Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:06

Introducing The Man

Written by 
Introducing The Man © Samuli Junttila

The greatest, most beautiful shit you’ve ever heard.

No, that's not our description – it’s theirs.

Yes, this is, a website dedicated to bringing you the wide range of soul artists in the Nordic regions…

...and yes, this is The Man, whose self-titled debut EP has just been released, and who are influenced by the legendary Prince...

…and, judging by their painted faces, the rock group KISS.

The Man is an underground indie soul / rock group from Helsinki, Finland. Led by vocalist Ilmo Ylinärä and guitarist Ben Rogers, the band boldly combines elements from a wide range of influences, from hip hop and R&B to modern rock.

Visually and musically, this Finnish band aims to push creative boundaries. Yet the question is: Does it work?

Well, yeah! Mixed by the brilliant Sami Tammela from Oaklyn, and with background vocals from artists such as Heini Ikonen (Dolla Lova), the combination of styles in each track makes the listener a little unsure of what they’re going to get next. However, the whole 4-track EP works surprisingly well.

The first track, ‘Half a Love’, might not grab you at first, but stick with it – it becomes quite enjoyable. Rhythm stands out as a soulful joy as Ilmo is accompanied by a gospel choir. The more I listened to the EP, the more it grew on me!

It will take time for me to get used to their image but hats off to them for trying something different and, as their own description shows, having fun.

We'll be seeing and meeting with The Man next week in Helsinki, where they'll be joined by Dolla Lova and Oaklyn.

Listen to the full EP below and rock… I mean, soul on!


Andy Collins

I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.

Related items

  • Finnish band N Stuff to release their debut single ‘Breathe’ on 28 August

    We know Finnish soul music is alive and well with wonderful releases from bands such as Humus, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Eda Wolf and The Napkins. Now there’s a new name to add to this superb list - N Stuff, and we love what we’ve heard!

  • NEW VIDEO: MARJUT (FIN) - Highlight

    MARJUT is a newly discovered artist, and the Helsinki-based singer-songwriter combines melodic pop with modern R&B ­on her new track ‘Highlight’.

    The single tells a story of embracing the unfamiliar, letting go, and jumping into the unknown. This is reflected in a well-made video.

By visiting do you agree to our use of tasty cookies to enhance your experience?