Boomkat Product Review:
GAIKA's latest is a testament to his wide-angled musical fascinations, referencing boom-bap, jazz, cloud rap, funk, calypso, grunge and post-punk on a suite of tracks that feature contributions from bbymutha, Yves Tumor, Max Winter, Charlie Stacey, The Narrator and Gorillaz's Azekel.
On 'Drift', the Londoner erects a bizarre cityscape, taking jagged splinters of various genres and jabbing them into blown-out, psychedelic structures. He describes the album as "analogue and retro feeling", and like Yves Tumor (who incidentally contributes production to the record under his KIDÄ moniker), GAIKA manages to capture a sound that owes as much to punky alt-rock as it does funk and rap. Lead single 'LADY' pits the multidisciplinary artist against bbymutha; he croons like a '90s grunge frontman over saturated funk-rock loops until the Tennessee rapper takes over with a drawl-heavy star turn. And GAIKA's just as convincing on his own, tying up eagle-eyed poems with dusty horn samples and a slippery AutoTuned chorus on 'DRIFT ON', and chugging through Primal Scream-style indie-psych on 'GUNZ'.
When he meets Yves Tumor on 'LA VACANZA', GAIKA rhymes convincingly over ghosted pads and half-screamed vocals that melt into a wonky kick-snare crack. The two artists are evenly matched, and their combination of raw-skinned trip-hop and diesel-gargling ambient soundscaping is one of the album's most vital moments. 'FIRST AMONG MISFITS' is intriguing too, one of GAIKA's pair of collaborations with THE NARRATOR, who helps bring out a post-punk momentum that drives the track into Downtown NYC in the mid-1980s. "Lazy bastards, don't let 'em get you down," a distorted voice echoes. Innit.