Well first of all, I’m not a DJ, I don’t do mix tapes, I don’t even have any electronic music I could mix, literally speaking. no decks or DJ software. I’m always quite nervous to make these kinds of mixes, I only did a few and at least once i recall a major web site refused to air it…
It’s a big challenge to put music together i like, under an hour. it’s impossible actually, I had to leave out so much stuff i love.
So I made a conscious decision to not include any hip hop, odd enough as hip hop is the music I listen most these days. Somehow I couldn’t choose only few hip hop tracks and leave out all the good stuff out there. i think it deserves a mix on its own…
There are few bits i’m very much indebted for in the mix. the Zappa guitar solo kills every time. Madonna cover by Youth is amazing. There’s even a current (relatively speaking) house track i like, One Day by Juan MacLean. few classics from various genres I’m influenced by. As there was so little time, and so much music to choose from, I decided to include only the strongest bits of the songs and just rudely glue them together one after another in my studio workstation.
“With Kuopio, Raster-Noton releases the second full length album by Vladislav Delay (aka Sasu Ripatti). The record features eight new songs which allow the listener to dive into Delay’s cosmos of deep and likewise organic sounds. Subtle yet complex electronic manipulations are used, resulting in a high degree of variation within every single track and a nearly imperceptible intensification of their density.
Progressive and energetic rhythms play an important role as already indicated in his recent release ‘Espoo’ (r-n141), the EP which forms a bridge between his former album Vantaa (r-n136) and Kuopio, best illustrated by the track “Kulkee”, meaning “to move forward”.
Kuopio clearly represents a further attempt to depict the Finnish landscape as well as its isolated charm, which is also obvious from its design and conceptional approach by referring to the city of Kuopio.”