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Mala In Cuba
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Cat: BWOOD 090CD. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Deep Dubstep
  1. Introduction
  2. Mulata
  3. Tribal
  4. Changuito
  5. Revolution
  6. Como Como (feat Dreiser & Sexto Sentido)
  7. Cuba Electronic
  8. The Tunnel
  9. Ghost
  10. Curfew
  11. The Tourist
  12. Change
  13. Calle F
  14. Noches Suenos (feat Danay Suarez)
Review: Mala's album project comes to light with a healthy amount of expectation. The DMZ / Deep Medi Musik main man has always carried a reverence amongst the dubstep scene for his unfussy approach, staying true to the sound he helped forge in the nascent days of the genre while avoiding over-exposure or buckling to hype and trend where so many of his peers succumbed to change. As such this project sees the man well outside of his comfort zone as he tackles a specific album project whilst sticking his head more clearly overground to work with Gilles Peterson on an adventure in Cuba working with local musicians. This is most definitely Mala's music, and the spiritual, tribal nature of his productions to date only gets enhanced by the influx of Cuban folk sounds. This is no simple case of ripping samples and dropping them for token effect though; the percussive patterns and licks of piano, guitar, horns and voice are completely interwoven into the South London pressure as if they were always meant to be. It's testament to the pure approach Mala takes in the studio that he manages to balance these unlikely bedfellows to such fluid effect. Undoubtedly there will be naysayers who will argue that in doing an album of this nature Mala is diluting his purist vision for dubstep, but in truth the approach and end results he has managed to conjure up bring a revitalising, fresh angle to the genre, which is what it needs in abundance. There's maybe a lack of the "shock of the new" factor as Cubano music is not exactly a stranger to UK dance music forms, and Mala isn't exactly switching his own stance too drastically, but ultimately that doesn't matter. The whole album is direct and immensely satisfying to listen to, capturing the alluring spirit of South American folk tradition and empowering it with the transcendental nature of dubstep in its finest form
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Mirrors
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Mirrors (CD)
Cat: BWOOD 140CD. Rel: 27 Jun 16
Deep Dubstep
  1. Kotos (feat Asociacion Juvenil Puno)
  2. Dedication 365
  3. Cusco Street Scene
  4. They're Coming
  5. Shadows
  6. Cunumicita (feat Danitse)
  7. Take Flight
  8. The Calling
  9. Inga Gani
  10. Looney
  11. Markos Swagga
  12. Zapateo (feat Colectivo Palenke)
  13. Sound Of The River (feat Sylvia Falcon)
  14. 4 Elements
Review: From Cuba, Mala heads south for another mystic adventure in international cross-pollination on Mirrors, the Deep Medi man's latest LP-length bubbler for Brownswood. Fusing inspirations, energies, talents and techniques from Peru - and working with some of the country's most respected musicians - it's another immersive body of work that genuinely sounds like no other. From the pensive tribal march of "Cusco Street Scene" to the shimmering twangs and dusty, languid claps of "Zapateo" by way of demented insistency of "Looney" and the muddy cosmic textures of "The Calling", Mala has once again immersed himself so deeply into a culture and musical discourse that he not only speaks it fluently but has added to its rich vernacular. Vinyl was invented for albums like this.
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