THUMP / VICE: The 33 Best Albums of 2016

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Words by Ezra Marcus

On his latest release for powerhouse Lisbon label Principe Discos, the batida pioneer expands his palette to account for the banner year he’s had touring Europe and America—”Unsound” references the downbeat techno he encountered at its namesake festival, for example. “2685” blends delirious throwback rave elements with a flute line as startling and refreshing as a spray of mist to the face. My personal favorite highlight is “Tarraxo Everyday,” with loping drums and a New Age-y synth line that sounds ripped from a hazy Laraaji jam session. “I have a notion when a song’s going to be immediate,” said DJ Marfox when we spoke with him earlier this year. “It’s a beautiful feeling.” On Chapa Quente, this sense of tactile joy is hard to miss.

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