On the Radar: Samuli Kemppi – Third After Last EP

Third After Last is the latest EP from Samuli Kemppi, released recently on his Power Voltages imprint. The Waveform Transmitter’s Niall Johnston takes on a triple header of live jams.

Samuli Kemppi techno

Third After Last is the latest EP from Samuli Kemppi, released recently on his Power of Voltages imprint. The Waveform Transmitter’s Niall Johnston takes on a triple header of live jams.

Samuli Kemppi is a Finnish techno aficionado with over 30 releases in his 10-year career, on labels from Helsinki to California. He approaches production in a traditional style, solely using hardware and making his recordings live as part of long-extended jam sessions.

Previous releases have been characterised by a real depth and focus on the deeper frequencies of the audible spectrum. Added to this is a  mysticism and hypnotic quality that he seems able to build in to any track he creates or remixes.

For his latest outing Kemppi has taken to Power of Voltages – a label he founded in 2016, with this being only the third release. The appropriate and functional name for his third release – Third After Last –  is matched by its production, which is purposeful and measured.

The A-side tracks have a broken 4/4 feel to them, with lots of interference, bleeps and builds. Opener Pouring Over sets an atmospheric scene as the syncopated drums rise in intensity and don’t allow you to settle. The official video that accompanies Pouring Over makes great work of visualising the feelings the track promotes – check it out here: 

With Reckless Haste has a similar drum formula to the first track however with less inherent intensity. The most pleasing aspect of this track is the wonderful warm build that drifts in the background for the majority but which takes centre stage as the piece comes to a close and the drums fall away. This then leads nicely into the progression of the B-side.

Muddy Intentions and Restrained Until The End offer melodic, progressive soundscapes with unrelenting fervour. The former sees Kemppi’s characteristic use of depth deployed expertly, creating off-shoot junctions in the track which add to the sense of travelling on a kind of cosmic expressway.

Closing track  Restrained Until The End tops off the EP nicely, with a return to the broken 4/4 rhythm heard on the A-side. This time the rhythm is accompanied by mutated waves of analogic hardware that pierce the ears, body and mind.

The B-side is certainly our favourite, probably owing to the fact it sticks more closely to the sound we have come to know Kemppi for. However we welcome this excursion into the more broken, syncopated region of the electronic spectrum demonstrated on this release. This style seems to be present on all of the releases on the Power of Voltages so far, so we look forward to seeing what more there is to come.

Third After Last was released on the 27th of November and has already been putting dancefloors in hypnotic states for some months.  Take a listen.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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