Jimi Tenor has been described
as the Finnish Barry White, which isn't really far off,
but he's a top-notch producer as well. Already celebrated
in the U.K. for his critically-acclaimed 1997 debut
Intervision, Organism is Tenor's first stateside release.
Cooking up a sultry stew of disco, funk, and modern
dance, including drum 'n' bass, is his specialty. But
even that isn't enough to satisfy him, as he ventures
into gospel and choral music with the able assistance
of a 60 piece Finnish choral group. With its many different
threads and influences, including the Sun Ra-esque "Total
Devastation," Organism makes the case that Tenor
is a truly international artist.
by Sarah Zupko
Second album, recorded
in London, Berlin, Barcelona, New York and his home
town, Lahti. When an album's opening track - Sly Stone
funk with power chords - makes way for a second that
resembles 1988 Detroit techno with harmonies from Mahler,
then it's clear that the little Finn Jimi Tenor is big
He's nicely accessible
too and, if Warp is willing to keep footing the bill,
there could be a major maverick career in the making
here: a clubland Beck, an Aphex Twin who could appear
on Live & Kicking. It loses its marbles midway through
with a useless instrumental, although there's some closing
recompense in Year Of Apocalypse's operatic disco, while
City Sleeps recalls Pulp's ironic urban sleaze re-located
to Helsinki. Mad but for the most part far from bad.
by Stuart Maconie
The wonderfully warped
retro Chicago disco funkiness of Finlands answer
to everything returns with his second long player. The
ten new songs continue unbroken from where "Intervision"
His unique interpretations
of everything from Barry White to Parliament is happy
and uplifting. At times it will warm up your handbag,
and at others will have you blowing the dust off your
old Afrika Bambaata and Kraftwerk classics.
Dont be as square
as Jimis glasses lively up your speakers
and tune right in.
Hey, look out. Finland’s
Jimi Tenor has returned with more of his antics for
Organism, his second album on the wacky Warp imprint.
Tenor is still putting
his organ through the paces, but this time it sounds
like he’s got Kraftwerk and Parliament as his backing
bands, and he’s not afraid to put his foot down and
house things up for the dancefloor either. The first
single, “Year of the Apocalypse”, is a real raveup,
complete with backing from a 60 member Finnish modern
choral group. Out with a hip-moving Maurice Fulton remix
in March, it will be followed by “Total Devastation”
If you haven’t heard
Tenor before, these song titles give you a good idea
of his modus operandi: when the world is about to end,
Tenor will be there in your local lounge swinging and
singing about it. Lyrics with surface wit, subversiveness
with a smirk paired with finger snappin’ grooves...it’s
all good. Welcome back, Jimi.
by Andrew Duke
Recorded in Berlin, London,
New York and Finland, Organism is Jimi Tenors
fourth album and his second for the UK electronic label.
Although his musical direction could be perceived as
more commercial than much of the labels output,
Tenor is more off-the-wall than the rest of the entire
label roster in many respects, eschewing more serious
worldly concerns for a lackadaisical irreverence that
pursues its own unparalleled notions of warped hedonistic
camp. Somewhere between swing orchestra and night club
soul revue band, Tenors sound is live and dynamic,
occasionally wandering into complex futuristic lounge-fusion
territory on arrangements such as Xinotepe Heat.
Apocalyse is an international kamikaze hoe-down,
infused with decadent disco, featuring a 60 piece Finnish
choral group alongside Parliament-esque funky house
grooves. Muchmo is a more of a slow-burner,
with Tenors deadpan vocal repeating, mantra-like,
Much more psychedelic than any other drugs
over a tight funk feel with shades of Afro melody played
on sax and flute. City Sleeps is all smokey
sax and cod soul ballad, with Tenor in drunken soliloquy
mode. Throwaway parody or deadly serious?
Organism is a feast of
future funk from a man whose rider has been known to
include a white stallion, on which he canters into his
own gigs. Give this maverick a film to star in - hes
by Pete Lawrence
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