(Lex Records, London)
If you hear Malphino for the first time you get a mellow tropical vibe that is very hard to ignore, and for some impossible not to dance to! When you'll listen to their unique sounds a bit more carefully, you will realise that it is a sound that does not come just from one place.
Malphino started in London but the band members prefer to understand themselves as inhabitants of an imaginary and utopian island officially named "Republica Federal de Malphino": Alex Maglalang, El Dauphin, Bruce Beach, David Aird, Graham Mushnik, Julian Varencia, and Yu Sato hail from all over the world: Japan, Philippines, England, Malaysia, France and Colombia.
Their debut album Visit Malphino came out early in 2018 on Warp's former underground hiphop sublabel Lex Records and has been met with warmth and enthusiasm everywhere. The offering was made “album of the week” by Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM in May of that year.
Malphino create a wonderfully laid back Latin-American vibe with many playful and surprising musical twists: forro, Peruvian cumbia, vallenato, rumba, exotica and a slight touch of synth... Combine that with their happy lyrics and you'll get a real treat for your musical soul.
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