We caught up with the multi-talented musician, Kayla Painter, ahead of her show at Rough Trade to find out about a few tracks that have influenced her sound and premiered a beautiful track from her new EP Cannibals at Sea.

There’s a world of depth to Kayla Painter as displayed by her new EP. The Bristol-based musician has always made tracks which are thick with texture, and Cannibals at Sea takes that approach to greater heights than before. We are lucky enough to be able to premiere her track ‘Sentimental Swagger,’ which builds a steady tension with vocal snippets and percussion. Other tracks include ‘Greeting Your Enemies’ has a loose, swung rhythm, filtered through the glitchy sound palette that Kayla has quickly carved out for herself. ‘Eating Your Enemies,’ on the other hand, starts out loose and unspooled, taking shape slowly into a dark, percussive groove. And ‘Kenopsia,’ the warmest track on the album, is a pensive meditation, coloured by the piano chords which punctuate it. Be one of the first to ‘Sentimental Swagger’, below.

The EP as a whole explores Kayla’s mixed heritage, between Fijian and British, and what it’s like to grow up in a household where two different cultures are present. She probes traditional Pacific islander beliefs, comparing those superstitions with traditional British working class values. In particular, the idea of cannibalism in Fiji, and how that might be a way of looking at her identity between Britain and the South Pacific island.

We caught up with the multi-talented musician ahead of her show at Rough Trade to find out about a few tracks that have influenced her sound and ultimately her new EP.

Holly Herndon – Locker Leak

I loved Holly Herndons whole album Platform. But the cut up nature and raw attitude you get from this song really does something for me.  It was also the first time a solo female producer or artist like this had become so popular in the way she did. (That I had noticed, anyway).  Which was great to see.

Baths – Maximalist

I love baths. I don’t know, just everything about this/him. His production style is so tasty. Beats are great. Writing is great. His earlier stuff under the name Geotic is really nice too.  I re-listen to the album Cerulean more than any other contemporary album.

Battles – Atlas

I came across Battles when I was in University, before I was a producer. I think the use of rhythm and drumming really influenced me when I started to write electronic music.  I really enjoyed the kinetic nature of the music, and I was attracted to the vocals that sound silly..

Murcof – Memoria

This was on a listening list we were given at University too.  We were really lucky in that we were given some really mind bending music to listen to.  My experience of Murcof was that I loved the darkness of the tunes.  We went to watch him too and the experience live and on CD that I’d borrowed from the library just had a lasting impact on me.  A lot of my music sounds dark, and I enjoy the minimalistic nature of Murcof too.

Ryoji Ikeda +..

The last one – another one from University .  This blew my mind.  At first it seems rather ridiculous listening to it.  But put headphones on and zone into it – its an interesting experience.  If you ever learn about the processes behind work like this too it becomes more impressive.  As I say, I was exposed to these last three artists before I was a producer and I think they played a big part in me putting my instruments down and gravitating towards working on a laptop.


Catch Kayla live at Rough Trade Bristol on Thursday 18th October