GAIKA’s star is rising fast. Debut record out in 2015, two more since and already signed to Warp. His music immediately gripped us. Divine production and vocal delivery. Choice elements of dancehall, hiphop, R&B. Storytelling pleasingly reminiscent of Tricky and More Specials. Huge bass, deft constructions. On repeat.
GAIKA talks a lot about London, not in a capital-centric way but to discuss things as they are and how they affect us all – the socio-political and the everyday. He’s also a filmmaker, which maybe informs the painterly detail of the situations and narratives that he weaves through the music. There’s darkness, release, sexuality, wantonness, some pleasure – all life is here in GAIKA’s music. It’s fully formed and all-encompassing, immediately addictive.