Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha had two songs featured on the Balkan Fever Helsinki album. And since I managed to remember the band’s name (Väärä Raha means “False Money”), I couldn’t simply ignore their new album. Not with that cover art.
According to Finnish Wikipedia, all members of the Helsinki-based band are originally from Lapland. If you ignore for a second the fact that it is sung in Finnish-ish, the music sounds more Balkan than what is offered by many “real” Balkan bands. Most of the songs on Lapland-Balkan are originals, apart from Verkkaan and Kiidä troikka (at first, I read the title as “kinda troika”), the latter being a Finnish version of Тройка мчится, тройка скачет by Pyotr Bulakhov.