Exclusive: Maluca's Newest Track

Exclusive: Maluca's Newest Track

Performer on the rise, Maluca, releases the first fiery track off her upcoming MALA EP

Performer on the rise, Maluca, releases the first fiery track off her upcoming MALA EP

Text: Jessica Schiffer

Washington Heights native Natalie Ann Yepez, or Maluca, as she's known on stage, has been delivering experimental tracks for over five years now, but 2016 is bound to katapult her into the mainstream. Dabbling in a genre blend she refers to as "ghetto tech, tropical punk and dominican rave," the 33-year-old has a fresh sound that's already garnered attention from (and collaborations with) the likes of Robyn and Diplo. Today, she releases "Mala," ("bad" or "mean" girl in Spanish) the first single off her upcoming MALA EP.

Speaking about the EP, done in collaboration with London musician K.R.O.S.S., Mala tells V: "I wrote the record as a way to highlight all the negative things people told me about myself...You have bad hair, you're crazy, you're too tough...and embrace them. Yes, my hair is nappy and I look like a witch and I'm crazy, but you love it! I've had self-esteem issues for many years and now that I'm in my 30s I'm just really fucking feeling myself." The first track, below, is total proof of that.

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