The composer of digital music known as Malazan has released his latest LP album, “Shango.” The LP comprises 18 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 75 minutes. This length makes “Shango” not only Malazan’s most significant full-length record to date, but also his most significant double LP. It has been published on the up-and-coming independent music label, the Gods of Dance and War. Earthy, raw, and primal in its feel, tone, and warm grooves, “Shango” is a return to the savannas of Africa and the rainforests of Central America with Malazan as your dubstep guide.
Malazan, a DJ from Canada’s Victoria in British Columbia, has purposefully made his record with the idea of bringing listeners back to their roots in mind. This concept of returning home seems (and sounds) to be both musical and cultural in nature.
“This is tribal dubstep,” writes Malazan on his official Soundcloud page. “Let me take you back to the jungle. Because humans are monkeys.”
While it’s certain that tribal drum sounds resonate with every known group of people on Earth, and that this is partly what Malazan means by taking people back to the jungle, “Shango” is also somewhat of a return to jungle music, a smaller branch of early electronica from the 1990s which later came to be known as drum and bass.
Malazan explains, “The name Malazan comes from a book series, the Malazan Books of the Fallen, written by Steven Erikson. [For me,] Malazan is a metaphor for the roots of dubstep and the roots of humanity combined into one music journey. Dubstep comes from dub reggae and 2×4 garage, and what you hear today is far removed from the roots.”
Still, Malazan is no puritan calling out for a return to the traditions of old.
“It is not necessarily a bad thing. Because both [music styles] now exist simultaneously.”
Released to the public partially on his Soundcloud channel and officially around the world on 20 August 2014, “Shango” is already turning heads in the digital music underground.
DJ Umb of GenerationBass.com writes of “Shango,” “Haven’t posted much Dubstep in quite a while, but stumbled upon this and really enjoying it’s Tribal Dub elements. Listening to this is a bit like traversing through an amazonian jungle in Cinemasound, it’s hypnotic and visually stimulating! Great stuff man!”
“Shango” by Malazan is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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