Boomkat Product Review:
Kiki Hitomi, the vocalist whose naif, sprite-like vox connect King Midas Sound with Deepchord and now Jahtari, comes correct on a debut solo LP co-produced with 8-bit digi dub don, Disrupt, with additionals from Tapes, Maffi and Hyperdub legend, The Space Ape.
Animated with a lo-fi but finely detailed, highly melodic arrangement, Karma No Kusari folds influence from popular Japanese traditional music, or Enka, with strong vibes from the Caribbean; capturing a ghostly spirit from both islands and twysting it into outer space.
There’s not a computer in sight, lending the whole thing a plasmic analog wooze that’s utterly intoxicating to our ears right now. Tabidaichi (Departure) lures us in with a night-at-the-airport synth gaze before the sirens and human beatbox of Nightwalkers cement that vibe in gruff grooves with Kiki appearing like a multi-tracked geist, and anchoring the space wise tone of Every Time You Knock Me Down with resilient lyrics.
Pink No Kimono is perhaps the album’s finest, insoluble blend of plinky Enka and digi-dub, whilst the late, great Space Ape raps from beyond on the LP’s apex, Nen Nen Korori, and we’d wager that the bubbling hooks of Yume No Hana will stick with you long after the record stops.
Wicked set. Run get it!