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Lisbon-meets-Manchester in a killer suite of Atlantic Acid trax riffing on classic 808 State, Drexciya and ghetto-ready Baile Funk for Holuzam; the sort of young sibling of the influential Príncipe label.
Marking the first release from Lisbon natives Moreno Ácido & Diogo, the ‘Roçades EP’ firmly locks its sights on long, sweaty basement dances in four cuts zipped together from sizzling, syncopated drum patterns, sweeping pads and virulent acid lines that send the whole thing reeling psychedelic.
Splicing cues from vintage dance music in a classic yet refreshing way, Ácido & Diogo play out a sound that’s bound to thrill their home crowds first and foremost, but also heavily resonate with ‘floors across the world seeking that essential spice melange of modern Afro-Latin dance style.
‘Roçadas’ opens with a lip-smacking fusion of Baile Funke’s 808 breaks with swingeing 303 lines and sweeping pads that clearly nod to Manchester acid house staple ‘Pacfiic State’, before ‘Verde Grama’ doubles down on the early ‘90s style with a kinked acid hustle riddled by hardcore rave stabs. B-side, they come on like one of Larry Heard’s Gherkin Jerks and early 808 State with the pitching drums and whistles in ‘Be Quicka Or Be Dread’ that pun on the popular Cuíca drum used in samba music, and ‘Coisa Leve’ leaves a lush finale of uptempo, Drexicyan acid that seals this skilled, respectful and excellent nod to the enduring influence of the Black Atlantic.