Mala Ika: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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We’re very much behind Mala Ika‘s manifesto.

The Guadeloupe-born, France-based producer and DJ urges everyone to embrace their oddities and be weird – let’s be real, normal is boring…

As an ode to championing your oddities, she launched the media company BeWeird and her label Weirdos Records, the latter as a space to house her own music and that of her like-minded contemporaries such as Amarcord, Neurotiker and Tony Y Not. Her latest outing sees her join forces with Antipop for Touch and Retoucha two-tracker of fresh, driving Italo house.


Mala’s future-facing take on Italo, disco, indie dance and synth has caught the ears of several other labels too, namely Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant, Clash Lion and Wrong Era, who she’s released remixes and tracks with over the last few years.

On today’s mix she blends some of those signature flavours, from indie-tinged disco and contemporary Italo to driving synth cuts and cosmic house jams…. Delayed Monday blues rearing their head? Fear not, Mala’s here to put a smile on your face on this grey, cloudy Tuesday.

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you

My Name is Mala Ika, I am in Miami for few days but I am living in Paris. I am female DJ and producer

Where was the mix recorded? 

At home

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

On vacation if you can 🙂

What should we be wearing?

Some swimwear

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Let’s be crazy: the Eiffel Tower or a spaceship

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

The track name is “I Don’t Care”

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Seriously I don’t know, all mixes bring something different

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Hmm my god what is that question, maybe Franckie Knuckles

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

In the past, I only have a cracked version of tracktor 2.0 and now mixer XDJ1000 and DJM900 Nexus

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

The track I start with

What were the first and last records you bought?

A vinyl from Daft Punk, I think

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Smoked and spicy

If it was an animal what would it be?

A wolf

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Everything that coming from Caribbean islands. No, I am kidding.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Nothing else.