We’ve been suitably wow-ed every time we’ve caught Jaakko Eino Kalevi live. And not just by his almost unbelievable height or the Grubbs burger emporium t-shirt he was spotted sporting at his Brighton Great Escape show - but the depth and precision that goes into the production of his sonic palette. Synths are controlled with a masterful touch, revelling in a rich, exquisitely fine-tuned warmth, whilst the otherworldly presence of Jaakko himself stalks the stage, murmuring, gasping and crooning over his hypnotic, kraut-like creations.
Ahead of his Saturday show on Best Fit’s stage at next weekend’s Field Day festival, the man himself has made us a mixtape celebrating his favourite sounds. From co-vocalist of the Mac Lindsey Buckingham, to an obscure cut from Soviet new-wavers НИИ Косметики, it’s a wonderfully eclectic collection that gives an insight into the musical mind of Kalevi.
Woo - “The Garden Path”
Shoes - “Do I Get So Shy”
НИИ Косметики - “Оборотень Лис”
Melting Hearts - “Babydoll”
Jaakko Eino Kalevi - “Uu Uu Uu”
Jukka Tolonen - “Island Of Blue”
Donnie & Joe Emerson - “Everybody Knows It”
Lindsey Buckingham - “Trouble”
Mark - “Dreamland”
Long-Sam - “The Merciless Unveiling Of Your Shape”
Jaakko Eino Kalevi plays the Best Fit & Shacklewell Arms stage at Field Day Festival - tickets still available here. Photograph by India Whiley-Morton.