Penya's fantastic electronic afro/latin percussive came through the door of 2018 with a bang. Their debut LP Super Liminal had been carefully guided by OntheCorner having started the journey with a pair of conceptual cassette releases and remixes of a first single by Jose Marquez and DJ Khalab in 2016.
Liminal’ – an in-between state – references the transitional process the four-piece band entered during a series of self-produced recording sessions held at Penya's multi-instrumentalist Magnus P.I's home studio between March 2016 and May 2017.
Penya's percussive and futuristic Afro-Latin sound also owes its genesis to the concept of ‘liminality’: the threshold of disorientation occurring during ritual practices.
Penya's hypnotic groovescapes, led by Jim LeM's bata drumming, ancient chants, sung by Lilli Elina, dubbed-out improvisations on trombone by Viva Msimang and lo-fi electronic production by Magnus P.I
Super Liminal was tipped as one of the LPs of early 2018 not to miss. The album sold out and the band were soon taking their club ready percussive electronica to festivals around Europe. A prime slot at Worldwide Festival, Leysin led the band around Europe and the UK with highlight’s including a support slot for Sons of Kemet at the innovative Brainchild Festival. They are finishing the year with a slot at WorldwideFM’s second birthday party before heading back into the studio.
My favourite from the album is ‘Iyesa’ the most overly jazz sounding among the more dance based tracks on the rest of the record, rhythm and percussion, Afro folk vocals and multiple brass instruments – guaranteed to uplift the soul.
The track is now in our archived playlist but you can still listen here and check out the latest music added to our playlist below.
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