Photography: Neil Aline
“I wrote the record as a way of highlighting all the negative things people told me about myself,” explains up-and-coming artist Maluca on Soundcloud about her ferocious new single, “MALA” (That’s “bad” in Spanish). Pioneering a genre the 33-year-old Washington Heights native describes as “Ghetto tech, tropical punk and dominican rave,” the fresh track lays a strong foundation for what’s guaranteed to be a successful 2016.
This isn’t our first taste of Maluca’s sunny, confident sound. A longtime music industry veteran, she was first largely introduced on 2009’s Mad Decent cut, “El Tigeraso,” and more recently landed a major feature on Robyn’s floor-filler, “Love Is Free.” Her highly anticipated solo EP, MALA, was created in collaboration with London musician K.R.O.S.S. and is slated for release early this year. Stream “MALA,” below: