Maybe you’re already familiar with the high-demand underground society of expensive and rare spooky dancehall records, maybe you’re a normal, approachable person! Either way get a load of this: Dominick Fernow (a.k.a. Prurient and Hospital Productions boss) has just released a surprise new Rainbow Spiritual Enslavement 7-inch predictably titled Venus Flytrap Exotica.
Working with the underground riddims extraordinaire, Low Jack, this gift is the latest part of the highly-grabable Les disques de la Bretagne series, a project of the Editions Gravats label that collects the most underhanded dancehall from around the world (with the likes of Equinoxx, Clara!, and more).
Venus Flytrap Exotica, the first Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement release outside of Fernow’s Hospital Productions, carries on in the collaborative spirit of last year’s Red Ants Genesis, which also included contributions from Low Jack and Equinoxx in its all-live shadowfest. But this vibe is way different. This 2-track EP brings a dose of what’s described as “lights-out dancehall voodoo,” a perfect soundtrack to tropical sleep paralysis.
This rare, 300-copies-only EP can be bought RIGHT NOW over at Bookmat. No, you can’t buy it as a tape. Yes, I know that’s very upsetting. No, I’m not gonna record it to tape for you with this old broken tape deck. (God, what is it with you folks?)
Don’t look now — but Dominick Fernow is once again jumping into a phone booth and inconspicuously disrobing from his innocent journalist attire. The purveyor of Hospital Productions has given a fair amount of attention to his Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement persona over the past couple of years (releasing albums in both 2016 and 2017), and now he’s literally just released (as in: TODAY, Thursday, March 22) a brand new cassette — entitled Red Ants Genesis — which continues the RSE tradition of going at a slow pace and offering something slightly more sinister than your average Brian Eno ambient endeavor.
Supposedly the project overall has “nature and superstition” as its ethos, so perhaps it’s no surprise that much of last year’s Ambient Black Magic sounded ritualistic and like it was appealing to spirits, good and bad, who were previously just lounging around in their metaphysical La-Z-Boys.
Interestingly, according to Fernow, Red Ants Genesis also “shows the transformation of the project into a live entity.” All the music for the tape was recorded live “without audience” in an unspecified Paris venue, so maybe a whirlwind international tour yet looms on the label boss’s crowded horizon??? If nothing else, though, one might consider it a raw musical example of what he considers the pureest CORE of what Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement is all about: the theme of rain recurs throughout, and things still don’t seem entirely of this Earth. We should all be so ambivalent about what’s secretly going on out there, shouldn’t we?
Buy the new cassette here, and revisit the dank environs of Fernow’s ravaged rainforest aesthetic down below. Welcome (back) to the Jungle, baby.
Red Ants Genesis tracklisting:
01. Paris Live Take (Mics Mix)
02. Shield Ferns: Brown Pine Magic
03. Papua Land (Live Edit)
04. This Spirits (Version)