Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mala - Cuba Electronic / Calle F [Brownswood]

At last, concrete details on Mala's eagerly awaited Cuban inspired album have surfaced. The album, featuring 14 tracks (according to a post by Joe Nice), is due for release in September on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings. As somewhat of a sampler, the only two confirmed tracks so far, Cuba Electronic (also known as Cuba Electronica) and Calle F, are being released on a 12" on August 6th. Cuba Electronic has been one of my all time favorite tracks ever since I witnessed Joe Nice drop an unfinished version several months ago. The second drop is just brutal on a system. There's no way to describe it. I don't think I've ever gone as crazy to a tune as I did to that one...

Calle F provides some beautiful contrast, swapping out the feral drum beat and throbbing bassline for something more relaxed. Jazzy piano chords, smooth brass, and swinging, syncopated drums paint a picture of a beautiful, sunny day in a tropical paradise. All with a healthy dose of the usual sub-bass that one expects from a dubstep tune. As Mala said about the project, "It’s Havana meets South London, you know?"

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