In a new 20-minute film presented by the John Peel Archive, longstanding UK producer Mala is invited to dig through the record collection of legendary British radio DJ and broadcaster John Peel. Over the course of the film, Mala discusses his musical roots, touching on how the work of Augustus Pablo inspired him early on, before eventually picking out a number of pieces of wax key in the development of his sound and style as an artist.
"It was a privilege to be invited to explore John Peel's personal record collection," Mala wrote on his Facebook page. "Honestly, I haven't seen anything like it... over 100,000 records I'm told," he continues, "I had just a few hours to go digging, I did my best but barely touched the surface." Still, the UK veteran managed to select 19 choice records—including cuts from Tom & Jerry, Goldie, The Ragga Twins, Loefah, and his own Digital Mystikz production outfit—throughout the course of the session, telling what made each record standout to him along the way.
The second in an ongoing series from the John Peel Archive, Mala's installment in the film series can be watched in full here, where an informative breakdown of each record he has selected can also be found.