Masked Pardon My French-affiliate Malaa has revealed the fifteenth iteration of his “Who Is Malaa” mixtape series. The half-hour, eight track mix contains a couple unidentified tracks, a slight edit of Malaa’s recent release named “Bylina,” a dastardly track by BOT & Sage Armstrong.
With heaving bass and a heavy house drums, an Ardalan edit of All Night Long by Mary Jane Girls combines old school funk sounds with contemporary house elements. Moreover, “Here Now,” Malive’s minimal yet meaty track in the set’s second half, fits the sensibilities of previous mixes in the series. Episode 15 is great to listen to, but doesn’t do much to innovate upon the previous editions.
After Malaa’s Illicit EP released last year, the project has simmered down a bit. In the period since, the French act has released three tracks: “Prophesy” (a collaboration with Tchami), a remix of Jack Ü’s “Mind,” and “Bylina.” Additionally, the project released remix EPs for “Diamonds” and “Prophesy” under Tchami’s Confession label. Despite mixed reviews of Illicit, it’s clear that the brains behind the mask want to continue the project, as evident by the continued releases and mixes.
However, to stay fresh, Malaa’s next release may need to mix it up a bit. “Bylina” is a fine track – rich keys and innovative bass progressive give the song body and structure. Nonetheless, it sounds very similar to “H+M,” “Notorious,” and “Fade.” Needless to say, the production talent behind Malaa would be wise to experiment with different influences to evade stylistic stagnation.
Stream “Who is Malaa #15” below:
1. ID – ID
2. Malaa – Bylina
3. Kyle Watson – That’s Kinda Wavy
4. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long (Ardalan Edit)
5. ID – ID
6. Malive – Here Now
7. Sage Armstrong & BOT – She Bad As Fuck
8. Jay Robinson & JM – Hussle