Warp records wasted no time snapping up Brixton producer Gaika after his self released Machine and Mixpak released Security. Grime is a forward looking genre and Gaika takes this and runs with it. Incorporating dancehall and pure soul into the mix, a must watch artist for fans of Dean Blunt, Vybz Kartel et al.
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Recent Warp signee GAIKA has released a tape here and there already, mixing together strands of dancehall with industrial and bass on ‘Machine’, followed-up by Mixpak’s ‘Security’. On new EP ‘Spaghetto’, his sound is often at that hard industrial approach, but with the delicacy to match. The brilliant “Neophyte” announces proceedings by sourcing a gorgeous vocal refrain alongside a discordant mass of chimes, which further build rhythm off the back of a nauseas beat in the depths beneath. It’s a gloriously stressful tune, and it announces a non-stop exciting release.
The grooves of this record are so intense I can feel myself getting cramped into them, the claustrophobic, staccato textures of “3D” coming together to create both a feeling of movement and confinement. “Glad We Found It” opens on a synthline that almost winks to Warp’s past before being mixed into sparklier tones and a skittering beat, bringing together something vintage with GAIKA’s versatile production. As always, GAIKA’s performance perfectly matches what he’s constructed for himself, his voice switching into little more than an utterance for this song, submerged into the watery production with little more than a sombre hum.
A track like “VSOP” sounds deceptively like a workout, slowly going over a production checklist with an arguably quiet MC performance -- slowly, though, it develops into the record’s emotive centrepiece, matching its bitty feedback, industrial builds and applauding beats with a wistful delivery. It's this kind of building detail and then laying it bare that makes this record so triumphant -- GAIKA’s genre-fluctuating sound is omniscient, but this never detracts from what you feel between the layers.
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