?Kotos? is the first track to come from Mala?s new album ?Mirrors?. The product of repeated visits to Peru, this track was born from a rare opportunity to record pan pipe group Asociacion Juvenil Puno. Mala wasn?t afraid to bring together the traditional instrument?s distinctive sound with the bass-weighted sonics which remain his modus operandi.
?Mirrors? follows Mala's 2012 Brownswood release where Gilles Peterson invited the producer to soak up Cuba?s music and culture to turn the results into ?Mala In Cuba?. But ?Mirrors? is less ?Mala In Cuba? Mk II and more the realisation of a creative method that works for this most understated and intuitive producer: digging deep into the roots of a culture, recording local musicians and sounds, and using the recordings as source material and storyboard for a record. ?It?s always going to start with the rhythm for me,? he says.
The album is released June 10th.
Mala - Kotos