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Following the success of her first release on Vinyl (‘All the Glimmering’, released on Gilles Petersons’ Brownswood records in October), Painter rounds off the year with her final double A side single series. This single comes with a different slant as it allows us an insight into a flourishing collaboration between herself and Manchesters W. H. Lung, specifically Tom Sharkett. Sharkett delivers a promising and tantalizing remix to Kayla’s earlier single ‘Precipitation’ released in the summer this year.
‘Fortitude Valley’ heads up the single and hangs out on the edges of the dancefloor, where we’ve seen Kayla sit before with her 2018 ‘Keep Under Wraps’, and more recently ‘Precipitation’. Infused with detroit house influences, ‘Fortitude Valley’ plays with space and minimalism which compliments Kayla’s unique drum programming. ‘Sleep in the Understory’ follows with an ambient wash of atmosphere, thick with texture and delicate treatment of instrumentation, with Saxophone by Painter herself. This ambient number treads that fine line of ambiguity around sound sources, comprised of found sound, instrumentation, and careful programming, this ambience fully envelopes the listener. This track captivates the listener and engulfs them in a world only known to exist within a Kayla Painter universe.
released November 15, 2019
Fortitude Valley, written, produced and mixed by Kayla Painter.
Sleep in the Understory written, produced and mixed by Kayla Painter with additional Trombone from Terry Owen.
Precipitation was remixed by Tom S. of W.H.Lung.
All tracks mastered by Julio Maas-Palmer with additional mixing on Fortitude valley by Jon Worsley.
supported by 12 fans who also own “Fortitude Valley / Sleep in the Understory”
‘Acolytes’ is by far my favourite track on this release. It reminds me of an experimental Four Tet mixed with some Jon Hopkins. There is use of modern circuits, acid lines and tape echo with swooning crescendos and diminuendos across the board. I haven’t previously heard anything from Thomas Ragsdale before but from now on I will be keeping my ear to the ground for any future releases. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Under Dwellers. Bad Bat Records