With so many crap releases around, this 3rd on his own Datarocket Records Junolainen offering stands out like an oasis in the desert. What we have here is an album full of electronic disco and funky tunes, perfectly crafted in its details and enjoyable from the first track to the (hidden ;)) 13th.
Although Kirill lives and works in the cold cities of St. Petersburg and Murmansk, his heart is definitely warm. And so it's his sound: disco grooves driven by funky basslines and clever space themes is an obvious description; but there's more: the beat is old-fashioned (in the good sense of the word), miles apart from the cold mechanical loops that "modern" (see: boring) disco is full of. Bass keys are also dated 80s, with that funkiness of groups like the Dazz Band or Dayton (for example listen to the awesome boogie tune "Apricot From The Lapland" or the phat funk of "Polar Night" and "Flash In The Dark"). Pads and sequences along with the themes refer directly to the 70s and artists like Space and Meco. However all the tracks (recorded between 2009 and 2011) sound fffresh! It would be really tough to pick one as a "desert island tune", but if i had to that would be "Moon And The Stars", electronic disco at its finest and a gem i'm pretty sure Marc Cerrone would have been proud of ;))
This is a 5-stars album, but i give it 4.5 just because i know damn well that Kirill Junolainen hasn't released his 5-star album yet ;) Grab your copy NOW!