Nuspirit Helsinki ‎– Nuspirit Helsinki

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1 Honest
Vocals – Nicole WillisWritten-By – K. Rantala*, N. Willis*, T. Kallio*
3:59
2 Subzero
Grand Piano – KasioRecorded By [Grand Piano] – Olli KykkänenWritten-By – K. Rantala*, T. Kallio*
5:58
3 Trying
Lyrics By – L. Shaw*Organ [Hammond] – KasioVocals – MercuryWritten-By – K. Rantala*, L. Shaw*, T. Kallio*
7:29
4 Silent Steps
Acoustic Bass – Anssi VäxbyLyrics By – M. Pentikäinen*Vocals – Ona KamuWritten-By – K. Rantala*, O. Kamu*, T. Kallio*
4:27
5 Circular Motion
Scratches – Teppo MäkynenWritten-By – E. Helle*, K. Rantala*, T. Malm*, T. Kallio*
7:23
6 Hard Like A Rock (Nuspirit Emorph)
Vocals – Daddy OusWritten-By – K. Rantala*, O. Danso*, T. Kallio*
6:33
7 String Interlude
Written-By – T. Malm*
0:48
8 Orson (Album Mix)
Written-By – K. Rantala*, P. Laine*, T. Malm*, T. Kallio*
6:33
9 I Wonder (2:14 A.M.)
Lyrics By – Chuck PerkinsVocals – Ona KamuVoice [Spoken Word] – Chuck PerkinsWritten-By – K. Rantala*, O. Kamu*, T. Kallio*
4:50
10 Montana Roja 0:36
11 Seis Por Ocho (Original Jazz Session Mix)
Acoustic Bass – Anssi VäxbyFlute – Aleksi AhoniemiKeyboards – KasioVocals – Erick JonWritten-By – K. Rantala*, T. Kallio*
6:14
12 Skydive
Acoustic Bass – Maka Lahtinen*Lyrics By – T. Lindgren*Trumpet – Jukka EskolaVocals – Tommy LindgrenWritten-By – K. Rantala*, T. Kallio*
10:03
13 Skydive Outro 0:47

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Issued in a 6-panel-Digipak.

℗ 33RPM (ASCAP). © Guidance Recordings Inc. 2002.
Made in EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 18755 56072 3
  • Barcode (String): 718755560723
  • Matrix / Runout: A0100410247-0101 15 A1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94V5
  • Label Code: LC 06110

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EFA 55607-2 Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki(CD, Album, Dig) EFA Medien GmbH EFA 55607-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
SCM CD6109 Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki(CD, Album) SoundCheck Music SCM CD6109 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
none Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki(CD, Album, Dig) Guidance Recordings none US 2002 Sell This Version
PCD-23252 Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki(CD, Album, Dig) P-Vine Records PCD-23252 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
GDRLP 607 Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki(3x12", Album) Guidance Recordings GDRLP 607 US 2002 Sell This Version

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tom.vondrak

tom.vondrak

September 8, 2016
Whole album has beutifull mood and perfect sound, excelent music from North!
ccj

ccj

May 17, 2016
Nuspirit Helsinki's debut full-length album fulfils the promise shown on the collective's earlier 12" releases for Guidance Recordings. Like those 12"s, this album offers a diverse selection of music that is as much jazz as it is dance music.

The group's core members are all DJs and producers, yet the countless guests they invite to join them are all musicians and vocalists. Often, having so many artists on one album can be disastrously inconsistent, but that definitely isn't the case here, though. Even with anywhere from five to ten different guests playing on every song, including a stable of vocalists, the group manages to craft an album that's distinctly Nuspirit Helsinki.

Much of this trademark sound should be credited to Tomi Malm, who contributes undeniably enveloping string arrangements. Of course, it helps that the group has so many vocalists to guest on the album, as these vocalists give each song its own distinct character, as do the individual musicians who contribute to each and every song here. It also helps that there are many brief interludes intermittently placed throughout the album, many of them showcases for Malm's absolutely beautiful strings. These interludes also help the album flow from one song to the next without a trace of monotony.

Really, you can't ask for anything more from this group of Finnish artists. Every song here is its own distinct work of art, and the many guest vocalists and musicians make the album as a whole play like a mix. Like the similar-minded electronic jazz collective Jazzanova (who coincidentally, on their "Honest (Jazzanova's Honestly Yours Remix)" take the Nuspirit original downtempo track to an altogether more extraordinary dance floor friendly place!), Nuspirit Helsinki is completely uncategorisable.

The collective knows no limits but its own creativity and ambition, and this album is definite, and wonderful, proof of that.
gustavclarck

gustavclarck

June 11, 2013
Entirely precious gem from 1 to 13. Just listen, an album that you must have on your collection. Proud to be from my hometown.
scoundrel

scoundrel

November 5, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Though Nuspirit Helsinki's eponymous album begins as other nu-soul-jazz albums do -- R&B vocals, trip-hop rhythms -- it starts distinguishing itself quickly with the smooth groove of "Subzero." There’s plenty of deep soul tracks (“Trying,” “Silent Steps”) to keep even the most square dinner party hopping, but the instrumental tracks, such as the beautifully crystalline “Circular Motion,” stand out more prominently. But the real blow-away track when the first tones of “Orson” appear, followed by those inimitable strings. It’s a real stunner, layering sudden thrusts of bass with quick swirls of strings and some unobtrusive electronics. So to follow that with the middling “I Wonder (2:14 AM)” is a slight letdown, but the equally marvelous “Seis Por Ocho” redeems the album handily. A more horn-driven track, “Seis Por Ocho” thrums with energy amidst a complex wall of sound. A powerful album on the basis of those two tracks alone.