Boomkat Product Review:
Akiko Haruna draws on backgrounds in Dance and A/V performance and sound design for her smartly off kilter debut with Where To Now?
An electronic expression of emotion through motion, ‘Delusion’ follows from Akiko’s previous work in promo videos for John Newman and AlunaGeorge to present a warped definition of rhythm-driven styles inspired as much by forward-thinking conceptions of club music as ideas from contemporary dance choreography.
In ‘A Mother’s Love’ she finds a fine tension between chattering, swarming vocal cut-ups and lunky, offbeat kicks in a style comparable to Don’t DJ as much as object blue, before the interlocking tresillo rhythms of ‘Husband Established’ work a stumbling, thunderous groove recalling the pressure and purpose of Jlin’s soundtrack for Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’, and she pushes that crookedly balletic flow into more abstract, spaced-out dimensions on ‘Hetero’ and with heightened, gyroscopic proprioception in ‘Ripheus Alley’.
Deffo one for the dancers!