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Jazz - Released June 8, 2018 | Philophon

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Electronic - Released April 9, 2021 | Bureau B

A prolific producer, Jimi Tenor revealed himself to the world with his iconoclastic 1994 hit, Take Me Baby, which fell somewhere between crooner song and techno siren, allowing him to start his adventure with legendary Sheffield-based label, Warp Records, on which he would release about fifteen albums/maxis (including 1999’s essential Organism) in under five years. He flooded the label with DATs, carefully stored in the offices, as it was obviously impossible to release everything. Twenty years later, the Hamburg label Bureau B, which specialises in reissuing and exhuming archives, has recovered theses tapes and compiled 19 unreleased tracks for this record following 2020’s NY, Hel, Barca, a release which has already allowed us to explore the Finn’s early works. Deep Sound Learning showcases the whole range of Jimi Tenor’s influences, whose talent as an instrumentalist has pushed his interest in styles that other electronic producers would never even think of exploring. He mixes house and exotica (Exotic House of the Beloved), dub and jazz (Pablo's Dub), jazz and hip-hop (Heinola), as well as taking a glance at Prince (O-Sex) and trying his hand at cosmic funk (Travellers Cape). Through all this his natural talent for finding unexpected combinations of ideas shines through. An extraordinary artist for sure. Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Germany - Released November 20, 2020 | Philophon

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Pop/Rock - Released March 10, 1997 | Warp Records

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World - Released October 19, 2009 | Strut

The fourth installment in Strut's Inspiration Information series pairs two innovators, Afro-beat drummer Tony Allen, and the ever-mercurial Finnish musical chameleon Jimi Tenor -- with members of Tenor's large Kabu Kabu band and Daniel Givens. The set was recorded in Paris and in Finland, and includes a wide range of funk, Afro-beat, jazz, beat-conscious rock, and dub-wise reggae. It's all groove conscious, however. Check the opener "Against the Wall," with its Afro-beat grooves, funky breaks, horns and bassline pumping out a dark minor-key vamp as guitars snake their way inside the melody. Moody and swampy, it is turned around by a hilarious rap, and the mood turns decidedly funky. "Sinuwe" and "Got My Egusi Fix" offer two sides of Afro-beat funkiness. On the former, it begins on the bluesy tip with a kalimba, Allen's drums, a Wurlitzer piano, an electric guitar atop the bassline, and the male and female chorus line chanting in call and response. On the latter, a fat horn section -- heavy on the tenor and baritone saxes -- creates a vamp that is double-timed by Allen's drums and aided by hand percussion, as vibes, bass, and guitar slither underneath. The vocals appear in syncopated rhythmic lines in both English and Nigerian. Tenor appears to be the musical director of this wooly ensemble which effortlessly slides from tracks like the aforementioned to the stellar jazz of "Path to Wisdom." with a killer spiritual rap by Allonymous, and the ritualistic percussion jams in "Cella's Walk," where dub effects, Tenor's saxophone, an organ, and even a flute allow themselves to be spirits guided by Allen's astonishing kit work. "Selfish Gene" is pure reggae goodness, with its beautiful Wurlitzer organ and a purposely out-of-key but utterly soulful Tenor vocal. As always, Allen double-times, even in his breaks, but the bassline, guitars, and organ bubble along with a sweet minor-key melody line. Tenor's spindly vocal also graces "The Darker Side of Night," which is highlighted by one of the hippest, funkiest flute solos this side of '70s-era Hubert Laws. What Inspiration Information, Vol. 4 reveals is that Allen and Tenor are not only natural collaborators, but that they should work together again -- and soon. This set may be the strongest release in the series thus far; it leaves the listener wanting more...much more. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Jazz - Released May 18, 2009 | Sähkö Recordings

Yes, that's a dashiki-clad Jimi Tenor on the cover of Joystone (and on the back cover, crouched in the grass, accompanied by a walking stick), although the earthy '70s avant-garde of Astral Traveling and Thembi is only a partial influence on this, his first record released with help from the new-groove merchants at Ubiquity. From the first track, it appears Tenor is using his "special instruments" (from the credit) to connect the dots from Lonnie Liston Smith to Fela Kuti to Stereolab. His co-credited partners are Kabu Kabu, a potent West African rhythm section including at least one of Kuti's former sidemen, Nicholas Addo Nettey. (Support also comes from nine of Tenor's Finnish compatriots, jazz musicians all.) Despite the heavy jazz quotient, Joystone is above all a party album, with Tenor once again playing the interstellar love man with features like "Hot Baby," "I Wanna Hook Up with You," "Bedroom Eyes," and "Love Is the Only God." His vocals are as quavery as ever but also quite endearing, and best of all, they're over soon enough as the fabulous musicians (Tenor among them) use his themes as launching pads to more great solos and rhythmic finesse. © John Bush /TiVo
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Jazz - Released June 26, 2004 | Kitty-Yo

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Pop/Rock - Released July 17, 2000 | Warp Records

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Electronic - Released November 18, 1996 | Warp Records

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Africa - Released January 25, 2019 | Philophon

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Jazz - Released September 20, 2010 | Sähkö Recordings

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Jazz - Released January 27, 2003 | Kitty-Yo

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Pop/Rock - Released February 22, 1999 | Warp Records

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Electronic - Released October 1, 2001 | Sähkö Recordings

After losing his major-label contract with Matador, Jimi Tenor returned not only to his old label (Sähkö Recordings), but also to the basement-level productions and bizarre soul of his early records. The opener (and title track) certainly doesn't sound like a utopian dream though -- the deep vocals and dark electro chords sound more like a Drexciya record than Finland's favorite Prince imitator. The highlights "Moonfolks" and "Gentle Afternoon" are faux-naïve vignettes produced with the cheap drum machine on autopilot and Tenor working it out, either on his primitive keyboards or with his tremulous falsetto (sometimes at the same time!). Though a few tracks have the lunar lounge-act finesse that made 1997's Intervision such a breakout record, Utopian Dream is a sprawling mess, an attempt to re-create the flip side of Sly Stone's tossed-off classic There's a Riot Goin' On, but lacking even that record's pittance of organization. Summing it all up is "Neumatico Rojo," a half-hearted attempt at remaking an older, better track. Tenor gets plenty of points for individuality and his apparent refusal to conform to "normal" attitudes of music-making, but the result is a dark record that reveals few of its secrets and confuses more than it excites. © John Bush /TiVo
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Techno - Released May 1, 1994 | Sähkö Recordings

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Jazz - Released March 27, 2015 | Yellowbird Records

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Jazz - Released September 20, 2010 | Sähkö Recordings

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Funk - Released August 10, 2018 | Moog Recordings Library

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Electronic - Released June 16, 2001 | Sähkö Recordings

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Funk - Released July 17, 2020 | Philophon

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