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Prodigal son of the ESP Institute, Juan Ramos, rises from the cesspool of a world gone mad with 'Agua Del Cenote', his fifth release with the label. Whilst many artists are following their inner light to bring us some much needed joy amidst these rotten times, Juan (being the little shit that he is) follows an inner demon and delivers listeners and dancers a demented clusterfuck of sadistic chaos. The title track opens with what sounds like a butane torch and we metaphorically freebase into oblivion. Our perception of reality unravels, writhing in abrasive textures smeared across a low-slung, mid-tempo erotic thump. Everything feels blurry and distant, as if we’re swimming through an underground aquatic tunnel, in a panic, searching for an invisible band of spirits whose tune summons us into certain annihilation. Following this is a remix from a decorated lord of 20th Century electronics, Harald Grosskopf AKA The Synthesist. Harald wipes away grit and lethargy to reveal elements hidden deep within the mix as well as softens Juan’s sense of terror by building up to an optimistic layer of added synth. We’d love to offer some relief with the balance of the EP, however, the remaining two tracks paint complimentary hues in the same cerebral palette. 'Let It Go (Freaks Only)' veers closely to House in terms of tempo and gestalt, utilizing a vocal sample from Third Generation (Kerri Chandler) and a healthy dose of sub bass, but Juan hardly apologizes for his masochistic tendencies and certainly never relents into an uplifting mood. Closing the EP, Juan serves an antidote of sorts with 'Cuko', as if suggesting a way out of the swamp, but leaves it up to the listener’s intuition to not only see the carrot, but actually follow it into the light, thus completing the quest.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Deep mushroom chug from Juan Ramos perfectly in sync with the bumper harvest we've been experiencing. Facing your inner demons in the 5th dimension - this will empower and untangle your chakras!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Agua Del Cenote
A2. Agua Del Cenote (Harald Grosskopf Synthesist Mix)
B1. Let It Loose (Freaks Only)
B2. Cuko

In the late 90’s, east-side LA was in the throws of a post-indie explosion; a network of stoned bands ranging from neo-psychedelia to pseudo-country overran Spaceland (our generation’s Troubadour) and the local Silverlake Lounge. I was playing freakbeat records twice a week in dive bars, half of Spacemen 3 was crashing at my house (my drop-out roomate was Sonic Boom’s tour drummer) and it was during this blur that I met Raymond Richards, a clean-cut all-American pedal steel guitarist playing in Mojave 3 (the country-tinged side project of 4AD shoegaze royalty, Slowdive). I was instantly swept off my feet, head over heals in love with Raymond's weeping tone—the most chill-inducing, emotionally responsive dialog I’d had with music since discovering Satie as a child—it was then and it is now, truly haunting. After a year of personnel trials, my roomate and I stole Raymond for our own band, and not only did he smother our songs with his enchanting steel, he was virtuosic with a variety of atypical instruments such as baritone guitar and theremin, he utilized them all. The band was short-lived—I joined Ariel Pink, Raymond fled to Portland and me subsequently to New York City—but in founding the ESP Institute years later, there was always a recurring mental note; we must make Raymond’s pedal steel album. I had managed to wrangle his blessed performance on a remix for Project Club’s El Mar Y La Luna, but it took almost a decade until I once again wore the producer hat and we began working on The Lost Art Of Wandering, a title borrowed from Sam Shepard’s Stories. Spiritually candid, expansive yet enveloping, this is the strung-out, visceral country music that simply radiates from Raymond. Each song is his set of coordinates in a vast open terrain, holding a sentimental familiarity, a truthful longing for the simple comforts that diffuse life’s complications, a place to get lost.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Denton, Texas
A2. Fossil, Oregon
A3. Tuscon, Arizona
A4. Livermore, California
B1. Astoria, Oregon
B2. Roslyn, Washington
B3. Idaho Falls, Idaho
B4. Paradise, California

Soft Rocks

Talking Jungle / Obo - Justin Vandervolgen / Tiago Remixes

ESP Institute come up with the goods once again here, furnishing all working DJs and disco dancers with a much needed, long awaited repress of this killer Soft Rocks remix wax. Originally released FIVE whole years ago as part of the "Revenge Of The Soft Rocks Remixes" project, this dreamy drop saw New York disco viking Justin Vandervolgen and Lisbon's Tiago bring some of their finest work to the ESP table, dominating setlists and festivals for many months. As ever, Justin has no idea what a 'quickie' might entail, and treats us to another EPIC extension. There are no track times listed, but I reckon his rework goes on 'til Monday morning...Picking up a half finished spliff from the U-Star studios and necking a couple of early nineties garys, JVV leads us off on a percussion odyssey to kick off his killer remix. Brain fizzing fx and space lasers rebound all over the showing, cascading off a prismic discoball and making a little space for the fluid beauty of those jazzy keys. One epic piano breakdown later and we're lost in the lush undergrowth of the "Talking Jungle", freaking out to the walking bassline, squealing synth line and wild space echo abuse. Extra-planetary disco with all the right references to classic house, this was massive at El Diablos, Naive Melody, Disco Futura and anywhere DJ Harvey's played in the last five years! Mega! If you need to chillax after all that dancing, why not try the flipside's insanely serene take on "Obo" by ESP favorite Tiago (Sea Power & Change, Gala Drop, DFA). Swaying, Mediterranean rhythms, snaking bass and the otherworldly sound of the oboe overlap and unfurl within the richly psychedelic soundscape the Portuguese producer creates. It's the musical equivalent of a stroll past the face and fruit dish on Dali's beach. Good lord this is quite a piece of wax!


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: This Soft Rocks remix disc is nothing short of a modern disco classic! JVV goes wild on his psychedelic disco extension, delivering a dope rework that's been hammered by every decent DJ I can think of over the last few years. On the flip, Tiago takes a serene stroll down the beach, dipping his toe in lysergic waters on the way. Mega!

TRACK LISTING

A. Talking Jungle (Justin Vandervolgen Remix)
B. Obo (Tiago Remix)


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