Young guns embrace the risk
"Tomi Nikku manages to blend the sonorities of post-modern jazz with neo-romantic harmony and counterpoint. The result is a mixture that is able to stand sonically...
The new voice on the scene!
"The sound of Riikka Keränen combines elements of post-bop jazz with tonalities and sensibilities of a more pop-oriented approach."
Fresh new steps from Ed Partyka
"UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra maintains its track record of working with the right people on the right music for the right time."
Popular Music Made in Finland - A book review
"If you are interested in the 'progressive' varieties of Finnish popular music and do not read Finnish, this is the book for you."
Rap aesthetics with soil under the fingernails
"I enjoy the world haapoja & illmari kollektiivi create, where a folk music mood coexists with rap aesthetics and a soundscape vibe. Folk music is in...
Raucous dancing and melancholy tones
"There are raucous dances with shifting metres, but there are also melancholic melodic arcs and soft moods."
A spoonful of metal makes the folk tunes take wing
"This music is clearly made for dancing – but in what way? That is for the listener to decide: one can dance Finnish and Karelian folk...
Classics seen with new eyes
"Polenta’s innovative arrangements highlight the natural rhythms and lovely melodies of these traditional pieces, and their sound world extends to a grand cinematic feel, complete with...
Virtuoso weirdness facing a sacred experience
"The album makes the point that the need of the human animal to experience the sacred is tied up with the history of sexuality, gender and...