Band of the Day

2013.03.11

Sin Cos Tan

A Finnish duo harkens back to the glory days of 80's synth-pop
And nothing ever happens like you plan, this world and your problems. How much am I good for you, if you won't believe?
lyrics from Sooner Than Now

Sin Cos Tan, the new project of ace producer Jori Hulkkonen and Villah Nah’s Juho Paalosmaa, is a synthesized duo of great promise, broken dreams, and long nights. Having worked together previously on Villah Nah’s superb debut album ‘Origin’ and on the track “Re: Last Year” from Hulkkonen’s own ‘Man From Earth’ solo record on Turbo, a further artistic union was inevitable.

So while Villah Nah take a sabbatical and Hulkkonen wears yet another hat (other monikers have included Processory, Tiga & Zyntherius, Acid Symphony Orchestra, Stop Modernists) Sin Cos Tan reveal their self-titled debut. And it’s golden. Similar to their peers Chromatics, they look back to the early-to-mid 80s to find a sound when synthesizers dominated pop music.

The album was nominated for the Emma Award in Finland, debuted at number two in the Finnish iTunes chart, and Jori Hulkkonen was mentioned as one of Finland’s greatest music exports at last year’s Eurosonic Festival.

Alongside his work with Sin Cos Tan, Jori Hulkkonen is known for putting out releases over the last two decades, exploring 360 degrees on the musical radar. He's been hailed as "the most underrated producer in the world", "living legend of electronic composition" and "music's best kept secret".

Since the debut 12" in 1993, ten artist albums for F communications and more recently Turbo recordings, collaborations with people as versatile as John Foxx, Jose Gonzales, Jesper Dahlbäck (as Kebacid) and Phonogenic (as Discemi), dozens of 12" singles on some of the world's hottest labels, and close to a hundred remixes for artists as diverse as Chromeo, Kid Cudi, Robyn, and Lydia Lunch, followed by producing albums for the bands Sister Flo, Villa Nah and NightSatan, and naturally the writing and production work on both Tiga -albums, all qualify as self-explanatory efforts of a passionate music aficionado. And that's excluding the side projects.

Ever since the mid 90's Jori has travelled across the globe as a DJ and played hundreds of clubs and festivals from Australia to Zurich -and every alphabet in-between -spreading the vibe with his unique blend of house and techno, fuelled by insatiable curiosity about the music's future and profound understanding of its past.

Aside from the more traditional DJ/producer work, in the past couple of years Jori has raised some knowing eyebrows by assembling the Acid Symphony Orchestra, an experimental avant garde techno ensemble of eleven persons, featuring ten Roland TB-303's, performing a raw score written, conducted and mixed by Jori. In 2009 the project received an approving nod from the highest authority available in the noble form of Ralf Hütter after the Orchestra had warmed up for Kraftwerk.

In 2011 Jori's collaborative effort with Jerry Valuri, Processory, made a welcome return with their second album, "Change Is Gradual."