In the pantheon of minimal techno, Mika Vainio's name should be as exalted as Robert Hood or Dan Bell. That the Finnish producer is not as well-known as these US producers is a pity, but hopefully the re-release of PH will go some way to making his name known among the new generation. Originally released almost a quarter of a century ago, this four-tracker bristles with raw intensity. At one end of Vainio's repertoire are hypnotic, layered bleep tracks like "Untitled 1" and "Untitled 3", which have influenced everyone from Sandwell District, Mike Parker and Sleeparchive. At the other end there's the Finnish artist's more abrasive sound, which is captured best on the searing acid and visceral percussive avalanche that unfolds on "Untitled II". Like all great music, PH is impervious to the passage of time.
Mika Vainio first released Kolmio back in 1993, but it still sounds up to date. Indeed, listening to the hypnotic, pulsing bleeps and blips of "Ionit" and the colder, menacing tones of "Kuvio 3", it is obvious where acts like Sleeparchive and Function took their inspiration from. Apart from the fact that Vainio's vision for minimal techno was less visceral and abrasive than Robert Hood's, what's also striking about this classic EP is that Vainio was unafraid to flirt with varying tempos, and the mysterious tones of "Telectro" and the teased out acid of "Acidophilus" portray an innovator in action - even after all these years.
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