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Listen to Gaika’s dark city playlist

The prince of London’s underground takes us through the tunes that inspired his latest project Spaghetto, ahead of his show at Corsica Studios

Since the success of his breakout mixtape Machine, Gaika has revealed himself as an artist pushing new perspectives on the world we live in, bringing his Brixton childhood and adult life as a club promoter into his work. The short film for his Security mixtape was a reflection of London’s seedy underbelly, and his latest EP, Spaghetto, is a rumination on the dystopian system we dwell in.

“I’m trying to soundtrack the many pictures in my head with all the information I have and make work that lives honestly in its own complete space,” he says. “For me, Spaghetto occurs in a dark city – a true reflection of our reality with no lies. This isn’t as dystopian as how the world actually is now but we still love in it, we still laugh, cry and fuck and die in it. It’s too real.” 

Gaika also muses at the possibility of Spaghetto being made into a feature-length film. “My brother is a director. He said that if Spaghetto was a full-length movie it would be some DVD-only, darkly lit crime romance: ‘Scarface for weirdos,’ he said. I gotta take his word for it to try and make Dark City one day, because he is a genius.”

Here, Gaika walks us through the sounds that influenced Spaghetto.

GAIKA – “GLAD WE FOUND IT”

“This is one of my favourite records from the tape. The synth line is pure Miami grease. I rarely jump on people’s beats but Jam City sent this to me out of the blue and I recorded it instantly.”

BABYFATHER – “LOOKIN (REMIX)”

“I’ve had this on repeat since it came out. I slyly wish I was in Babyfather.”

BLACK KRAY $$$ WIZ MACK $$$ MAC 10

“I feel like this song would be on during the action sequence or car chase (in the film).”

YUNG INTERNET FT VIC CREZEE AND TEXAS SMIFFER – “DE BINNENSTAD”

“I’m super-late on this, but it’s so big. It’s slow-roll drive-by music. The best kind of music for any dark city.”

YOUNG SIZZLE – “SKRT”

“To me the darkest part of any quality movie is the money-counting in the trap montage.”

DANIEL OG – “I WANNA”

“This is my jam. I spend way too much on Uber.”

LIL UZI VERT – “PARADISE”

“This is a great pop record. You’ve gotta bring some light to all the shade.”

GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI – “TESTUO”

“This is just epic and an incredible piece of cinematic music”.

GUCCI MANE – “DIRTY LIL NIGGA”

“Another one I’ve had on repeat. I think people underestimate Gucci as a social commentator. This guy is one of my heroes.”

YAYOYANOH – “MISS LADY”

“Because it’s toooo fucking much.”

Gaika plays Corsica Studios tonight with 808INK. Buy tickets here