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Jimi Tenor吉米·特纳

地区: 欧美
风格: 氛围科技舞曲 Ambient Techno, 电子舞曲 EDM / Electronic Dance Music, 科技舞曲 Techno, 神游舞曲 Trip Hop, 电子乐 Electronica, 智能舞曲 IDM
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by Sean Cooper & John Bush
Best described as technos first cabaret star, Finland native Jimi Tenor is what you might imagine Detroits answer to a cheesy lounge artist to be. Coming off as a kind of lo-fi Prince cross-bred with Maurizio, Atom Heart, and perhaps Jean-Jacques Perrey, Tenors recordings are released through Sahko/Puu (home to most of the scant Finnish techno scene); despite the fact that they stick out of the label roster like a sore thumb, they have attracted something of a devoted cult following, mainly among the IDM/electronica crowds. Unlike most electronica artists, however, who routinely name-check Kraftwerk, Juan Atkins, and Carl Craig as influences, Tenor leans more toward names like Barry White, Isaac Hayes, and 70s B-movie and blaxploitation soundtracks. Classically trained, Tenor gained the attention of influential Sheffield label Warp after releasing the full-length Europa in 1996, leading to a recording deal and reissue plans for some of Tenors Sakho releases. Warp featured the previously unavailable Tenor cut Downtown on their Blechsdottir label comp and released the 7/CD single Cant Stay with You Baby a few months later, with two additional singles appearing in early 1997.
Prior to his solo work, Tenor fronted Jimi Tenor and His Shamans, who starting in 1988 released several albums on the Poko, Euros, and Bad Vugum labels (including Total Capacity of 216, 5 Litres, Diktafon, and Fear of a Black Jesus, which included 3-D sleeve and glasses). Despite the studied imperfection of his recordings (Tenor chides modern electronic music for sounding lifelessly exacting), he spent 12 years studying piano, flute, and saxophone at a Finnish music institute. After dissolving the Shamens in the late 80s, Tenor moved to New York, where he worked as a tourist photographer at the Empire State Building. He finally hooked up with Sahko after receiving a copy of a solo recording by Mika Vainio (of Pan Sonic and Ø). Impressed with the labels openness to experimentalism (Sahko had previously been known as something of the musos minimalist techno label), Tenor sent along some tapes and landed a recording contract, releasing his debut, Sahkomies, in 1994. While in New York he also recorded with Khan/4Es Can Oral (under the name Bizz O.D.), releasing the Traffic single on Ozon in 1995. Tenor returned to Finland in 1995 to film a ary of Sahko (funded, oddly enough, by a government grant) and has remained there since, releasing Europa in 1996 and securing licensing and recording arrangements with Warp. The full-length Intervision was released in 1997, followed two years later by Organism. After the release of Out of Nowhere in 2000, Tenor and Sahko parted ways with Warp. His sixth full-length, Utopian Dream, an overtly solo-electronics record, still received import distribution. Tenor was performing with a large band for 2004s Beyond the Stars, distributed widely through Kitty-Yo, and 2007s Joystone (Ubiquity, again through Sahko).
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