Various ‎– The Ambient Groove

ESP Records ‎– ESP 9150-1
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation, Limited Edition, Sampler

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A1 Rising Sun Haze (Blind Mix)
Written-By – Kon Ishi*
A2 Microglobe Trust (Jealousy Mix)
Written-By – Mijk Van Dijk
B1 Wax (2) Odysee
Written-By – Robert Meijer
B2 XMT Atlantic Under Clouds
Written-By – Phil Western

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(P) & (C) 1994 ESP Records
All songs published by Frontdyk Music except A2 Copyright Control
Courtesy of MFS Records.

Taken from ESP VOL. 3 "The Ambient Groove".

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  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 6990


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October 14, 2017

As reviewed by me in February 1994 (as predicted, I like this record a whole lot better now than I did at the time):

This EP from the forthcoming compilation of the same name shows some promising growth for the monotonous ESP label. These tracks are more diverse than the label's past output.

Rising Sun "Haze (Blind mix)" ...pseudonym of i.D.Musician Ken Ishii, miscredited as "Kon Ishi" on the disc. Too long for its repetitiveness, probably for the dj's convenience. Interesting semi-melodic piece with no kick drum, only flanged 808 hi-hats & snare, and tamb samples. Soft diads in background, repeating jazzy organ riff up front.

Microglobe "Trust (Jealousy mix)" ...pseudonym of trancer Mijk van Dijk. Great towering synth theme, not as simplistic as FAX stuff, soundtracky, good production, progresses nicely, no mentionable percussion.

Wax "Odysee" Canned percussion samples ("Think") and swooshy sounds with very annoying, squealy Casio riff on top. I have a feeling this going to be one of those I listen to 3 years later and appreciate, but right now it's crap. Luckily it's not too long.

XMT "Atlantic Under Clouds" Very good oscillation between warm and cold, sometimes sounding a bit too much like Kraftwerk or RJ, this is a fairly straightforward middle-of-the-road trance number, kinda ambling along with its many layers, but never being too repetitive, in part due to variation in effects and also due to some dynamic structure within the song. It could use some longer beatless breaks or more of an outro.


April 26, 2006
edited over 3 years ago
A rare piece of Ambient 'n Trance here on ESP Records.
This twelve is a Limited Edition promo teaser for the compilation CD 'ESP VOL. 3 "The Ambient Groove"'.

On the A side we find Ken Ishii under his Rising Sun alter ego delivering us a nice cut of IDM, a wicked tune to trip on in those late hours . . .

Microglobe gives you a decent piece of German Chill Out by pleasing your ears with some quality Ambient in the best tradition, those German sounds we loved so much in the early 90's.

The B side is what makes this twelve one to hunt it down, 2 trax only released on this Limited Edition release:

Starting with Wax, an aka of Robert Meijer who is more famous for his Gabba project High Energy on Mokum Records then the Chill Out sounds he pulls outta his gear: an absolute weird combo of soft Breakbeats, deep subs, sweeping synth pads and a melody riff that makes you smile and dance.

And last but not least this sought after tune which is only released on this piece of vinyl: Phil Western's XMT with Atlantic Under Clouds.
A tune that can be described best as a slow New Beat track with Trance elements.
It's slowly builds and builds with it's cowbell like sound untill it grabs you, play it round +10% to achieve maximum hypnotic effects, what a monster!

If you like this sound I recommend to hunt down this twelve, or find the CD on ESP or the SUN CD release to have these beauties in your collection...