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Sami Koivikko Salmiakki

More a disparate collection of singles and B-sides than an album proper, Sami Koivikko's debut full-length nonetheless offers a vivid snapshot of a young technoist on the rise. Where so many releases on the Shitaktapult label are smeared in grime, this Finnish laptopper's LP is crisp and clean, chock-full of the sprightly club bangers that have made him the heir apparent to Luomo. Of particular note is Koivikko's keen melodic sensibility; "Hermonik Lost," for example, features an elegiac minor-chord sequence reminiscent of Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," only funkier. Thom Yorke, eat your heart out.

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