An old DAT tape has surfaced.

Solid Steel Radio has dedicated their latest episode to Pan Sonic founder and noise icon Mika Vainio, who died last month aged 53.

The mix takes in a two-hour live set from Vainio with Panasonic (later known as Pan Sonic) – the group he co-formed with Ilpo Väisänen in Finland in 1993.

Music industry veteran Jeff Waye – who set up Ninja Tune’s North American office in 1996 – explained that the recording took place at a night in Montreal in 1996. “Back in the early ‘90s myself and Linus Booth had started a record label, Discreet/Indiscreet Records. To launch one our releases by David Kristian we decided we needed one of our favourite groups Panasonic to come headline,” he recalled.

“With zero idea of how to throw an event, we somehow got two Finns and a bunch of gear over the border and set up at a closed down rap club (which fortunately hadn’t had the PA stripped out). The power of being naive made for a great show. Afterwards went back to our place and listened to dub records with Mika, Ilpo, and Tommi Grunlond until sun came up and followed Pan Sonic right through their career from that point.”

He continued: “Upon learning of Mika Vainio’s passing and the ensuing nostalgia I remembered I had a DAT tape of that night. So here it is…Panasonic’s set from that night in all its glory.” Listen to the set below.

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