Earlier this week, DJ Marfox‘s Lucky Punch EP was released on Lit City Trax, a massive artistic step forward for both artist and producer. Lisbon’s hybrid dance system has been percolating through Internet locales for around a year now and Marfox acts as the foremost purveyor of the fascinating sounds emitting from the Portuguese capitol. For Lit City Trax, Lucky Punch represents new horizons and a geographical expansion beyond Chicago, New York and London. The EP mostly plays out at 140 BPM and proportions an array of kuduro, tarraxhina, house, hip hop and more into a frenetic, aggro blends that breaks any and all existing molds. If you’re in New York tonight, find a way to finagle your way inside Lit City’s RMBA Festival event, featuring Marfox, DJ Deeon, Mumdance and more. Stream “Noise” and “Beat and Break” below and get your own copy of Lucky Punch through Boomkat.
On May 27, J-Cush’s Lit City Trax imrpint will release DJ Marfox’s Lucky Punch EP, the first non-Portuguese release from the Lisbon-based artist. “Terra Batida” is the first taste of the EP, which should (hopefully) launch Marfox’s defining sound into a whole new arena. Lit City has progressed through footwork and grime already and Marfox’s myriad kuduro/tarraxhina hybrid tracks should fit in perfectly with the label’s idiosyncratic vision. Stream “Terra Batida” below and prepare yourself for May 27.
If you haven’t read Ryan Keeling’s long-form essay on Principe Records and the fascinating Lisbon scene it has helped foster, then you need to do yourself a solid and get up on it now. The names DJ Marfox, DJ Nigga Fox, Niagara and others have been circulating for a few years now, but it appears that the sound of Lisbon’s lusophone club scene is finally garnering the ears is deserves. Involving various aspects of kuduro, funaná, batida, tarraxinha and other genres, Lisbon-based Principe Records has gathered, pressed to vinyl and distributed the sounds of the city’s isolated outer-rim housing projects. Of course, the sounds of Lisbon have been percolating for years, but like many other minority, regional club scenes, the producers are often wary of outsiders. Regardless, the five releases Principe has pumped out to date have been wildly inventive, opening up a divide between the label and, well… just about anything else these days. For the uninitiated, Marfox recently made an appearance at the much talked about Just Jam party in London and you can check out 15 minutes of his set below.