Mala: Mirrors review – pioneering Andean dub

(Brownswood Recordings)

Four years after his debut, Mala in Cuba, the dubstep pioneer from Croydon releases his long-awaited second album on Gilles Peterson’s label. In this expertly curated record, Mala blends the local instruments and hypnotic polyrhythms of the Andean mountains with the menacing synths and heavy bass of the UK’s underground music scene to narrate his Peruvian travels. From the amorous soprano in Cunumicita to the acoustic guitar accompaniment in The Calling, the album is peppered with tender moments, but isn’t lacking in the weighty, dancefloor-friendly tracks the producer is known for, such as Looney and the breakbeat-influenced finale, Elements. Although Mirrors requires several listens to fully appreciate its beauty, it is definitely worth the effort.

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Isa Jaward

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