|Origin||Norwood, London, England|
Digital Mystikz are a dubstep production duo consisting of Mala (born Mark Lawrence), and Coki (born Dean Harris, 26 August 1980) from the South London suburb of Norwood.Along with Loefah and SGT Pokes, who make up the group ASBO (All Soundbwoy Out), they operate the DMZ record label and host the influential bimonthly nightclub DMZ, held at the Mass club complex in Brixton, London. BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel was an early supporter of Digital Mystikz, eventually putting them in his annual 2004 top 50 list at number 29. They are among the scene's most famous producers. Their song "Anti War Dub" appeared in the 2006 film Children of Men , although it wasn't included in the soundtrack. In the summer of 2008, Mala was chosen to headline the night portion of the Sónar Festival in Barcelona. In April 2011, Mala travelled to Cuba with Gilles Peterson who was returning to Havana to produce the second instalment in the Havana Cultura series. While Peterson recorded new material with local musicians, Mala began work on a new album Mala in Cuba, which was released in September 2012.
DMZ has been described as one of Dubstep's two "most influential regular clubnight[s]" (with its predecessor FWD>> the other one)and "central to the scene". Since starting in March 2005, the club's attendance has increased steadily. DMZ's first anniversary, when a queue of 600 people forced the club to move from its regular 400-capacity space to Mass' main room, has been cited as a pivotal moment in Dubstep's history. BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, whose support of Dubstep has increased the music's popularity, discovered it at DMZ. Straight outta Croydon fliers carry the slogan "come meditate on bass weight". In 2005, an assortment of songs were created specifically to be played on the club's soundsystem.
|Release date||Label||Cat#||Artist(s)||Release name||Format|
|2004a||Big Apple Records||BAM 004||Digital Mystikz||Pathways / Ugly||12"|
|2004b||Rephlex||CAT 160 CD||Digital Mystikz, Loefah, Kode9||Grime 2||12" / CD|
|2004c||DMZ||DMZ 001||Digital Mystikz & Loefah||Twisup||12" / Web|
|2004d||DMZ||DMZ 002||Digital Mystikz & Loefah||Dubsession||12" / Web|
|2005a||DMZ||DMZ 003||Mala & Loefah||Da Wrath / Twisup (VIP Mixes)||12" / Web|
|2005b||DMZ||DMZ 004||Coki||Officer / Mood Dub||12" / Web|
|2005c||DMZ||DMZ 005||Digital Mystikz||Neverland / Stuck||12" / Web|
|2005d||DMZ||DMZ 006||Loefah||Root / The Goat Stare||12" / Web|
|2006a||DMZ||DMZ 007||Digital Mystikz||Haunted / Anti War Dub||12" / Web|
|2006b||DMZ||DMZ 008||Digital Mystikz||Ancient Memories||12" / Web|
|2006c||Soul Jazz Records||SJR 134-12||Digital Mystikz||Misty Winter / Conference||12" / Web|
|2006d||Soul Jazz Records||SJR 135-12||Digital Mystikz||Walkin' With Jah / Earth A Run Red||12" / Web|
|2006e||Tectonic||TEC008||Digital Mystikz & Loefah||System / Molten||12" / Web|
|2006f||DMZ||DMZ 009||Loefah||Mud / Ruffage||12" / CD|
|2006g||DMZ||DMZ 010||Mala||Left Leg Out / Blue Notez||12"|
|2006h||Tempa||TEMPA 024||Coki||Tortured / Shattered||12" / Web|
|2007a||DMZ||DMZ 011||Mala||Bury Da Bwoy / Hunter||12"|
|2007b||Deep Medi Musik||MEDI-03||Coki & Loefah||Disko Rekah / All Of A Sudden||12" / Web|
|2007c||Deep Medi Musik||MEDI-04||Mala||Changes / Forgive||12" / Web|
|2007d||DMZ||DMZ 012||Mala||Lean Forward / Learn||12"|
|2007e||Not on label||I&I001||Mala||Alicia||12"|
|2007f||Not on label||I&I002||Mala||In Luv||12"|
|2007g||Big Apple Records||BAM 009||Coki||Red Eye||12"|
|2007h||DMZ||DMZ 013||Coki||SpongeBob / The End||12"|
|2007i||Tempa||TEMPA 030||Coki & Benga||Night||12" / CD|
|2007j||Ringo Records||RNG004||Coki||Mad Head / Bass||12"|
|2008a||Disfigured Dubz||DIS002||Digital Mystikz / Silkie||Shake Out Your Demons / Cyber Dub||12"|
|2008b||Soul Jazz Records||SJR 161-12||Digital Mystikz & Kode9||Wait / Magnetic City||12" / CD|
|2008c||Sub Freq Recordings||FREQ001||Coki vs Chefal||Bloodthirst / Electro Bashment||12" / CD|
|2008d||Soul Jazz Records||SJR 172-12||Digital Mystikz & Kode9||Thief In The Night / Stung||12" / CD|
|2008e||DMZ||DMZ 014||Coki||Triple Six / Road Rage||12"|
|2008f||Deep Medi Musik||MEDI-10||Mala||Miracles / New Life Baby Paris||12" / Web|
|2009a||Dancing Demons||DDEMON001||Coki||Square Off / Warlord Riddim||12"|
|2009b||Ringo Records||RNG008||Johnny Clark VS Mala & Coki||Sinners / Goblin||12"|
|2009c||Hyperdub||HDBCD005||Mala & Cooly G||5 Years Of Hyperdub||CD / Web|
|2010a||DMZ||DMZLP001||Mala||Return II Space||12"|
|2010b||Soul Jazz Records||SJR 233-12||Four Tet vs Mala||Nothing To See / Don’t Let Me Go||12" / Web|
|2010c||DMZ||DMZ 021||Digital Mystikz||Education / Horrid Henry||12"|
|2010d||DMZ||DMZLP002||Coki||Urban Ethics||12" / CD / Web|
|2010e||Honest Jon's Records||HJP54||Moritz Von Oswald Trio & Digital Mystikz||Restructure 2||12" / Web|
|2011a||Tempa||TEMPA 055||Coki||Boomba||12" / Web|
|2011b||Sum Ting New||STN 002||Cotti ft Badness & Coki vs Cotti||Teen Wolf / Jugger-Nog||12" / Web|
|2011c||AWD||AWD001||Coki||Lucifer / Ruff Lovin'||12"|
|2011d||DMZ||DMZEP001||Coki||Don’t Get It Twisted||12" / Web|
|2011e||DMZ||DMZ 023||Mala||Eyez VIP||12"|
|2012a||DMZ||DMZ 022||Digital Mystikz||Marduk / Enter Dimensions||12"|
|2012c||DMZ||DMZ 026||Coki||Haymaker / Revolution||12"|
|2012d||DMZ||DMZEP002||Coki||Don’t Get It Twisted Vol. 2||12" / Web|
|2012e||Brownswood Recordings||BWOOD090LP||Mala||Mala in Cuba||12" / CD / Web|
|2012f||Don't Get It Twisted||DGIT001||Coki||Bob's Pillow / Spooky||12" / Web|
|2012g||AWD||AWD003||Coki||Dry Cry (Soundboy)||12"|
|2012h||DMZ||DMZ 029||Mala||Stand Against War / Maintain Thru Madness||12"|
|2013a||Don't Get It Twisted||DGIT002||Coki & Blacks||Hold On Wait / Bedouins||12" / Web|
|2013b||Don't Get It Twisted||DGIT004||Coki||Voodoo Dolls / Prototype||12" / Web|
|2013c||DMZ||DMZ 030||Digital Mystikz||2 Much Chat / Coral Reef||12"|
|2014a||AWD||AWD004||Coki||Demonator / Indian Girl||12"|
|2014b||Deep Medi Musik||MEDi7001||Mala||I Wait, Pt. 2||7" / Web|
|2014c||Berceuse Heroique||BH 0.5||Loefah||Woman / Midnight||12"|
– Releases are sorted by the earliest release date.
– Some of the early DMZ releases were later sent off digital stores.
– Japanese version of Urban Ethics album (P-Vine Records / PCD-93430) features 3 bonus tracks – "Mappa Riddim", "Sweety" and "Dark Force".
– Japanese version of Mala in Cuba album (Beat Records / BRC-348) features 15th bonus track "Rising".
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