Afro-Peruvian bass from the Digital Mystikz legend.
Mala’s second album Mirrors is due out June 10 and promises to build a bridge from Croydon to Lima via his laptop.
Linking tradition Peruvian instrumentation with low-end rumble, to make the record Mala ventured to Peru, visiting Lima along with Cusco and the Sacred Valley just outside of the capital.
Over the course of a month he was exposed to a mixture of folk sounds, from local Afro-Peruvian percussionists and grassroots tap dancers to music from the mountains and Andean sopranos.
“It all goes back to the roots and the rhythms and I related instantly,” said the producer. “That primal rhythm is in all of us.”
Mirrors is the follow-up to 2012’s well-received debut LP Mala in Cuba, which was steered by Brownswood Recordings’ boss Gilles Peterson.
Again out on Brownswood, in addition to regular vinyl, CD and digital formats, Mirrors will also be released as a limited edition triple vinyl box set.
Listen to lead track ‘Kotos’ below, featuring pan pipe group Asociacion Juvenil Puno.
Watch Gilles Peterson and Mala chat to FACT TV about their Mala in Cuba journey.
1. Kotos feat. Asociacion Juvenil Puno
2. Dedication 365
3. Cusco Street Scene
4. They’re Coming
7. Take Flight
8. The Calling
9. Inga Gani
11. Markos Swagga
12. Zapateo feat. Colectivo Palenke
13. Sound of the River feat. Sylvia Falcón
14. 4 Elements