JORI HULKKONEN is one of Europe’s most highly regarded electronic producers, yet remains something of a hidden secret. While a fan of synthesized pop such as PET SHOP BOYS, NEW ORDER and JOHN FOXX, Hulkkonen’s love of Detroit techno and house music has brought a rhythmical edge to his many productions and remixes.
With such a varied catalogue of work and projects, TEC looks back at the career of JORI HULKKONEN in the shape of this Beginner’s Guide.… More Inside ›
Finnish duo VILLA NAH have returned after a five year hiatus. With their recently released second album ‘Ultima’ , Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä have reminded the general public as to why they wowed audiences who saw them open for OMD in 2010.
‘Ultima’ undoubtedly comes over as a more varied and mature musical statement. Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä chatted about the genesis of the album and its influences, both musical and technical. More Inside ›
Having released one of the best electronic pop albums of 2010 in their debut ‘Origin’, Helsinki’s VILLA NAH went quiet after a well-received UK tour supporting OMD. But childhood friends Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä are now back after a five-year hiatus.
‘Ultima’ sees the duo and Hulkkonen present an escapist soundtrack for a Nordic summer, swathed in dreamy synthesizers. While Paalosmaa’s vocals are as forlorn as ever, there is a cautious air of optimism too. More Inside ›
One of the best electronic pop albums of 2010 was ‘Origin’ by VILLA NAH. The East Helsinki pairing of Juho Paalosmaa and Tomi Hyyppä consolidated their position by supporting OMD on their UK Autumn tour.
Paalosmaa formed SIN COS TAN with ‘Origin’ co-producer Jori Hulkkonen; their three acclaimed albums to date, ‘Sin Cos Tan’, ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Blown Away’, filled the void left by VILLA NAH. But the Finnish duo are now back, back, BACK! More Inside ›
Artist collaborations can be seen in several ways. They are either a chance to take the best elements of great bands to form an even greater supergroup, or as has happened in many cases, there is a watering down of prime concepts which results in a fragmented mess of little interest to anyone.
So here are 25 artist collaborations that actually worked. Over more recent years, there appears to have been much freedom for artists to collaborate, and this is reflected by this list here which has a bias towards new millennium recordings. More Inside ›