Album review: Malika – One


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Cover of the Malika album, 'One'

After 2009’s laid-back album Respire, Claudia Dorei has taken on the alter ego of Malika to complete what she calls the second album of an eventual trip-hop trilogy. One, inspired by an epiphany Dorei had on a São Paulo nightclub dancefloor, was produced by paulistano mixmaster Cavalaska.

On songs like ‘Our Weapon’, Malika is brought into the realms of dubstep but avoids straying too far from the trip hop sounds for which she is known. Listen out for the CocoRosie-style vocals and the dream-pop bells on ‘Two o’clock’. Dorei’s serene voice singing in English over subtle rhythms seduces the listener on this crowdfunding-financed album.

By Fabiana Caso


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