On the Corner’s resident Percussion Investigator, Magnus has stirred his intrepid musical adventures and global hot stepping rhythms for the Penya Investigations. From the global corners of; India, Morocco, Latin America and the streets of south London, with a cheeky little verbiage borrowed from our favourite moustachioed Hawaiian lothario we present this project. Magnus poured the alchemy of his knowledge, experience and compositions into this debut cassette E.P that flips genres, jumps time and evades the possession of a border. (There’s a hidden remix of another forthcoming OtC project buried in the release).
Is ‘Rootless’ a reference to the borrowed 308 GTS at the King Kamehameha Club, accompanied of course by Zeus and Apollo. ‘Haunted Head’ is this belonging to ‘Higgy Baby’ perchance? What is ‘Daisho’ and why do we hear ‘Simba’ roar? ‘Search it out’ did you find the answer or was it left for the five-O or T.C and the Island Hoppers?
The Penya Investigations project was born of a cab conversation in the winter of 2016; Miles Davis, demystifying percussion, textures, percussion bangers beyond genre and even more textures. More from these investigations and all that is Penya soon out On the Corner.
Meditative and organic music for the home and dance floor
Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction/ Mi Soul)
Sonorous, tribal, mystical and damned fine pieces of percussion led alternative dance floor action! Search it Out is the spiritual samba I've been waiting for! Dom Servini – (Amazing Radio/Wah Wah 45s)
"the sound of footprints in soft sand being erased by the tide"
"carnival Techno meets Roberto De Simone`s "Coro Delle Lavandaie" in a Sao Paulo favela"
"those Cuban Rumba experiments go dancing with Haitian House"
Dr Rob (Test Pressing)
“Melange of new and old elements - done with feeling. thats exactly my kind of mixture here. ‘Rootless’ could be (re) mixed as an epic rhythm & sound jam. looking forward to the full release”
Michael Ruetten (Soulsearching)
Another solid release from On The Corner.
Never afraid to push the musical boundaries Kev Beadle (Mind Fluid/BBE)
“More Afro-electronic innovations from the ever consistent On The Corner. Dope!'' Chris Menist (Paradise Bangkok)
“Far out stuff man!” Aaron Levitt (Stamp the Wax)
“loving ‘Rootless’ & ‘Search it Out’ is magical. I’ll be play-listing these for sure. Magnus P.I’s got my support
Sara Garvey (KMAH Radio Comfy Bella Show)
“Right up my alley” Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp)
“hypnotic.. tribal.. something more in the air...Symphonic” Miss Prebo (Radio Krimi)
'Magnus P.I' is the moniker of Magnus Mehta, the lead musician in Afro-Colombian electronic/rock band, Penya in which he plays electric guitar and percussion. He collaborates with acclaimed alternative jazz groups ‘Melt Yourself Down’ and ‘Collocutor’ and is a member of the medieval band ‘Joglaresa’.
Via extended field trips to Cuba, Morocco, Turkey and India, Magnus has built up an extensive knowledge of musical cultures and traditions and has earned a reputation for his creative and innovative approach to percussion.
Magnus Mehta is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer known primarily for his work as a percussionist.
released May 6, 2016
Magnus P.I plays Bendirs, Morrocan Triple Bongos, Bass Udu, Ghatam, Thumb Piano, bespoke Thumb Piano (Mauricio Ravalico), Mridangam, Dhol and Tabla, Rebolo, Panderio, Alfia and Caxixi, Shekere, Congas and Clave and Marimba
Microbrute (synth) on search it out)
‘Search it out’ - features Penya: Lilli Elina Vocals, Jimmy le M on the lya (bata drum from Cuba) and electronics from Daisho
‘Haunted Head’ features Daisho on electronics
Mixed by Leon Brichard
Master Engineer - Frank Merritt at The Carvery
supported by 34 fans who also own “PENYA INVESTIGATIONS”
It's a great album - played it several times during these weird times and helped my inner state so much. I'm just so sorry I never received my 12" copy and for being treated by the label as a second-class customer. I'll try to stay happy with the digital formats, then. Ludovico Esposito