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Mecanica III
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Cat: ESP 016C. Rel: 04 May 15
  1. Slow Port (8:19)
  2. Plutonium Certainly (4:53)
  3. Elika (4:41)
Review: Andrew Hogge aka Lovefingers has been going strong thanks to his ESP Institute label, an imprint made up of outside thinkers such as Nenad Markovic aka 33 10 3402 and his distinctly singular brand of psychedelic techno. This is the third chapter of the Mecanica series, possibly named from and inspired by Beppe Loda's infamous mixtapes of Afro-industrial percussion disco, and "Slow Port" starts things off with a gloriously slow-burning groove filled with intricate percussion chops and slices - a true jewel! "Plutonium Certainly" is as mad as its name suggests - a mass of low frequencies and broken hi-hats dominating its structure - and "Elika" is a more docile ambient work which dives head-first into the ether...and so should you!
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Resume (12")
Cat: ESP 035. Rel: 22 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. Resume (7:33)
  2. Poor Old Head (5:55)
Review: Ian Blevins' first 12" for Lovefingers' ESP Institute label, released at the tail of 2015, was undoubtedly one of the most immediately striking missives from the US imprint in recent times. "Resume" is similarly ear-pleasing, with fluttering, near Balearic synthesizer flourishes, twinkling pianos and dreamy chords cuddling up to shuffling drum machine percussion and throbbing low-end. The producer goes deeper and denser on flipside cut "Poor Old Head", seemingly aiming to soundtrack the pain of a vicious hangover/comedown (delete as appropriate) via clicking rhythms, melancholic pads and the wooziest of melody lines. In some ways, it's rather weary, but also quietly beautiful.
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The Lobbyist
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Cat: ESP 028. Rel: 07 Mar 16
  1. The Lobbyist (6:37)
  2. Cupids Delight (feat TCB) (4:49)
  3. Gravel (6:15)
Review: Woof! Lovefingers clearly has more music pencilled in for release on ESP Institute than he knows what to do with it! The latest 12" of a supremely busy 2016 sees the LA label seek out the refined house music sculpting talents of Frankfurt's Benedikt Frey, a producer who has been quite active himself over the past 12 months or so. Some three tracks deep, The Lobbyist offers a nice overview of Frey's talents as a producer with the title track a foray into stomping, unpredictable techno tension replete with some strange vocals reminiscent of Phil Daniels' turn in Blur track "Parklife". Fellow Frankfurtite TCB colludes on the heat-treated, murky house cut "Cupids Delight" whilst closer "Gravel" is a loose percussive number that eases down the intensity levels to 'factor: breeze'.
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The Heights
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Cat: ESP 041. Rel: 01 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. The Heights (7:59)
  2. Safe House (5:28)
Review: The latest offering from Andrew 'Lovefingers' Hogge's perennially on-point ESP Institute is a pair of epic, melodic and futurist house journeys from the mysterious Damien Lynch. "The Heights" sounds like a cross between Ame and Kassem Mosse with its soaring arpeggios and captivating synth tapestries reminiscent of either artist which isn't a bad thing at all! On the flip "Safe House" is the real winner on here, getting a bit darker with more killer arpeggios and rich synth programming assisted by sturdy rhythm programming. This is the ultimate journey track which will have massive crossover appeal given the taste for such aesthetics at the present time.
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Collision Resistance
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Cat: ESP 044. Rel: 11 Apr 16
Deep House
  1. Collision Resistance (5:13)
  2. Veils Of The Beloved (7:46)
Review: Lovefingers' penchant for including brief nuggets of information about his artists, and their tracks, on 12" labels is certainly useful for lazy record-buyers. Here, he offers up a first ESP Institute 12" from "ambassadors of the River Danube" Mister Ho and Heap, promising tracks that are neither, "too salty or too sweet". Opener "Collision Resistance" is a chugging, analogue-rich affair, with a simple, two-note bassline, arpeggio electronics and spooky textures driving the track forwards. "Veils of The Beloved" is altogether breezier and more melodious, and sees the duo make merry with dreamy pads, tuneful marimba motifs, and one hell of a loved-up breakdown.
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Dikembe Manutu
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Cat: ESP 032. Rel: 01 Feb 16
  1. Dikembe Manutu (6:18)
  2. Rage In The Cage (8:28)
Review: Long-time compadres with previous form for crossing wires, Moscoman and Red Axes pair up for their first solely collaborative EP and it's a hoot: "Dikembe Mantu" uses shimmering steel drums as the lead melodic device before building up the disco-minded groove that chugs down the major scale with dubby allure while hand drums and chime lilt gently for texture in the background. "Rage In The Cage" takes us about 10 hours later into the night on a lolloping loopy analogue excursion that opens out into some deliciously positive chords. According to ESP it was recorded as a live jam... Oh to be a fly on the wall during that session. Beautiful.
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Thinking Allowed EP
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Cat: ESP 015. Rel: 25 Jan 16
  1. Bit 1
  2. Cloud Country
  3. Thinking Allowed
Review: In a 2010 interview, Tornado Wallace explained the inspiration behind his distinctive title as "something between a deep south blues artist or a logger from Nebraska". In subsequent years the Australian has seemingly swapped the south blues artist for something southern Italo, keeping the Nebraskan edge with his logger's beard. This is demonstrated in wondrous fashion on the water-coloured artwork to Thinking Aloud, his debut EP for Lovefingers' ESP Institute. Heavy bass plods switch to a walking bassline in "Bit One", as motorised and starry arpeggios weave between breathy vocals that are as much human as they are synthesised. This is complemented by "Cloud Country" which lowers in BPM with more Italo inspired arpeggios, pulsating toms and sprinklings of Latin sounding synths. The title track "Thinking Allowed" hogs the flip, slowly revealing itself to be a Balearic burner of the highest calibre. It opens with an analogous kick-snare combo and a "higher-self" spoken word spiel that's reminiscent of Will Powers legendary "Adventures In Success". Peaks come; troughs go as the track builds sublimely before dovetailing back to its original form. Welcome back sir!
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II (12")
Cat: ESP 026B. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Tired & Feathered (10:19)
  2. Hump (6:58)
  3. Probe Into Static (5:19)
  4. Grottaferrata (9:24)
Video Days
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Video Days (12")
Cat: ESP 013. Rel: 08 Oct 12
Deep House
  1. Video Days
  2. Later Than U Think
Review: ** Repress from the ESP dons ** Being knee deep in the relentlessly productive operations at Rush Hour HQ is evidently having a positive creative effect on Marco Sterk, who continues to impress under his Young Marco alias. Video Days is the second EP Young Marco has delivered for Lovefingers' ever excellent ESP Institute this year and arrives soon after a wonderful remix of Michael Ozone. An esoteric and organic approach to the rhythmic elements of both the sublime title track and it's accompanying production "Later Than U Think" are apparently immediate, though it's Sterk's ear for knowing when to introduce new melodic and textural elements that really demonstrates what a talented producer he is turning into.
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