Various Artists

Cargaa 1

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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 neighborhood parties and monthly raves in the heart of downtown Lisbon.

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. At the center 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.

Inspired by the sheer amount of incredible young artists in and around Lisbon and the attitude of classic, genre-defining 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 represent the spectrum of talent shaping the sound of Lisbon and beyond.

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 Nao Maya, DJ Ly Co-Ox and DJ Nedwyt-Fox (age: 17) each pushing boundaries in their own ways.

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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

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