P004 – DJ NIGGA FOX – O Meu Estilo: SPIN review

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WRITTEN BY
Philip Sherburne
August 22 2013, 10:12 AM ET

Nigga Fox, O Meu Estilo (Príncipe)
Last April, Lisbon’s Nigga Fox released a mixtape, also called Meu Estilo (“My Style,” in Portuguese), that was heavy on his original productions; five of those tracks now appear on this EP from his hometown’s Príncipe label. For genre insiders, this may or may not be par for the course, but for the rest of us, it’s likely to sound thrillingly alien. Our host (who also goes under the alias Lx Monkeys Beatz) uses batida, an instrumental offshoot of kuduro, as his rhythmic base; everything here thrums with weirdly tuned drums and twisted polyrhythms, loping hand percussion snaking around powerful 909 snares. But his rubbery synthesizers have more in common with house and techno: The fat bleats and cool bleeps of “Powerr” are mutated descendents of Mr. Oizo’s “Flat Eric” and Sheffield bleep, while the seasick arpeggios of “WeeD” don’t sound too far off from the skunkier end of what Rush Hour has been putting out lately, Hazylujah especially. Part of what makes Nigga Fox’s style unique is his habit of slipping through the gaps in standard tuning, smothering Western intonation in a thick blanket of tuned percussion and queasy synthesizer tones. On “O Badaah,” pitch-shifted strings are set against woody congas in a way that suggests Arnold Schoenberg sitting in with a drum circle. “Hwwambo” slathers melted accordions over the EP’s most propulsive rhythm, while “So Nos 2,” an example of the Angolan/Portuguese style called tarraxinha, slides the tempo fader down below the 100-BPM mark, dripping New Age flutes over stuttering roto-toms. Moombahton wishes it were this trippy.

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