Dallas Kalevala return with a new single “A.L.C.O.H.O.L” – debut album out on January 18th

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The Helsinki based electronic pop duo Dallas Kalevala return with their new  “A.L.C.O.H.O.L“. It is the fourth and last single release from their upcoming self titled debut album, due to be released on January 18th via VILD Recordings and Svart Records. A limited coloured vinyl edition can be preordered now on Levykauppa Äx.

Blessed are the addicted. They have fallen for the other, got burned and been forced to get humble. The sense of otherness has always been like a magnet for us. It’s like a constant urge to run away from the mundane by any means necessary. Situations change, but from the day zero, some Thing from the other side has been calling. That’s what makes Dallas Kalevala and especially A.L.C.O.H.O.L feel relevant. The title of the song could be anything from white sugar to redneck cocaine, but for us Finns it just happens to be alcohol that resonates in the families.

Dallas Kalevala is stimulated, subarctic pop music. Both members of the duo, Ville Malja & Jussi Matikainen, are also known from the alternative cult band LAPKO. If you’re looking for a harmless, soft audio pillow, Dallas Kalevala is not for you.

ANNOUNCED SHOWS:
25.01. Jyväskylä, Garage Fest
26.01. Joensuu. Garage Fest
31.01. Tampere, Klubi
01.02. Lahti, Torvi
02.02. Hämeenlinna, Suisto
15.02. Oulu, 45 Special
22.02. Seinäjoki Bar 15
23.02. Helsinki, Bar Loose

Jesse Markin releases his second single “Treat”

Photo: Kai Kuusisto
Photo: Kai Kuusisto
“Jesse Markin’s ability to truly nail a subject lends his music a certain intensity, and this rushes through his new single.” – Robin Murray / Clash Magazine

Following the release of his debut single Blood, Jesse Markin returns with his new single Treat, out on VILD Recordings 12th of October. Whereas Blood leaned strongly towards indie-pop, we now see the emerging Liberian-born, Finnish artist broadening his style towards club-oriented rhythms balanced with harder beats and basslines on production.

Originally making his name as rapper for the group The Megaphone State – producing three critically-acclaimed hip-hop albums – his new solo project moves him forward both musically and thematically, broadening his style from rapping to singing for the first time.

Speaking on the track, Markin states: “Treat is a song about dedication. Acknowledging your own mistakes and growth. Production-wise,  incorporating different rhythms and executing them came very naturally for this song. I wanted a track that is easy to approach, but at the same time a track that has a deeper and meaningful layer to it through lyrics. So with every listen you are able to find something new”.

Jesse Markin – debut single “Blood” out now!

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Photo: Kai Kuusisto

We are proud to announce that one of the most promising new talents in the urban music scene, Jesse Markin, has joined VILD Music.

Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. Markin is known from a group called The Megaphone State in which he performed as a vocalist for 12 years. The group produced three critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. With his solo project, Markin takes leaps forward both musically and thematically and broadens his expression from rapping also to singing.

I wanted to approach serious topics with honest interpretations, topics like love, xenophobia, hope, lust for money, loneliness and brotherhood. These are things that affect me on a daily basis. Also, breaking my own limits was an important part of this project that I’ve been working on for the past four years. I love music and I hope people can feel that“, Markin explains.

Markin’s first release on VILD Recordings is a double single consisting of the songs Blood and Will Shoot. The single is released today on May 18th worldwide.

With Blood I wanted to emphasize the fact that as people, there are more things that connects us than divides us. The need to be a part of a bigger whole is within all of us. Musically I wanted to show that we are all free to express ourselves, you don’t have to follow a single path. You just have to follow your voice and be ready for sacrifices. Will Shoot is thematically basically the opposite to Blood. Feeling powerless in this world is something that keeps resurfacing in my life. It is frustrating, but in Will Shoot I feel that I have been able to address those feelings with lyrics. A simple, bare approach felt like the right option for the song that brings emotions into a contact distance“, describes Markin.

Single cover art: Kai Kuusisto

Jesse Markin signs to VILD Music

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Photo: Kai Kuusisto

We are proud to announce that one of the most promising talents in the urban music scene, Jesse Markin, has joined VILD Music‘s management and label. One might say that until know Markin has been Finland’s best kept secret.

Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. Markin is known from a group called The Megaphone State in which he performed as a vocalist for 12 years. The group produced three critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. With his solo project, Markin takes leaps forward both musically and thematically and broadens his expression from rapping also to singing.

I wanted to approach serious topics with honest interpretations, topics like love, xenophobia, hope, lust for money, loneliness and brotherhood. These are things that affect me on a daily basis. Also, breaking my own limits was an important part of this project that I’ve been working on for the past four years. I love music and I hope people can feel that”, Markin explains.

Markin’s first release on VILD Recordings is a double single consisting of the songs Blood and Will ShootThe single will be released on May 18th worldwide.

Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are joining ranks with The White Stripes, Hole, Roky Erickson and Suicide

Jane Fonda VHS Press by Heidi Kero
Photo: Heidi Kero

Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are set to release a double LP and a 7″ on the US label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

The double LP titled Bless You Mother Fuckers will consist of the sophomore album Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988 (2018) and the debut album Teenage Sweetheart (2015). The 7″ will include the songs Family Man, (Do the) Shämäläin, Bambi Act and Grey Panthers. A limited amount of the LP and 7″ will be also available in Finland.

Sympathy for the Record Industry is an indie label pioneer, founded in 1988 and piloted by a self-titled “Anti-Mogul” Long Gone John. The label is best known for putting out the early releases from White Stripes, Hole, Roky Erickson and Suicide. Also Turbonegro have released on Sympathy.

As Long Gone John himself put it:
“Most importantly which has the kids in the know foaming at the mouth will be a double LP and 7″ by Finland’s notorious bublegum punk sensations, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS? From there things can only begin to deteriorate…”

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It’s only few weeks from the release of Jane Fonda’s sophomore album Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988 but it has already claimed excellent reviews from the Finnish media as well as the German and UK media. The album also reached position 7 on the official physical sales chart of Finland.

Helsingin Sanomat ★★★★
Soundi ★★★★
OX Fanzine ★★★★
The Revue ★★★★★
Stimme ★★★★★
Weser Kurier ★★★★★
Nordbuzz ★★★★★
Mittelbayerisch ★★★★★
Gästeliste.de ★★★★
Album Der Woche ★★★★

Announced shows
02.02.2018 Downtown, Kouvola (levyjulkkarikeikka)
03.02.2018 6 Linja, Helsinki (levyjulkkarikeikka)
09.02.2018 Pannhuone, Kuopio
24.02.2018 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
09.03.2018 Dynamo, Turku
28.04.2018 Are You Listening Festival, Reading (UK)
29.04.2018 Hy Brasil, Bristol (UK)
30.04.2018 Old Blue Last, Lontoo (UK)
03.05.2018 60 Million Post Codes, Bournemouth (UK)
06.05.2018 Sounds From the Other City, Manchester (UK)

Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? ‘sophomore long play Jazzbelle 1984/1988’ out now!

Photo: Heidi Kero
Photo: Heidi Kero

The ramshackle Kouvola based 3-piece Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? release their second long play ‘Jazzbelle 1984/1988’ today, on January 19th.
The album is available in vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Order your physical copy on Levykauppa Äx
And stream on Spotify

Across the course of 11 ‘flower-garage’ tunes, each catchier and more chaotic than the last, HYESTJFAVHS? establish themselves as one of the most exciting and infectious bands to come out of Scandinavia in recent years.

The trio have carved out a unique sound for themselves, opting to use keyboards instead of guitars. This is after songwriter Ekku Lintunen and drummer Janne-Petteri, on seeing the film Drive, instantly decided to form an 80s synth-pop band as a side project to the garage-rock act they were in at the time. When Susse Stemma-Sihvola came in on vocals, bringing her scuzzed out bass tones with her, it ended up being garage-rock with a twist.

They are further shaped by the aesthetic and sonics of the underground cassette culture punk bands in their small town of Kouvola rely on, as well as the thread of styles that have tied the towns musical history together through the decades. A mish-mash of 60s girl-groups, punk, glam, grunge and NYC/Manchester indie coming together to generate their electrifying style.

Lintunen likens his songwriting to crafting surreal movies. Starting with a picture in his mind, he throws out lyrical phrases to create this image for the listener. Enough is held back though that there are more questions than answers. Like all great films, the listener interprets as they do.

Throughout, the album is two-tone. At times playful, and pop-centric, at others darker, more intense. Across the 11 tracks presented HYESTJFAVHS? make whimsical references to He-Man, and Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy as well as including a track titled Hanky Panky. However, there’s also a sadder element – it’s a semi-breakup album, half the tracks written pre- and post-. Hence, there are explorations of both the excitement and disappointment of love.

After their debut album Teenage Sweetheart was released in autumn 2015 the trio have been praised in the international music media, and gathered fans around the world. This includes support from BBC Radio’s Huw StephensSteve Lamacq, Phil TaggartChris Hawkins and Tom Ravenscroft, and the likes of Consequence of SoundForbesDrowned in SoundsMTV IggyThe Line of The Best Fit and Clash Magazine.

As well as the above media acclaim, they are routinely picked out as livehighlights at Europe’s buzziest festivals (Roskilde Festival (DK), Flow Festival (FI),Pohoda(SK), Reeperbahn Festival (DE), The Great Escape (UK), Farm Fest (UK), Kendal Calling (UK), Eurosonic (NL) and Europavox (FR).

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1. Magic Swimming Pants
2. Eggs
3. The He-Man Song
4. Corazone
5. Sheep
6. Teeth
7. Mareride
8. Hanky Panky
9- What Would Phil Dunphy Do?
10. Bambi Act
11. Period

Music & Lyrics: Ekku Lintunen
Arrangement: Ekku Lintunen, Susse Stemma-Sihvola, Janne-Petteri
Mixing & Mastering: Santtu Vainio
Cover art: Ville Viinikainen
Format: vinyl, CD, digital

Thank you 2017

Thank you 2017 and all the great people we’ve had the privilege to work with! It has been a very good and exciting year for us and we’ve been honoured to work with such great music and talent once again. We’ve gathered together all 2017 releases from our artists in a chronological order to a Spotify playlist. This year we had new music from Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?VestaView – OfficialDALLAS KALEVALASätiläJaakko Aukusti and White Balance.

Now we are off to a well deserved break. Happy holidays everyone!

Oh, and we have a strong feeling that 2018 will be superb! ?

Have You Ever Seen Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are back with a new single ‘Bambi Act’

Jane Fonda VHS 2 by Heidi Kero

The Under the Radar-approved garage pop trio Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are back with a new single ‘Bambi Act’ which is the third cut from their second album ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ due to be released on January 19th on VILD Recordings.

After the album release, the band heads out to play clubs and festivals in Europe and in the UK.

‘A man falls for another man. Man goes to a sex change operation, and now as a woman, charms her beloved and soon we can hear their wedding bells. Happiness proves to be false and she gets rejected. Shocked by this dreadful event, unhappy incidents occure and by wrong choices she ends up on the street turning tricks with her decaying body. What’s your interpretation?’, describes Ekku Lintunen, the songwriter and Casio wizard of the band.

After their debut album ‘Teenage Sweetheart’ was released in fall 2015 the Finnish garage pop trio has been praised in the international music media and they have gathered fans around the world. The band has claimed support from the likes of well known BBC Radio DJ’s Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Phil Taggart, Chris Hawkins and Tom Ravenscroft.

They have been featured on Consequence of Sound, Forbes, Drowned in Sounds, MTV Iggy, The Line of The Best Fit and Clash Magazine to name a few. Their concert highlights include performances at Roskilde Festival (DK), Flow Festival (FI), Pohoda (SK), Reeperbahn Festival (DE), The Great Escape (UK), Farm Fest (UK), Kendal Calling (UK), Eurosonic (NL) and Europavox (FR). Among festivals HYESTJFAVHS? played their first UK-tour in fall 2016 and have played club shows also in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Netherlands.

Consisting of Susanna Stemma-Sihvola (vocals & bass), Ekku Lintunen (keyboards & vocals) and Janne-Petteri Pitkälä (drums), Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? replace the customary guitar with Casio keyboards and Eco-organs for delivering ear splitting riffs – an unusual move that has set them apart from their peers. Combine this approach with a name like HYESTJAFVHS? and it’s easy to see why the trashy punk trio have never struggled to grab people’s attention.

Upcoming Shows:

15.12.2017 Suisto-Klubi, Hämeenlinna

26.01.2018 TBA, Joensuu

27.01.2018 TBA, Jyväskylä

02.02.2018 Downtown, Kouvola (levyjulkkarikeikka)

03.02.2018 6 Linja, Helsinki (levyjulkkarikeikka)

09.02.2018 Pannhuone, Kuopio

10.02.2018 BarQ, Imatra

23.02.2018 Rockin Corner, Vantaa

24.02.2018 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki

09.03.2018 Dynamo, Turku

28.04.2018 Are You Listening Festival, Reading (UK)

VESTA – “Ota Varovasti” -sinkku ja kevätkiertue!

otavarovastinetKotimaisen popin kirkkaimpiin lupauksiin lukeutuva Vesta suuntaa kevätkiertueelle ensi vuoden huhtikuussa. Kiertue starttaa Oulun Gongista 6.4. ja päättyy Helsingin Tavastiaan 28.4. Kyseessä on artistin keväällä ilmestyvän debyyttialbumin julkistuskiertue.

Muun muassa Soundin vuoden tulokkaan palkinnon pokannut Vesta on tehnyt niin faneihin kuin kriitikoihinkin lähtemättömän vaikutuksen kohtalokkaalla äänellään ja koskettavilla sanoituksillaan. Viime perjantaina pöhinä kohosi uusiin korkeuksiin, kun Vesta julkaisi uuden ”Ota Varovasti” –sinkkunsa, joka tuo juuri sopivan määrän sähköä ja kaihoa talven pimeyteen.

_MG_4148netKEIKAT:

6.4.2018 Oulu, 45 Special, liput alk. 10 €

7.4.2018 Jyväskylä, Lutakko, liput alk. 10 €

13.4.2018 Kuopio, Henry’s Pub, liput alk. 10 €

14.4.2018 Joensuu, Kerubi, liput alk. 10 €

20.4.2018, Turku, Gong, liput alk. 11,50 €

21.4.2018 Tampere, Olympia, liput alk. 12 €

27.4.2018 Hämeenlinna, Suisto, liput alk. 10 €

28.4.2018 Helsinki, Tavastia, liput alk. 15 €

Konserttien liput tulevat myyntiin keikkapaikkojen normaaleissa ennakkomyyntipisteissä.

Leave a Comment – View’s long awaited debut album Out Now!


View - Leave a Comment cover artView, AKA 25 year old Juuso Ruohonen, proffers a confessional, confident debut album, ‘Leave A Comment’, out today via VILD Recordings.

Following the release of the hard-hitting, ‘Trippin’ Sober’, and softer, more intimate gems ‘Deeper (Bitch Leave a Comment)’ and ‘Say It Again’ which are centered around laid-back vocals by Ronya and Kasmir, View’s debut LP demonstrates the multi-talented artist’s ability to switch up his sound to capture a spectrum of genre and mood. Grime, hip-hop, ballads, dub step; it’s all present and crafted so exquisitely that it triumphs at every hurdle.

In conjunction with the release of ‘Leave A Comment’, a 3-part music video will be released promoting album highlights ‘Do It Again’, ‘Burn Slow’ and ‘Bad Habits’.

 

Photo: Karim Awad
Photo: Karim Awad

View will embark on a 10-date tour across Germany, Australia and Switzerland in February, beginning at One of a Million Festival in Baden, completing dates at Milla in Munich and YUCA in Cologne, before finalizing the tour in Vienna.

With a powerful debut effort under his belt, 2018 looks set to be the year for the breakout Finnish rapper.