Blast First Petite is also putting out a book about Vainio's career.
The first ARC release comes out in early June and will feature excerpts of a 1994 Vainio live set under his solo alias Ø. The performance was originally broadcast on Ambient City, a radio show run by Tommi Grönlund, who started Sähkö with Vainio in 1993.
Around the same time Blast First Petite is also releasing a book called Psychopomp For M.T.V. 15.05.63 Ð 12.04.2017, featuring photographs from Vainio's family, various texts from his associates and friends and a transcript of Vainio's Invisible Jukebox interview with The Wire from 2013. There will also be an updated and complete Mika Vainio discography, and a bonus CD containing unreleased recordings of a Pan Sonic live show on Easter Island. (The word psychopomp refers to a spiritual guide that escorts deceased souls to the afterlife.)
Cafe Oto in London will host a Mika Vainio birthday celebration and book launch featuring live performances from Russell Haswell, Pita, Ilpo Väisänen and more, going down on May 18th and 19th.
ARC 1 comes out on June 7th while the book lands on the 21st. Listen to clips of ARC 1 over at Boomkat.
Ø - ARC 1
01. Ambient City 1994 A
02. Ambient City 1994 B
Sähkö Recordings will release ARC 1 on June 7th, 2019 and Blast First Petite will release Psychopomp For M.T.V. 15.05.63 Ð 12.04.2017 on June 21st, 2019.