DJ Lilocox – ‘Vozes Ricas’
Caroline Whiteley: This one caught me from the first beat. While the melody doesn’t change much, the infectious percussion pattern and fervent rhythm is enough to keep the energy up. (8)
Cameron Cook: The percussion on this track is completely incredible. New world, old world, everybody came to this party ready to shed their colonial shackles and dance the night away. There’s something almost spiritual to it, to be honest. Not super familiar with Lilocox but I’ll be keeping my ears peeled. (7.5)
Jesse Bernard: While DJ Lilocox has done away with his need to use a bassline, the expansive use of percussion on Vozes Ricas (rich voices) adds a depth and vibrancy that a traditional bassline would give. Each drum used has a specific purpose and it’s this level of thought that makes this so refreshingly good to hear. (9)
Michelle Lhooq: In a way that reminds me of a solid techno roller, Lilocox’ simple, repetitive drum pattern pushes you to pay attention to gradual textural shifts and buried details as the track blooms into a lush percussive field. Not quite transcendent, but still masterful. (7.5)
OVERALL SCORE = 8
Words by: Philip Sherburne
Nídia’s guest-producer slot on Fever Ray’s Plunge instantly confirmed the 21-year-old as one of the leading lights of Portuguese batida, a rollicking electronic style that fuses elements from around the Afro-Lusophone diaspora. This short, sweet set shows why her take on it is so special: drums so distorted they smear like blackberries dropped on the floor; slippery polyrhythms and whipcrack accents; copious amounts of acoustic guitar and accordion that give the music a supersaturated hue. It’s a masterfully hypnotic tour of one of the most exciting new genres around.
By April Clare Welsh
Príncipe’s P. ADRIX was raised in Lisbon by Angolan parents but moved to Manchester three years ago. The grimey, ‘Functions on the Low’-flavored opener of his debut Álbum Desconhecido (“unknown album”) kicks off this culture clash, while jungle rumbles on ‘Abertura da Roda’ and the cowbell and bassline on ‘Bola De Cristal’ further nod to the producer’s adopted homeland. But scurrying down the record’s backbone is the polyrhythmic 140BPM pulse of Angolan kuduro – P. ADRIX’s long-standing obsession – brought to life on tumbling standout ‘Ovni’.
Words by: Frank Falisi
As in dream: “feeling the music from the words.” With our ears to the terrain, we sought footing in the percussion of shells snapping and plates shifting. We prepared for finite worlds in this flanging earth. We thought these sounds would be like all the others, an archipelago to be turned cartographic. But this terra infirma, this collection unfamiliar is not for knowing. In asphalt batida and slurred footworks, the jungle takes back the city. A de-bodied voice, a woozed intonation: “Adrix.” In turbulent Annihilation, as if in dream: “a rising sense of heat and weight and a kind of licking, a lapping wetness, as if the thick light was transforming into the sea itself.” We thought, as bodies do, that we could hear these sounds in this world but these sounds slough descriptors like rain off flesh. “Cut me open. Are my insides going to move like my fingerprints?” P. Adrix, sonhos unraveled and the sea itself, knows already: our insides run like sounds. Move for life. Transform or die.
Words by Andy Battaglia
Nídia, Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida (Principe)
This one comes from the antic and animated stable of DJs and producers behind Principe, a fantastic label devoted to dance-music sounds from the club scene in Lisbon, Portugal. Nídia produced one of the better tracks on the latest album by Fever Ray, and her own full-length offering abounds in sounds that go deep and spacey, with a propulsion that rumbles and shakes.
Words by Gary Suarez
The emergence of Lisbon’s Afro-Portuguese kuduro sound denotes the vast potential of electronic music to adapt and thrive outside of the more conventional urban centers for dance such as Berlin or London. While the Principe Discos imprint didn’t have its most prolific year, it held its own in 2017 in representing the scene. A name no doubt recognized by those familiar with the groundbreaking Cargaa series, DJ Lycox at last presents a full-length, one unencumbered by expectations. Via the deep house grooves of “Domingo Abençoado” and the trancey leads of “Sky,” he gives the vibrant subgenre a rejuvenating jolt throughout Sonhos & Pesadelos. The anticipated polyrhythmic complexities of this music persist even as the implementations fluctuate in often wild ways. The balearic finale “Solteiro” peaks with a pristine balance of elements, making for a style somewhere just beyond the reach of tropical house.