Mirrors is the result of South London’s Mala taking an extended stay in Peru, soaking up the crucial rhythms of the local music. He incorporates recordings of flutes, tap-dancers and percussion into his electronic bass music, successfully giving equal respect and weight to both traditions: none of the patronising approaches of ‘world music’ here. CD or DJ-friendly 3LP set on Brownswood Recordings.
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Original dubstep/ bass music don, Digital Mystik and DEEP MEDi MUSIK bossman Mala get’s about doesn’t he? First he’s galavanting in Cuba then he’s on his jollies in Peru. Poor bloke doesn’t have time to be lounging about on the beaches sipping cocktails though - as Gilles Peterson has him on a mission making albums for his Brownswood Recordings label. First ‘Mala In Cuba’ and now ‘Mirrors’.
This new record takes the same approach of experiencing and absorbing the culture by actually living in it, mingling with the people, recording local musicians etc. and then respectfully integrating these sounds into his own. Mala’s bass heavy meditations are at the very core of many of these productions and the way in which he incorporates the sound of Peru into them is seamless drawing parallels with the Jamaican via London roots of his sound and the spiritual sounds of this South American Country. I recently watched the excellent ‘Embracing The Serpent’ film which was set in the Colombian Amazon - ‘Mirrors’ could have been the soundtrack as it evokes images of trudging through steaming jungle, river journeys, sacred healing plants Shamans and Ayahuasca visions.
Along with the unmistakably Mala tracks are a few tunes where he’s essentially producing local singers ‘Cunumicita’ (performed by Danitse) and Sound Of The River (feat. Sylvia Falcón) which are a million miles away from the dank early DMZ productions, as is the drum and bass closer ‘4 Elements’. All of which display the scope of Mala’s vision and production skills.
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