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Lex Records  on 2018-04-19


Visit Malphino

Outer-national and mystical, London's cumbia courtesy of
Malphino are soon to release their debut with Lex Records (Doom/Kate Tempest/BadBadNotGood) on May 4th. 

London collective concoct a barnstorming brew of hypnotic South American rhythms and soundtrack their namesake fantasy island

Malphino are an outer-national, mystical band from an imaginary tropical island that has dreamt up a cinematic score and audio backdrop to their idyll. A promised land of hypnotic cumbia rhythms, subtle digital warbling, accordion textures, voodoo vapours and woodblock charm awaits the off piste explorer willing to step through the arch and Visit Malphino, the debut album from this London based collective of musicians and visual artists.

As source material of traditional Latin American music and cumbia, has over the years, etched itself in the global tracks of music, London has simultaneously become a meeting point and international canvas for new tropical concoctions. And it is the capital that has provided the nourishment for Malphino to flourish – members of the Malphino collective come from Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, France, Philippines and the UK. It is testament to the open-minded nature of record label Lex (MF Doom, BadBadNotGood, Kate Tempest) who has given Malphino a stage to transcend the borders of Latin America and the London music venue where it all began.

The joyous, often frenetic, style of cumbia that Malphino have landed on, tips its hat to the various denominations of modern cumbia movements worldwide yet carves its own unique, transcendental spin on the genre. Reinterpreting the traditional Colombian banda, playing organ, accordion and tuba, their sound integrates an array of percussion and rhythms from either side of the Pacific ocean with a strong emphasis on East-Asian folkloric traditions alongside the distinctive origins of Latin America, Peruvian chicha and cumbia in a myriad of styles.This heady mix of volcanic sounds is given extra potency by a fluid use of electronic sequencing, with reverb and echo effects laced into the melodic lines and vocals to recreate the dreamlike rapture of their magical island.

"It is testament to the open-minded nature of record label Lex (MF Doom, BadBadNotGood, Kate Tempest) who has given Malphino a stage to transcend the borders of Latin America and the London music venue where it all began"

Their debut album ‘Visit Malphino’ builds on these initial records and dives deep into the island’s mythology. It’s a 17-track epic that provides the soundboard to years of imaginative cultivation. With clues in the titles, each track represents a different element to the island. It embodies the growth of the Malphino concept from an abstract idea within the minds of a few friends to a more complex fantasy at the centre of a small community of musicians and artists.

David, Graham and Antonin’s work for the film and theatre industries across the UK, Germany and Mexico accounts for an album brimming with drama and atmosphere. Speculation is open-ended; the band encourages anyone to join the Malphino conversation and contribute ideas and creative expertise to the layout of the land. Both Yu and Alex are professional art directors and they give the project a whole new dimension, through artworks and stage outfits.

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