“Hi Malaya” is a Greek band based in Volos. It’s a power trio, consisting of Antonis Papadopoulos on the guitar, Christos Metaxas on the bass, and Vasilis Zigras on the drums, formed in 2015, that plays… their kind of music. Inspired by rock, surf, stoner, and mediterranean music, they try to make people dance and reach the imaginary corners of their minds.
A spooky guitar riff, slowly drowned in tape echo, then clearing up again, going quiet….BOOM! The huge sound of Hi Malaya makes its presence known, following a brief and polite introduction. The three-piece band from Volos, Greece take their audience along for a ride, through a mix of surf-rock, mediterranean, and oriental melodies, unexpected rhythm pattern and at times, even running these influences through a heavy rock prism.
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|Analog Recording Equipment||
Telefunken M15A, Manley Variable Mu Mastering Compressor/Limier, Thermionic Custom Green Fat Bustard, Magnetovolt Sideways, Variety Microphone Pre-amplifiers, FWRL Spring Reverb Unit
Variety of cables, including Van Damme OFC, Viper, Cordial, and custom wiring consisting of 99.99% solid silver wires, along with gold plated connectors by Neutrik and some miscellaneous connectors by Amphenol and Switchcraft
J. I. Agnew
Various including models by AKG, Electrovoice, Lem, and Shure.
Thermionic Culture Custom Green Fat Bustard
The debut album is a Direct-to-Master recording, origibnally captured on ATR Magnetics 1/4" Master tape, using a short, fully analog signal path consisting of selected vacuum tube electronics. Instead of using equalisers for shaping the sound, I chose to simply rely on careful microphone selection and placement, to achieve the desired tonal balance. The controls were adjusted in real time while the band was performing at Magnetic Fidelity. The master tape was transferred to DSD for this release, making the album available to the public in DSD prior to any other format.
|Original Recording Format|
J. I. Agnew, Hi Malaya
J. I. Agnew
Magnetic Fidelity Live Room
ATR Magnetics 1/4" Master Tape, if this counts as software…
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
Analog to DSD128
Magnetovolt Full Range Monitoring System based on KEF drivers
|Release Date||June 30, 2017|
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