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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 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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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!
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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cupid's Delight (feat TCB) - (4:46) 107 BPM
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Gravel - (6:11) 122 BPM
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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.
Artificial
ESP 048
06 Oct 17
Ambient/Drone
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Diver - (3:16) 154 BPM
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Controversial - (7:05) 59 BPM
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H For Hysteria - (6:39) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Road Of Jazz - (3:56) 57 BPM
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Keygrind - (5:41) 127 BPM
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Push - (6:18) 59 BPM
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Running Away - (3:42) 66 BPM
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Dissolved Girl - (4:57) 80 BPM
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Private Crimes - (5:08) 143 BPM
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Patcher - (6:34) 96 BPM
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Hang Loose - (3:41) 51 BPM
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Pol 326 - (4:58) 55 BPM
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D3 - Harbour - (6:10) 61 BPM
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Review: Darmstadt's Benedikt Frey has been one of the most exciting talents in electronic music in the last few years. With releases on local institution Live At Robert Johnson and Barcelona's Hivern Discs in addition to his experimental project INIT (with Nadia D'Alo) he returns once again to Lovefingers' Los Angeles based imprint. This is the second time after last year's impressive The Lobbyist EP. Be prepared for more cosmic, post-Kraut psychedelia of the greyscale kind from Frey on his first ever full length release. Highlights include the brooding industrial punk-funk of "Controversial", the slow burning hypnotic techno epic "H For Hysteria" or the Can styled progressive rock of "Keygrind" which really shows off the diversity. Add to that the the woozy acid tribalism of "Push" or "Patcher" which are perfect for setting the mood early at Offenbach's favourite clubs.
Artificial
ESP 048A
06 Jul 18
Minimal/Tech House
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H For Hysteria (I-Cube remix) - (7:30) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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H For Hysteria (Tolouse Low Trax remix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
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Private Crimes (DJ Normal 4 remix) - (5:13) 142 BPM
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Private Crimes (DALO remix) - (7:24) 130 BPM
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Played by: Torteraz
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.
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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TUSK B/w AKU
ESP 075
08 Jun 18
Techno
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Tusk - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aku - (6:05) 164 BPM
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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.
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.
Rambutan
ESP 068
11 May 18
Techno
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Banana Paradiso - (7:11) 120 BPM
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Rambutan - (6:03) 117 BPM
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The Color Of Maracuja - (6:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
Logos
ESP 063A
29 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Logos (original mix) - (6:16) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Logos (Bartellow remix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
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Discopazzle (original mix) - (8:40) 59 BPM
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Sunizm
ESP 063
13 Jul 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Osaka Native - (7:21) 105 BPM
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Logos - (6:16) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Follow Me - (4:18) 52 BPM
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Lady Plants - (7:41) 55 BPM
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Hanasai - (9:01) 90 BPM
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Feel It - (4:58) 104 BPM
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Koot Works (feat OR) - (8:17) 90 BPM
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Oenothera - (8:08) 57 BPM
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Sunizm - (9:00) 109 BPM
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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.
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.

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.
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 (Remixed I)
ESP 009A
25 Mar 16
Techno
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Flares (Kuniyuki Takahashi remix) - (10:52) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Flares (Tambien remix) - (8:48) 122 BPM
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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.
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".
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.
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".
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.
Tistish/Nee Shitteru
ESP 069
27 Oct 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Man Power - "Tistish" - (6:54) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Man Power & Last Waltz - "Nee Shitteru" - (7:20) 117 BPM
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Review: Geoff Kirkwood aka Man Power has appeared on a range of underground labels over the past few years and with the exception of Optimo Trax, it's ESP Institute that is most suited to his left of centre electronics. Working together here with Last Waltz - who has released on World Unknown and Tusk Wax - he delivers two fine jams. "Tistish" resounds to a muddy bass, noisy interference and some of the spookiest synth work this side of Legowelt's Squadra Blanco project. On "Nee Shitteru", the pair strip things back, but don't lose their sense of humour in the process, as tribal drums underscore vocal chants and rough acid lines.
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.
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.
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
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.
Liturgia
ESP 057
15 Dec 17
Deep House
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La Dormida - (8:08) 120 BPM
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The Lake - (7:24) 125 BPM
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Liturgia - (7:21) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Star Alliance - (8:57) 127 BPM
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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.

Sight Seeing
ESP 072
16 Feb 18
Ambient/Drone
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The Dove - (3:33) 129 BPM
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Puente De Los Enamorados - (5:16) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Uroboros - (2:40) 147 BPM
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Vesperal - (5:55) 157 BPM
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Iginition - (2:08) 119 BPM
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Eloigne - (6:23) 146 BPM
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Halilios - (10:07) 157 BPM
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Strategie Silencieuse - (3:43) 154 BPM
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Spring - (4:13) 116 BPM
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Monade - (3:16) 148 BPM
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Atomatic - (5:49) 132 BPM
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Infinite - (3:23) 102 BPM
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Gradation 65 - (3:12) 116 BPM
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Miroir Daeau - (7:08) 60 BPM
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Meteorythme - (13:12) 60 BPM
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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!
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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Tangier
ESP 079
22 Jun 18
Techno
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Tangier - (13:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everything Is Nice - (6:26) 117 BPM
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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".
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
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Thunder Thunder - (5:56) 88 BPM
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Slowdown - (8:45) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
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.
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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Trycksaker
ESP 067
20 Apr 18
Deep House
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Trycksaker - (8:50) 116 BPM
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Roguish Days - (6:37) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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