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Ø (Mika Vainio)
ARC 1

A bittersweet release here: the first in a new series of archival releases from the unreleased vaults of Mika Vainio, sadly no longer with us. ARC 1 initiates the series with extracts from a long 1994 ambient piece created for an art-museum-related radio project, under his Ø alias. It’s a 12”, released by Sähkö Recordings, the keepers of the flame.

City of Women
City of Women II

City of Women existed as a group for two sessions in Finland in 1998, with Jimi Tenor and Edward Vesala’s self-built instruments joined by Iro Haarla, Jimi Sumen and Matti Knaapi. The first part of those sessions was released in 2000, the second part is here before you now in 2019. Better late than never though for these intense and intriguing recordings. Vinyl release on Sähkö Recordings.

Various
E123 EP

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).

Ismo Laakso
Ofelia

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.