Boomkat Product Review:
Lisbon veteran DJ N.K. comes for your body with a deft ’n heavy demonstration of Portugal’s widely revered ghetto dance sound, landing nearly a decade since the pivotal first volume of DJ Do Ghetto was written and released with his longtime collaborator DJ Marfox.
In terms of production detail and arrangement, the Lisbon scene has moved on from those earliest mutations, but certainly hasn’t lost sight of its primary purpose and function; to make ‘em sweat on the ‘floor.
DJ N.K. knows that, and executes his functions with style across 12 unrelenting cuts of tussling, tribalised polyrhythms and animated electronics peppered with nods to traditional instrumental hooks, but each played in super sharp synth sounds.
For the sweetest meats check out Tribalistic Face or the barnyard honks and sunny marimba phrases of Black Magic, or get right onto the likes of Matumbina or the breakneck Hoy for full frontal Afro-latin rave pressure.