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Mas Aya

Máscaras (LP)

Label: Telephone Explosion

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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The double meaning of Brandon Valdivia's pseudonym Mas Aya neatly encapsulates his musical outlook. Over the past fifteen years, the Toronto composer, percussionist and producer has established himself as an integral part of the city's vibrant and varied music community through his membership in groups such as Not The Wind, Not The Flag, Picastro, The Cosmic Range, I Have Eaten The City and Lido Pimienta.

Máscaras is anchored by Valdivia's deft and atmospheric production style that folds together intricate spiraling synths, balmy environments, and crisp drum programming, variously drawing from trap, footwork, early Warp-label gestures, and the digital end of dancehall reggae. Yet it's his love of organic instrumentation that truly cements his commitment to an eclectic, unclassifiable aesthetic.

Cat. number: TER083
Year: 2021
Written, Performed, Recorded by Brandon Miguel Valdivia. Except Tiempo Ahora words and melody by Lido Pimienta. Momento Presente contains a voice sample by an unarmed guerilla taken from La Misa Guerilla lead by Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaragua, 1978. 18 de Abril contains voice samples of Valeska Sandoval and Fredrych Castillo, recorded Nicaragua, 2018 Supported by Aluna Theatre and Canada Council for the Arts