Penya are led by the distinct power vocals of Angelica Lopez. Singer/songwriter Angelica Lopez hails originally from Colombia and expresses dark tales of struggle and progress gotten through uncut determination. There are echoes in Angelica's writing of Colombian indigenous traditions and motifs from experiences gained whilst travelling across South America. Angelica's bloodstream flows with Caribbean dance rhythms and as a songwriter she channels the story telling / troubadour tradition strong in Colombia and ably reaches the high energy peaks of carnival anthems such as 'Acelere'. The band co-write drawing from their influences and experiences from across the globe.
Virtuosic percussion runs a seam through Penya's music as four of the five members are heavy players who are all eager to contribute with drum talk. Aldofredo Pulido on Bass Guitar frames the rhythm section with the Venezuelan's explorative electronics scattering further textures. Versatile Lilli Elina, a mesmerising one-woman band who moved to the UK from Finland to study and became obsessed with Cuban music as a result!! Lilli plays synth, various percussion and sings in the band. The two lead female vocals of Penya dominate the band's unique stage dynamic. Virtuosic Magnus Mehta, whose Indian roots, worldly travel, classical training and drum indoctrination during a stint in Cuba can be found playing guitar for Penya. This musical diversion from Magnus adds a layer of punk attitude and verve. Jim Le Messurier is the band's drummer and comes battle ready having been deeply rooted in the Afro-Cuban santeria scene, a master of the bata drums who is initiated into the religion and has created in the styles of Peruvian folk music, merengue and boogaloo to name but a few. He also has credit for starting the acclaimed 'La Clave' that set a benchmark for Salsa based Latin music in the UK.
Penya bring a punk aesthetic to the dance as their deep party grooves swell with hypnotic afro-colombian percussion, passion and flair. The band member's individual journeys tell the tale of their rhythmic migrations that have now hit the Penya vanishing point in London's cosmopolitan stew.
'Acelere', Penya's first 12" E.P is weighted on the remix flex by DJ Khalab, with his production partner Mess Morize, who give 'Acelere' a dose of afro-futuristic funk. 'Acelere's' global triumvirate is completed with a delectable, percussive rework by Jose Marquez, that distills the band's ferociously vibrant, red-blooded grooves for low-down dance floors and, the wilds of festival euphoria. On the Corner's inimitable in-house art-ACE Victoria Topping has again brought the fledgling label's hi-impact phonic feasts to life visually. 'Acelere' is set for a short stay on discerning store shelves from October 2016.
Although Magnus Mehta plays guitar in Penya he demonstrated his nowse for combining electronic adventures into his global percussion toolbox through the Magnus P.I (Penya Investigations) cassette also released earlier in 2016 by On the Corner (OtC).
Early support for the 'Acelere' EP has come from: Tom Ravenscroft/ BBC 6Music, Jimpster / Freestyle Records, Andrew / Bandcamp Weekly RadioJamie Hypercolour, Luke Slater (LB Dub Corp), Simbad, Dom Servini,Tim Hopgood /Ethyl Music, Chris Greenwood/Bonaza Music, Gerd /4lux, Will LV/ Brownswood, Thris Tian/WorldwideFM, Jerrome Derradji/itsstill music, Charlie/Naim.
been playing this a LOT and the reaction is instant. really strong release - I love it - Tim LeeTummy Touch
I love this - Luke SlaterLB Dub Corp
Wow.. this is fiya! - GerdRunning Back
More foot friendly tropical delights from Pon The Corner! Jose Marquez mix should launch the label into the stratosphere, and Kalab's mix is of course pure filth as always. Big names and big knobs have been twiddled on this release! - Dom ServiniWah Wah 45s
This is a smasher!! Will wreck the dance floor nicely. The Jose Marquez remix is a peach - JimpsterFreerange Records
Really crisp production, love the hooks and looking forward to the dub! - Chris GreenwoodBonanza Music
Intense as fuck but keeping a laid back feel at the same time - Neil BoppersonFirst Word/Wah Wah 45s
Great work..!!! Can feel the afro south american heat coming straight at me with this EP…!! Acelere - Penya / playlisted - Sara GarveyComfy Bella Show
All 4 tracks are brilliant in their own right, they all made me pay attention but the khaleb remix made me change my underpants. love love love it 6.5 outta 5 - Andy SharpNo Pressure Radio
I may be a little biased, but that Marquez remix is pretty hot. It'll definitely get asses on the dance floor, hah! Overall amazing release by On the Corner, looking forward to more music by Penya in the near future - Jose MarquezFania/Tribe Records
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