DJ Nervosa is one of the founders of Lisbon’s funky electronic kuduro and batida scene, championed by the Príncipe label who have consequently put out Nervosa’s first record.
The combination of a wonky rhythm and a non-verbal vocal sample on the track ‘Ah Ah’ evinces the city’s unique hyper-energized interpretation of dance music, further corroborated by the seemingly unstable beat of ‘Kuia.’
The Príncipe label is rightfully ambitious. As it states on its SoundCloud page:
“We want to make sure that the amazing work being produced here, be it house, techno, kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha or any other new aesthetic development, will not remain unheard outside of our clubs, cellphones and homes anymore.”
The emerging sounds coming out of Lisbon’s suburbs and ghettoes stand on their own. So too does the artwork. Label founder and artist Márcio Matos individually designs all vinyl copies of the EP.
If you like fresh new styles, be sure to check out Durban, South Africa’s interpretation of house music in an emerging genre called Gqom.
“Do the thing.” Those are the words that appear on Godriguez’s Soundcloud page. The urgency to make interesting beats drives this Sydney-based producer, known for the sweet sounds behind MC Sampa the Great.
‘Maxlushcarloswc’ is his latest jazz-infused drop, contributing it to Mixtape #6 – The Dreamy One released from the Wondercore Island imprint.
Grab a copy of the album here. All profits raised go to the Australian-based Yothu Yindi Foundation Indigenous Education Project supporting indigenous cultural maintenance.
“Doubts self on a daily basis.” That’s what 17 year old producer Enjoy scribbled onto his Soundcloud page. His collaboration on ‘South’ with fellow beat crafter Snowee hit my radar via a Throwing Snow reshare on SoundCloud. Take a listen and be prepared to get lost in the drop.
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The Maghreban is a beatmaker and so-called ‘outsider’ based outside of London. He apparently came into house music on an open minded whim, after crawling through other genres like drum n bass and hip hop, and old jazz and movie soundtracks. His new single ‘Brooklyn’ is named after his dead cat.
Letherette is a beat making duo from Wolverhampton, England. While known for their Dilla-inspired hip-hop vibes, they have an expansive palette. The house track ‘Wootera’ appears on their new album Last Night On The Planet via Ninja Tune.
Check out the instrumental groove ‘Shanel’ as well: