Review: Along with DJ Nigga Fox, DJ Marfox has been the emblem of Principe's rise to fame, the Lisbon label that has been causing a stir in the house and techno world thanks to its new and quirky take on the genres. More than anything, it has been the injection of African rhythms and all-round craziness that has earned these rhythms such fame, and thankfully this test EP by Marfox is just as bold and curious as the rest. "2685" is a flute-driven monster that has more in common with a tribal dance than a techno cut, and the same goes for the ear-shattering bullet percussion chops of "Unsound". "Tarraxo Everyday" slows the momentum down to a steady pace, "Kassumbula" oils the machines back up and gets the motors going for the heavy pounding that features on "Cobra Preta", while "B 18" takes us down the final hurdle, a broken groove with plenty of tribal fury and Marfox's inimitable pace. Unmissable.
Review: Lisbon label Principe has done a terrific job in showcasing the hard-to-pigeonhole fusion sounds of the city's Afro-Portuguese dance scene. Mambos Levis D'Outro Mundo, the stylish imprint's first compilation, does a terrific job in emphasizing their anything-goes, globally-mind style. Containing cuts from rising stars such as Niagara and DJ Nigga Fox, as well as a swathe of hot tracks from lesser-known lights of the Lisbon scene, the compilation's 23-tracks giddily meld throbbing sub-bass and dense, Afro-influenced rhythms, with bubblinbg electronics, humid vocal chants, and all manner of American and British influences. As a result, it hits home hard, delivering the kind of electric, thrill-a-minute dance music that's devilishly difficult to pin down.