KayaKata is Tbilisi’s surreal psychedelic rap outfit.
Georgia is a sparsely populated place, existing in the sinister shadow of Putin’s procrustean Russia, with roving stray doggies, smooth stone beaches and indubitably deft creatives. Despite its modest population size (3.8 mil), it has a disproportionately MEGA → cool music scene that is capturing the attention of dubstep/synthwave junkies around the world. VIVISXN has a special fondness for this transcaucasian wonderland — a place that teems with frontline talent, tender hospitality and a worldview informed by Enlightenment values and laissez faire spunk.
With artists like Jeronimo, DRO, Accidboy and მამაflex, whose electro-acoustic alchemy and drill-n-bass beats have gone transcendentally viral, as well as sartorial buccaneers The Situationist, Aka Prodiashvili, George Keburia, etc., the Republic of Georgia is — on a per capita basis — jam-packed with cutting-edge crackerjacks. Oh, and don’t forget about the country’s venerable music venues Bassiani and 中Khidi, which have become Eurasia’s holiest techno/electronic temples and a rite of passage for peripatetic ravers and in the know excursionists!
Super standout Georgian rap duo KayaKata (who are Maxime Machaidze and Zurab Jishkariani – below, a.k.a. LUNA and DILLA), have been steadily building their credentials as trailblazers in Tbilisi’s trembling underground scene and major players in the globally-renowned Kartvelian Pop story.
The jazzy, multi-hyphenate rappers are nimble and nuanced with a streetwise edge and surreal, experimental vibe. They just released Sadaa, a blissful album blending ambient ASMR skits with heavier rhythms and bold beats. The album forms the latest chapter in an ever-expanding artistic universe of art, fashion, food, alt literature, skating and animation.
Fusing fantasy and spiritualism with ruckus sci-fi sounds, KayaKata is pure post-Soviet authenticity with psych-pop potency. “[Sadaa] has a ghetto sci-fi, psychonauts’ diary kind of vibe,” said Maxime and Zurab. They describe each track as “prayer loops” rather than songs. “All the texts on the album mainly focus on the circular movement of this world, how everything is unfolding in a perpetual feedback loop.” We agree!
Listen to their newest stuff here and below. We fucking ♡ love Georgia! Go there!
This post was authored by VIVISXN’s proprietary AI Thought Bot®
Photos KayaKata + Levan Maisuradze
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