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Sähkö Recordings’ sublabel Jazzpuu delivers a twenty-eighth anniversary reissue of Russian jazz percussionist Vladimir Tarasov’s Atto IV. The whole Atto series is tremendous stuff, with Tarasov here engrossingly tapping (and occasionally, hunting-horning) his way alongside revolving synth motifs and textures.
Sähkö The Movie is a 1995 film by Jimi Tenor about the work of the legendary late Mika Vainio, featuring close-up footage of his activities and serving as an incredibly document of an era. This 12” release features tracks taken from the soundtrack, by both main group Pan Sonic (from before the legal trouble when they were still Panasonic) and Mika’s solo, more techno-focused enterprise Ø. Great material.
Sähkö Recordings sub-label Puu (Jimi Tenor, Soft Focus, try not to laugh at the name) presents a various-artists selection. E123 is made up of four pieces of gently-bobbing downtempo electro. Ni Ko and Jarno Valli impress the most with their entries of R2-D2 weirdness (the former) and cerebral Balearicism (the latter).
Forgotten in a drawer for twenty years, this bizarre LP by Ismo Laakso at last sees the light of day, courtesy of Puu - sublabel of the revered Sähkö Recordings. These are some off-the-wall lo-fi excursions from the feisty Finn, with industrial and abstract sound design and texture-mangling alongside sacred choral, modern classical and many other kinds of samples. It’s aged well.
DJ Sotofett of Wania and Sex Tags fame puts his own spin on mid-70s jazz funk. The two Finnish releases saw a 2001 release on Jazzpuu. The first features rampaging drums and hip-jerking bass backing a proper jam, whilst the flip emphasises the low-end through a driving bassline. Both are evidently made with serious movement in mind!
If you enjoyed the No-Man cut Heaven Taste (and our research shows that you probably did), you’ll love these 3 fresh new takes on the tune. Tin Man, Nasty Boy and Bastian Wegner have all helpfully named their remixes in a utilitarian manner: you’ve got acid, house and downtempo versions respectively. 12” on Sakho, limited to just 300 copies.
Turns out that before Mika Vainio formed Pan Sonic as a means to explore sonic brutalism, he was in a band called Gagarin Kombinaati, making crushing industrial music. Although the ingredients are very different, that Vainio heaviness is definitely audible. All 12 tracks taken from original cassette recordings, released on Sakho.
Some assertive romantic gestures from Jimi Tenor. Take Me Baby is getting an outing on vinyl, 20 years after it was first released. His vocal sounds like a melding between Beat Happening and Leonard Cohen crooning over an electro-disco groove - packed with synth strings, hand claps, and midi madness. Out on 12" vinyl from Sahko.
Modern Feelings decided they love smooth jazz and muzak and absorbed them into a weird and wonderful mess, because that's probably the best way to play elevator music -- like it feels like it's descending into hell. It's feel good and feel weird, and it's translated onto this wonderful self titled record.