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VAINIO, MIKA - Kilo

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Blastfirstpetit PTYT 76
Release Year: 2013
Note: the PAN(A)SONIC half returns to harsher electronic/rhythmic soundscapes - "a weird mix of ambient soundscapes and beat-heavy industrial trance. it feels like a soundtrack to some sort of brutalist post-apocalyptic rave" [Lounder than War]
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"MIKA VAINIO's first solo album for Blastfirstpetit sees him return to his classic power electronics, heavy beats approach that made PANSONIC garner a worldwide reputation.

The album developed from VAINIO's recent live sets to make ten tersely titled tracks inspired by the shipping container industry.

Four stars in Mojo " heavy-freight" ,The Quietus described it as "fearsome"." [label info]

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"Mika Vainio, one half of Finnish minimal electronic duo PanSonic, has a new record of atmospheric industrial music coming out. Louder Than War contributor Craig Johnson has been having a listen.

To be honest, itís exactly what youíre expecting. Itís slow, atmospheric and industrial. The fact that itís so predictable isnít a bad thing though as thatís exactly how Mika Vainio made his name. If youíre good at something, why give up?

In a time where electronic musicians seem to spawn from every corner of the world, itís easy for music to start sounding the same without any differentiation between what has merit and what doesnít. In this case, Kilo is a really great document of how to make industrial ambience sound very, very good.

What we have here is a weird mix of ambient soundscapes and beat-heavy industrial trance; it feels like a soundtrack to some sort of brutalist post-apocalyptic rave. In my mind, it conjures up black and white images of deserted industrial space, filled with jagged edges and metal structures. Itís stark, yes, but itís also quite therapeutic. I can sort of switch off and let myself become fully engrossed in this alternate world. Ironically, itís not the sort of music you want to share with others.

Iím aware that writing this piece means Iím sharing my thoughts on the music with you but I mean share in a different sense. Itís an album that you only ever want to listen to when youíre on your own; late at night, early in the morning, any time of day as long as you arenít in a group of people. I cant imagine this being the soundtrack to a dinner party or on the office stereo. This is subtle music thatís made specifically for the recluse. The person that wants to sit in his own company and be overcome by the powerful imagery these bursts of sound create.

The juxtaposition of calm, atmospheric pieces and heavy industrial beats work to give an almost frightening nightmare like state on track such as Scale. The whole album fits together with a strange contrast running throughout. At times it feels like itís about to collapse in on itself, then comes a sudden burst of energy in the form of an industrial barrage or a eerie screech.

Itís removed from reality in a sense that it manages to project an alternative, abstract setting. I canít imagine it soundtracking anything other than this industrial landscape I view in my mind. I think thereís a definite divide in the style of tracks here.

While some do have that calmer, more subdued tone, other has, overall, a fiercer and driving sound. Luckily though, they work together in perfect harmony. Never sounding out of place, the whole album flows and each new sound follows on logically, never letting you awake from the industrial dreamland youíve suddenly found yourself part of.

Iím actually going to see Mika Vainio play at The Sage, Gateshead in June and am eagerly waiting being transported into this dream like state. I just want to be sat in a dark room, his industrial soundtrack taking me away from the reality of the world outside. Even just for a short period of time, I have a feeling itíll be fantastic." [Lounder Than War]
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