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ARTIST
TITLE
Kaiku
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
BPC 196CD BPC 196CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/9/2009

This is the second full-length release by Finland-born/Berlin-based Joakim Ijäs aka Kiki for the BPitch Control label. While crafting this second album, Kiki became fully immersed in the waves of the creative process: phases in which everything seems clear, but also moments when things appear stuck and one remains uncertain about what step to take next to make a vision come to life. As the artist himself explains, "When I worked on the album, there were situations when I had a very clear picture of what I wanted without knowing for sure how to realize it, so I had to take a short break. Each time this happened I found a solution after a few days that would solve my dilemma. It was as if I had shouted a question into a world within my mind and what came back was my echo with the answer." Hence, it is no big surprise that Kiki titled his album Kaiku -- the Finnish term for "echo." While all the artists who contributed to Kaiku stepped into Kiki's life in a variety of very unforeseen fashions and ways, Kaiku speaks of a maturing process that moved away some of the focus from club compatibility towards a more subtle and personal mood, where memories of last weekend seem to resonate like a gentle echo. Jacking, old school tracks like "Good Voodoo" or floating anthems like "Starslider" stand right next to downbeat variations such as "No Words Necessary" and typical dancefloor bombs like the opening track "Autumn Leaves" or "Mogadishu," making Kaiku by far the most mature and timeless thing ever to come from Kiki. Guest artists include MC Chela Simone and Italian experimental quartet, Pirica.