Nikakoi: Sestrichka (2002)
Onward and outward, Nikakoi explores a range of territory through the 15 tracks on this disc. Elements of ambient, d-n-b, electro, lounge, and house meet at odd angles in often mysterious contexts. "pp," for example, combines lush high-frequency textures with a rolling beat and monotone female vocals. Irony steps in here through some demented lyrics: "laughing to tears, I... break their necks / I broke 'em well, and smiled at myself..." (etc.) Lest you find the tone too dark in this particular alley, the disc swerves right into Reichian textured counterpoint and a reverberant drum-n-bass revelation. The lounge piece "city lights" pulls a page from Jimi Tenor's notebook (a la Organism ), with echoing synth chords, a deliberate light beat, and a jazzy feel.
Overall, Sestrichka has the kind of sound best suited for quiet contemplation. It's not ambient to the extreme of intergalactic voyages, but it's also not insistent enough to yank the listener up onto his feet. Somewhere in the middle, embracing all the edges, and curiously postmodern in its juxtaposition of styles: this disc is a solid winner, well worth repeated listening.
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Track Listing: climb; adgilCX; mtavary; pp; teess; dzzenn; city lights [tutta2]; maia; saldance; mtvare; sestrichka-bratishka; adamy; manglisi; bavshwebi; orudila.
Personnel: Nikakoi: composition, performance, production; Tusia: vocals.
Record Label: WMF Records