4.8.2022

Black Hole – Finnish Disco and Electronic Music from Private Pressings and Unreleased Tapes 1980–1991

Hot on the sold-out heels of the three previous Svart-issued early 80’s synth pop and underground electronic music compilations (Satan in Love, Dance for Your Life, Cold War On The Rocks) comes the last part of the quadrilogy: Black Hole, that reaches the final frontier of collectable cult synth disco music: privately released and completely unreleased music from 40 years ago.

Black Hole has been again compiled by Mikko Mattlar, whose encyclopedic knowledge in the field of Finnish electronic music produces 20 cuts of electro-cult has helped him dig up 20 cuts of rare groove from obscure regional compilation records, seven inches of which only a test pressing exists, demo tapes and privately financed singles. Stylistically the compilation moves from 1979 disco funk as performed by Peak Funktion on their unreleased record to homebrewed synth visions by late 80’s bedroom wizards.

Interesting curiosities among the 20 tracks include the riveting dance number by Jarkko Väljä, who received some fame back in the day as a Michael Jackson impersonator, and released one 7” single, that has become an expensive rarity.  Another thing you wouldn’t believe existed at all if it wasn’t included here is “Israel Is Real” by We, a short-lived gospel vocal quartet, accompanied here by a drum machine and a synthesizer, which makes for an unforgettable and surprisingly catchy four-minute piece of underground gospel disco from 1983.

The Compilation Black Hole – Finnish Disco and Electronic Music From Private Pressings and Unreleased Tapes 1979-1991 will be released by Svart Records on double vinyl and CD on October 14th.

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Black Hole – Finnish Disco and Electronic Music from Private Pressings and Unreleased Tapes 1979-1991

Black Hole – Finnish Disco and Electronic Music Sampler (Soundcloud)

Black Hole – Finnish Disco and Electronic Music from Private Pressings and Unreleased Tapes 1980–1991

A1. Peak Funktion: Untitled A-side (2:29) 1979

A2. Peak Funktion: Untitled B-side (3:19) 1979

A3. Free Feeling Band: In An Other Time (3:38) 1982

A4. Free Feeling Band: Keep Your Soul Alive (3:02) 1983

A5. The Groove Night: Mabellene (4:16) 1983

B1. Kim Kuusi: SMO (2:20) 1980

B2. Syntax: Black Hole (3:32) 1983

B3. Syntax: Jump Off (5:15) 1983

B4. Jarkko Väljä: Tunnen (5:01) 1990

B5. Helena Miller: Kuumaa laavaa (3:25) 1986

C1. Pxies: I’m So Fool (5:06) 1984

C2. Pxies: Guilty Of The Crime (3:39) 1984

C3. We: Israel Is Real (3:06) 1983

C4. Romanssi: …Tähdet kertovat? (2:17) 1983

C5. Celestial Sounds: A Vision (3:13) 1990

C6. Tanjalotta Räikkä: Huominen Eurooppa (2:45) 1989

D1. Otso: Etelästä lensi (2:23) 1981

D2. Hto: Movement 7 (7:35) 1985

D3. Otto A: Sun Behind The Radar Part 3: Waiting For The Future (6:51) 1988

D4. Anssi Timo: Fantasia (3:20) 1991