- Words: Lulu McAllister
- Label: Bpitch Control
- XLR8R Rating: 6.5/10
Kaiku (the Finnish word for “echo”) moves past the usual club space and into Finland-born DJ Kiki’s private, hedonistic backroom. On his second album, Kiki (Joakim Ijäs) explores his dark side with a virtual toy box of accents—rain-stick synths, sampled telephones, alternately mawkish and menacing vocals, and clear references to the iconic A Clockwork Orange soundtrack. With driving percussion, noisy textures beneath squirrelly synths, and breathy, distorted vocals that grow increasingly sinister, "Twins" might be disturbing enough to make any dancer feel like a pervert. "Mogadishu" maintains the evil vocals, but targets the dancefloor more directly with a straightforward 4/4 beat and retro house synths. Ethereal closer "Helios" is like morning after a long, dark night chasing demons.
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