Gig of the week: Mala in Cuba Live, Electric Brixton, London SW2
Saturday 17 November 2012
Dreadlocked and humble, Mala seems to be an artist from another era: he doesn't do social media, has released the majority of his work on vinyl only, refuses to shout about his new music, nor his and his friends' iconic club-night DMZ, a crucible of dubstep at its mid-2000s creative peak.
Mala reasons that if you genuinely like something, you'll make the effort. His singular approach and talent explains the buzz around tonight's date, where he'll be reprising the album Mala in Cuba (Brownswood) – the outcome of a voyage to Cuba with Gilles Peterson in 2011 – live with a cast of Cuban talent.
The album gives centre stage to Cuban musicians and vocalists: percussive patterns mesmerise and singers beguile, bolstered by Mala's understanding of time and space, while his flashes of molten bass add oomph. It's both meditative and dynamic, and promises to be all the more "ay caramba!" in the flesh.
(020 7274 2290; electricbrixton.com) tonight
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