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Sublimate b/w Precipitate
Sublimate - (6:30) 83 BPM
Precipitate - (4:23) 74 BPM
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ESP 113
13 Oct 23
Experimental/Electronic
Gossip Is The Devil's Radio
Gossip Is The Devil's Radio - (5:29) 188 BPM Hot
Good Question - (6:20) 60 BPM
Strings Of Sorrow - (5:29) 160 BPM
Perpetual Conflict - (5:15) 178 BPM
G.E.L. - (5:27) 150 BPM
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ESP 115
01 Sep 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Pregunta B/w Tremors
Tremors - (5:34) 155 BPM
Pregunta - (6:41) 138 BPM
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ESP 116
28 Jul 23
Bass
Fastlane
Habits - (5:31) 136 BPM
Fast Lane - (6:24) 129 BPM
Crank - (6:08) 134 BPM
Move Me (feat Nadia D'Alo) - (8:22) 147 BPM
Solver - (7:28) 144 BPM Hot
Element - (4:42) 157 BPM
Gasoline - (6:56) 131 BPM
Industry - (5:52) 137 BPM
Trick Shot - (5:12) 148 BPM
Silverblade (feat O-Wells) - (5:12) 87 BPM
Lost (Again) - (6:40) 129 BPM
1337 - (5:51) 118 BPM
Played by: Benedikt Frey
Review: Hot on the heels of last year's 1987 long player comes this fine follow-up from Benedikt Frey. Fastlane starts off at a slow pace with the introspective breaks of "Habits" before Frey accelerates headlong into the title track's intense, fuzzy techno. "Gasoline" tells a similar story, albeit with break beats underpinning dense sound textures. However, it's not all intense dance floor tracks. Fastlane also contains enough sonic curve balls to keep even the most impatient listener engaged. These include the low-slung, atmospheric breaks of "Silverblade", tribal techno on "Crank" and the jittery electro beats and wired acid tones of "Trick Shot".
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ESP 103
21 Jul 23
Techno
Night Of The Endless Beyond
Endless Beyond - (7:51) 150 BPM
Isolarian - (5:05) 120 BPM
Strato - (7:56) 128 BPM
Together - (8:34) 121 BPM
Light Nights - (2:43) 157 BPM
Quadralogue - (4:55) 120 BPM Hot
Otherness - (5:38) 130 BPM
Truth - (6:10) 100 BPM
Wonder - (5:47) 130 BPM
Postdrome - (6:13) 140 BPM
Review: ESP Institute was the platform for Lord Of The Isles' debut long player, In Waves in 2016. Now he returns to the label for this expansive work. "Endless Beyond" and "Isolarian" are majestic, widescreen pieces, while "Light Nights" is a beautifully reflective piece. When he turns his attention to the dance floor, Lord Of The Isles retains this melodic sensibility. There's a gentle, Lone-style sense of psychedelia audible on "Together", while "Quadralogue" is a brittle dub techno track. But despite these dalliances with club structures, Night is mainly concerned with introspection, as the gentle tones of "Otherness" and freeform electronics and spoken words of "Truth" both effortlessly demonstrate.
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ESP 108
18 Nov 22
Techno
0141 b/w E-Maniac
0141 - (6:09) 130 BPM
E-Maniac - (7:04) 130 BPM Hot
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ESP 111
08 Jul 22
Funky/Club House
Stalactite
Starnet - (1:55) 105 BPM
Gamete - (3:24) 55 BPM
Massonia - (3:51) 58 BPM Hot
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
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ESP 110
18 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
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
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ESP 106
19 Nov 21
Experimental/Electronic
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 Hot
Cuko - (5:59) 110 BPM
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ESP 085
15 Oct 21
Experimental/Electronic
S/t
Mild Bunch - (4:40) 100 BPM
Ghost Army Redemption - (5:22) 63 BPM Hot
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
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ESP 105
18 Jun 21
Experimental/Electronic
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 Hot
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".
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ESP 099
14 May 21
Deep House
Skylark
Skylark (12" re-master) - (7:40) 125 BPM
OmniMulti - (4:09) 123 BPM
Skylark (Linkwood remix) - (9:36) 83 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 039B
05 Feb 21
Techno
Reconstructions
Reconstruction 1 - (15:10) 76 BPM
Reconstruction 2 - (12:22) 73 BPM
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ESP 030
29 Jan 21
Ambient/Drone
Karakuri/Michinoku
Karakuri - (7:54) 115 BPM Hot
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'.
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ESP 098
08 Jan 21
Deep House
Hypersocial B/w Safety Test
Hypersocial - (5:30) 128 BPM Hot
Safety Test - (4:20) 129 BPM
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ESP 054
18 Dec 20
Minimal/Tech House
Point Vacancies
Dislocation Climb - (8:02) 116 BPM
Alloyed Forces - (7:11) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 088
06 Nov 20
Techno
Light Magic/The Grand Illusion
Light Magic - (7:22) 126 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 066
05 Jun 20
Techno
The Lost Art Of Wandering
Denton, Texas - (5:38) 76 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 070
22 May 20
Balearic/Downtempo
Wakusei
Wakusei A - (7:38) 90 BPM Hot
Wakusei Y (feat Sinkishi & Kabamix) - (7:50) 50 BPM
Hayabusa - (8:50) 123 BPM
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.
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ESP 037
08 May 20
Techno
Have It Tall/Daily Gates
Have It Tall - (5:37) 126 BPM
Daily Gates - (10:10) 112 BPM Hot
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ESP 043
13 Mar 20
Funky/Club House
Oxford House
Fahrt Im Himmel (Let It Go) - (5:46) 119 BPM Hot
Oxford House - (5:01) 118 BPM
Oxford House (New York Metroplotan Area mix) - (3:34) 103 BPM
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ESP 040
20 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sagano/Haru Wa Akebono
Sagano - (6:35) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 097
13 Dec 19
Techno
Cells
Interlinked - (5:53) 113 BPM
Pilot - (3:54) 146 BPM
Substance B - (6:28) 124 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 080
29 Nov 19
Techno
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 Hot
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".
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ESP 096
22 Nov 19
Balearic/Downtempo
Punch
Punch - (7:07) 130 BPM
Myth - (5:03) 123 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 095
01 Nov 19
Techno
Follow Me
Follow Me - (4:18) 104 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 063B
25 Oct 19
Balearic/Downtempo
Know The Future/Digital Warfare
Know The Future - (6:56) 128 BPM Hot
Digital Warfare - (5:25) 132 BPM
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ESP 053
11 Oct 19
Breakbeat
Exodus B/w Kamchatkan
Exodus - (5:51) 132 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 092
04 Oct 19
Techno
LA Funk B/w Wig Teleportation
LA Funk - (7:56) 143 BPM Hot
Wig Teleportation - (7:40) 128 BPM
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ESP 087
04 Oct 19
Electro
Osmin Uratoma
Lemmi Ash Theme - (7:03) 122 BPM
Apsu - (4:03) 124 BPM
To Dare Is To Do - (4:23) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 050
13 Sep 19
Techno
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 Hot
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
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ESP 082
12 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
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 Hot
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".
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ESPFT 1
28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Contrails
First Snow - (5:33) 78 BPM Hot
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
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ESP 084
07 Jun 19
Experimental/Electronic
Panokorama (Remixed)
Sala Sensi (Florian Kupfer remix) - (8:45) 123 BPM
Clypp (Skudge remix) - (5:50) 128 BPM Hot
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".
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ESP 046A
19 Apr 19
Techno
Recife
Recife (Bailemix) - (7:42) 127 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 060A
12 Apr 19
Techno
Melencolia V/Invidiosa
Melencolia V - (7:19) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 065
05 Apr 19
Techno
Condor Sunflower
Condor Sunflower - (7:59) 68 BPM
Svava - (3:15) 77 BPM
Creation Discoteque - (10:55) 90 BPM Hot
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ESP 089
29 Mar 19
Balearic/Downtempo
Continuidad
Les Vagues - (7:17) 102 BPM
Recife - (6:38) 128 BPM
Totem - (4:58) 116 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 060
08 Mar 19
Techno
Birds  (Continuacion)
Birds - (9:59) 114 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 060B
01 Mar 19
Techno
Lost In Lindos
Bleusa - (5:17) 116 BPM
Forus Echo - (6:42) 85 BPM
Lost In Lindos - (5:57) 114 BPM Hot
Aylie - (10:33) 109 BPM
Played by: Lakeshouse
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".
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ESP 073
18 Jan 19
Techno
Ode To A Happening Earth
Tye Die Techno - (8:07) 120 BPM Hot
Ode To A Happening On Earth - (5:58) 120 BPM
Played by: RED AXES
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ESP 078
14 Dec 18
Electro
Never Rhythm Game/Team Player
Never Rhythm Game - (6:39) 125 BPM Hot
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".
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ESP 083
07 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
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 Hot
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
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ESP 076
26 Oct 18
Experimental/Electronic
DREAM RESONATOR/ICE
Dream Resonator - (7:45) 83 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 091
21 Sep 18
Techno
Everybody In The Past
Everybody In The Past - (6:25) 129 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 086
07 Sep 18
Techno
Sunizm
Osaka Native - (7:21) 105 BPM
Logos - (6:16) 105 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 063
13 Jul 18
Experimental/Electronic
Artificial
H For Hysteria (I-Cube remix) - (7:30) 123 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 048A
06 Jul 18
Minimal/Tech House
Logos
Logos (original mix) - (6:16) 105 BPM Hot
Logos (Bartellow remix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
Discopazzle (original mix) - (8:40) 59 BPM
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ESP 063A
29 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
Tangier
Tangier - (13:02) 123 BPM Hot
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".
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ESP 079
22 Jun 18
Techno
TUSK B/w AKU
Tusk - (6:49) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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ESP 075
08 Jun 18
Techno
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