artwork by Márcio Matos
Festa no Musicbox na baixa lisboeta.
Party at Musicbox in downtown Lisbon.
Words by Duncan Harrison
To accompany the release of this landmark 23-track compilation, Príncipe shared an excerpt from a 1973 interview with Cape Verdean political thinker and activist Amílcar Cabral. “As to strategy,” said the anti-colonial radical just months before his assassination, “we learned in the struggle; some people think that we adopted a foreign method, or something like this. But we bettered our struggle in the culture of our people… supported by our people which is the first and main condition: the support of the people.”
Cabral’s ideals of interdependent support and ground-up social change help to illustrate the Príncipe picture. For this, their debut compilation, founders of the scene like Marfox and Nervoso present work alongside newer figures like Safari and Dadifox. The tightly locked grooves, clipped Afrobeat syncopations and raw cut-and-paste sampling are all emblematic of “the Príncipe sound”, but the stylistic range on display here paints a more rounded picture – an ensemble cast of outsiders no longer defined by hallmark idiosyn- crasies, growing into their own ever-evolving method and dismantling influences to form a culture which is theirs.
Take the minimal stutterings of K30’s Hora do FL, the heavy tarraxinha shuffle of Babaz Fox and DJ Bebedera’s collaboration, the typically euphoric clomp of Marfox’s Swaramgami – there is a diversity on show which represents an evolution in the ethos and a broadening of the Príncipe palette. It’s calmer at times, and the sequencing plays out in a way which makes the upper limits of the sound far less jarring than it can sometimes be. Essentially though, the widening of the sound’s radius with such a continually high quality is a reflection of their main condition – the support and representation of the people.
CD / Digital
Written and produced by the respective artists;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released July, 2016;
CD / DIGITAL: Order from us
1. DJ Nunex & DJ Famifox – Intro Ludhiana (Indian Music)
2. DJ CiroFox – Moments
3. DJ Lycox – Dor Do Koto
4. DJ Danifox feat Deejay Ary – Dorme Bem
5. DJ TL – Deep House
6. DJ Lilocox – La Party
7. DJ Marfox – Swaramgami
8. DJ Firmeza – Tungada Rija
9. K30 – Hora do FL
10. Niagara – Alexandrino
11. Nídia Minaj – Festive
12. DJ Nigga Fox – Lua
13. DJ Dadifox – What Percusion
14. Babaz Fox & DJ Bebedera – Tarraxei No Box
15. DJ Maboku – Ruba Soldja
16. DJ Safari – Tempo Do Xakazulu
17. Puto Anderson – Domingo De Paz
18. Puto Márcio – Não Queiras Ser
19. DJ NinOo & DJ Wayne – Cabrito
20. Puto Adriano – Estilo Underground
21. DJ Nervoso – Lunga Lunga
22. DJ Adifox – Penso Em Ti
23. Blacksea Não Maya – Melodias Rádicas
“As to strategy, we learned in the struggle; some people think that we adopted a foreign method, or something like this. Our principle is that each people have to create its own struggle. Naturally, we have something to learn from the experience that can be adapted to the real situation of the country. But we bettered our struggle in the culture of our people, in the realities of our country, historical, economical, cultural, etc, and we developed the struggle, supported by our people which is the first and main condition: the support of the people.”
Amílcar Cabral, interview to Cameron Duodu/Radio-Ghana at Accra, 1973
Assim de repente. A Príncipe faz um CD com 23 faixas nunca editadas, um feliz encontro entre nomes já estabelecidos e outros emergentes ou mais ocultos. Uma das coisas que torna este disco tão especial é praticamente contar a história desta cena: a inclusão de DJ Nervoso, reconhecido como o originador do som que se produz hoje por incontáveis produtores de quarto, DJ Marfox, que pegou no testemunho de forma incrivelmente consequente, a geração Piquenos DJs Di Gueto e todos os outros nomes ainda mais recentes, tudo isto faz uma narrativa resumida mas bem certa dos sons que agora já não se pode negar pertencerem a Lisboa. Momentos sentimentais como “Moments” de Cirofox, “Não Queiras Ser” de Puto Márcio ou “Penso Em Ti” de Adifox parecem contrastar com Danifox & Ary ou Puto Adriano, por exemplo, pequenos testemunhos de uma exploração que continua sem nome definido. Quase obrigatoriamente, quando se conta esta história, teria de aparecer “La Party” (Lilocox), na sua qualidade de hino nos sets de CDM e popularidade disparada por destaque na Mixmag. O estatuto icónico desta faixa é fácil de absorver com a mera audição. O título do CD aplica-se na perfeição, ainda que “Levis” sugira algo menos fogoso, mas reparem como a grafia da palavra recontextualiza a realidade. A música, essa então redesenha-a. Conhecendo bem o percurso da Príncipe, são também perfeitas as palavras de Amílcar Cabral que compõem o press release do disco.
Flur, Julho 2016
Frankly, Lisbon’s Príncipe are just showing off with this fever-inducing 23-track showcase of their full crew in heaviest effect; including stacks of label debuts and strong showings from their core players.
Mambos Levis D’Outro Mundo is accompanied by a quote from Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean liberationist Amílcar Cabral, which points to the label’s social-democratic ideals.
Within that spirit of independence and celebrating the reality of cultural struggle, the set approaches the ‘floor – an unparalleled site for cataylsing cultural expression – from myriad angles, flipping from wild-eyed, raving futurism in DJ Lycox’s Dor Do Koto to the aerobic mysticism of Swaramgami from the scene’s pivotal producer DJ Marfox, to whacked-out techno by Niagara, whilst also making enchanting introductions to the breezed out roll of Dadifox or the Gqom-like darkside hustle of DJ Safari’s Tempo Do Xakazulu, and the romantic flex of DJ Ninoo & DJ Wayne. Basically there’s loads of reasons you need this lot in your life. Highly recommended!
Boomkat, July 2016