Gagarin Kombinaatti was Mika Vainio’s earliest band project in Turku in the early ’80s. This band was influenced by industrial groups like Throbbing Cristle, Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Department. Vainio compiled a this album from the original cassette recordings in 2015.
Olento the second album by Mika Vainio from 1996 together with Metri is one of the seminal works for understanding Mika Vainio s core of work. Here Olento is reissued for the very first time available on vinyl.
Mika Vainio left behind a lots of unfinished projects and unreleased music.
This archive series is presenting some pieces which can be considered as completed works.
The first volume comprise of two selections from the 48:22 long untitled recording Mika Vainio did as Ã˜ for the radio project Ambient City at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki 1994.
Finally available again, Mika Vainio’s Oleva was released in 2008 and ranks among his most contemplative and best work. It alternates between shades of the original Pan Sonic sound and the more delicate tones of explorative ambience as heard on the fabulous ‘Kantamoinen’. It also includes a rare Vainio cover version; a unique interpretation of Roger Waters’ ‘Set the controls for the heart of the sun’
Since his untimely passing earlier this year, Vainio’s extensive catalogue has been weighing heavily on the minds of an electronic music community that was in one way or another completely indebted to his singular sound.
Re-evaluating Oleva with that in mind imbues it with a kind of poignancy that’s hard to describe – this is, after all, minimal music. And yet, it feels deeply moving. Somewhere behind the isolated vista on the cover was a man of few words who quietly set about imposing his own precise aesthetic onto the world. In his own time. Without compromise.