No Man Is An Island EP

by Aalko

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The No Man Is An Island EP is a single cut from the debut album of the same name by Aalko, a new project by Kebko Music founder Akiko Kiyama. Renowned for her minimal techno track featured in Richie Hawtin’s seminal DE9 Transitions album, the Japanese producer reveals her another side under this new alias. The project has already created a stir as Aalko has garnered support from Gilles Peterson on his BBC 6 Music radio show and premiered a live performance at MUTEK's Tokyo launch, where she drew the audience into an inspiring frenzy.

Aalko is a culmination of Kiyama’s recent practices in a wider musical spectrum that go beyond the confines of her minimalistic techno characteristics. It conjures her distinctive soundscape where a variety of styles coexists: she demonstrates her knack for breaks, ambient and irregular time signatures, her acute ears for unadulterated tone and texture of sounds standing out in sharp relief.

Taking a floor-oriented side out of the No Man Is An Island cassette album, this single cut features three tracks that work wonders in a DJ context. "Body & Soul" is an erratic rhythm experiment jumping between several beat styles. "Mixture" offers Kiyama's unique interpretation on syncopated dynamics of breaks. Wrapping up the EP is “B.I.C”, a long-awaited exclusive track that ranked among Gilles Peterson’s top 20 tracks of 2017. Its dubby functionality makes it a powerful tool that can work at various stages of the night.

These tracks give the nod to Kiyama’s peculiar self full of sonic idiosyncrasies, showing no fear of breaking accepted conventions.

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released January 19, 2018

All tracks are produced by Akiko Kiyama.
Vocals: Varya Pavlova aka Lisokot (Body & Soul)
Artwork: Damien Tran

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Kebko Music Tokyo, Japan

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Kebko Music is a Tokyo-based independent music label focusing on releasing avant-garde music which is not bounded by any specific genres but embraces the whole range of techno, jazz, indusrial, experimental music, field- &live- recordings and classic music.

The core parts of the label are based on small handcrafted editions of cassette tapes.
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