Mala, Mala in Cuba

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

on 12.03.12 in Reviews

As part of a cultural exchange sponsored by a rum brand, Gilles Peterson made a pair of albums showcasing Cuban musicians called Havana Cultura. For the recording of the second in 2011, South London dubstep pioneer Mala joined Peterson in Cuba, taking samples and threading them through his own asymmetric, chest-trembling bass. The result was this lithe, sensual album that seamlessly joins the music of Latin America with rhythms that reflect Mala’s own Caribbean and UK heritage. It was the sound of dubstep taking on the world.