Boomkat Product Review:
'Kajo' was the second solo album from Pan Sonic man Mika Vainio (better known to many as the Sahko minimal techno God Ø) and was described by the artist as the first disc he'd ever made that he was totally happy with. It's easy to hear why, even now eight years on it sounds like absolutely nothing on earth - Vainio has a clear and singular vision and although his ability to manipulate sound was never in doubt the restraint and sheer subtlety he exerts on 'Kajo' makes the album effortlessly enjoyable. Through a collage of processed recordings and carefully realised electronics we hear an album which combines the experimental electronic meanderings of the mid 70s with noise, industrial and so much more we would hear throughout the 1990s. It is no surprise that Vainio released an EP on Raster Noton in the same year as 'Kajo', the comparison between the Raster releases at this time and this record is an easy one to make, but where Vainio truly excels is in his ability to make electronic music sound so organic. There is the sense that his equipment is almost alive, the bass pulses being the heartbeat and the curls of sound serving as echoing brainwaves - never once does the music feel cold or lifeless. A special and truly creative album - huge recommendation.