Boomkat Product Review:
War Island OST is the soundtrack to the complex and wide ranging anthology of artwork by the multidisciplinary artist GAIKA.
"War Island OST is a concept piece to be released as an international collaboration between GAIKA’s own label TSE, NAAFI from Mexico City and, SVBCVLT from Shanghai. The soundtrack was installed at the ICA in London as a part room-sized audio visual environment.
At the time of increasing British isolation and political failure, GAIKA, the perennial internationalist, has turned the focus of his analytical lyrical approach directly to the place of his birth. Gone are the dancehall inflections and infectious rhythms of his Caribbean heritage. Instead the focus is on London in 2022, a sprawling megacity city he poetically deconstructs with dense southside storytelling. The lyrics are set against futuristic urban production.
The results are cinematic salvos from the global underground that demand investigation. According to GAIKA London is cruddy as hell and everyone is a little drunk. Lyrically War Island is GAIKA’S attempt to analyze Britain's current geopolitical position in familiar terms. Touching moments are offset with bleak punchlines that leave little prisoners. By turns downtempo and decidedly industrial and by others anthemic soaring with fragile gothic beauty, the atmospheric soundtrack is a succinct demonstration of artists' sometimes contradictory aesthetic andtestament to the collaborative nature of the work.
Each song is structural and deliberate in nature, emotive pieces with a host of collaborators between London, Manchester, Mexico city and Shanghai are poignant personal assessments of matters of power wealth and class in British Society and how these matter relate to the rest of the world."