Vladislav Delay
Vantaa


4.5
superb

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
November 28th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Because you move

Finnish electro wunderkind Sasu Ripatti made his name as Luomo over a decade ago, mastering the art of crafting subtly restrained yet achingly sensual tracks of extraordinary length and staying power. The immortal Tessio in particular illustrated his ability to fashion epic tracks that seemingly went nowhere and everywhere at the same time, gloriously uncompromising in both scope and vision. Following his stint as micro-house producer extraordinaire, Ripatti turned his hand to creating wondrously bizarre and genre defying music with experimental techno god Moritz Von Oswald, as well as releasing nine solo albums as Vladislav Delay.

Which brings us to his tenth, and perhaps finest release to date. Despite the radical shift in content and form, it soon becomes apparent that Vantaa retains some of the conceptual blueprint that made Vocalcity one of the great dance albums of the decade; Ripatti’s trademark deftness of touch and ear for sensuality ensure that the indubitably lengthy songs never outstay their welcome, constantly revealing novel and exhilarating sounds with each listen.

Yet in contrast to its predecessors, this originality doesn’t make Vantaa an easy listen. Dichotomous yet oddly harmonious melodies merge and vibrate in the dark; humming synths wrap like bark around the crackling beat skeleton as slivers of noise slither and crawl over the body of the music, resembling nothing if not miniscule insects of sound. The impenetrable concrete jungles of Henki oscillate with threatening power before unexpectedly unravelling in majestic deconstructions that would make Derrida stop and stare in wonder. With effortless skill, Ripatti puts you on a road where you know the ends, but the means remain totally indecipherable. Whilst most techno follows a straight and steady four to the floor highway, these songs wind and curve like sea serpents undulating through the dark currents of sound. Groping blindly at the impenetrable wisps of fog, drumbeats stagger drunkenly in a myriad of odd time signatures, whilst disconcerting and alien melodies whisper, sparkle and throb underneath. Multiple listens are needed to discern the sonic details in all their muted splendour; the lovingly programmed percussion, utterly inebriated yet carefully calculated at the same time, is astounding before one even turns an ear to the intricate melodies swirling overheard. Even jarring oddball epic Lauma, with its pounding beat reminiscent of Basic Channel’s most powerful work, is irresistibly hypnotic in its effortlessly enthralling progressions.

Raster Noton releases have always had the bizarre tendency to be both utterly unfathomable and agonizingly fascinating at the same time, and their latest offering is no different. Comforting yet totally alien, enigmatic yet gently endearing, Vantaa is perhaps the album of the shadowy electronic leftfield this year.

So delay those end of year lists, Vlad; this endlessly spellbinding work of art may just end up stealing your intellect as well as your gently fluttering heart.



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Adash
November 28th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lauma

http://soundcloud.com/sasuripatti/vladislav-delay_lauma-excerpt

Narri

http://soundcloud.com/sasuripatti/vladislav-delay_narri-excerpt


Please someone fix the artwork, everytime I try I get a duplicate error...


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2011


6105 Comments


fixed it man, no worries.

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Adash
November 28th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you muchly, first time I've ever seen that.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hmmm looks like I need to check this out

nice work Adash, as always

Acanthus
November 28th 2011


9543 Comments


Digging "Lauma" so far, might look into this as it has an interesting sound.

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gosk8n
November 28th 2011


1050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds really interesting. will check out

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Zettel
November 28th 2011


597 Comments


As soon as I saw this on the front page, I knew it had to be you, hahaha. I saw this recently somewhere, but was hesitant to check it out. I am not a big fan of most Raster Noton releases, but I might give this a chance.

Yotimi
November 28th 2011


6502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been trying to check this guy's albums out for a while but can never find them

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MO
November 28th 2011


18683 Comments


Def gonna listen

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep, will be listening to this for sure.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2011


15035 Comments


"vocalcity" is intensely good. really want "the present lover" but can't find it, or at least not in good quality

struth
November 29th 2011


435 Comments


Love this guy.

Adash
November 29th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Aids. This is my favourite of the recent Raster Noton simply because it has a human heartbeat rather than a cold micro processor at its heart. This feels alive, whereas Alva Noto and Co sound like the cold distant future (one I can hardly dare imagine).

If anyone needs help finding this I may be able to point you in a right direction...

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2011


7026 Comments


This is the intelligent dance album of the year. Fantastic review btw, gave me a clear idea of what to expect.

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Adash
November 30th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks much, glad to see this getting some loving. After a few more listens I'm in a position to agree with you; the way it's all pieced together so beautifully is just unbelievable

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2012


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't decide if I love this or really hate it

Yotimi
May 15th 2012


6502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Understandable. Didn't really like this on the first listen, but sounded like a different album on the second listen

Adash
May 16th 2012


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You need osmosis time with this album. Clicked after four or five listens for me, the rhythmic interplay is just astounding

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2012


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

both you guys never steer me wrong so I'll give it some more chances before rating it a 2 and never listening again.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2012


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i've decided I like this at least a little bit. 3.5 ish right now.



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