Kunst & Liebe Frequency Machine

EL:SPECIAL / Lovefingers.org

20:00–23:00 Utorak 3.11.2020.

Poseban specijal i posveta blogu i djelu Andrew Hogge-a, liku savršenog glazbenog njuha koji, kroz godine djelovanja lovefingers.org, do kraja istražuje granice eklektičnog. Jedna fina škola.

Ponovo se služim citatom službene objave jer mislim da ne mogu plastičnije dočarati tu diggersku zanesenost od samih aktera. Mogu samo ovako, odabirom jednog glazbenog bloga, podcasta čak, za specijalno izdanje programa, odati poštovanje i zahvaliti na tih par godina postojanja.

In 2006, the musical landscape was very different; there was no streaming, “shazam” was a word used by magicians, and “all-access” was not granted to the general public. Social media, as we know it, was in its infancy and today’s constant digital feed of interruptions, notifications, refreshes and “likes” didn’t yet exist. Those with a thirst for the overlooked regions of the record store had to quench themselves in the climes of the online world’s music blogs, and while that digital community was surely expanding, NYC’s lovefingers.org was something different. Not a blog but a daily unfolding mix — no opinions, reviews, or backstories were coupled with the music, no full albums or submissions from the outside — it was a mysterious watering hole in the burgeoning digital desert where rogue tracks from Wally Badarou rubbed shoulders with those of Holger Czukay, the drama of Sylvester juxtaposed with the quirkiness of Hosono, and countless other coveted artists’ unearthed gems melted in one pot, a digital space where $1 thrift store scores could easily breathe the same dusty air as cosmic holy grails, oddball psychedelics and proto-electronica b-sides comfortably cohabited with $300 private-press folk rarities. With 1 track per day, Andrew “Lovefingers” Hogge created a truly democratic and educated selection of music for our aural pleasure, and labelled them ‘Fingertracks’ (numbered 001-999).



This was before most things we now take for granted were common on our dancefloors, radio shows or live streams. Those ubiquitous Euro Pop dubs, unclassics that aficionados play at the wrong speed, or private gems that have since been reissued to the moon and back? Many of them popped up on our collective radars via the medium of lovefingers.org first. Rightfully so, what started as a well-kept secret, became a go-to resource and mark of quality among enthusiasts, diggers, DJs, musicians and producers around the globe — the genre-bending mentality in turn re-coined the term “selector” — and inspired a generation the world over to delve further into record shelves, undoubtably contributing hugely to the wondrous, multi-faceted and open-minded musical language we now all speak fluently. While it remained niche, at its peak, lovefingers.org had upwards of 100K music freaks turning up daily, and ignited a global musical dialogue between people that were yet to be connected by today’s social technology. The site received countless letters of appreciation from rural kids with no access to record stores, acclaimed DJs, film directors, fashion houses, forgotten artists who were thrilled to feature among unexpected peers, soldiers who diligently tuned-in direct from their call of duty, even heroes of sample-scavenging culture like Coldcut who applauded, “…it just goes to show, when you think you’ve heard it all, you can always dig deeper.”

The community around Lovefingers’ site was a call-to-action, gathering analogous minds and inviting them all to the same party, and on New Years Day 2010, after 999 Fingertracks and a plethora of (now classic) mixes, the site made a final post stating, “That’s all folks!” The collective energy pivoted into the ESP Institute, a record label and art platform to champion new artists who emerged from this foundational community and as a catalyst to push the musical dialogue forward. Now, as the ESP Institute approaches its 10-year anniversary, we revisit the significant role lovefingers.org played in shaping where we are today.


  1. Dungen – Badsang
  2. Ananda Shankar – The River
  3. Dorothy Ashby – Come Live with Me
  4. Massada – Arumbai
  5. Gabor Szabo – Walking On Nails
  6. Triste Janero – Today It’s You
  7. Airto – Peasant Dance
  8. Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour un Con
  9. Les Stamping – Affric Heatsco
  10. John Lennon – Everglade Woman (Acetate)
  11. Lifetones – Good Side
  12. The B-52’s – Deep Sleep
  13. Nico Fidenco – Eternal Anguish
  14. Fleetwood Mac – Brown Eyes Never Make Me Cry
  15. Chateau Flight – Red Morning
  16. Jaco Pastorius – Portrait of Tracey
  17. Data – Data Plata
  18. Roedelius – Wenn Der Sudwind Weht
  19. Eugene McDaniels – Jagger the Dagger
  20. Franco Micalizzi – Bargain with the Devil
  21. Exuma – Dambala
  22. XTC – It’s Nearly Africa
  23. Second Hand – Something You Got
  24. Ennio Morricone – Poligoni
  25. Haruomi Hosono – Kinu Kaido
  26. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Wild Ambitions
  27. Paul McCartney – Check My Machine
  28. Luca Battisti – Questo Amore (Lexx Edit)
  29. Tom Tom Club – Spooks
  30. Can – Geheim
  31. The Webs – It’s So Hard to Break a Habit
  32. Richard Schneider Jr. – Visions
  33. Alf Emil Eik – To You
  34. Babla – Dandy (Lovefingers Edit)
  35. Simple Minds – League of Nations
  36. Durutti Column – Hotel of the Lake
  37. Sauveur Mallia – Bass Power
  38. Amon Duul II – Ruby Lane
  39. Ryo Kawasaki – Hawaiian Caravan
  40. Peter Gabriel – Excellent Birds
  41. The Art of Noise – Moments in Love
  42. Ed Green – My Love for You and the Ugly
  43. Beaugard, Violetti & St. Claire – Ce Soir
  44. Love – I’m with You

autor: el5egundo, 02/11/2020

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