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Boomkat Product Review:
Lovely 2nd album of pastoral ambient and undulating techno from Finnish enigma, Ukkonen. In good company among No Pain In Pop's "polystylistic" posse of Karen Gwyer, Patten and Torn Hawk, 'The Ancient Tonalities Of' Ukkonen are a faithful nod to that bygone era of cerebral dance music when the likes of AFX, Autechre, Carl Craig or Squarepusher were making music rich in complex harmony, soothing melody and intricate rhythms that managed to challenge convention whilst gratifying the masses. The album's effortless grace belies a great deal of whirring internal mechanics and application of musical theory at its core, weaving ideas from classical chamber music, psychedelic rock and early vocal music with subtlety that belies its ostensible simplicity and suspends disbelief in dream space by silvery threads. In contrast with Ukkonen's previous issues he's allowed a saltier layer of distortion to creep in across the album, perhaps as a sort of variable, textural mask that separates his music from the epoch he apes. Followers of everything from Mika Vainio's icy solo sound designs for Sähkö to Ghost Box's most melodic electronics and the classic canon of mid '90s Warp should check it out.