john foxx & jori hulkkonen “evangeline” (david lynch remix)

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this remix has already been around for some months and seems to become better and better with time! i just love the baseline that kicks in at 2.03, and from there it just grows into monster that is beautifully released around five minutes. pure class by mr. lynch!


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


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”

The Acid Symphony Orchestra “Coq au Man”


Last Friday The Acid Symphony Orchestra preformed a new piece called “Coq au Man”, at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen, Holland. It is composed by the master conductor himself, Jori Hulkkonen, and last for 42 wonderful minutes. The orchestra was comprised by 10 TB-303 players (Kalle Karvanen, Juha Matinmäki, Timo Ahlqvist, Kimmo Oksanen, Aku Raski, Tatu Peltonen, Janne Puurunen, Petri “Pete” Salonen, Valtteri Mäki and Jani Lehto) and Mr Hulkkonen that controlled the mixer and a TR-707.

Update: Our Top Secret Reporter tells me that the name of the piece basically means “Rooster cooked with Man”, and that the man was dead before being cooked…

For those that is not familiar with what the brainchild to Jori Hulkkonen is, I highly recommend to watch the 3 part mini documentary about their first gig after the jump!







From the Vault:

Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”

Huoratron – the Pride of Finnish Electro

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Happy Holidays! Sin Cos Tan covers “My Blue Heaven”


To celebrate the upcoming Holiday and their first year of existence Sin Cos Tan is giving us a free download of their “My Blue Heaven” cover, and it comes with the following message:

“With the holiday season approaching we thought it was appropriate to share something a bit special. It’s a song not written by us, but when we realized it was a favourite for both of us, we wanted to try to cover it. We didn’t include it on the album, but felt that the world might be in the mood to absorb this during these end of the year weeks.”


“My Blue Heaven” is truly something special! Originally written back in 1924 by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George A. Whiting, it became a huge hit in late ’20s for the crooner Gene Austin (listen to it after the jump). And now given new life by Juho Paalosmaa and Jori Hulkkonen!


MToK wishes everyona a happy and peaceful Holiday! 





From the Vault:

new album: Sin Cos Tan “Sin Cos Tan”

Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”

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El Perro del Mar live @ Korjaamo, Helsinki


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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Mieskuoro Huutajat – still screaming after 25 years


Finland is a bit different than the rest of the Nordic countries. They have wast forests and thousands of lakes, but also a fond love for Word Championships! Usual in normal activities such as wife carrying, swamp soccer and cellphone throwing. With this knowledge it shouldn’t really be any surprise that in this country there also exists a male choir that only shout or scream!

Not only does it exist, but Mieskuoro Huutajatit (Men’s Choir The Shouters) has done so for 25 years! The anniversary will be celebrated the 8th of December with a concert in Oulu, where around 80 former and current screamers will participate. The choir led by the conductor Petri Sirviö, and is most know for their loud renditions of Finnish patriotic songs. In 2003 the choir was portrayed in the documentary “Huutajat – Screaming Men” (trailer after the jump) directed by Mika Ronkainen.


MToK wishes the Shouters a good (and loud) anniversary!


Mieskuoro Huutajat “Oulujoki”:



From the Vault: Viva Vox‘ A Cappella mix of the Prodigy

                         Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki



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new album: Sin Cos Tan “Sin Cos Tan”


Yep, I had to check my old mathbooks for the true meaning of the name to Jori Hulkkonen‘s new project – Sin Cos Tan. This time he has teamed up with Juho Paalosmaa, better know as one half of the Finnish electro pop duo Villa Nah. They started to record their self titled debut album at the beginning of this year, and tomorrow (22.11.12) we will find out how the collaboration turned out. That is not completely true since the album (tracklist after the jump) is “Album of the Week” at YleX, which means that you can stream it until Friday – well worth checking out!

Update: check out Sugarcane Recordings soundcloud page for an album preview!

The release party for the album will be at Ravintola Adams the 1 of December. Tickets are not on sale yet here, or please let me know if they are (and where) read more on the event page. Im not going to miss their live show this time around as I did during Flow Festival (too early start)!

You can also check out Jori Hulkkonen’s BassoRadio show if you want to know more about Sin Con Tan’s thoughts regarding their album.

After having listened a few times to the album the stand out track is still “Trust”, even I’ve its been around for a couple of months already. It can be downloaded for free here!




Sin Cos Tan “Trust” official video:



From the Vault: Chairlift “Amanaemonesia”

                         Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”



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“Is this Rock ‘n’ Roll?” asked the Disco Rodent


Few days ago one of the Disco Rodents found a box containing my earplugs, and this is our conversation leading to a great revelation!!


Disco Rodent (DC): What is this?

MToK (Me): A box containing my earplugs.

DC: What is earplugs.

Me: It is something you can have in your ears to reduce the sound of loud music or snoring.

DC: Why do you have them?

Me: Im going to a concert soon (Friday 16th of November in Tavastia, Helsinki), with a Norwegian band called Turbonegro.

DC: Turbo what? Are they running around?

Me: No, they arnt running around. They are playing music, do you want to listen?

So off we went to play some music. Unfortunately I dont have the their latest album “Sexual Harassment” only “Apocalypse Dudes” and the song of choice was “Get it On”

Me: So this is how the band sounds like.

The Disco Rodent listen for 20 seconds, then smiled and asked:

DC: Is this Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Me: Well I guess you can call it Rock ‘n’ Roll if you want to.

DC screaming out loud: Ohhhh yeahhhh, Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!!!

Then the Disco Rodents played some very cool air guitar for the rest of the song…


Stay trygda!


Torbonegro “Get it On” official video:



From the Vault: Turbonegro announce new Vocalist

                          new album: Turbonegro “Sexual Harassment”


“The Punk Syndrome” wins the Finnish State Award for Film

“The Punk Syndrome” is a documentary that’s following 4 mentally handicapped men, and their punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, from obscurity to popularity. The road to where Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami are today seems to have been quite bumpy:


“We watch them fight, fall in love and experience strong emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit in the front on the tour bus…”


The Finnish State Award is not the first prize this documentary has won. It has also won the Audience Award at Tampere Film Festival and the Special Prize Swiss Post at Visions du Réel 

MToK hasnt seen the documentary (yet), but you do get touched by their genuine passion for music just by watching the trailer and the 7 episodes about their tour to Germany! I also want to end this post with this quote:


“In Kallio I see drunks, drug addicts, rock musicians and police officers every day. The song ‘Kallioon’ is my view on life in Kallio. It takes a couple of minutes to write lyrics for a song, and I find the subjects in society and the way I look at the world.”

Kari Aalto (singer)



“The Punk Syndrome” official trailer:



From the Vault: Do you honestly think Ive posted anything as genuine as these guys?!?



Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät “Kallioon!”:



Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”


Yesterday My Favourite Robot Records released their first ever LP, and the artist with this honour was no other than Finland’s own Jori Hulkkonen. His 13th album comes under the moniker Third Culture, and includes a few tracks with guest vocalists – most notably JiiHoo which is Mr. Hulkkonen himself…

A fine album (as usual from Jori) after my standards, and I love the official video for “Liquid Hologram”. After the jump you can have a listen to the whole album, if you like it it can be picked up from here.




Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture feat. JiiHoo “Liquid Hologram” official video:



From the Vault: Jori Hulkkonen‘s radio show on BassoRadio (March 12th)

                         Flow Festival 2011 in Brief



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