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Kiki: The End Of The World

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
With his fantastically catchy melodic techno anthem Luvv Sikk highlighting Finnish producer Kiki as one to watch last year, new single The End Of The World confirms him as a talent of serious international proportions, a fact that his new album Run With Me proves irrevocably. Moving, powerful, original and tuneful, the yet to be released long player is already a serious contender for album of the year, and debut single The End Of The World likewise is a towering record that stands far from the crowd.

And what sets it apart is Kiki's willingness to pay homage to one of the most underrated though influential bands of the early 80s, the Sisters Of Mercy. Nowadays irrevocably associated with the critically derided Goth tag, the Sisters were one of the first bands to successfully incorporate exclusively electronic beats with rock (immediately making drummers optional and almost obsolete) in the process creating some of the period's biggest club tunes.

And Kiki with The End Of The World, has created a similar-in-spirit out and out electronic rock tune, going so far as to include Andrew Eldridge style croaky vocals, to match the Sisters of Mercy at their unabashed, unequalled early 80s best. Rocking, rolling and raving throughout, The End Of The World is can't some soon enough (and is out now on Berlin's esteemed Bpitch Control Records).

Genre: electro-rock (goth)

Rating 10/10

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