On any given day in New York, Kiki Kudo, could be wearing one of her many hats. From DJing in Brooklyn’s underground circuit to writing novels and art criticism to preparing a new dish for one of her famous dinner parties held downtown. Kudo is the embodiment of the New York hustle, keeping busy and finding work wherever she can.
Now releasing her debut EP on Incienso, the label founded by New York underground powerhouses Anthony Naples and Jenny Slattery, Splashing is as intricate and meticulously crafted as one of her signature Japanese dishes. From little synth squeals on “Secret Bedside Track” swirling around like rocketing balloons to the minuscule mews leaping out from multi-layered percussion of “Interactive_Gee,” Kudo’s success lies in the subtle details.
Reviving the oft overlooked genre of microhouse, Kudo’s music is very much tapped into the moment, synthesizing all of New York’s underground sounds into a neatly organized array of ingredients that she adds and subtracts as she sees fit. Watching Kudo perform after-hours in a SoHo work-space, with a crowd of thirty or so people sprawled on the floor, sipping tea and bopping their heads along, the amount of precision that went into her set was evident with every gradual transition.
Feeling songs like “UAREAWAKE” fold in on itself with layers of warped piano progressively piling on top of each other, Kudo manages to avoid the pitfall of sounding cluttered by eliciting the image of a puzzle box being put back together and locked up after being solved. Everything has its place and fits snugly where it should. The result its a vibrant explosion of cartoonish color deliberately drizzled over the delicate inner working of a watch, enigmatic and robust, Splashing is a strong debut, even if it isn’t in your face about it.
Read the interview and watch the insane 3-D animated video for “Neo Neon City” on Paper