Initially, Luomo was just another of Finnish producer Vladislav Delay's many monikers, but after a few EPs for Force Tracks, it became far and away his most celebrated and commercially viable. Delay (born Sasu Ripatti) first began to garner acclaim in 1999, when the Berlin-based boutique label Chain Reaction released a series of experimental dub EPs bearing his name. The subsequent year, he began releasing music via another esteemed Germany label, Force Inc. He adopted a pair of monikers for this work: Uusitalo and Luomo -- the former attributed to his dub-techno recordings released by Force Inc. proper (featured on Vapaa Muurari Live), the latter to his dub-house recordings released under the Force Tracks sublabel banner. Vocal City (2000) comprised the bulk of Delay's Luomo material, previously released on a series of 12" EPs. The full-length album quickly became a sensation, as did Delay himself. In particular, the track "Tessio" attained anthem status and was remixed several times over in 2001.