Mala in Cuba will come out on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label in September.
Havana Cultura is an initiative spearheaded by Peterson that's brought him to Cuba numerous times since 2009 to meet and work with local artists. The project has resulted in two albums so far, Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound and a sequel called The Search Continues.... Given the heavy influence of Jamaican music on UK bass, a dubstep innovator like Mala seems a natural choice for the series.
According to a press release, the Digital Mystikz member traveled to Havana with Peterson and Simbad in May of 2011. While Peterson worked on The Search Continues..., Mala set up shop in a studio across the hall and got started on Mala In Cuba. A steady stream of local talent passed through while he worked, lending the album an added dimension of vocals and live instrumentation. Mala in Cuba is due out in September, and will be preceded by a 12-inch featuring the songs "Cuba Electronic" and "Calle F."
06. Como Como feat. Dreiser & Sexto Sentido
07. Cuba Electronic
08. The Tunnel
11. The Tourist
13. Calle F
14. Noches Sueños feat. Danay Suarez
Brownswood Recordings will release Mala in Cuba on September 10th, 2012.