If you like mellow hip hop instrumentals blended into dusty house grooves spiced with smooth downtempo, you have to travel all the way to Finland, where we discovered Saine. Keeping his studio equipped just with the bare essentials, Lauri Saine isn’t afraid of experimenting, as all his LP’s are musical journeys going as remote as into jazz, ambient and sometimes experimental territories.

His sound is clearly rooted into a vast array of influences, so we were keen to find out how does Saine satisfy his record selector needs. The Vinyl Alter Ego series seemed like the perfect fit, so here it is :)

Be sure to support Saine’s work by checking his bandcamp page for some of his amazing albums!

A second hand dig I’m most proud of

My favorite digs are whichever records I’ve pulled the best samples from, as I’m not too much of a ‘collector’ in the sense of hunting for specific pressings etc. I’m just in it for the music, although sure, nothing still quite beats the feeling of finding a cool record in the least likely spot.

The record I’d love to see repressed
They come and go… Perhaps this one?

The label I’d buy all their releases without even listening to them

Tricky one again! Mr Bongo?

The record artwork that blows my mind every time I look at it

LP artworks, a real soft spot there… Very hard to choose just one but I recently played through Jan Hammer’s album ‘The First Seven Days’ and thought to myself, now that’s some nice artwork, I should put it on the wall. This one was illustrated by Milton Glaser. Record’s cool, too.

The record that triggers childhood memories

Stone – Time (Dance Classics 7). This was on a double LP compilation entitled Dance Classics 7 we had in the house – plenty of other awesome ones on it too like ‘Call Me’ from Skyy. We’re talking early 90’s and I didn’t know what this music was called, I was around 9 I think and only learned about ‘disco’ and ‘funk’ later. You can bet it was different to anything I’d heard before that, with its irresistible grooves and fun use of samples – the intro of this Stone track being a prime example. I just thought, how’d they do that? Haha. It left a permanent mark and this was also the first record I ever tried to sample.

The record shop I would spend my whole savings in

So yeah. That would get me about three records atm… I’m not kidding…

Last record I checked its price on discogs

This one here: Ramon Morris – Sweet Sister Funk

Last record I bought for my home listening pleasure

Burnier & Cartier – this one’s got a Discogs median of 440€ haha… And, no! I got a nice reissue.

The record closest to my heart from my entire collection

It’s always the one I’m playing at a given time. Ok, it would have to be a jazz thing… And anyone who knows me will think this is really obvious but I’ll answer: anything with the words Bill and Evans written on the cover.