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Mono Junk

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Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk was born in 1969 in a small town called Imatra in the south east of Finland, a few kilometers from the Russian border. Kimmo Rapatti is now based in Turku. He is the man behind some of the earliest and productions ever made in Finland, a true underground veteran.

It wasn’t just Daniel Bell, Basic Channel & Robert Hood who paved the way for the current minimalistic raw techno that emerged during the 90ties. Dum Records played a very important role in this.

In 1992 he started the label Dum Records where he had a platform to allow his own input. Together with Sahko, Dum Records were the first techno labels from Finland. His music can be defined as ‘raw analogous minimal icy dark techno woven together in an experimental and hypnotic stone cold form’, keeping in mind the seemingly endless winters in Finland. Kim reckons it’s got something to do with the weather. In summer he doesn’t touch the machines, when winter comes it’s so cold you can’t go outside for days. Once he Said: “You are at home all the time, so you do music. What else is there to do when it’s minus 30 outside with only a few hours of daylight. It goes on like that for months.” Besides that Kimmo describes himself as a very sad person.

You never know what you get on a Rapatti record. Sometimes you can dance to his stuff, when the blips and pulses are arranged into rhythms. Sometimes he lets his machines moan and groan like suicidal robots.

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