Jori Hulkkonen – Simple Music For Complicated People – My Favorite Robot Records

Reaching Jori Hulkkonen’s 21st artist album seems like an incredible feat in today’s easy come, easy go culture. But never the less each track is dedicated to producing the results that still speak clearly as to the artist’s unique field of vision. Nothing feels tired by now, if anything it’s the opposite seeing each piece of music remaining tantalising provocative. There is always something unsettling, slightly strange yet spiritually rewarding about the music on Simple Music For Complicated People. For example the stunning, electric atmospheres of Europe Starts With An E which sit beside the breathy, poignancy of Memory Times. Or the pacey Techno of Plastic Freedom that precedes the exceptionally titled: A Group of Scientist Write a Lo-fi Disco Track While on the Verge of Creating a General Artificial Intelligence. And it’s down to this sheer diversity that captivates as well as thrills throughout. To finish are the beautiful strains of piano that make up Blade Walker, again contrasting expectations, which in the end leads right back to the start as the shivery, treaded voices of 6n Jaakaappi set the scene for all that is yet to come.

Release: September 28


Jori Hulkkonen – I Am the Night & Tintan Terdel – My Favorite Robot Records

Love this stunning production from Jori Hulkkonen whose impassioned tones adorn this release with picturesque atmosphere’s igniting all sorts of notions. I Am The Night does all that and more suggesting a more soulful angle from the label which is highlighted by the introspective voiceover alongside the accompanying drums, probing bass plus swirls and splashes of colourful sounds. Likewise, Tintan Terdel adds tangible emotions to the expansive, almost Vangelis like, soundtrack of melodic synthesisers attuned to the electronic pulses of the smoky drum machine.

Release: June 9