Penya unveil their Penya Remixed EP today and it caps a very successful year for the London-based trio. “Penya” is derived from the Spanish word “Peña” – which describes a meeting place for music and celebration – and they’re certainly entitled to that with great output this year.
Following the release of their self-titled second LP earlier this year – via their own Liminal Recording imprint – London based trio invited a handful of their favourite producers to reinterpret and reinvent their genre melting, percussive sound. One such enlisted is Havana based folkloric singer (and founder of the acclaimed groups El Solar Delos Seis and Osain del Monte) Rubén Bulnes, who takes the reigns of False Prophets and gets Dayron Rodriguez (of El Nino y la Verdad) to contribute the percussion elements, with also Pachi Naranjo producing the recording in Havana.
Drawn together by a deep love for Cuban music, Penya delve into their musical roots and continue to excell following the release of their first LP Superliminal, which secured them performances at Worldwide Festival Leysin, We Out Here Festival, Fusion Festival Berlin, and a live broadcast from End of the Road Festival on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Support also came from Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft, The Times and Songlines Magazine.
Penya Remixed opens with Future Bounce signee, Lorenzo BITW and the rework of Poco Pelo – melding the percussive nature of the original track into club-ready territory.
Danalogue (Comet Is Coming / Soccer96) turns in a wonky, drum machine remix of The Dazzling One – he’s been a standout producer and musician this year.
Village Cuts injects bounce into The Lovers, opting for an Ampiano/Afro-house infused approach.
And globetrotting musician and producer El Búho takes to the controls of Trail Of Awó, fusing early post-garage and dubstep influences with the raw vocal power of the original.
Penya explains: “We are proud to present this collection of remixes and reworks of Penya LP undertaken by friends and collaborators who we admire. The goal with our second album was to explore and expand the global electronic landscape with a special focus on the music of Cuba that we love. With Penya Remixed, we wanted to broaden the scope further and we’re delighted and grateful for the open hearted, positive spirit of all the producers that agreed to flip our original tracks into their own sonic worlds.”
Penya will be donating all bandcamp sales of False Prophets towards the COVID-19 Medical Appeal for Cuba via the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, for the first 3 months of release. This campaign was launched to help Cuba access the vital medical supplies and raw materials they need to treat Covid patients and vaccinate its population.