BPitch Control's artsy full-lengths tend to be growers: not instantly loveable but instead interesting works which need repeated listens to be really unravelled. And while Kaiku has these challenging moments, it has its fair share of straight-up dance floor bombs as well. "Death Railway," for example, has alien ambience being bullied from below by a militant kick, and is the sort of solid dark house that Pokerflat fans would lap up. But the digital world it documents is a complete volt-face from the previous track. "Immortal" is a vocal lead, organic affair, with strings and click-clack percussion coming together in an edgy, almost uncomfortable way.
The unrest which runs through Kaiku comes from neither one sonic pool nor another, and is neither future digital nor retro analogue, but always flitting somewhere in between. Emotional discord is presented by the rippling keys and cosmic twitches of "No Words Necessary" which, whilst recalling Global Communication, aren't allowed to define the track's tone. Instead, they're contradicted by a nagging, fawning electro stab and twist which makes you somehow feel sorry for it, as if it's literally the sound of your heart strings being plucked.
Instantly your vulnerable state passes, though, as "Starslider" quickly limbers up from a low-slung swagger and shapes into a smartly shuffling house stomper which lifts your mood skyward. It glides along pushing introverted thoughts from the previous track south, and suggests all is well in Kiki's skitty emotional world once again. "Good Voodoo" has shades of Dilla in its driving black funk, and sultry undertones which ooze from guest MC Chela Simone.
Kaiku may be a little disjointed, but the disparate tones and tempos of the record categorise it not as no-brain, forgettable dance floor fodder, but rather a smartly composed—and diverse—listening experience.