LABEL: Odd Funk Records, Finland
FORMAT: LP limited 500 copies, Numbered / ODDFUNK-011
ARTIST: The Blassics
Mikko Veijonen (Baritone Saxophone)
Ville-Pekka Järvinen (Bass)
Joona Venäläinen (Drums)
Hanna Lotti (Flute)
Juha Sarkkola (Guitar)
Jukka Teerisaari, Victor Tokpanou (Percussion)
Tuure Tammi (Trumpet)
MikkiMac (Mikiyas Getachew) (Vocals)
Recorded live on analog 8-track tape recorder during august 2018 at Odd Funk Studio.
Mixed by Sarkkola & Tammi at Odd Funk Studio.
Vinyl mastering by JSA at Timmion
Photos by Ahti Isomäki
Sculptures by Ahti and Olli Isomäki
Cover lauout by Mikko Myöhänen
How hot and funky can it get in the Arctic? Who knows. But have a listen to Togetherings,
the fourth studio album by Finnish-Beninese-Ethiopian rhythm music collective The Blassics.
This album brings your ears a tight collection of musical journeys the nine-piece group has achieved through the delicate art of listening. Involving both more planned original compositions (e.g., Hagerun Geleba) and material improvised from scratch (e.g., Why is the Chicken Running?) Togetherings works as a reminder on the importance of music in cultivating joy, tenderness and hanging out, without forgetting the complexities involved.
Started as a production duo by two funk aficionados (Sarkkola and Tammi) who primarily draw their inspiration from record collecting, deejaying and jamming, The Blassics have grown during the past years to be one of the most prominent Finnish-afro-funk-jazz collectives. Played live at Odd Funk Records’ analogue studio in Hämeenlinna, the album cherishes the roots of deep and spacey funk, afro and jazz with Arctic seasoning and crispy tape sound. Mastering done by Jukka Sarapää at Timmion gives this Blassical masterpiece
the ultimate audio icing.
Togetherings is released as a limited edition vinyl of 500 copies by Odd Funk Records (oddfunk 011) on 30th of April 2019.