"These two crews use familiar sounds, sure, but they put them together in uncommon and often surprising ways. Their tracks have curiously spacious atmospherics—despite the crowded structures. DJ Kolt’s “Afrooloove” feels huge and roomy, with plenty of hand percussion lolling around behind the track’s gentle skip-and-strum. It’s built with wacky synth sounds, rowdy vocals and unsteady rhythms, and often feels like some tribal ritual from a lost culture. The drums on DJ Noronha’s tunes sound as if they were played live on drum machine pads, especially the feverish “Africa Congo,” which is banged out with a hard-to-pin-down swing that that gives them an off-time quality.
DJ Perigoso’s tracks have a certain snap that we often associate with the resurgent UK genre, while DJ Maboku’s “Instrumental P” has grime-style sounds—MIDI strings and flutes—cast in a tropical new light. But you won’t get much further with comparisons here. Try to find something else that sounds like DJ Firmeza’s “Dedicado Projecto Príncipe,” with its fathoms-deep bassline and delirious vocal gasps. Even more impressive is how he follows it with a track that’s all prettied-up with chimes, an elegiac counterpart to its wild predecessor."
"I really appreciate the raw feel these tracks all have... almost a raw old-school Chicago House feel to me. Like old school house, they aren’t over produced and have a sound that’s just right for the dance floor."
(FOREIGN EXCHANGE / Chicago)
"What they all share in common are resonant sampled percussion, loping polyrhythms, and an exceptionally porous sense of texture; scraps of accordion and voice flutter like laundry in the breeze. The plucked electric bass and fluttering congas of DJ Kolt's "Afrooloove" evoke darting moths and dripping faucets, and Noronha's "Africa Congo" mirrors staccato organ melody with stuttering hand percussion and machine snares, while Maboku's similarly pointillist "Instrumental Pe" daubs flute synths over drums that land like fat, scattered raindrops. Mobuku, Lilocox, and Firmeza's "O Vento de Uma Verdadera Amizade" is the record's most outwardly emotional song, with lilting accordion melodies played against lithe synth fillips and tinny brass stabs — it brings to mind Doctor Rockit's "Café de Flore" as reimagined by DJ Mujava — but Firmeza's solo tracks are entirely different. "Dedicado ao Projecto Príncipe" pairs jubilant shouts and yelps with wildly syncopated and pitch-shifted toms, and the shuffling "Remeche as Coisas" is a slow-motion swirl of hand drums and hiccups in 6/8 time. DJ Perigoso's "Dia da Moka" and "Decaléé" are the most disorienting songs on the record, dissonant and soaked in echo, and recasting techno futurism in corrugated tin and pirated electric current."
(SPIN / CONTROL VOLTAGE)
"Specifically to P.D.D.G.'s credit, side B contains a stylish array of phases and moods, complex in structure, with abstract beats, broken up and woven through a tense patchwork, but grounded by a heavy center. They handily weave stripped down instrumentals (horns and percussion) through traditional African melodies, amounting to an intoxicating palette of soulful dance rhythms."
"More dope Lisbon-based music. As is expected, this release features some incredible underground talent by combining local artists.
Drawing from the strong African influence these modern sounds are ground breaking. The rest of us are slow to catch up with what is happening in Lisbon but when we get wind of it all, we go crazy."
(THE GLOBAL BASS EXPERIENCE)
released December 4, 2013
Written and Produced by DJ Kolt, DJ Perigoso, DJ Noronha, DJ Firmeza, DJ Maboku, DJ Lilocox
Artwork by Márcio Matos
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro Da Silva
PRÍNCIPE is a record label based in Lisbon, Portugal. It is fully dedicated to releasing 100% real contemporary
dance music coming out of this city, its suburbs, projects & slums. New sounds, forms and structures with their own set of poetics and cultural identity....more