For those unaware, Lisbon is having a moment. The youth of the city’s neglected outer districts are speaking out and doing so through brash, innovative dance music and all-night warehouse parties.
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 startlingly new sound.
A conversation between Warp and the Principe crew in early 2014 resulted in a plan to bring the scene to a worldwide audience and the concept of the CARGAA compilations was born. Inspired by the sheer amount of incredible young artists in and around Lisbon and the attitude of classic, genredefining grime compilations like Run The Road, this is an overview of a genre in its immediate, evolving form – a series of three 12″ compilations that dig as deeply as possible into the different sounds that are emerging.