Penya – Cham Bomb (Photay Remix) [On The Corner Records]


Super Liminal is the LP that catapulted the afro-latin electronic band Penya into the spotlight at the end of last year. The group, comprised of Magnus Mehta, Lilli Elina, Jim Le Messurier and Viva Msimang, have been highlighted by many of the industry’s top names including Gilles Peterson, Bonobo and Mr. Bongo, among others. We tip our hat to Pete from On The Corner Records for his exquisite A&R skills in discovering the band and also for gathering together the producers that have contributed to the follow-up remix package.


Photay is the first name to grace the Super Liminal Remixed EP and the Cham Bomb remix is our premiere today. Keeping the structure but pitching up the tempo of the original, stripping away the impactful percussion and adding hypnotizing horns that twist and turn about the crescendoing piece, the prolific producer turns this one into a dark and raw piece that’ll fuel any late night dancefloor. Next up on the A side is Sarathy Korwar’s remix of Why So Angry, a driving and spellbinding piece not so unlike Photay’s remix, with added horns and darker atmosphere, utilizing the entrancing vocals of Lilli to their full potential. Closing out the first side of the record is Dengue Dengue Dengue’s tropical rework of Search it Out, complete with added flutes and an upbeat bouncy marimba rhythm.Opening up the B side (really the AA1 because all of the remixes are just that good) is Daisho’s remix of Iyesa, a fairly stripped back version with chopped vocals, kalimba thumbings and textured atmospheres developing towards the latter half. The final remix in the package comes from Al Zanders, who turns the original of Tribes on its head into a bubbly dancefloor piece with a new bassline and warm electric piano noodling.Overall, this remix EP is an extremely strong package, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite a while. All the producers that were brought together are prolific musicians and managed to keep the essence of Penya’s originals but added their own distinct flavours to their respective remixes. Expect to hear these all for quite some time. Grab your copy here.


Igor