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Esc.rec. is a small, critically acclaimed record label and platform for adventurous music, founded in 2004 by Harco Rutgers in Deventer, NL. Quality standards are high and musical preferences broad.

Esc.rec. also develops and supports a variety of related events, like the Ass-crack Stage-hack (ACSH), The Diamond Exchange, ~DIF and several festivals on different locations, including self-hosted mini-venue De Perifeer.

RANDOM SOMETHING

Review in Ambientblog

Matthijs Kouw - The Great Image Has No Form: "It is ‘minimalist’ music, but these are nót minimalist drones: there’s a lot happening in the deceptively static sound field which is constantly moving and shifting." Read more...

Review in Vital Weekly

Matthijs Kouw - The Great Image Has No Form: "A very refined album of drones and ambient music with that right amount of roughness around the edges to make sure it does not become some new age meditation music. This is an excellent release." Read more...

Review in De Subjectivisten

Matthijs Kouw - The Great Image Has No Form: "Het is een bij de strot grijpend prachtalbum geworden!" Read more...

Review in Louder Than War

Matthijs Kouw - The Great Image Has No Form: "In this feverish, identity-bludgeoned, algorithm-driven world, it’s more than refreshing to hear work driven by pure process. Work where the listener can grasp for their own form of understanding, however fleeting. It’s liberating." Read more...

Review on Yeah I Know It Sucks

Various Artists - NEW 13: "It’s always nice to hear the latest electronische waar, a heavily curated compilation in which new and upcoming talent in the electronica field from the Dutch provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland presents itself in all their might and glory" Read more...

Review in Gonzo (circus)

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Jorg – Dukkha

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Review in Gonzo (circus)

"Fraai is het contrast tussen het mellow, jazzy sfeertje van ‘Journey’, dat botst met de stemsamples die kalm vertellen over een wreed politieoptreden." --- "De percussie is dwingend, venijnig. De muzikant stapelt en verweeft de loops tot ritmische patronen of dichte texturen." Read more...

Review in Nieuwe Noten

"Diepenmaat leverde met zijn ‘Keizersrande’ project een alleszins interessante set opnames af en input voor een aantal zeer verrassende en gevarieerde composities. Veel meer valt er niet te wensen." Read more...

Review in Vital Weekly

While the four CDs have a documentary quality to them, Diepenmaat invited artists to compose new work out of his collected field recordings and made those new pieces available as a download, essentially producing a fifth CD to complement the four physical ones. Read more...

Review in Gonzo (circus) magazine

"Wat 'Tak' uniek maakt, is het feit dat de meditatieve loops ook van klankkleur veranderen: je hoort de taknaald letterlijk slijten, en het geluid degenereren, terwijl je luistert." Read more...

Review in A Closer Listen

"Off Track is another unique release for Esc.rec., a label that continues to innovate through imagination.  As a sonic document, a manipulation of the sonic document, and a manipulation of the manipulation, it offers layers of interpretation that mimic the activity of the human mind.  The presentation ~ four discs and a digital file ~ is a generous souvenir as well as a celebration." Read more...

Review in Opduvel

"Het gaat hier niet om zomaar een bedacht project of een interessant experiment, maar om verbazingwekkend mooie muziek." Read more...

Review in Ambientblog

"By re-arranging and filtering the source material and adding electronics, the new tracks become an alternate reality of electro-acoustic sounds. Changing the original recordings in this way teaches us never to take any environmental sound for granted." Read more...