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Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Water Rose Above the Head
Format: 12"
Label: Bed of Nails
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement manifests on the Bed Of Nails compound with thrumming, sub-heavy techno and ambient incursions. "These Spirits Are Thought to Live Far Out at Sea and Are Usually Malevolent" clocks in at almost a quarter of an hour and is sunk deep with an aquatic 4/4 variant that recalls classic Chain Reaction: Porter Ricks, Vainqueur, Fluxion, albeit built within the framework of the Hospital/BoN aesthetic -- sporadic field recorded flourishes, found sounds and un-placeable percussion. "They Shoot Men with Flying Fish and Travel in Waterspouts or on Rainbows" offers a 10-minute set for the private afterhours; opening with an impossibly deep bass throb before dipping into a cornucopia of fake plastic ambience, a world where mechanical macaques and Chris Watsons weather recordings coalesce into a low-end mass thats somewhere between Kode9s Sine of the Dub and FSOLs Lifeforms -- an intriguing subversion of new age signifiers built to soundtrack a Ballard short set in a 2060 Berghain." -Bed of Nails.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Ambient Black Magic
Format: Double LP + 10"
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $33.00
"Following a still-ongoing series of reissues of the earliest, previously tape-only releases from Dominick Fernows Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, this long-in-the-making new album proper is an epic 80-minute set featuring additional production and "sound on sound processing" from Silent Servant, a remix from Substance, and mastering by Paul Corley. Its by far the most ambitious and far-reaching Rainforest dispatch, taking that artificial, tropical humidity as a starting point before heading deep into a kind of textured ambience that are reminiscent of everything from Talk Talks Laughing Stock (1991) to Carl Craigs "How The West Was Won" (1996), from Huerco S to classic Chain Reaction. Ambient Black Magic moves away from the extreme saturation of those early cassettes and the industrial environmentalism of his previous album Green Graves (2016) and is described by the label as "Fear Dub" -- which is essentially the perfect encapsulation of the deep sense of paranoia contained within. The opening "Jungle Is A Shapeshifter" is a gargantuan 35-minute head-melter thats split across the first two sides of the vinyl pressing. Co-produced with Silent Servant, its an absorbing piece of electronic music -- slowly unfurling via chorus pedal guitars that gradually degrade, while a fathoms-deep bass pulse and tape-delay gives the piece its shape. Its like an updated, tranquilized, fever-dream variant of the kind of ambient dub Vainqueur made his own back in the mid-90s. "Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo", another Silent Servant co-production, clocks in at a relatively modest 17 minutes and heads off into more open terrain, this time with submerged percussion providing some propulsion, while shards of colored synth pull you back into the swamp. Its another humid, breathtaking session -- bringing out the best in both Fernow and Silent Servant. "Praying Mantis Black Arts" is another masterclass in sub-bass construction, while "Chiles Crimson Tide" is the shortest track on the album, a kind of broken coda before Substance ends the set with a remix of "Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo", deploying a tribal reduction that references classic Chain Reaction from a producer who was part of it first-hand. Its a relatively upbeat conclusion to one of the most immersive listening experiences youll have in 2017; those of you looking for escape should dive in -- you wont want to re-engage with the world around you for a while. RIYL: Vainqueur, Huerco S, Talk Talk, Carl Craig." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Marking six years of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavements cultish, elemental output, Dominick Fernow (Prurient) gives the projects first ever release a vinyl pressing for the first time, coiling up two extended tracts of impure, unnatural gloom ranking amongst his most cherished works. Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers was originally released on tape in 2011 in an edition of 59. When RSE was first conceived with Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers in 2011, the project was shrouded in a veil of mystery which left many fiends guessing to its provenance -- it seemed too far reduced to be identified as Fernows work, but also didnt easily resonate with anyone of Hospital Productions usual suspects, instead holding a unique line of stygian slow techno that sounded like some our bleakest, febrile fantasies come to life. Soon enough RSEs creator and navigator was indeed revealed to be Fernow, and the project became regarded among his most prized golems by those in the know, not least because it was starkly defined in contrast to his myriad other pseudonyms -- Vatican Shadow, Prurient, Christian Cosmos, Force Publique Congo, and so on -- by dint of its perceived restraint and glowering minimalism. Perhaps because of that stringent, meditative asceticism, the hypnotic grip of RSE has remained undiminished and perhaps as strong as ever on this new vinyl edition, where the predator heartbeat and keening tonal groans of "Life Would Transform" sound more pensive and narcotically effective than ever, and the borderland industrial chug and clag of "Skull Covered In Moss" seems to be seated deeper into its dank gloom, emulating a location recording of a burial-by-mud in some godforsaken no-mans-land, with lurking parakeets and mechanical birds awaiting their turn on your soon-to-be carrion. RIYL: Coil, Demdike Stare, Prurient, Brian Eno / Jon Hassells Fourth World (1980). Remastered by Paul Corley; Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Folklore Venom
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Now available on vinyl for the first time, following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and a 12" for Bed Of Nails. The project has become one of Dominick Fernows most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Aphex Twins Selected Ambient Works Vol. II to John Carpenter, Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack, Leyland Kirby, classic Chain Reaction, Demdike Stare and, of course, Fernows own myriad productions under various aliases (Prurient, Vatican Shadow, etc.). For the most part, the project has been an experiment in tonal dread and dankest atmospheres, but on Folklore Venom rhythms play a more prominent role, pacing anxiously below the dense murk of "Upside Down Left Eye," or as a stodgy techno bedrock to the inclement conditions of "The Spirit Wore the Shoes of the Boy," or a sputtering, diesel-powered chug to the noxious vibes of "Black Magic Originated in Nature." Factor the petrifying gloom of "Spirit Companion Sick-Bed" and the unheimlich, exotic sonic ciphers of "Malaysia Yellow Herbs," and you have one of the strongest releases on Hospital Productions yet." -Hospital.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Green Amulet Crafts Supernatural Qualities
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"This is the second in a reissue series of Dominick Fernows early work as Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, casting spells from the Green Amulet Crafts Supernatural Qualities (2011) tape onto vinyl for the first time and steadily closing the gap in your Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement collection. Something like the soundtrack to one of Ballards prophetic visions of sunken cities, this second RSE incursion was initially released in an edition of 63 tapes in 2011 and found Fernow dwelling in a dread-fueled, paranoid headspace. Aesthetically, it forms an oblique inversion of Prurients saturated noise assaults or a sort of chopped-and-screwed adjunct to Vatican Shadow, perhaps best located closest to his Force Publique Congo output, but with fathoms more negative space and those full sunken sub bass charges. "A Slave Boy That Died An Awful Death For Not Keepng His Owners Horses. He Helps People Who Are Looking For Lost Things." fills the A side, pinpointing a location that could easily be an overgrown traffic island as some Nigerian mangroves in oil country, overrun by local scallies or machete wielding pirates, both scared witless, who could well be the B sides "An Old Hag That Wears Shoes And Stomps Over Peoples Stomachs At Night Making Them Breathless.", as is common to local legends of Manchesters southern edgelands and the Niger Delta. Thanks to Paul Corleys sensitive remaster and Dubplates & Masterings lacquer cut, the sub bass has been perfectly translated to the vinyl for total immersion, sounding stronger, wider than the tape or digital versions ever did, and in the process rendering RSEs magick at its most tangible. Ask many Fernow/Prurient/Vatican Shadow fiends and theyll likely cosign -- this is some of the dankest, most precious work in Fernows sprawling catalog. RIYL: Coil, Demdike Stare, Prurient, Brian Eno / Jon Hassells Fourth World (1980). Edition of 500." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Jungle Black Magic And Highlands Green Sorcery
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Released on vinyl for the time, Jungle Black Magic And Highlands Green Sorcery is the most substantial and disorientating release in the Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement vinyl series yet, clocking in at 40 minutes and deploying some of the most uncomfortably humid productions in Dominick Fernows arsenal. Jungle Black Magic marks the third in a series of first-time vinyl editions of early RSE material. It was originally released as a double cassette release in 2012 in an edition of 49. Stalking phantom apparitions and infrasonic illusions from the dankest sectors of his imagination, Fernow plays voodoo tricks on charred opener "The Case Of The Male Witch From Goroka" -- a tropical downer underpinned by larger than life sub-bass rumblings and what sound like field recordings of YouTube rainforest nightscapes rendered in abstract, digital form. "The Verdict Handed Down By A Kangaroo Court" furthers trance induction with a more tribal alignment of drums, before "For The Next Three Days There Was An Eerie Silence In The Village" ends the set with a completely bewildering alignment of synthetic sounds designed to play tricks on your senses; somewhere between a dark meditation aid and a reworked soundtrack to Predator (1987) -- the vibe exceptionally heatsick and paranoid. These pieces operate in paradoxical dimensions where the calls of exotic birds convey a denseness thats at odds with acres of negative space. It feels like standing in a deforested land at the edge of thick jungle, the effect is uncannily transportive; your mind constantly grappling with contrasting sensory triggers. How can something this ice cold also convey such suffocating heat? It makes for an incredible, pretty much unique listening experience; like fourth world ambience but in some kind of Lynchian above-the-convenience store dimension. Remastered by Paul Corley; Cut at Dubplates & Mastering. RIYL: Coil, Demdike Stare, Prurient, Brian Eno & Jon Hassells 1980 album Fourth World (GB 019CD/LP). Edition of 500." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Papua Land Where Spirits Still Rule
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Completing the reissue cycle of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavements ambient invocations, Papua Land Where Spirits Still Rule, originally released on four cassettes in 2012, is rendered in this new remaster by Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost) and sacrificed to vinyl for the first and last time on Hospital Productions. Slotting alongside five previous vinyl reissues of the original tape editions released over the course of 2017, Papua loops back to the start of the saga, affording a clearer and more immersive way into one of Dominick Fernows most (oc)cultish projects. The eight-track dosage of Papuagenerated a wave of speculation as to its shadowy provenance back in 2012. It sounded little like anything else in circulation and left heads genuinely floundering for answers to its riddling track titles and extreme aesthetics; a steeply evocative combination of near-infrasonic sub-bass tones and cold but humid environmental sounds laced with slow, looping, tribal rhythms. It took at least another year before the project was revealed as an outlet for Hospital Productions capo Dominick Fernow, who had been quietly taking the opportunity to explore a sound putatively unfamiliar to his better known projects. Yet, with hindsight, its now easier to hear RSE as an inverse, endothermic alternative to the raging energies of his Prurient output or the searing, propulsive combustions of Vatican Shadow, for example. In stark contrast to proceeding instalments increasing track lengths, Papua is comprised of eight relatively concise parts, with each side of vinyl relating to one of the original tapes. The A side seeps into consciousness in frightening style with Paul Corleys remaster now bringing the long, slippery sub-bass descent of "There Are Many Powerful Spirits Living In The Hills And Stones And It Is Not A Good Idea To Disturb Them" to life with uncanny psychoacoustic subtlety, before hypnotic rhythms take possession for the duration and the listener is eventually deposited at the bombed-out ambient ecology of "The Spirit Was Angry And Froze The Bulldozer So It Could Not Move. The Bulldozer Is Still There Today." What occurs between those points defies description in the manner of the strongest psychedelics, and likewise, requires deep immersion for full comprehension. RIYL: Coil, Demdike Stare, Prurient, Brian Eno / Jon Hassells Fourth World (1980). Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Taking Place In The Foyer
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
Taking Place In The Foyer was originally released in a run of just 14 copies on double-tape back in 2012 and is now available on vinyl for the first time as part of the ongoing Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement reissue series. The newly remastered, first and last ever vinyl cut of Taking Place In The Foyer forms the penultimate instalment in Rainforest Spiritual Enslavements necessary reissue scheme. Originally appearing second in the series, it then served to only heighten the enigma of a project which was, as yet, undisclosed as the work of Dominick Fernow, whos maybe best known for his transgressive Prurient output, and the Muslimgauze-inspired rhythmic reportage of Vatican Shadow, as well as overseeing the ever Hospital Productions imprint. On its original release, each of RSEs hand-duplicated and super limited tape editions were rabidly devoured by Hospital Productions disciples with little or no firm knowledge of the projects provenance, this one included. Understandably they became coveted items for hardcore disciples and new admissions to the labels occult mass alike, often fetching multiples of the original retail price on the second hand market. Taking Place In The Foyer is among the most cherished of the early RSE instalments. Following and diverging his unheimlich path, these four tracks find Fernow broadening his temporal scope and entrenching the spirits farther from home, covering bleaker terrain with the trudging momentum and shuddering conclusion of "Spot A Witch By Changes In The Persons Behavior", whereas "In New Guinea Police Dont Have The Petrol Money To Search For The Witch Murderers" locates him toiling aleatoric at some dank workshop, and the unanswered CB radio crackle of "Bodies Of Suspected Witches Are Dumped In The River Or Buried In Toilet Pits" sets up the petrifying closing scene of "Sorcery Killings". RSE can be taken as a minimal, supernatural-focused adjunct to Vatican Shadows war commentary, invoking a more abstract, visceral and haptic sound, leaving us stranded in a tropical-rain streaked AR soundscape. RIYL: Coil, Demdike Stare, Prurient, Brian Eno / Jon Hassells Fourth World (1980). Remastered by Paul Corley; Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500. - Hospital Productions.

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: The Plant with Many Faces
Format: LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Now available on vinyl for the first time, following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and a 12" for Bed of Nails. The project has become one of Dominick Fernows most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Aphex Twins Selected Ambient Works Vol. II to John Carpenter, Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack, Leyland Kirby, classic Chain Reaction, Demdike Stare and, of course, Fernows own myriad productions under various aliases (Prurient, Vatican Shadow, etc.). Spread across 40 minutes, The Plant With Many Faces develops from Carpenter/Frizzi-esque bass arpeggios and abandoned cabin vibes on "Abaxial Masks...," to the petrifying Killer Bob themes in "Out of the Mess..." and the gloaming drones of "Complex Rituals...," finally brought to a close with the miasmatic clamminess of "Poisonous Spirit Species." -Hospital Productions.

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