Stream ‘LUMI’ by DJ Nigga Fox from the forthcoming CARGAA EP series

Stream ‘LUMI’ by DJ Nigga Fox from the forthcoming CARGAA EP series

13/03/2015

The youth of Lisbon’s neglected outer districts are speaking out through brash, innovative dance music and all-night neighbourhood parties and monthly raves in the heart of the city’s downtown. ‘CARGAA’ is a series of three 12” compilations that represent the spectrum of talent shaping the sound of Lisbon beyond, with the first out 6 April.

Taking polyrhythmic inspiration from the African diaspora and welding it intuitively to mutant contemporary club music, artists like DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox (‘Fox’ being a widely-used nod to the titular character of the iconic Star Fox video game) have arrived at a startlingly new sound. At the centre of the action is the Principe crew, a squad of visual artists, musicians, promoters and managers who are helping focus the energy of the many young crews of producers and develop a unique aesthetic in the process. It makes sense that the first volume feature DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox, the scene’s two breakout artists in 2014, alongside fresh-faced upstarts Blacksea Não Maya, DJ Ly Co-Ox and DJ Nedwyt-Fox (age: 17) each pushing boundaries in their own ways.

‘LUMI’ by DJ Nigga Fox is available to stream via SoundCloud or the warp.net player below, having been premiered on Flying Lotus’ BBC Radio 1 Residency show last night, or to download with pre-orders from,

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“What the hell is this stuff? How can it sound so familiar to the club music I know, and yet so alien? Is there more like it out there, or is this the work of a lone, weirdo genius? It might be both—and given the speed with which styles like kuduro spread, you won't have to wait long to find out.”

Resident Advisor (on DJ Marfox)

‘CARGAA’ is a popular slang term on the streets of Lisbon, especially amongst the city’s thriving scene of young producers. They use it to describe their tracks (think: “hot”, “heavy”), it can be found on their track’s Soundcloud comments, mixes or even in track titles. The ‘AA' at the end of the word references the AA battery type; while “Carga" means charge in portuguese. “Carga” also doubles as ‘Cargo’ which directly speaks to the export of the music within.

Read more about the music via Resident Advisor or listen to the Bleep Principe Top Ten.