Boomkat Product Review:
Ilpo Väisänen pays powerful tribute to Mika Vainio (1963-2017), his friend and creative partner in the legendary Pan Sonic, on a staggering suite of solo production riddled with field recordings of their 2000 world tour.
Treading singular, familiar territory for anyone acquainted with Pan Sonic, the 14 vignettes of ‘I-LP-ON’ invoke the awesome might of Pan Sonic at the crest of their groundbreaking prowess, when they were arguably among the first acts to alloy industrial, dub, ambient and club music into a genuinely new, yet timeless form.
The recordings were made between Kuopio, Barcelona and Karttula, and feature all the hallmarks of Ilpo’s solo practice that also appeared in Pan Sonic - head-caving subbass, scratchy percussion and sublimated tones - with Mika’s presence lingering in the timbral aura thanks to field recordings of their world tour.
There’s no need to point out highlights - ‘ÄÄNET’ is guaranteed heavyweight and best served cold and in one go for optimal impact.