One third of the British noise/dub syndicate King Midas Sound, Kiki Hitomi has struck out on her own before over the past decade, as well as working with some fairly illustrious collaborators in the world of left-field electronic music, including Ricardo Villalobos and Shackleton.
But Karma No Kusari, released at the end of the summer on the weirdly awesome web label JahTari Records (which I only discovered upon writing this post!), is her first proper full-length offering as a solo artist. Over the course of its fewer than 30 minutes run time, we are lead on a disorienting a jaunt through a funhouse of post-millennial dub, lo-fi melodies, NES bleeps and flea market bargain bin samples. Hitomi sings and rap over the hodgepodge of sounds in a combination of Japanese and heavily accented English, creating something that feels immediate as it is unique. Oh, and she designed the artwork as well.
Youtube was the only place I could find the stream, but it’ all here: