Uku Kuut – I Don’t Have To Cry / Vision Of Estonia (UQ 001) – 10/10

For a review about Uku Kuut’s album “Vision Of Estonia” (2012), please click here. The sounds of the seven-inch are going right under the skin and it might be easily vintage funk and soul, rooted in American cities like New York or Chicago. But Peoples Potential Unlimited (PPU), a label from Washington DC, has found an hidden gem produced in Sweden by two exiled Estonians in 1984, Uku Kuut* [oo-cooh cooth] and his mother, in 1984. The title track, “I Don’t Have To Cry”, is cozy synthesizer funk with smooth vocals and slight vocoder. Even more I like jazzy funk instrumental “Vision […]

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Moha! to release “Kriiskav Valgus”

German label Le Petit Mignon is due to release a 7-inch by Moha, carrying an Estonian-language title “Kriiskav Valgus” (“Screeching Light”). According to Discogs the band MoHa! consists of two Scandinavians, Anders Hana and Morten J. Olsen. They have performed at Odessa Pop party in Tallinn and might have been inspired by local language when doing their next record. Le Petit Mignon.

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Various – Kila Kola: Various Shades of Estonian Electronica (Umblu) – 7/10

Estonia, land of music. Modern composer Arvo Pärt was born here, in a small town called Paide, and every five years a monumental Song Festival gathers 30,000 performers and 150,000 paying spectators for a celebration of music – in a country with less than 1.4 million people. First house and techno producers, spiritual disciples of Soviet-age deep electronica composer Sven Grünberg, emerged 20 years ago and since that the vibrant scene has created several impressive tracks, not to speak about great parties across the years. The newest compilation by Umblu Records showcases the talents of today. The sheep on the […]

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