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Mascaras
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LP

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RELEASE DATE
9/24/2021

"RIYL: Four Tet, Lido Pimienta, Terry Riley, Principe Records, Chancha Via Circuito. 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 alongside the GRAMMY Award-nominated Lido Pimienta, who appears on this disc. The Mas Aya moniker speaks to the interplay of the traditional and the exploratory in his work and refers both to the Nicaraguan town where his grandmother is from, and the Spanish phrase 'el más allá,' meaning 'the beyond.' Máscaras, Valdivia's fourth release since 2012, marks his debut with Telephone Explosion and first release on vinyl. It's easily his most colourful and expansive outing to date; nowhere else in his catalogue is the aforementioned collision of musical lineages and sonic discovery more evident." --Nick Storring