RA In Residence moves on to a Finnish club with killer sound and bookings.
In 2016, RA's In Residence series is celebrating club culture by throwing a month of parties at 12 of the world's best clubs. Clubs are the beating heart of dance music, and these are the venues that keep their local scenes thriving. Week-in, week-out, they open their doors to play the music we love.
Helsinki's effortlessly stylish Kaiku is home to In Residence during July. Opened in 2013, it's the latest in Toni Rantanen's long line of essential nightspots in the Finnish capital. Although established as a predominately house and disco spot, it's become home to a hugely diverse range of music—from tough techno and EBM, to the experimental fringes of bass music. The club is not afraid to take risks, which has meant it's developed a dedicated following of Helsinki music fans of all ages.
As we settle in for a month at each of the clubs we'll be running features that, through a combination of different media, aim to provide lasting documents of these iconic spaces.
July 08 RA In Residence, Kaiku, Helsinki
feat. Honey Dijon, Lipelis, Baba Stiltz, Lauri Soini, Emma Valtonen
July 15 RA In Residence, Kaiku, Helsinki
feat. Zip, Pender Street Steppers, Trevor Deep Jr., Lil Tony, Sansibar, DJ Windows95man
July 22 RA In Residence, Kaiku, Helsinki
feat. Lena Willikens , Intergalactic Gary, Kristiina Männikkö, DJ soFa, Ya Tosiba
July 29 RA In Residence, Kaiku, Helsinki
feat. Olof Dreijer (The Knife), SØS Gunver Ryberg, Scientific Dreamz of U, Jori Hulkkonen, Juho Kusti
- 01AddressKaikukatu 4, 00530, Helsinki, Finland
- 02Club opened2013
- 05Resident DJsLil Tony, Lauri Soini, Kristiina Männikkö, Emma Valtonen, Juho Kusti, Fummer, Antti Salonen, Jori Hulkkonen, Sansibar, DJ Windows95man, Trevor Deep Jr, Jaakko Kestilä, J.Lindroos, Ender, Newhouse, Noah Kin
- 06Dance floors2
- 07Music policyTunes for dancing with friends to
"There are two good soundsystems in Europe, and one is in Finland."
That's how Mark Ernestus of Basic Channel and Hard Wax described the soundsystem that wound up sitting at the heart of Kaiku. You would think that after praise like that a club would have been wise to leave everything exactly as it was, but the team at Kaiku know better than to rest on their laurels. Since then, they’ve installed an entirely new system.
"The Void system and the stack of bass we had before was really good," Lauri Soini says. "It was more of a dancehall setup, sometimes maybe even a little too much bass for our lofty room." Kaiku has been open for three years, and its current Danley setup is its third different installation. "First, we had Funktion-One but soon we decided to move all the F1 stuff to our rugged warehouse, Ääniwalli. That's where we play only techno and it suits best for that stuff. All of our soundsystems are good—we just need to find the right room for them."
"I would say now the Danley soundsystem is the best so far for Kaiku," says Soini. "The bass is sharp but warm, but also the mids and highs are quite soft and saturated. You're able to play all kinds of dance music, with instruments, vocals and especially vinyl. For the terrace we use L-Acoustics, as it projects the energy only where we need it, and not into the glass cabinet of the neighbours' porcelain collection."
- 4x Danley SH46
- 3x Danley DBH218
Amps & processing
- Danley DSLP48
- 4x MC2 E25 amps for SH46
- 2x Danley EDA 12000 for DBH218
- 2x Funktion-one RM18 with Funktion-one F60Q amp
"I took three packed bags of records from my hallway and went to do a studio mix. It's basically stuff that I play at our events during weekends.
It includes some early-hour sounds that people usually miss when they arrive late, records that I always carry to Kaiku but I end up saving them for the "right moment," which might be at someone's afterparty. Also some records I take with me by mistake, as I have a monthly wave/Italo/new beat night in our bar next door. In the mix there's some deep house, techno, disco, electro, new wave, acid house, old trance and a couple of recent party tracks in random order. I just noticed that I didn't reach to my classic disco 12-inches at all—reason might be that I recorded the mix on a Tuesday at midnight, alone in the basement and without a cocktail.
The mix was recorded with two SL1200s and a DJR-400, in Helsinki, July 12th, 2016."
Felix Da Housecat - Temptation
Mr Fingers - Children At Play
Florence - The Vineyard
Nemisis - After The Storm
Mark Archer - Dream Plant
Hexagone - Sea Brids
Der Zyklus - Formenverwandler
Espresso - Let's Get Down
J. M. Band - Computer Monkey Instr.
Ponzu Island - Super Koto
Sfire - Sfire 6
Casey Tucker - Blue Light Factor
Tons Of Tones - Photogene
Techno Grooves - 100% Of DX-ing You
Pale Blue - Acid Waves
Paul Rutherford - Get Real
De Ambassade - Geen Genade
Car Crash Set - Two Songs