Mike Ink: Rosenkranz (Sähkö)
Really cool, weird minimal stuff from Wolfgang Voigt’s alter ego Mike Ink. Originally released in 1994 on the Finnish minimal techno label Sähkö, these tracks sound just as fresh now as ever. It’s a testament to Voigt’s ingenuity and uniqueness as an artist that his tracks stand the test of time significantly more than most of his contemporaries. The title track is a tiny, fast kick/snare combo punctuated with bleeps and flanged percussive sounds, cycling in ways that aren’t so far off from his Studio 1 or M:I:5 monikers. “Dativ” is a weird complement, sort of like “Rosenkranz” minus all of its more aggressive, dancefloor elements. There’s something almost loungey about how understated it is by comparison. Two remixes of the title cut round out the EP courtesy of Mono Junk and Mika Vainio (of Pan Sonic). Mono Junk’s “Melody Mix” is iconically named as it’s really just a non-stop high-end pulsing tone over an even faster treatment of the rhythm section, sounding like a hopped up version of Joey Beltram with very little melody in earshot. I prefer Mono Junk and Mika Vainio’s “Rough Mix” which is quite dirty and dusty, all murky 909 drums and minimal 303 sounds. It’s down and dirty in the best possible way, crudely minimal in a way that even now still sounds uncompromising.
Mika Vainio’s second single for Viennese imprint comfortzone continues in the doomtronica fashion that defined his 2011 album, ‘Life (…it Eats You Up)’: Distorted, grumbling synth assaults over lo-fi drum computer patterns. Intense!
EP and single tracks now available for download (MP3 / 320 kb/s)
Mika Vainio: Vandal EP (click to download)
Review from http://boomkat.com:
We’re struggling to contain our excitement over the latest in Raster Noton’s Unun series, following essential excursions from Aoki Takamasa, NHK and Grischa Lichtenberger with four tracks of absolutely immense nasty beats and techno reductions from Mika Vainio! It’s fully acknowledged that we have a man-crush on this producer, but it’s totally justified when he gives out analog brutalism of this variety. There’s a definite theme of northern-European destruction going on with this 12” with titles like ‘Vandals’ and ‘Goths’ connecting the downright rotten noise aesthetic to the notoriously fierce tribes of northern and central Europe. Three of the tracks opt for hiphop breakbeats and slower tempos similar to the NHK release, before bludgeoning the rhythms with extreme noise-force, but the standout for many will be ‘Barbarians’. To our knowledge it’s the first 4/4 techno track he’s made for nearly 10 years, taking cues from the arrangements of tuff Chicago patterns before eroding them with a caustic noise substance to sound like a nightmarish Marcel Dettmann. F*cking A+.
Ø (a.k.a. Mika Vainio): ‘Hornitus’ (1994)
Mika Vainio - forthcoming 2011 gigs (via Media-Loca):
26 November 2011: FR-Nantes LE LIEU UNIQUE, w/ Cindy Van Acker Dance Cie
13 & 14 December 2011: FR-Poitiers TAP Theatre, w/ Cindy Van Acker Dance Cie
16 December 2011: FR-Paris Petit Bain, Visionsonic
22 December 2011: BE-Ghent Vooruit
VVV (Vainio Väisänen Vega): ‘No Home Kings’ (1998)
VVV (Vainio / Väisänen / Vega): ‘I Got Wheels, I Got Nails’ (2005)
Mika Vainio: forthcoming gigs
16.09.2011 GR-Thessaloniki Reworks Festival Bios Floor
24.09.2011 NL-Den Hague TodaysArt festival w/ Vladislav Delay Quartet
30.09.2011 JP-TokyoCay Spiral Hall w/ Vladislav Delay Quartet
30.09.2011 JP-TokyoCay Spiral Hall Solo live
01.10.2011 JP-TokyoSoup Solo live
02.10.2011 JP-TokyoMuseum Of Contremp. Art w/ Vladislav Delay Quartet