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  • Audio CD (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kompakt
  • ASIN: B005ZN9DU0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Luotasi
2. Henki
3. Lipite
4. Narri
5. Vantaa
6. Lauma
7. Levite

Product Description

With Vantaa, Raster-Noton releases for the first time an album by Vladislav Delay aka Sasu Ripatti. Ripatti, one of the pioneers of electronic music of the last decade(s), who is known for several projects, has attracted our attention and received our respect most notably under his pseudonym Vladislav Delay. Vantaa will be the beginning of a long lasting collaboration, which will extend and deepen the spectrum of the label, whereas it falls in line with releases of, for example, William Basinsky, Robert Lippok, or Mitchell Akiyama. Even though complex electronic manipulations are used, Vantaa wants to sound like a piece of nature, resulting in a mixture of techno/dub and organic textures. The tracks oscillate between a decadent, greyish, post-industrial sound cloud and the intimate atmosphere of a vast and desolate Finnish landscape. Ripatti plays with tiny rhythmic bricks that drift and collapse, but nevertheless create spaces that radiate calmness and tranquility. Being an experienced producer, he uses his know-how to layer compact sound fabrics in unusual ways. In this case, these elements arouse associations with gushing water, crackling wood, or growing grass. The tracks on Vantaa merge into each other and their density escalates with Lauma into an energetic climax, which is all at once the ecstatic, shamanic and truly moving peak of the album. Vantaa s style is sensitive and intelligent, but nevertheless subtly stirring and rich in detail. While listening to it, it is possible to completely dive into its matter and detect something new in nearly every bar, or simply let it have an effect as a particular but unobtrusive sideline. With this typical Vladislav Delay aesthetic, Ripatti has acquired an unique and distinctive style that Vantaa, his 10th Vladislav Delay album, deservingly celebrates.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Vladislav Delay is Sasu Ripatti, a Finnish composer of electronic music
and 'Vantaa' is his tenth album employing this particular alt-monniker.

His approach is refreshing insofar as he has created a distinctive sound which,
although it bares comparison with some other artists working within the genre,
is sufficiently at variance to engage our attention and interest throughout.

The eight pieces in this project are largely ambient in nature but his subtle
use of rhythmic structure, albeit often fragmented and distorted, gives the
compositions substantial shape and structure. The beats are like signposts
and lights helping us to negotiate what might otherwise be highly ambiguous
and difficult-to-follow sonic territory. The occasional insertion of highly
manipulated vocal fragments also introduces a human quality to the whole.
Mr Ripatti's landscapes are like cool, grey vistas stretching out into infinity.

Opening track 'Luotasi' is one of his most accessible and satisfying creations.
Against the backdrop of a gently shuddering mono-tonal configuration, a just-
about predictable (because repeated) pattern of muffled beats emerges. The pace
is slow and hypnotic suggesting shadows merging and unravelling in a long dark
tunnel. The mood is indeterminate but sustains our absorption despite minimal
dynamic modulation. The cool, blurred rhythmic variations of 'Lipite' sound like
the internal workings of an engine whose enigmatic purpose is ultimately unclear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Certainly containing overtones of other Finnish electronic artists, 'Vantaa' crafts an icy soundscaped scene through the dub tundra much loved by many other modern electronic artists.

Yet, Mr. Ripatti's take is much different and all the more refreshing for it. You will rarely get any head noddin dub feeling here, there will be glimpses throughout the songs but they will be brief and what you will get are sound movements, yet wholly melodical.

Snatches of light will appear intermittently, evidenced by warm soundscapes but just like walking through the tundra this will then become encompassed by the icy fog and will settle down to its previous glacial vista.

Its on the Raster Noton label (Alva Noto, et al) and this should tell potential buyers of what you should be expecting here, its not happy-clappy dance music. What it is though is sensitive and intelligent sound explorations within the electronic scene, not as active as say Underworld or Autechre but neither as barren as say Hazard (of Touch UK Records) or Biosphere's 'Shenzhou'.

Less sound-crowded than his previous albums, which were minimalist in themselves, this is yet a really interesting piece of work and anyone who is a fan of Mr. Ripatti won't be disappointed. Anyone else who is interested in sound sculpture or modern (and different) electronica, should take note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 3 July 2012
By Headphone Commute - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sasu Ripatti has been on a roll lately. I am mostly impressed by his collaborations with a handful of artists. There is his work with the critically acclaimed Moritz Von Oswald Trio alongside Max Loderbauer and of course Moritz von Oswald, with a handful of releases on Honest Jon's Records, from Vertical Ascent (2009) to Horizontal Structures (2011). And then, as if working in a trio is not enough, Ripatti formed his very own Vladislav Delay Quartet, comprising of Derek Shirley, Lucio Capece and the one and only Mika Vainio (aka Ø and member of Pan Sonic), with a self titled 2011 release on the very same Honest Jon's. Not to forget Ripatti's full work as Sistol on Halo Cyan Records, his output as Uusitalo on Huume, and yet another project release as Luomo on Moodmusic. So when does he have the time to release as Vladislav Delay, and more importantly, for the first time appearing on Raster-Noton? And how does he decide which alias to use for a particular album? I'll see if I can track him down to answer these questions, but meanwhile let's get back to Vantaa.

Vantaa is a living, breathing organism of percussive shuffles, synthy wobbles, and bubbling grit. Like a metallic machine, that has its own heartbeat, it gurgles in the open space full of reverb and delay. One rhythm of the track is interleaved with another rhythm, the instruments lingering at their own pace, staggering past each other in interwoven layers. Although the nature Vantaa is undoubtedly electronic, its aesthetic is indeed organic, vitalized with complex textures and patterns that ripple on their very own. Unlike the pristine surgical lab of Raster-Noton's catalog, the sound on Vantaa is incredibly dense, at times suffocating the barely audible structure. Yet further listens allow the protagonist to peel back the layers to reveal a fragile growing sprout of a new life, beneath that wobble, grit and grime.

Vantaa marks a 10th anniversary release for Ripatti as Vladislav Delay. By now, the output of his moniker has been perfected to perfectly blend organic matter into his staple mixture of dub and techno. Ripatti sonic approach to produce seemingly random elements, fractured motifs and syncopated percussion has earned him worldwide recognition. His undeniable contribution to evolution of electronic music is archived by labels such as Mille Plateaux, Leaf, BPitch Control, and his very own Huume Recordings. I'm happy to see a relationship form between Ripatti and Raster-Noton, and will watch the development of this hopefully lasting collaboration for the years to come.
Vlad Rox my Sox 4 Jan. 2014
By Damien - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Like venturing into the dreams of an aliens brain.. This is one of the most psychedelic atmospheric albums I've ever heard. Vladislav has quite the catalogue and I'm just now starting to get into his 'dub' side after being quite aware of his 'glitch' side for a while. In a way I'm not surprised that his take on the genre would sound like this, but it's obviously quite the listening experience - some extremely original sounds that I've never heard before. I have noticed that he's quite the 'gear freak' and technical genius.. Weird how the ratings are so low on this one but yet Kuopio has received a better score. Oh well!

I find it weird I came into planning on listening to this before going to bed at 4:30AM. The first track is lovely relaxing, as is the last two tracks on this album as well, but from tracks 2-5 there's some really strange stuff going on. Track 2 made me pull my head off the pillows and ask myself, 'What the ****, this is pretty creepy.' What's so creepy about it? Well, there's this light cut-up breathing you can hear if you pay attention close enough.. Because I play my music so loudly I notice all of these details and damn does that vocal sound freak me out .. backed up by the weird UFO stuff going on here..

The album is ambient and it's not for me. I think I can find it to be a relaxing listening, but I can't really lay down and just go 'ahhhh' to it.. No, too much stuff going on.. My mind gets all tangled up and I have to get in the sitting position and study all the sounds and let them absorb me. Should I say... challenging ambient music? Although, some say ambient itself is challenging enough (weird).

Track three ventures even more into experimental madness. A very relaxing ambient for your nightly ambien, also adding slight textures of musique concrete and industrial materials.. I look at his gear photos and some of it is familiar, but a lot of it is very alien and out there.. I think he's building a space ship or something.. That's the only way to explain the sounds he makes here. Things get even quirkier in track four, but strangely more relaxing.

'Vantaa' itself well represents the album as well.. The track is quite weird and I can imagine martians dancing to this on a spaceship in Antarctica while sipping on lean.. Why Antarctica? Because Vladislav makes COLD music of course, if you get what I'm saying. My room is fifty nine degrees right now and I always feel like I need to make sure the music accompanies that.. Perfect winter music.

Lauma is probably the craziest track on here. Not ambient at all.. It's like I'm getting beaten in the face by silly putty as a bunch of flashing lights are spinning around my room. It's a good thing Levite and Kaivue end the album with its more simple, relaxing nature.. Or else this album would probably end up being too much of a hand full..

The album is well executed and very experimental. This guy can do no wrong in my books so far.
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