If thereâ€™s a term that captures to the nth degree the music of DJ, composer and master-producer Tapio â€˜Orkideaâ€™ Hakanen, itâ€™s â€˜retrofuturismâ€™. Passing from simple terminology to his own personal genre playground, its past-meets-the-future melange is the driving ethic behind every piece of music he makes.
It sees him inhabit a remarkable & singular position in electronic music. Remaining anchored to its underground, he nonetheless enjoys the type of esteem typically reserved for the biggest trance stars of stage & studio. Notable by their cache of rarity, â€˜Harmoniaâ€™ is just the fourth in Orkideaâ€™s album line, throughout his near-Â¼ century of electronic music creation.
Following previous long-players (â€˜Taikaâ€™ - 2003, â€˜Metaverseâ€™ - 2008 and â€™20â€™ in 2011), the album continues to track the inspirations of a man who has himself gone on to influence numerous subsequent production generations.
Through collaboration, sonic reference, cover version and smartly subtle nuance, he intensely channels it all into â€˜Harmoniaâ€™. Included are the Beatport #1 charting â€˜Purityâ€™, (per DJ Mag) the â€œtrance-progressively pumpingâ€ â€˜Revolution Industrielleâ€™ and the â€œcoolly modulating analogue synthsâ€ (MIXMAG) of â€˜Slowmotion IIIâ€™. It features collaborative works with Solarstone, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Activa, Lowland & others, and â€˜Harmoniaâ€™ fully comprises 14 new Orkidea recordings.