Jesse Markin surges ahead on his new single “Jericho”

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“a song that’s almost cinematic in scale with its swooping live instrumentation and ethereal backing vocals” – James Keith / Complex UK

Following the successful release of his latest single Treat,  New Comer of the Year (annual award by Finnish music magazine Soundi) Jesse Markin returns with his new single Jericho, out on VILD Recordings 25th of January. Where Treatleaned strongly on danceable club rhythms and catchy vocal hooks, with JerichoMarkin showcases a more sensitive and pictorial side of his repertoire.

To reach our goals we have to break down the walls holding us back. Jericho is a song about letting go and trough that, finding peace. The name of the song came from the Old Testament, where the Israelites had to start from the walls of Jericho to get to their promised land. These walls can be found everywhere and that was the idea that led to a song.”, Markin explains.

Along the new single release Markin makes his live debut as a three-piece band at G Livelab Helsinki on Thursday 31.1.

Jesse Markin is one of the most exciting and promising artists coming from Finland right now” -Tapio Hakanen / Head of Music, Finnish Broadcasting Company YleX

Liberian-born, but based in Finland, 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

When Finland gets it right, it Gets It Right. The bass on this RnB gets the heart kicking, and the vocal is slick as hell.  –

Announced shows:
31.01. Helsinki, G Livelab
09.03. Helsinki, Korjaamo w. Nicole Willis
22.03. Tampere, Olympia w. Nicole Willis
05.04. Jyväskylä, Jyrock
20.07. Tampere, Uusi Tampere

Dallas Kalevala release their self titled debut album today!

DallasKalevala by Kerttu Malinen

Subarctic, Helsinki based pop duo Dallas Kalevala are releasing their debut album today January 18th via VILD Recordings and Svart Records.
The self-titled album is a journey into the human imagination, to its deepest and darkest chambers – filled with vile and liberated subconsciousness. But also full of moments that remind us how fragile and beautiful our minds are, endangered to shatter even of the lightest breeze.

Comprised of Ville Malja and Jussi Matikainen, both members of the acclaimed Finnish alt-rock group Lapko, the act explains… ”This is the sound of Finland 2019. It’s a collision of Sex And The City and Sigmund Freud. It’s air jerking at the supermarket. A line of dirty gasoline on the surface of a silent lake. Our plan was to quickly wrap up an album, pack the car and start touring. Instead of that, it took almost three years in four different countries to finish the job and it turned out totally different than expected. It may be a bastard, but it ́s our bastard. This album is a stimulated journey to the place where anomalies can happen.”
In the end it’s all about feelings, deep weird feelings. Whatever you hide, this is for you.

Following the album release, the duo will be heading on a tour in Finland.

25.01. Jyväskylä, Garagefest
26.01. Joensuu, Garagefest
31.01.Tampere, Klubi w. Jaakko Eino Kalevi
01.02. Lahti, Torvi
02.02. Lahti, Torvi
15.02. Oulu, 45 Special
22.02. Seinäjoki, Bar 15
23.02. Helsinki, Bar Loose
15.03. Turku, Baaribaari
16.03. Kokemäki, Olkkari

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…”


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 ★★★★★
Gä ★★★★
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).


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

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.


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.

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? is officially back with magic swimming pants on!

Magic Swimming Pants cover art

Cover art: Teme Toivanen

After successfully releasing their debut album ‘Teenage Sweetheart’, Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? return with a new single ‘Magic Swimming Pants’. Out on VILD Recordings on July 28th.

‘Magic Swimming Pants’ is somewhat typical HYESTJFAVHS?-tune with its raw sound, earworm-melodies and surreal lyrics. “An Anthem of late summer for the freeminded.”, describes Ekku Lintunen, the Casio wizard of the band.

Along the release Have You Ever Seen the Jane Aerobic VHS? head over to the UK for three festival shows. On the last weekend of July the band is playing LeopalloozaFarmfest and Kendal Calling.

After their debut album release 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 DJ’s Steve LamacqHuw StephensPhil Taggart, Chris Hawkins and Tom Racenscroft. They have been featured on Consequence of SoundForbesDrowned 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), Eurosonic (NL) and Europavox (FR). Among bigger festivals HYESTJFAVHS? played their first UK-tour in fall 2016.

Jane Fonda VHS 2 by Heidi Kero

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? is a strange bird in the Finnish rock scene not only because of it’s long name, but also because the band doesn’t have a guitar player. Instead melodies and distorted sound walls are created by good old Casio and Eco-organs. Packed with 60’s girl group/soul-melodies, bubble gum punk riffs and pounding drums, which will make your eardrums bleed, this newcomer is truly something to get to know.

Announced Shows:

28.7. Leopallooza (UK)
29.7. Farmfest (UK)
30.9. Kendall Calling (UK)

Dallas Kalevala release a sparkling pop anthem ‘Moon Makes Me Happy’


We are excited to announce that Dallas Kalevala are releasing their second official single ‘Moon Makes Me Happy’ today!

‘Moon Makes Me Happy’ is a sparkling pop-anthem about passion, lust and quilt. It tells how a one single blink of an eye could tear down everything. It’s not about the sun – it’s all about the moon.

It’s been said some songs write itself. This is definitely the one. I don’t even remember us writing this. It just appeared in the studio. Couple of fresh pots, few hours tracking and there it was. Lyricwise happened exactly same. It’s a strong story so we cut the bullshit and just sang. Simply the best,” describes Ville Malja.

Photo by Antti Sepponen

Dallas Kalevala is fierce subarctic pop music. It floats naked among Iggy Pop and Justice on a cool summer night.

Ville Malja and Jussi Matikainen have been working on new music in various places, including Berlin, Reykjavik and Kokemäki, to name just a few. The journey they have taken has provoked them to discard safe old routines and find new surprising paths.

“The feeling of being an outsider has always troubled me and has not gotten any easier over the years. Luckily it generates creativity instead of apathy. After the sixth Lapko album I started to feel that I have to rush off into an adventure on my own and start a new band. I found Jussi waiting in the same corridor and together we bought a pile of airline tickets and are now driving fast into the sunrise with a crystal clear vision in the windshield,” Malja explains. ”Dallas Kalevala is the melting pot for the east and the west, leather and linen, bitter and sweet. It combines Carelian lament singers with Coca Cola.”

Dallas Kalevala is currently finalizing their new songs with the Teosto-rewarded producer Niko Liinamaa, also known as Kalifornia Keke. The band recently signed a management deal with VILD Music, who will also release the first singles from the upcoming album on their label VILD Recordings.

The release will set to follow a performance at one of the biggest Finnish summer festivals, Ruisrock and the band’s first club show tour, taking in 11 dates from Helsinki, all the way up to the northern capital Oulu. Live the band extends to a three piece group when bass player Maria Rantanen joins Malja and Matikainen on stage.

Announced Shows:

8.7. Ruisrock, Turku
15.7. Ilosaarirock / Jatkoklubi, Joensuu
29.7. Qstock, Oulu
15.9. Suistoklubi, Hämeenlinna
22.9. Tavastia, Helsinki
29.9. Cafe Bar Höpö, Nakkila
30.9. Pannuhuone, Kuopio
5.10. Lost in Music, Tampere
19.10. Gong, Turku
20.10. 45 Special, Oulu
21.10. Musta Kynnys, Jyväskylä