3.9.2019

O Samuli A album out in September

Today, Svartronix – the new sublabel of Svart Records, with its primary focus on releasing Scandinavian electronic music for an international audience – sets September 20th as the international release date for O Samuli A’s highly anticipated second album, Condition Yellow, on vinyl LP format.

As it’s an electronic album we’re presenting here, let’s try to pigeonhole it first, being the music nerds that we are. Renaissance man O Samuli A is Finland’s leading light in the fields of dumbient, chipstep, anystep, O-funk, and happy-Nordic-acid. Having scored a mega hit inside the local O-funk microcosm with 2015’s “Ei vittu kytät,” taken from his somewhat privately pressed debut album, Field Trip, O Samuli A has now decided to up the ante in the underground electronic scene with his first album for Svartronix, Condition Yellow, to be released on September 20th.

O Samuli A has made an electronic racket since the ’90s, starting with a beaten Yamaha Portasound PSS-140 keyboard he won at a pawn shop auction. This decisive step began the long journey through 4-track home recordings, demo releases on self-duplicated CDRs, and international arenas – the artist is known to have performed at least in Tallinn and Helsinki, in addition to the stages and O-funk joints of his native Finland.

Today’s O Samuli A operates out of Merihaka, Helsinki. His current output is typically built of DIY ethics, a lo-fi approach to sound with a hint of wry humor, all smothered with a good dose of thriftshop aesthetics. His lineup features the speech synthesizer MC Micropuhe on vocals, a , and a battery-driven toy gun on sound effects. These elements have strongly contributed to making O Samuli A’s brand of electronic boogie decidedly warmer, more humane, and down-to-earth than many of his contemporaries in the field.