Find your dancing shoes – Apparat, Discodromo, Jori and Tiga comes to town

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If you are in Helsinki and have hung up your dancing shoes for good, you better take them down and give them a polish! Why? March is going to be sweaty, loads of good dj gigs coming up!

First of all, Im not sponsored by Adams! Its just that they are putting together an impressive program for their first anniversary celebration, which is kicked off by…

Apparat tomorrow (March 1st)! Seen him + band live, listened to some of his dj mixes and really looking forward to the new Moderat album later this year. So this is just a no-brainer, do not miss the chance to experience Sascha Ring spinning records for you!

 

On March 15th Discodromo will probably get most of the city’s bears to come out of their hibernation. Anyhow it should be a good one by a duo that has collaborated with Hard Ton and done a really nice edit of a Ilona Staller (better known as la Cicciolina) song.

 

And finally on Thursday 28th of March Tiga will play along with Jori Hulkkonen. The grapevine is that the gig will also be a release party for their new 12″. Friday is bank holiday so no need to take it easy…

 

Other notable dj gigs and concerts in March:

 

Sin Cos Stan @ Kuudeslinja

Calyx & Teebee @ Venue

Fatboy Slim @ Wonder Festival

 

So give those dancing shoes a shine and enjoy a great month of music!

 

 

From the Vault:

mix: Apparat “Summer ’87” (podcast for Resident Advisor)

Discodromo feat. Hard Ton “Build a House” (Tensnake Remix)

Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”

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World premier of the Wesseltoft Schwarz Ensemble

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In the beginning of the year I compiled for myself a list of what acts I really wanted to see live this year. On top of that, and pretty uncontested, was Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz preforming. So it was with great joy I received the news that they soon would preform in Oslo, not only as a duo – but as an ensemble!

The planning of the trip was done in an hour or so! The possibility to experience an enseble consisting of Bugge Wesseltoft (piano virtuoso), Henrik Schwarz (computer genius), the brilliant Austrian hang drum specialist / percussionist Manu Delago and the renown Swedish bass player Dan Berglund, was too great to pass on.

Fast forward to 1st of February and it was with great anticipation I entered the beautiful Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene. It is probably one of the cutest and most intimate venues Ive ever been to, it felt like I were on the stage with ensemble during the show…

…which started on time due to the live streaming on GubeMusic. First Bugge introduced the rest and then cracked a joke, that since they now were an ensemble they could apply for governmental support. Apparently it is possible in Norway that artists with a talent of writing good applications, can earn a decent living even they almost don’t sell any records…

Bugge also told that it was his birthday and that the first piece were called “49”, so then we knew that… From that moment the music just kept rolling, everything from experimental solos and minimalistic jazz to groovy bass lines. The gig as a whole can only be described by one word – fantastic! Im so happy that I was able to experience the interactions and true joy that was shown on stage by excellent musicians.

The concert was divided into two halves by an intermission. The first half were quite relaxed and mellow with some improvisations and great solos, so the following comment was heard in the restroom at the break: “I hope there will be more techno after the break!” I dont know if it was enough techno for the German accent gent, but there were definitely more beat in the second half…

 

MToK is looking forward to more music from this new founded super group!

 

 

From the Vault: For 2013 MToK is “Dreaming” about Bugge & Henrik

                         The Acid Symphony Orchestra “Coq au Man”

 

 

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El Perro del Mar live @ Korjaamo, Helsinki

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El Perro del Mar had her first ever gig in Finland last week, and that was an interesting experience! Under the warm up act, Phantom, I had the feeling that I was participating in the Christmas party to the organization “We Are the Well Off and Nice Behaving Female Hipsters”. A nice party I guess, but not exactly my cup of tea…

It was not only El Perro del Mar first gig in Finland, it was also her last show of her current tour. As already mentioned, I’m not exactly in the scope of her core fans. So I haven’t followed Sarah Assbring album career that closely. I had streamed her latest, and fifth album, “Pale Fire” a few times plus familiarized myself with previous popular songs.

I felt ready for the music, but totally unaware of the fact that I would be totally charmed by the scaled down and pretty simple stage show. If Im going to describe it in one sentence it would be something like this: a beatmaker, a singer, small dance steps, loads of smoke and pleasant light. What I really loved was the small parts that showed tribute to some of the great acts of the naughties, the Prodigy and Massive Attack!

A special mentioning has to go to the warm up act Phantom, and their awesome piece of equipment – the UFO Controller! Looked brilliant, and this is what it does: “it allows you to control music software and external synthesizers with simple hand gestures. It looks like you’re playing a weird Theremin.” Check out this video to see how it works.

 

MToK also want to wish El Perro del Mar good luck in her upcoming, and exciting, life events!!

 

Couldn’t find any videos from the gig so here is “Hold off the Dawn” @ INGMAR live sessions:

 

 

From the Vault:

Little Boots “Meddle” (Designer Drugs 80’s coke jam remix)

Zola Jesus live @ Tavastia, Helsinki

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Refused live @ Annexet, Stockholm

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Refused is calling it a day, and MToK sent out our reporter to check out the third last gig ever with them! Let me add that Kvelertak had the honour to be the warm up act, so it was probably a smashing evening on the carpet @ Annexet, Stockholm!

 

This was a long awaited gig…

Refused was one of the bands I got into in my late high school years, just few month before they disband… The Shape of Punk to Come was a shock to my ears back in 1998, but I had to live with the idea that I’ll never seen them play live.

Luckily, in the last decade all these legendary bands started the reunion tours circus. Some of them could easily have been avoided (The Pixies, clearly playing only for money), some were just a dream becoming true (Rage Against the Machine, in 2008)!

After I missed their gig in Paris in October, it was out of the question to miss one of the last (?) 3 gigs ever. So the direction was set for Stockholm and Annexet, in the massive Globen arena. Have to say that I understand the band for choosing a big venue for their last show in the Capital. Something big to end the tour with, but I would have prefer a smaller and dirtier place than Annexet.

Anyway the gig was just awesome! Even if the sound system, like in most of these big venues, was not playing in favour of the band.

The show starting very efficiently mixing songs from “New Shape of Punk” with older ones, the band playing up to 3 or 4 songs without any break, almost like a medley, pure energy.
Well then I kind of missed out on all the Swedish speeches, but people sounded happy.

Anyway the band didn’t lose it’s energy – they play loud, fast and very well. Their songs didn’t get old at all, it sounds that their records just came out few month ago. The show itself was very sharp, perhaps a a bit too much. These guys perhaps played this almost exact show for the whole year. Anyway after 55minutes it was time for a small break, and then the awaited encore with of course “New Noise” (no need to say that the pit went mad – watch it after the jump), “Tännhauser”, and a finish with “Boredom” won’t get me tonight.

Refused was one of the “must-see-live” in 2012, and as they wrote on their website, this should be the last one. Let’s hope they will keep their word. Even if it was an amazing show, and reviews from the whole tour has been ecstatic, it might be the best for Refused to call it a day. Their performance was near to perfection!!

 

 

 

From the Vault:  

The Bloody Beetroots ft. Dennis Lyxzén “Church of Noise”

Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki

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