“I was inspired by my first trip to Brazil” – CAIN releases his “Yuna” EP on Frente Bolivarista


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Frente Bolivarista presents to you the new EP from the Scottish mastermind: CAIN. He has a unique style and pushes the crowd to mantric and dreamy soundscapes blended with uplifting Afro House constructions. For the lovers of higher BPMs this is a must on your case. His “Yuna” EP has big support on the latest mixes from Auntie Flo, Huntley+Palmers, Nicola Cruz among other great djs.

The EP is available on Bandcamp.

trndmsk: What inspired you to produce the EP?

CAIN: I was inspired by my first trip to Brazil when writing this EP. I have a lot of good friends who are Brazilian and I really love the country so much. When I was a toddler (around 2 – 3 years old) I was obsessed with a David Attenborough documentary about yellow-bellied sea snakes (hence the cover for my Highlife album earlier this year). At the start of the documentary, there was an opening scene with flying fish bursting out of the ocean and all my life I wanted to see some. On my first trip to Brazil my friend and I took a tiny boat out to an island during a storm, and one of these fish flew right up in front of the boat. I was so excited! I wanted to dedicate the EP to that memory. You will see the great artwork of a flying fish that was created by Ingrid Bittar, who is from Rio de Janeiro. She had the idea to incorporate elements of jungle plants into the image, which I think works really well.

Where did you record it? And how?

I recorded this in my home studio, using many psychoacoustic instruments that I had made from blended sound sources, my small selection of analogue synths and a distortion unit that I love. I also worked with a few field recordings I had made a couple of years ago.

How did you get in contact with the record label?

I actually met Daniel, who is in charge of Frente Bolivarista, when we were doing a Highlife gig together in Scotland. We get on really well and he instantly took to my music. I really love all of the releases on this label, so I was especially pleased to be asked to submit tunes for a release.

What’s up next after the release? Are you working on any other projects?

I’m finalising a couple of remixes for Nicola Cruz at the moment for tracks on his brilliant “Siku” album. That should be coming out quite soon, together with another release being finalised for Highlife. I am planning to work with Scottish musicians on an EP focused on Gaelic music soon as well, working with people such as Brighde Chaimbeul, who is an incredible bagpiper and some Gaelic singers and clarsach players. My musical roots are in Highland Celtic music, as I grew up playing bagpipes in competitions, so it will be fun to take the music of my childhood and work this into a CAIN project. I’d like to spread Gaelic music around the world a bit more – it would be really cool to know that people were dancing to a track in Shanghai which incorporated Gaelic singing! I’m also working on projects for other labels that I have not released on before, but those tracks are still in the early stages.