FEELS is a Helsinki based indietronica band formed by singer and songwriter Sofi Meronen, keyboardist Mikael Myrskog and producer Jooel Jons. They describe their music as epic, gripping and toned with northern melancholy. ‘If You’d Meet Me Tonight is taken from their debut EP ‘Butterflies’ that was released in the beginning of March.
The legendary Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen saw the band play live in his home town Turku earlier this year, and became a part of their rapidly growing fanbase. So, this is what Feels and Jori Hulkkonen sound like when you melt them together. The song is out March 25th at iTunes and other digital stores.
Now that he is working solo again, Kenny Glasgow returns with another essential new track, this time on a label with which he has a long relationship, namely My Favorite Robot Records. It comes ahead of a much anticipated solo album later in the year and is delivered with fine remixes from H.O.S.H. and Jori Hulkkonen, all in all sealing a very sweet deal.
Glasgow, of course, was one part of world-renowned dance duo Art Department but has now gone back to working solo. Before touring the world as a duo, Glasgow was a key player in his native Canadian scene as a DJ, producer and promoter who helped foment the scene. As such, he was also a close friend and musical associate of the esteemed My Favorite Robot label way back when. He in fact released his excellent solo wares on the label as far back as 2010 in the form of the ‘Final Frontier EP’, so his return is long overdue and is sure to be widely heralded by those who know.
The intoxicating lead original here is ‘Imagine A World’ featuring Shanira G and is a spine tingling emotive house track. Spaced out pads drift above slick drums and rich bass adds real depth and moodiness to the overall atmosphere. Shanira G’s vocals are dreamy and alluring and play nicely off Glasgow’s own ghostly work to make for a delightfully fresh and original sounding cut.
Jori Hulkkonen released his latest album on this label last year, and recently got the remix treatment from Kenny Glasgow amongst others, now he steps up to take on mix duties. His version is more energetic, with spritely drums and widescreen, new wave styled synths stretching in all directions. It’s a classy club cut that will take ‘floors to the next level, for sure.
The second excellent remix comes from German producer H.O.S.H., who is a mainstay on the Diynamic label and has a fresh take on tech that sees him play high profile gigs all over the world. His take on the original is playful and upright, with skipping drums, rumbling bass and intergalactic chords that make you want to move.
The original and remixes here are all truly on point and mark another fine release for this taste making label.
1. Imagine A World feat Shanira G (Original Mix)
2. Imagine A World feat Shanira G (Jori Hulkkonen Remix)
3. Imagine A World feat Shanira G (H.O.S.H. Remix)
Having released Jori Hulkkonen’s latest and greatest album, Oh But I Am (as well as the one before that!), Canadian label My Favorite Robot Records now proudly present five fine remixes of ‘Black Books,’ a track taken from the LP.
In original form the track is a slow and wintry electronic crawler with radiant synths adding some real heat to the glassy, icy tinkles. Triumphant trumpets add an air of musical majesty and it’s a great set ender that will leave people on a clean and crisp musical high. First to remix is the accomplished Finn himself, and he turns out a great dub that has sonorous bass and big rubber kicks driving along the elegantly atmospheric synths up top.
Next comes former Art Department man and long time Toronto techno star Kenny Glasgow. Here he keeps things slow and blissed out, with percolating drums and starry synths that are superbly spine tingling and spaced out. My Favorite Robot’s eponymous in house production team then get in on the action and come up with some seriously heavyweight techno drums and high intensity synth lines that are sure to blow any dance floor wide open whenever they get dropped.
Next, Doc L Junior (a.k.a. Lunchbox) is a Norwegian DJ and producer from labels like Sex Tags Mania and Music For Freaks and his Robo Dub is a charming slow churner with cosmic arps, arresting sounds and sci fi vibes in its deep disco bones. Finally, No.19 mainstay Nitin teams up with Butr for a final great remix that is littered with loose, dusty drum & bass breaks and liquid, golden pads that take you back to a 90s jungle hey day in blissful fashion.
This is a diverse and deliciously on point remix EP that offers plenty for everyone. Out on March 18th via My Favorite Robot Records.
1. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (Jori Hulkkonen Club Dub)
2. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (Kenny Glasgow Remix)
3. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (My Favorite Robot Remix)
4. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (Doc L Junior’s Robo-Dub)
5. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (Butr & Nitin Remix)
6. Jori Hulkkonen – Black Books (Album Version)
Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen has revealed a house-inspired remix of electronic duo Phantom’s new single ‘Over’. Having collaborated in the past with the likes of John Foxx, José González and Tiga, Hulkkonen’s latest remix follows the recent release of his brand new full-length LP on My Favorite Robot Recordings, and sees him embellish the dark pop tones of Phantom’s original to transform it for the dancefloor.
Phantom’s ‘Over’ is out through VILD Recordings. Watch the official video below. Taken from their forthcoming debut full-length LP coming in 2016.
30. Thodoris Triantafillou – Trilogy
29. George FitzGerald – Fading Love
28. Coma – This Side Of Paradise
27. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Ways Over Water
26. 2econd Class Citizen – A Hall of Mirrors
25. Maya Jane Coles’ Nocturnal Sunshine
24. Lauer – Borndom
23. Lane 8 – Rise
22. Jori Hulkkonen – Oh But I Am
21. Leftfield – Alternative Light Source
FBNM presents two killer cuts by Finnish House and Techno master Jori Hulkkonen, backed with a beefy dub mix from the genius international collaboration of Balihu Records head honcho Daniel Wang and J.E.E.P. aka Jules Etienne.
It’s all in the arpeggios as Jori headlines with ‘Something Left To Learn’ an homage to italo disco in both sound design and methodology. Written almost exclusively using the rare Italian made Solton Programmer 24 (1985), he turns out an authentic moody original of groovy electronic bleeps, disco drums and emotive pads whilst featuring some heavily effected vocals of his own!
Daniel Wang and J.E.E.P. continue to collaborate and this time with a mix at the personal request of Mr. Hulkkonen, they don’t fail to impress! Their Dub- apella treatment strips back the arrangement and pull out the heart, giving back some breathing space to the mix, but if only so they can add some disco percussion and fatten everything right back up again!
Finally ‘Distant Cities’ sees the android Hulkkonen head deep into the future, Detroit 2192 to be exact. Detuned oscillators and dissonant keys pump out over a precisely rigid drum machine groove chorused with the wonkiest robotic vox you’ve ever heard! A big one for the late night dance floor freaks.
And as usual FBNM provides on point mastering from Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx, Berlin and a complete custom colour sleeve design for the fully premium vinyl experience!
Jori Hulkkonen returns with his first solo artist album under his own name in half a decade, the delightfully idiosyncratic ‘Oh But I Am’ which sees the Finnish production heavyweight on firing form..
Jori Hulkkonen has been at the heart of the global electronic music scene for two full decades now, releasing under a variety of monikers through some of the most highly respected labels around including F Communication, Turbo and My Favorite Robot. Though he has been prolific in recent years his focus has been on a number of side projects including as Sin Cos Tan, Third Culture and Nuclear Winter Garden, now he returns with his first full Jori Hulkkonen album since 2009’s ‘Man From Earth’.
‘Oh But I Am’ is an eclectic and engaging collection of twelve songs from Jori, with influences taken from Italo disco, early 80’s pop and classic house. Written over the past few years whilst working on his band and alternative projects, the LP captures the producers love of synth heavy, pop tinged songwriting in perfect style. Opener, ‘Last Cut is the Deepest’ kicks things off with an acidic instrumental jam before launching into the etheral, balaeric workout that is ‘Waiting is All We Have’. There are a brace of wonderful house inspired cuts in the albums interior including the hypnotic, ‘Capetown People’, the delightfully deep and cosmic ‘Quick to Judge, Slow to Execute’ and the electro influenced ‘Songs of the Eastern World’. Jori’s inner 80’s pop star comes to the fore on the stunning ‘Ready Player One’ which is about as catchy as it gets whilst retaining a real depth and ‘Italian Love Affair’ is another gem that transports you back to an age of uplifting, hooky electronic melodies. The LP concludes with the superbly loungy and ethereal ‘Exotica Memoirs’, leaving the listener with Jori’s trademark otherworldly vocals echoing around in the recesses of the mind.
This latest long player from scene stalwart Jori Hulkkonen truly is a triumph, a delightful mix of soaring melodies and heartfelt vocals that weave their way through a series of rich and perfectly balance productions. Out on My Favorite Robot Records on September 28th.
Finland’s one and only Jori Hulkkonen returns with a brand new solo artist album this summer on My Favorite Robot Records, here the label offers up a taste of what to expect with this superb 4 track vinyl sampler…
The multi talented Jori Hulkkonen has been helping shape the landscape of electronic music for 20 years nows, releasing a series of critically acclaimed albums and singles on definitive labels such as Laurent Garnier’s F Communications, Tiga’s Turbo and the ever excellent My Favorite Robot Records.
In recent years Hulkkonen has explored alternative sides to his musical canon, namely through his recordings as Sin Cos Tan, Third Culture and most recently with his avant garde work as Nuclear Winter Garden. Now he returns with his first solo LP under his own name in almost 6 years. ‘Oh But I Am’ is set to explore the more melodic and charged side of Jori’s sound with a direction that straddles home listening and club influences in perfect harmony. This four track sampler gives a clear view of the LP’s feel, opening with the wonderful slo-mo workout of ‘Black Books’ a track that marries balaeric beats, live trumpets, warm immersive synths and Jori’s ethereal vocals.
Next up we have the beautifully contructed ‘Ready Player One’ which sees Hulkkonen steer deep into 80’s soundtrack influenced territory with a recording that brings together emotive piano chords, heavily effected vocals and soaring guitars over a rolling rhythm section that could have come straight from the production hands of Trevor Horn or Martin Rushent.
Penultimate cut ‘Songs of the Eastern World’ sees the Finnish producer take things into more club orientated terrain with a synth driven 4/4 instrumental track that delivers perfectly. The sampler closes with the truly uplifting and emotional ‘Italian Love Affair’ which sees Hulkkonen’s production coloured by the 80s once again as the artists vocals weave their way through arpegiated bass, staccato drums and soaring synth lines, sterling stuff!
This is a superb selection of songs from what will surely be a highly anticipated album from Finland’s finest.
1. Black Books
2. Ready Player One
3. Songs of the Eastern World
4. Italian Love Affair
Next up on My Favorite Robot Records is another fantastic full length project, this time from someone who has done 20 of them in 20 years, namely Jori Hulkkonen in his Nuclear Winter Garden guise.
Over the years, Finnish DJ and producer Jori, also a member of the Sin Cos Tan band, has released on F Communications, Turbo and of course My Favorite Robot Records and, since 2004, has run an outdoor, intimate party at a 14th Century museum in his hometown. Called Nuclear Winter Garden, the night finds him playing extended sets of jazz, folk, classical, avant-garde and indie sounds a world away from his usual DJ duties. It is those sets that have inspired this new album.
Says the man himself: “The idea is to find a personal edge for the output, rather than paving the way for accessibility. What’s missing from a lot of people’s music these days is the risk taking. And I like taking risks.”
The album opens with sparse atmospherics and a mix of subtle synthesised hooks and organic piano chords. A drifting voice floats in amongst it all and a contemplative mood is set from the off. ‘Some of You Might Survive’ is then a chilly ambient brew of frazzled sines that suddenly flips midway through when emotive chords and one finger synth notes arrive to lighten the mood.
‘A New Cold War’ keeps up the frosty and autumnal vibes with twinkling keys offset by rasping synths and gentle tumbling percussion. Remaining resolutely horizontal and sparse, ‘Strangest Positions’ features what sound like de-tuned synths and twanging guitars, ‘Baryonic Truth’ marries distant, sketchy drums with swirling pads and ‘Red Magic’, with its lo-fi electronics and obscured, gauzy vocals, references Jori’s pop-act inspirations Connan Mockasin and John Maus.
The last two tracks complete this evocative, enthralling and experimental journey though sound in blissfully soothing style. The influence of Jori’s outdoor party looms large throughout this album, and on it he does a fine job of painting a picture of just what one might sound like.
Watch the official video for “Strangest Positions” below. Nuclear Winter Garden LP is out on March 2nd 2015.
1. Quitting The Game
2. Some Of You Might Survive
3. A New Cold War
4. Strangest Positions
5. Baryonic Truth
6. Red Magic
7. If I Was Your Doctor
8. Infinite Man
NAOME is the new LP project from CircoLoco veteran Andrew Grant and the first fruits of it is the single, ‘Belly of the Beast’, released on My Favorite Robot Records with remixes from Villanova and Jori Hulkkonen in tow.
Debuting in September with an LP slated for late 2014, NAOME (Not Andrew Only Me) sees Grant move away from the techno and house into more esoteric sounds, exploring musical themes outside of a club environment.
The NAOME project has been cultivated to co-exist alongside his Andrew Grant name with the sole purpose of exploring new sounds and ideas for enjoyment at home or day to day but in his own words – “this is a chance for me to break away from the club sound and explore the other side of the pillow”.
Title track ‘Belly of the Beast’ shimmers into life through dusty percussion and an oscillating hook, the dry-pulsating beats and the subdued vox from Sutja Gutierrez sublimely meander alongside shimmering tones to whisk the listener off on an ambient journey laced in cinematic atmospherics.
For the second offering Turbo affiliate and Acid Symphony Orchestra head honcho Jori Hulkkonen steps up for remix duty. Jori’s polished production ability crafted over a career that spans more than two decades really shines through in this deep and melodic re-imagining. Sutja’s almost demonic vocal purrs along throughout proceedings while warm pulsating bass washes over shifting percussive patterns and a dancing 303 line to dish up a dynamic and emotive cut.
The Parisian pair known as Villanova deliver two transcendent remixes to close the EP off in style, their dreamlike Fretless version incorporates a beautifully basic bass arrangement alongside sooty percussion and extended tones to offer up a ethereal third track while their Sigma remix employs industrial grindings, craggy booms and relentless drums to deliver the most kinetic offering on the substantial four-track release.
NAOM’s Belly Of The Beast EP is out on September 22nd 2014 on My Favorite Robot. Preview it below. Order here.