Ukkonen – The Isolated Rhythms Of…
To mark the start of a series of three Ukkonen posts, here’s his debut album – The Isolated Rhythms Of.. which came out at the end of May.
The album has five tracks spread across 2 x 12″. The LP starts with Three from the 4223, a game of two halves. The first is a clattery Warp-type effort. The seond moves into a slower Detroit vein, reminscent of Carl Craig, to whom he is sometimes compared. Haukivesi Spirit starts almost beatless, with tones and drones before breaking out into a techno track but with something of the ‘other’ about it in its unconventionalness. Tellervo has to be called an acid track. It has those acid squiggles in it but it’s richer than a normnal techno track. At once encompassing both analogue warmth and digital crispness. Humans Knew In The Forest is another change of direction, into an awkwardness about the beats and bloops. Half way through it all smooths out into an almost jazzy house track with a strange lushness. The LP ends with Seventy Three Days of Radiance. This takes its time before moving into a slow dubby funk. But this doesn’t remain, with synths coming back to sooth any fevered brows. Even this declines into a single changing tone on top of a solitary drum pattern. And then it’s over. But this is the sort of album that will repay repeated listens.
And for any vinyl fetishists, there’s a limited edition vinyl release (only 9 remaining at the time of writing). Well worth it with hand-printed sleeves.