For the uninitiated: J.E.K. is a musician originally from Helsinki (where he used to be a tram driver) but currently based in Berlin. Like a true child of today, Jaakko started making music after hearing prog metal outfit Dream Theater, then moved on to making rap beats on Fruity Loops, and eventually ended up investigating reggae, disco, techno – whatever.
He writes lush, groovy, lo-fi(ish) pop and dance songs influenced by all of these things, and has put out a couple of EPs and self-released albums before, but this is the first official, widely distributed full-length.
"I played the ‘self-titled’ card this time because for many people this album will be their first encounter with my music," says Jaakko in the album's press release, "Also, I get my name misspelled so often that I think it’s good to focus on that at this point."
The album features guest appearances from the singer Suad Khalifa on four of the album's songs, while Sonja Immonen graces Ikuinen Purkautumaton Jännite. And we're promised saxophones aplenty from Jorja Renn, who often performs live with Jaakko as well as for Bryan Ferry.
Jaakko's album was one of our most anticipated of 2015.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi 'Jaakko Eino Kalevi' tracklist:
02. Double Talk
03. Deeper Shadows
05. Mind Like Muscle
06. Night At The Field
07. Don't Ask Me Why
09. Hush Down
10. Ikuinen Purkautumaton Jännite
April 16th: Dynamo, Turku, Finland
April 17th: Jyrock Festival, Jyväskylä
June 4th: Urban Spree, Berlin
June 6th: Plissken Festival, Athens
June 9th: Babel, Malmo
June 10th: Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm
June 11th: SubScene, Oslo
June 13th: Sideways Festival, Helsinki
June 17th: L'espace B, Paris
June 18th: OT301, Amsterdam
June 19th: Courtyard Theatre (Album Launch Show), London
June 23rd: Green Door Store, Brighton
July 3rd: MoxxoM Open Air, Gorlitz
July 4th: Pact Zollverein, Essen
July 11th: Festival de la Cite, Lausanne
Weird World release 'Jaakko Eino Kalevi' on June 15th 2015.