Destaque para a mix de Niagara no Astral Plane!
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Lisbon’s Príncipe label has been widely recognized for the Afro-Portuguese innovations of artists like DJ Marfox, Nigga Fox, and the Piquenos DJs do Guetto and Blacksea Não Maya crews, but there’s another side to the imprint: The chunky, squelchy, slightly quizzical techno and acid house of Photonz and Niagara. Niagara’s Ouro Este EP, from last year, trotted out tape-warped piano chords, oily analog synths, and cut-up disco samples in a way reminiscent of twisted traditionalists like Legowelt or the M>O>S label; now the trio gets even weirder on a 45-minute mixtape of all-original material for the Astral Plane. From an intro of Knife-like steel-drum synths and scabby drums, they progress through mooing cows, sullen square-wave bass bleats, shaken-filament wibble, and dub’s kicked-amplifier spring reverb; along the way we get spindly Larry Heard bass arpeggios, dreamy New Age keyboards, down-pitched LinnDrum hits, and scads of déjà vu vocals — snippets of voices you know you’ve heard before but can’t quite place. Despite their predilection for the lo-fi and lysergic, it’s not nearly as dark as this type of broken-down machine music often is; instead, the chaos is permeated with an almost childlike sensibility, like a closet door opening to unleash a flood of rubber balls.