Featuring Phantom, K-X-P, Sin Cos Tan + More
Watch the first of six videos previewing the tracks today
In collaboration with Music Finland, The Line of Best Fit has selected six Finnish bands to be released on a limited 10” EP for this year’s Record Store Day on the 20th of April.
Starting today, the featured tracks can be sampled in a six-part original video series produced by Music Finland and created by Sami Sänpäkkilä, with all six being posted in sequence on The Line Of Best Fit. The video series forms a narrative that pays homage to the independent ethos of Record Store Day.
Watch the first video featuring Helsinki electronic pop duo, Phantom‘s track, their haunting modern lullaby, ‘Scars’ below.
2,200 copies of ‘Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit – The Limited Record Store Day Edition 2013’ will be given out to customers at all participating RSD stores across the UK. A small amount will also be circulated in France, Germany and Japan at select stores.
The EP includes tracks from Pitchfork-hyped krautrockers K-X-P, The xx’s favourites Phantom, as well as electro pop band Sin Cos Tan – legendary producer Jori Hulkkonen’s new group. The vinyl also features new material from power pop sister duo LCMDF, played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 last year, and Husky Rescue, whose new album ‘The Long Lost Friend’ will be released in the UK in June. The final track comes courtesy of Millennium – the new band from Ville Haimala of the critically acclaimed Helsinki/Berlin based house group Renaissance Man.
With this being the first collaboration between The Line Of Best Fit and Music Finland, Deputy Editor and Sessions Producer Paul Bridgewater enthuses about why it was important to them to get involved: “Through Best Fit’s continued obsession with Nordic music and our historical links with the likes of the Ja Ja Ja club night in London, we’ve always kept a very close eye on the sounds coming out of Finland. In the last three years, the quality of emerging talent has been just incredible and we’re seeing some really unique invention and envelope-pushing from all of the bands on this special release”.
Music Finland UK’s Project Manager Riku Salomaa echoes Best Fit’s sentiments and elaborates on what the EP means for them: “The Record Store Day release is part of our two-year UK initiative aiming to increase the export and visibility of Finnish Music in this territory. We are now halfway through the initiative, and this is an outstanding way of celebrating all results we’ve reached so far”.
Music Finland is the new organisation dedicated to promoting the success and awareness of Finnish music at home and abroad. It integrates the operations of Finnish Music Information Centre, FIMIC, and Music Export Finland. Music Finland’s UK initiative in 2012-2013 is funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and MES – The Finnish Music Foundation.
Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit Record Store Day EP Tracklisting: