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In Session: DJ Marfox

Fire it up

  • Words: Seb Wheeler | Images: Marta Pina
  • 13 April 2016

The club music that DJ Marfox makes and plays is as hot as it gets.

Charging in at upwards of 140bpm, it shimmys and shakes and will get your body moving accordingly. He calls it Lisbon Kuduro, a take on the Angolan sound native to the housing projects that lie on the periphery of the Portugese capital.

These projects have given birth to a number of artists, including DJ Firmeza, DJ Lilocox and Blacksea Não Maya, who all specialise in a modern style of Afro-Portugese dance music (which also takes cues from batucada, batida and tarraxinha) and release via Lisbon's Príncipe.

The label has been crucial in introducing the world to these musicians and now you'll see them tearing around Europe, bringing the heat to major underground events like CTM, Unsound, FWD>>, Clock Strikes 13 and Distortion. They also keep it real back home, at Príncipe's regular party in Lisbon.

Indeed, the imprint takes its name from Príncipe, an island off the west coast of Africa where Marfox's family are from. He was behind its first release – 2011's 'Eu Sei Quem Sou' EP – and is hailed as one of the OGs of this particular movement, with contemporaries DJ Nigga Fox, DJ Liofox and Dadifox all paying homage to him via their artist names.

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