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Basic Volume

Gaika

Basic Volume

Debut album from the South London electronic, dancehall artist includes production from SOPHIE, Dre Skull and Jam City

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Warp
UK Release date
27/07/2018
US Release date
27/07/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Gaika breaks new ground on the UK music scene and asserts himself as one of the most provocative and multitalented young artists of this generation
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Basic Volume serves as a mirror to the one we have already created. Gaika is not just the artist we want, but the artist society desperately needs
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  3. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    This is a vital debut that captures a dark, uncertain time, but counters displacement - in all its forms - with grace, nerve, and a spine-tingling call to arms, and perhaps just as importantly, a call to dance
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Basic Volume is noisy and abrasive, but it’s also frequently beautiful, and it speaks as loudly as it takes to be heard
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    Recasts Jamaican dancehall, reggae, gothic electronics and Afrobeats into an imposing new structure
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    This is a terrifically impressive and populist debut that can speak to anyone trying to deal with our fractious world
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A haunting picture of rebellion and black existence
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A strong, distinctive debut from a promising artist whose maturity and versatility are already apparent, highly recommended for fans of electronic music and dancehall
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  9. 8.0 |   Crack

    SOPHIE-produced Immigrant Sons is the album’s most daring point – bringing together the seemingly disparate and distinct sounds of PC Music and dancehall to create something staggeringly contemporary
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  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Basic Volume moves Gaika’s art on apace, with standout tracks such as Born Thieves, or Black Empire (Killmonger Riddim) or Immigrant Sons (Pesos and Gas) all foregrounding Gaika’s political bent and tunefulness like never before
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    Ghetto-futurist innovator conjures up dancehall dystopia. Print edition only

  12. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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