Boomkat Product Review:
Harking from Brighton and sounding nothing like The Go! Team/Wrong Music axis which seems to dominate his piers (get it?!), Calika (aka Simon Kealoha) has produced an album of crisp'n'dry electronica that eschews loops in favour of electronically disrupting acoustic compositions with all manner of fizzes, creases and filtered inputs. Tracks like 'Jolly Kdit' and 'Kilter' allow waves of fuzz to drift in and out on a tide of finely wrought beats and kinetic bass, whilst elsewhere 'Frown And Be Happy' hiccups along with a structure that only makes sense from above and '(Exit)' indulges in some Prefuse beats to charming effect. Incorporating field recordings and electronically soused vocals throughout adds another layer to 'Small Talk Kills Me' that neatly reconciles the homespun image Calika projects with the laptop sphere in which he inhabits. How's the weather?