In the video, Mala uses footage of his 2011 visit to the country. His whole new album Mala in Cuba was recorded during an excursion to Havana with BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson. Mala describes the creative roots of his record in a recent FactMag interview:
“The plan was literally just go to Cuba, link up with some musicians, check out the vibes, and then see what happens… This is the record that reevaluates and realigns the dubstep movement within sound system culture… It’s Havana meets South London, you know?”
Mala is best known as a pioneer of the original dubstep sound, pushing the genre forward with South London partner in meditation Coki. The duo are better known to the world as Digital Mystikz, and they’ve run the very important club night DMZ (which is also a record label) for seven years.
Out September 10th on Brownswood Recordings, Mala In Cuba will be a reinvention of Mala’s sound and a re-institution of the producer’s undeniable sense of rhythm. See a recent interview to see where his head’s at.
I just wanna say Cuba a few more times.