Kayla Painter – Sentimental Swagger (Brownswood Basement Session)

Ethereal soundscapes from the Bristol-based Future Bubblers graduate. 

For aspiring musicians, Future Bubblers sets the standard for mentorship and talent development. For each of the last three years, the programme has welcomed a new class of unsigned artists from diverse backgrounds, locations and styles and helped them navigate through the music industry.

Graduating from the class of Year 3 is Bristol-based experimental producer Kayla Painter. Raised in Southampton she found her feet, musically speaking, on a Creative Sound and Music degree at Newport. Entering as a bass player in a conventional band setup, she was influenced as much by philosophers as her music tutors, and left the course with an ear for more experimental compositions. Having recently shared the stage with Fatima Al Qadiri and Pan Daijing at the IMAX Cinema, it should give a fairly good idea of the space she exists in: early Four Tet skittish beats mixed with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s otherworldliness, with an unusual sound palette of field recordings, from children’s conversations to recordings in the bath.

We ventured into Gilles Peterson’s iconic Brownswood Basement to record an extended live version of ‘Sentimental Swagger’, taken from her forthcoming Cannibals at Sea EP and available to buy now as a single.

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