Few artists can lay claim to such a continuous output as BPC resident Joakim Ijäs, better known as Kiki. For Kiki, continuity also means permanently developing his musical vision - his superb second album Kaiku is testament to this. The current 12" "Cinema Obscura" follows on seamlessly from US house traditions, yet also reduces them to absurdity with its atmospheric density and sonic extravagance.
The A side, a brand new work from the adoptive Berliner, encapsulates the qualities suggested above. The perfectly relaxed and completely unpretentious "Sumore" rolls along at pulse rate, generates its own energy and swings calmly like a giant pendulum over the dance floor. In the second half the track gradually builds to a majestically restrained melodic climax and hands us over to the flip side with a wry wink of the eye.
Its opening track will already be known to keen listeners of Seth Troxler's sensational Boogybytes CD. "Cinema Obscura" also takes its time, radiates an almost stoic tranquillity, breathes ceremoniously, moves in waves until finally a hypnotic, bouncing piano riff flows into the rolling house percussion.
B2 is another old acquaintance: we relive listening pleasures with "Good Voodoo", the first 12" hit from Kiki's album Kaiku. Subb-an - a fascinating live set specialist from Birmingham with releases on Mothership, One Records and BPC, has already provided the stripped-down techy sound of the digital bonus track on the "Immortal" single release. His interpretation of "Good Voodoo" follows the flow of the preceding track, using a circling beat and vocal fragments. A constant delay is created out of the track's own sonic microcosm, and this drives Good Voodoo onwards with an irresistible house groove.
Kiki's digital bonus takes us by surprise with an ultra-cool standup bass line and a kick that sneaks up on us from behind. With the addition of percussive elements and a looped vocal sample, "Damaja" builds up an almost cinematic atmosphere.