Pepe Deluxé

Formed 1995.
Pepe Deluxé


Pepe Deluxé is a Finnish electronic music oriented band, formed in 1996 by DJ Slow (Vellu Maurola) JA-Jazz (Tomi Castrén, formerly Paajanen) and James Spectrum (Jari Salo) in Helsinki, Finland. They started to experiment with sounds of hip hop, big beat, breakbeat and downtempo. With the 2007 release Spare Time Machine the band gave up on sampling and concentrated on vintage music styles including Psychedelia, Baroque Pop and Surf Rock. DJ Slow departed the band in 2001 to pursue solo projects. JA-Jazz has been off-duty since 2008. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Malmström became official member of the band in 2008.

The Pepe Deluxé live line-up consists of Mirkka Paajanen (vocals), Miikka Paatelainen (guitar, theremin), Markku Reinikainen (drums), Ville Riippa (keyboards), James Spectrum (mixing, percussion) and Edward Greendanger (VJ).

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Queen of the Wave

    Queen of the Wave 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Crams more creativity into a dozen cuts than most bands exhibit over entire careers.
  2. Review of Spare Time Machine

    Spare Time Machine 2007

    Reviewed by David Labi
    Finnish masters of the beat with more eclectic, sample-free fare.
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