CAIN MORA EP via Fine Grains Records

Scotland has given the electronic music world some its most influential contemporary figures, including the LuckyMe family, the Numbers crew, Optimo, and so many more. It’s a safe bet that few if any of those mentioned hail from the beautiful and remote Highlands region, but it’s in those legendary mountains that the elusive Cain creates his music.

Even more surprising is the fact that Cain’s productions often incorporate the tactile percussion and intricate poly-rhythms of Afrobeat and other world music associated with warmer climates. That said, his work is still firmly rooted in the tradition of forward-thinking bass music as pioneered by his fellow countrymen.

On the new Mora EP (his first for the Fine Grains Records label), Cain has constructed a series of tracks that touch on a wide range of influences without belonging to any specific movement or style. One of the EP’s highlights, “Rhaspan,” begins with a percussion figure constructed from hand percussion and metallic shakers, giving way to an organ that would sound at home on a UGK track. And the whole thing is structured as if for a rave, leaving plenty of space to build anticipation, and culminating in a rewarding climax.

Cain’s Mora EP will be out digitally on September 30th, including a remix from Hyperdub‘s LV.


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