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Rakka

by Vladislav Delay

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Oula Maaranen
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Oula Maaranen Amazing sound design and nice ambient textures! Inspiring.
Michael Upton
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Michael Upton The most spiky and rowdy Vladislav Delay has ever been. I really like it! Tasty bite to the tracks that takes things somewhere new for him.
thenewobjective
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thenewobjective Always a pleasure, and worth any wait, to hear more music from Sasu Ripatti. "Rampa" here feels like an encapsulation of so many different aspects of Vladislav Delay; intense, unrelenting, and rich in detail.
Jascha Narveson
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Jascha Narveson This album builds on the suspended rhythms and submerged dub-inflected textures from the previous albums and adds an Industrial element to it that feels new – more harsh distortion, sometimes in waves and sometimes in stabs, often with wide-angle minor-key synth textures behind. "Rakkine" reminds me of "Too Dark Park" era Skinny Puppy (!), but without the regular structures. Very cool.
Favorite track: Rakkine.
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1.
Rakka 07:25 video
2.
Raajat 08:35
3.
Rakkine 06:16
4.
Raakile 03:37
5.
Rampa 07:46
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Raataja 05:56
7.
Rasite 05:20

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It’s been 5 years since “VISA”, Sasu Ripatti’s latest release under his iconic Vladislav Delay moniker. Time of the study, of exploration and reconstruction, a time in which his sound, his methods, and practice have never ceased to evolve. It is now time for a new release which he titled Rakka, and it only makes sense for it to find a home on Cosmo Rhythmatic.

Ripatti makes it very clear that Rakka is not a ‘nature recording’, though it is inspired by the time he spent in the wilderness above arctic circle and tree lines, and the feelings and thoughts that traversed him while there. The music on the album is thus directly inspired by the arctic tundra: the elemental struggle to survive or thrive, the living creatures’ fight for existence. The raw, undefined, uncontrolled and uncorrupted power that exists within it.

Ripatti remakes these values into music, in monumental yet humble forms. Reductionist though not minimal, setting each part to prove its meaning, stripped from the meaninglessness of hooks and melodies. Sounds feel like carved off the flesh, leaving the bones bare. Beats emerge as ripples, as the motion of isolated forces, thwarting with the icy textures and backgrounds and trembling with strenuous energy.

A truly extreme ecosystem of sound, unleashed in the album as much as in the new Vladislav Delay live set, visually given life by Ripatti’s wife, artist Antye Greie-Ripatti (AGF).

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released February 27, 2020

Written and produced by Sasu Ripatti
Artwork by LCR
Graphic Layout & Type by Pasquale Ascione
Mastering & Cut @ Dubplates & Mastering
Publishing by Warp Music LTD
© Cosmo Rhythmatic 2020

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