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.