After 10 years, The
Blassics still believe in craftsmanship
of Finnish afrofunk and jazz celebrate the long journey of their
studio and label with a brand new compilation Sounding Times
Blassics, focusing mainly on instrumental afro-styled funk and jazz
and led by guitarist Juha
is one of the internationally acknowledged Finnish pioneers of the
scene. A decade has already passed, since the orchestra founded their
own studio and label Odd
Funk Records in
Hämeenlinna. Thus, the original spirit they had has never ceased but
rather deepened even more.
soundscapes, communality, documenting creation process, no
endless re-recording and
music within the given limits all meet in the philosophy of The
characterized by clinical and schematically calculated production
work emphasized by the use of modern technology. The songs produced
and recorded in
studio can be heard as a homage to craftsmanship and a
to the aforementioned. Composing
is not based on the analysis of hottest hits on the charts nor the
latest technical tricks. Instead, it all starts from the long
tradition of enjoying music as a fan and deejay with relentless
respect to the traditions of funky, crispy and raw organic sound.
fifteenth release of the label and the fifth full-length effort by
The Blassics celebrating their
the piety it all deserves. The collection of 15 songs, nearly 70
minutes in total length, includes seven completely earlier unreleased
tracks. It also consists of old gems, such as ”Swazi Funk” and
”Hagerun Geleba”, as well as precisely selected more rare choices
from the past 10 years. Nevertheless, the album is an exceptionally
complete and enjoyable musical journey. As a listener, you will get a
versatile and matured picture of all the styles, moods and energies
shaping their sound through the times.
Blassics have performed their music live on
from Finland and Estonia to Middle Europe and all the way to as far
as India, even though they never prioritized taking over the world.
The younger generation of B-Boys and B-Girls has also found their
music well. Sounding
be issued on Saturday
the 23th of September
via digital platforms and as a cd release, which hopefully will reach
their fans but also completely new audiences both in their own
playing ground as internationally. The release of the new album will
be also celebrated on the same night by a live show at Tuffest
– Tuff 10 Years Festival
in Lutakko in Jyväskylä, Finland.
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Blassics: Sounding Times (10 years at Odd Funk)
funk, afro jazz, world music
CD / digi Release
date: September 23rd, 2023 Odd
Funk Records / Oddfunk015
Swazi Funk (from Becoming Waves, recorded 2016) 2.
Life Is Great, Yeah! (from Becoming Waves, recorded 2016) 3.
West Side Glory (previously unreleased, recorded 2023)
Block Hipat (from Togetherings, recorded 2018) 5.
Ruff Strut (from oddfunk008, recorded 2015) 6.
Special Occasion (prev. unreleased, recorded 2022) 7.
Hagerun Geleba (from Togetherings, 2018) 8.
Afrohustler (slow version) (from The Blassics, recorded 2012) 9.
Yeketema Sét (prev. unreleased, recorded 2017) 10.
Afrocookie (cd-edit) (from fnr-142, recorded 2017) 11.
Horn OK Please (early) (prev. unreleased, early demo 2013) 12.
Wanna Have Some Delicacies (prev. unreleased, rec. 2015) 13.
Exotica Break (prev. unreleased, recorded 2017) 14.
Maximal Roaching (from We Call It Real, recorded 2014) 15.
Sizzling (prev. unreleased, recorded 2020)
Lotti - flute Juha
Sarkkola - guitar; drums (tracks 6, 11, 13) Joona Venäläinen - drums Jukka
Teerisaari - percussions MikiMac - vocals (tracks 7, 9) Mikko
Veijonen - baritone sax Tuure
Tammi - trumpet; bass, organ, trombone (track 11), microkorg (track
Tokpanou - percussions Ville-Pekka
Järvinen - bass Janne
Findeiss - bass (track 8)
recording and mixing at the Odd Funk Studio: Tuure Tammi & Juha
and mastering for cd: Tuure Tammi
Terho Aalto CD
Layout: Mikko Myöhänen with Juha Sarkkola & Tuure Tammi