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ARTIST
TITLE
Man From Earth
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
TURBO 028CD TURBO 028CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/27/2012

Originally released in 2009. Jori Hulkkonen loves his vintage synths -- indeed he's a conductor of the world's first Acid Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 11 mad/brilliant Scandinavians armed with dinner suits and Roland TB-303s. It therefore comes as little surprise that Man From Earth, the Finnish producer's tenth studio album, has its fair share of acid house stylings. It's at once moody and melodic, with Hulkkonen deftly using his machines to produce ethereal beats one minute and storming dancefloor fodder the next. Some of these tracks have been lurking in the recesses of Jori's collection of nearly 20 years, some are more recent productions. And despite -- or because -- of this, the album maintains an incredibly cohesive, mature feel. The slow-burning growl in "Dancerous" is one of the album's highlights, as are Jerry Valuri's vocals on "I Am Dead" and "Man From Earth." Elsewhere, Turbo boss Tiga chips in with a vocal cameo on "Undercover" under his alias as The Dove. From this unsung Finnish virtuoso with nearly two decades of electronic production experience comes a gorgeous, dark, exhilarating tenth artist LP, replete with masterfully-nuanced, soulful sounds coaxed from soulless vintage analog synths, thundering 808 beats and gripping vocal accompaniments. Man From Earth opens with a low-cut synth rambling anxiously over a filtered-out rhythm section. Striving towards resolution, the low melody finds harmony as the backbeat emerges. "I Am Dead" is a haunting slow-banger driven by the tension in Jerry Valuri's positively morose vocals. The interaction that these emotions create -- that of the aggressive overcoming the melancholic -- is one that plays out throughout much of the album. Thus, the more aggressive tracks, like "Dancerous," give way to the more ecstatic tracks, such as "The Other Side Of Time."