Visual and recording artist Devendra Banhart released his Nonesuch Records debut, Mala, this week. Much to our delight, the Venezuelan—now New York resident—pays homage to his L.A. skateboarding roots with a beautiful instrumental titled: "The Ballad Of Keenan Milton".
Mala was partly inspired by early hip-hop that the late pro skateboarder Keenan Milton adorned in his video parts with Girl Skateboards and uses some of the recording devices that were used in the early days. In the label's press release Banhart acknowledges, "knowing my songs are not hip-hop whatsoever, [they] thought it would be interesting to see how these songs would work...".
The full album can be pre-ordered now on CD and vinyl LP at nonesuch.com and includes a limited edition, autogrpahed print; an instant download of the album track "Für Hildegard von Bingen" and a download of the complete album!
Have a listen here at the bottom of the page. Keenan Forever!