Boomkat Product Review:
Your eyes are not deceiving you! What we have here is brand spanking new material from none other than Mika Vainio - otherwise known as one half of Pan Sonic or simply Ø. Recorded earlier this year, this is the first new material from the Ø project in a few years and is just as seismic as you'd hope. 'Ikuinen' is Vainio's take on synthesized moodiness, some kind of robotic Finnish exploration into the work of John Carpenter. Through sloooow reverberating beats and wavering high pitched synthesizer sounds we are introduced to a moody widescreen world of flickering neons and desolate concrete tower blocks. This would make the perfect soundtrack to an Eastern European take on Blade Runner, all menacing, grey and mysterious, and I don't think there can be much higher praise than that. Both sides are essentially two parts of one long, brooding track and I have to say that this was the kind of record I've been hoping to come from Vainio for some time now, it's a wet dream for someone like me who not only fetishizes Sähkö but also the whole 70s synth movie soundtracks genre in general. To hear this veteran producer attempting something like this is just a dream come true, and while people expecting a 4/4 minimal techno monster might be shocked, I've no doubt that it will quickly turn into reverence. A totally essential 12" from one of the world's finest electronic musicians... just buy it!