Real Name:
Esa Juhani Ruoho
Esa Juhani Ruoho is one among the up and coming ambient electronic artists in Finland today. His first major label release, Container (deFocus, UK) was well received by critics and the electronic enthusiasts alike. He has after that had releases thru labels like Merck (Miami,US), Rikos Records (Finland), U-Cover (Belgium), (Belgium), Zealrecords (Belgium), Psychonavigation Records (Ireland), New Speak (Sweden).

Born October 26, 1978 in Helsinki, Esa first became interested in computer music when he was 6. Some of his early favorites were the songs created for C64 games, later modules by such luminaries as Aleksi Eeben, Niko Nyman, Sami Järvinen, and others, on the Commodore Amiga. By 1994, Esa had shifted his musical interests to ambient/idm and has later on flourished as a member of the Helsinki scene, providing music for various netlabels like Monotonik and Kahvi Collective.

Currently, Esa continues to release thru several international labels and explores new tracks & techniques at his flat in eastern Helsinki.

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Lackluster Discography


mtk.cdr.001 Lackluster CDR#2 (Album) Monotonik mtk.cdr.001 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Lackluster Distance(15xFile, MP3, Album, 192) Not On Label none Finland 1999
none Lackluster CDR#1(CDr) Not On Label none Finland 1999 Sell This Version
foc350lp Lackluster Container (Album) deFocus foc350lp UK 2000 Sell This Version
foc369lp Lackluster Wrapping (Album) deFocus foc369lp UK 2002 Sell This Version
PSY 012 Lackluster RemixSelection_One (Album) Psychonavigation Records PSY 012 Ireland 2004 Sell This Version
mtk.mp3.129 Lackluster Live At Freeflow, Helsinki 16/07/03(File, MP3, 128) Monotonik mtk.mp3.129 Finland 2004
none Lackluster What You Want Isn’t What You Need (Album) New Speak none Finland 2005 Sell This Version
u-cover 024 Lackluster Slice (Album) U-Cover u-cover 024 Belgium 2005 Sell This Version
none Lackluster The Invisible Spanish Inquisition (Album) Igloo Pop none Finland 2011
JFFRNET019 Lackluster Lexicon Of Goods (Album) Jellyfish Frequency Recordings JFFRNET019 US 2014
none Lackluster Moments(File, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Lackluster Self-released) none Finland 2014
none Lackluster Moonbears on Planet Earth: Original Soundtrack(8xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Lackluster Self-released) none Finland 2016

Singles & EPs

mtk.mp3.006 Lackluster Bothersome (Mother Mix)(File, MP3, Single, 128) Monotonik mtk.mp3.006 US 1999
foc349 Lackluster Foc349 deFocus foc349 UK 2000 Sell This Version
foc354 Lackluster R U Oho? (EP) deFocus foc354 UK 2000 Sell This Version
RIKOS005 Lackluster 7" (Single) Rikos Records RIKOS005 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
mtk.mp3.015 Lackluster 13/10/99(File, MP3, Single, 192) Monotonik mtk.mp3.015 US 2000
Zealectronic Purple Lackluster Zealectronic Purple(7", Ltd, Whi) Zealectronic Zealectronic Purple Belgium 2001 Sell This Version
mtk.mp3.055 Lackluster One-Offs EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, VBR) Monotonik mtk.mp3.055 US 2001
foc368 Lackluster Wrapping Sampler deFocus foc368 UK 2002 Sell This Version
MERCK LL Lackluster A Lackluster Remixer(12") Merck MERCK LL US 2002 Sell This Version
mtk.mp3.119 Lackluster You Are On My Mind EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, VBR) Monotonik mtk.mp3.119 US 2003
#016 Lackluster Not An EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, VBR) Corewatch #016 Germany 2003
MERCK SC Lackluster Showcase Merck MERCK SC US 2004 Sell This Version


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July 24, 2016
edited over 15 years ago
Human verbal and written communication has not evolved to the level where
we might be able to describe the contents or interpret the meaning of Esa Ruoho's work
entitled Container. He channels the operas of long detatched future alien civilations into
a form which appeases the limitations of our primitive human minds. Its not often that an musician
is able to create a work of such stunning beauty. From futuristic hip hop derivitives
ambient bassline creations, the creator employs a melodic intuition from which every twinkling
structure descends, piercing the grey haze of bassline and synth washes with intense beams of
analog sunrays. The next step in evolution will undoubtedly involve humans trancending the grevious
limits of verbal and written communications and developing emotional psychic interfaces, an audible
representation of which may resemble the work of LACKLUSTER.

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