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GAIKA's latest set was recorded in Puerto Escondido during a Mexican tour, and the collision of sounds is a subtle revelation.
NAAFI's finest appear on production duties - TAYHANA, OMAAR, Lechuga Zafiro, Zutzut, Wasted Fates, Debit and Lao - anchoring GAIKA's hazy poetry in an unmapped location that's a hyperspace leap from his usual South London base. It's a vital matchup, dripping syrupy, weightless outlines of dancehall, reggaetón and smudged Mexico City club over GAIKA's fleshy ASMR whispers and quietly pushing the limits of what pop might suggest or represent.
The TAYHANA-produced 'Of Saints' starts things off slowly and sexually as the Argentinian producer's glassy PS1-boot-screen melancholia underpins GAIKA's lusciously annunciated words. 'Lord Zemel' pits the rapper against Lechuga Zafiro's slithering, bass-heavy neon flicker, while the Zutzut-produced 'Brutal' vaporizes a dancehall banger, suggesting spiritual kinship with Felix Lee's fantastic "Inna Daze". "Seguridad" is sci-fi futurism for fantasy airlock isolationists.