Boomkat Product Review:
yeahh this is the shit, a 13 track double vinyl edition of Príncipe’s 2006 kuduro milestone, hailing the deadliest early cuts by pioneers DJ Marfox, DJ NK, DJ Jesse, DJ Nervoso, DJ Fofuxo and DJ Pausas under the DJs Di Guetto banner - 100% essential if yr into Nídia, Nazar, Adrix, Arca, Craxxxsmurf!
Originally issued on the first day of term in September, 2006, ‘DJs Di Guetto’ introduced the young Lisbon scenius surrounding DJ/producers Marfox and Nervoso, whose road-ready mutations of kuduro and tarraxo kickstarted a whole movement whose influence is still rippling through multiple club scenes to this day.
In step with FruityLoops-enabled contemporaries across the global south and Afro-Portuguese diaspora, DJs Di Guetto formulated a ruffer, more stripped-back slant on rhythms from Angola and Central Africa that repped the sound of local Lisbon block parties and clubs, while running parallel to early Baile from Brazil, and surely (if unwittingly) presaging and echoing London’s transition from grime to UKF at the time.
As these 13 tracks spell out, the young likes of DJ Marfox, N.K., Jesse, Pausas, Fofuxo and Nervoso were on a natural avant one back in 2006, dancing ahead of the curve with a blend of hard-bodied but playful rhythms and rudely cartoonish stabs that resound the directness of earliest UK bleep techno and ‘90s rave, but with their own swag and parry that laid groundwork for a sea-change toward syncopated rhythms in western club music in the proceeding decade. As such, it’s not hard to hear the set’s influence everywhere from the entirety of the Príncipe catalogue in their wake, to the likes of Mexico’s NAAFI and even T C F’s Craxxxsmurf or early Arca, and best believe they all still kill today.
A masterclass in pronouncing heritage with a modern accent and meaning, the set encompasses the don DJ Marfox’s cowbell-led zinger ‘Drift Furioso’ thru to DJ Nervoso’s wild joyrides like the pace-setting ‘Estrago Terrivel’ and molten beatdown of ‘Tapada’ or ‘Tarraxho Nervoso’, while heralding key early input of DJ NK on ‘Mete Chuva Muita Chuva’ (a surefire prototype for Ramon Successo?) or what sounds like a screwed Crazy Cousins in ’Não Chora Mais Não’, with cruddiest slow blows served by DJ Fofuxo and DJ Pausas, and a Mills or Claude Young type weapon ‘Techno’ from DJ Jesse.