KAINA’s debut album, 2019’s Next to the Sun, was full of pop songs bathed in sunshine. With her first release since that record — and her first release after signing to the label City Slang — “Casita,” is still airy and warm, but covers darker subject matter. KAINA said in a statement, “‘Casita’ is about all the people I miss. I miss sharing space in my home, staying up way too late talking shit and laughing — I miss sharing my mother’s cooking with friends and family. It is heavily inspired by early-2000s pop & R&B music and I tried to lean heavily into the dramatics of the song by channeling that feel. Some music I referenced was made by The Cheetah Girls Movie and Oscar D’Leon.”
The Chicago artist added, “The background vocals feature my mom, my aunt, and my dear friend Nnamdï.” The inclusion of friends and family aligns perfectly with a song so focused on connection.
You can still get a copy of KAINA’s debut album from VMP here.