Karhunainen is the latest 65 minute 10 tracker from Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay under his tech-house moniker, Uusitalo. This album stylistically echoes `Tulenkantaja’ but song structures are made more complex, tempo’s continuously shift and melody/motif’s are more delicious, groovy and play a more prominent role. The album features all of Ripatti’s glorious trademark sounds including warping bass, spliced beats, treble-kicking clicks, cut-up micro house grooves and echo and delay and these are arranged with the utmost precision and delicacy. Alas this is totally progressive electronic music with a pulse.
Tracks like `Korpikansa’, `Konevista’ and `Sikojen Juhla’ tease the listener with (relatively) micro and thoroughly engaging motifs which slowly and complexly start to build patterns and these patterns are used as foundations for the motifs to progress and meander meaningfully throughout the track. Simultaneously, sub-melodies and glitch’s oscillate and fluctuate over a warm and dubby backdrop of organic bass and tightly knit snares. `Satumaa’ and `Himo Perkele’ are wonderful examples of tracks which consume the listener with their perpetual display of alternating, shifting and throbbing sounds. The album ends with `Puut Juuriltaan’ which provides an ambient `Tangerine-esque’ soundscape which serves to accentuate the glitchcore that preceeded it.
For Karhunainen, Ripatti utilises an all analogue technique with no digital sound processing resulting in a very organic and immensely warm sound which adds to natural and all-enveloping sound which will consume the listener. If you are interested in the more experimental facets of house, techno and electronica and want an electronic album with a stylish groove you can dance to yet take home and stroke your chin to then Karhunainen should be on your wish list. (Experimusic)
released October 12, 2007
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