Boomkat Product Review:
Príncipe's DJ Narciso and Bala Club co-founder Endgame team up for a chilly, introspective airlock club excursion, that crosses DMZ-wave darkstep with aerated kuduro futurism and CRT-fukt SVBKLT wonk.
'NXE' was assembled over the course of a year, developed from Narciso and Endgame's desire to not only rep the dancefloor cultures of their respective cities, Lisbon and London, but explore darkness, melancholy and introspection. The result is four spooky steppers that drizzle South London's grey skied bass attitude into Lisbon's intricate kuduro rhythmic net, locking into a bright - and rave-ready - neon thread between the two fertile zones.
Upfront lead track 'CUT' is particularly spicy, echoing Mala's scene-shifting 'Left Leg Out' and galvanizing the loping rhythm with hand drum percussion and jerky LCD synths. 'Nightbreed' leans further into Lisbon, with tumbling kuduro cracks assembled around ominous synth drones and wobbling bass, 'Internacional' sounds as if it's been dipped in liquid metal, with kinetic kuduo rhythms playing off squelching synths and moody pads, and 'Sem Limites' brings gloomy trap into the equation.