Who? Singer, songwriter and sonic alchemist Kiki Hitomi.
What? Deep-fried dub meets 8-bit J-pop.
From where? London/Leipzig.
What’s the story? As one third of King Midas Sound with poet/singer Roger Robinson and producer Kevin Martin (aka The Bug), Kiki’s been dabbling in dubbed-out Lovers Rock and narco hip-hop for the best part of a decade.
Outside of the trio, she’s also lent her visceral vocals to Dokkebi Q, a dancehall inflected duo comprising of producer Gorgonn, and has released tracks through Ninja Tune and Hyperdub.
After leaving London for Leipzig, she’s spent the last three years working on a solo project alongside Jahtari label boss Disrupt, plus digi-dub ace Tapes.
The ensuing record, Karma No Kusari, is a mind-altering ride into the furthest reaches of space dub and vintage electronics, lovingly crafted without the use of computers or soft sounds.
Its genius lies in Kiki’s assimilation of the Japanese Enka pop tradition with intergalactic bass and 8-bit psychedelia.
It all adds up to an unmissable record of genre-busting escapism. Tune in and zone out when it lands on Friday (26 August) through Jahtari.
Sounds like? The electronic meanderings of a bonafide space cadet.
Predicted to? Alter the time-space continuum forever.
Must hear? Galaxy. You can tune into the album ahead of its release here.