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Mala continues to rack up press with his new Cuban Bass stylings. This time XLR8Rs Vivian Host digs in deep for the full analysis
Words: Vivian Host Photo: Teddy Fitzhugh
Cuban music plays heavily with percussion and goes mental for melodies, but rarely does it meditate on bass weight. By contrast, British producer Mala (of Digital Mystikz/Deep Medi fame) has spent nearly his entire career experimenting with the way bass, sub-bass, and drums can work together to rattle minds and stoke dancefloor fires. On Mala in Cuba—a collaboration between DMZ’s proud lion and traditional Cuban musicians—live instrumentation is incorporated within a loose dubstep framework, but Mala keeps a firm hold on the reins. Rather than trying to match the lively, uptempo energy of the Cuban sounds, he envelopes Latin elements in a thick London fog, pulling melancholy from beneath tinkling ivories and adding mystery to reverbed salsa rhythms…
For FACT’s latest On Record feature, we caught up with Mosca.
Despite only releasing a handful of records since his January 2010 debut, Mosca’s sense of quality control and refreshing desire to turn his hand to various genres – already we’ve had bassline house, hip-hop, chopped-up vocal garage, Baltimore club, and now, on his forthcoming Wavey EP, 4×4 techno – has seen him rise to the top of his generation of UK producers. As a DJ, you’ll find him drawing records from Angola, Brazil and Jamaica as often as you will those from Europe, Sheffield or London, so we thought he’d be the ideal choice to talk about a record that means a lot to him. He picked Mr. Catra’s Baile Funk hit ‘Vem Nha Nha’.
Rumours are circulating this morning that boutique label Trouble & Bass is no more. The Brooklyn-based label was founded in 2007 by Drop the Lime, who quickly recruited AC Slater alongside the likes of Star Eyes and The Captain to form a formidable bass-focussed collective.
But five years down the track, it seems Trouble & Bass’ time may be through. Talk of the label closing shop began spreading this morning, when Fact Mag reported that the T&B website had been replaced with an image of a T&B tombstone. AC Slater then linked to the story on Facebook, while fellow label-mates Drop the Lime and Star Eyes both posted the tombstone picture to their own Facebook pages, respectively captioning the image “time will tell” and “dead”.