via a four-track missive on Lovefingers' ESP Institute. There's much to admire throughout, from the jangling South American instrumentation, Balearic atmosphere and loose house grooves of opener "La Dormida", to the sleazy synth bass, quietly forboding synthesizer lines and restless cowbells of standout "Liturgia". The fun doesn't stop there, though: both "The Lake" - a skewed trip into psychedelic leftfield house territory - and weirdo closer "Star Alliance" are superb.

ESP 057
15 Dec 17
Deep House
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Night School Of Universal Wisdom
   
The Ridge To Catequil - (6:53) 126 BPM
   
Oceanic - (7:05) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night School Of Universal Wisdom - (6:22) 73 BPM
   
Ljuset - (2:09) 121 BPM
ESP 071
08 Dec 17
Deep House
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