Reviews

Riki
Riki

(Dais)

9/10

Visual artist Niff Nawor’s solo project Riki is exactly what you want a debut to be: it’s bristling with energy and ideas; it reminds you of Kate Bush; some of it is in German. Nawor’s history of anarcho-punk in the Bay Area is filtered through these echoing chords and bright synth flicks, and the result is so, so much fun. It smells like vintage Grimes with none of the unfortunate Elon Musk. Lead single ‘Napoleon’ (a club anthem with a chamber pop sound) is a perfect example of the power of sound design and good mixing – every element from the bass to the lead is distinctive and will get stuck in your head.

Expansive pads and slick stabbing synths make up the majority of the album, well noted ‘Bose Lugen (Body Mix)’ and ‘Know’, but they’re so well crafted and varied that they never sound repetitive. The album starts with this sugary hammer of classic new wave cuts, but as it goes on Riki tries different experiments, with similar success – ‘Spirit of Love’ and ‘Monumental’ are slower ballads but Nawor couldn’t be dull if she tried. This debut is superb on account of being so fun and, in fact, something beautiful.

New monthly memberships available

Here’s a new thing: our membership scheme now has a pay-monthly option, plus a load of exciting new digital stuff for people who support what we do. It’s actually excellent value, honest, and will help us continue to promote new independent artists and labels.

Sign up and you’ll receive our physical magazines delivered to your door, our digital editions, exclusive podcasts and playlists and access to our EXTREMELY glamorous Members Lounge. You’ll be the envy of all your friends.