having previously popped up on esp institute, juan ramos teams up with trent to form greenvision, making their first appearance on the home of freshly squeezed discoid deviance, cocktail d amore. surdinia takes over the a side with a bombastic array of peak time devices in its utility belt, from bubbling acid tweaks to gluttonous monosynth leads and a chunky set of drums. meccanica is no slouch either, laying down thick slabs of synthesized grease in pursuit of a different kind of party track. this is unusual, distinctive club music for those who want the crowd to stop and pay attention
juan ramos speaks twelve languages and loiters at the zoo. this is his second offering for the esp institute. last year his debut dropped us at the edge of oblivion and this follow-up release picks up right where he left us—atkm pumps right from the start with a collision of elastic percussion, tubular clinks and cranks under what sounds like fragments of our androgynous tour guide’s speech though a malfunctioning pa. halfway through the chaos she makes a left turn toward belgium where the drum programming fattens up and we acquire an optimistic shimmering of chords. on side b, globalizació,n á,cido conjures imagery of a moonlit expedition on the hunt for lord-knows-what. many producers rely on jungle sounds, loosely appropriating some misguided sense of mysticism, but juan rules his own kingdom where he creates an ecosystem through synthesis and digital manipulation. the narrative quality of his production knows no limits and his ability to twist machines into this chorus of cyber-creatures puts him at the top of the food chain, however, no animals were harmed in the making of these two songs
juan ramos lives on planet earth but channels voices from the aether. this is his first offering for the esp institute. on side a, last of the natives shows us just what we’re dealing with, a master manipulator of sound and consciousness. juan culls the toughest kick drums and thickest latex bass slaps from a deep burial in our psyche and peppers them with alien chants and fleeting electronic flutes—a combustible sense of spontaneity that may at first appear chaotic but after fully immersed in juan’s demented world, we find ourselves willfully under his control. on side b, enemy of enemy is friend also sets off from a disorienting place where a slow progression of acid, shakers and toms takes a good minute to allow us some footing around the groove. once settled into his sophisticated rhythm, juan opens the door to a glorious combination of chords, clanking guitars, shakers that scrub back and forth and the occasional smear of paranormal synth. we at the esp institute are enamored by juan’s seemingly infinite skill for crafting mood and extracting optimism from darkness, but seriously, what color speedotm should she wear this summer?
2011 two cd collection, the fourth installment in the mix series comprised of exclusive releases and re-edits by lawler himself. -in this day and age, a mix compilation needs to be special in some way, as dj mixes are freely available all over the internet,- lawler explained ahead of the release. -i want my fans to get a mix of tracks that are unique to its own arrangement and composition. when you buy the tracks as singles, people will get the original version of the track which in some cases may sound very different. only with the version on this mix will they get my re-arranged versions-this is, and always has been, the tradition of my lights out albums.-