Boomkat Product Review:
Germany's Laboratory Instinct imprint may have been a little quiet in recent years, but that can be forgiven with this double disc set from Nika Machaidze aka Nikakoi. Perhaps best known for his work as Erast, the Georgian producer has compiled two previous albums 'Sestrichka' and 'Shentimental' together with ten brand new tracks to make 'Selected', resequencing 30 tracks in total for a mesmerizing and cinematic listen. To those only aware of his Erast productions, this will come as something of a surprise, drawing on his day job as a film director and soundtrack musician to construct a far more delicate and nuanced body of work to those robust dancefloor tearouts, making nods to the IDM classicism of early AFX or Autechre. From the Farben like strings and pulsing house of 'Cvety2 For May' to the Burnt Friedman jazztronics of 'Minimisss3' or Basinski like 'Music 2 Piano', Nikakoi shows a breadth of scope and accomplished sound that will surely seduce a huge number of electronica heads who may have overlooked his early work. Ace!