VINYL CULTURE: LISBON

June 15th, 2015
VINYL CULTURE: LISBON

Words: Rita Maia

The Vinyl Factories vinyl culture film series explores digging scenes around the world. Having previously visited Hawaii and Bangkok, we now head to sunny Lisbon.

For The Vinyl Factories latest film, Rita Maia navigates the unique and mostly unknown vinyl scene in one of Europe’s oldest and sunniest capitals.

To help tell the city’s story, Rita invited a handful of friends, respected collectors and DJs to go record shopping. Visiting markets and tucked away shops, the film explores Lisbon’s unique collection of records from Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guine Bissau, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Brazil, to name but a few countries.

Lisbon’s rich musical identity is steeped in its cultural diversity, which in turn is a result of its colonial history. Centuries of rhythms and dances from Brazil, Africa, India and East Asia have found a second home in Lisbon. Music from Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) countries around the world can be found in every corner of Lisbon’s narrow streets and flea markets.

Following the revolution in 1974, which put an end to dictatorship in Portugal and started the colonial independence process, a great influx of people brought their records with them to Lisbon. Over the years, the records have remained in town with families, traders and collectors and some have found their way into markets and shops. What’s more, back in the heyday of vinyl, many records were actually pressed in Lisbon, making the city a unique location to find rare and unusual records.

Today, these older records along with other western music influences are helping shape Lisbon’s growing electronic music scene. A generation of music makers, who grew up in Lisbon, recognise the Brazilian and African collection, and play, sample, interpret and collect these records, thereby keeping their legacy alive. There’s a great selection of records to be found but as if often the case, you must dig deep to find them.

BERT ON BEATS “SIFAKA DANCE”

June 8th, 2015
BERT ON BEATS "SIFAKA DANCE"

The 2nd installment of the Bert On Friday free download series brings “Sifaka Dance”, a bass heavy club banger in typical Bert On Beats style. Grab it from below.

MAN 087 DANIEL HAAKSMAN FT. BULLDOZER “SABADO” REMIX EP

June 2nd, 2015
MAN 087 DANIEL HAAKSMAN FT. BULLDOZER "SABADO" REMIX EP

Man 087

Daniel Haaksman´s “Sabado” tune ft. Bulldozer has turned a lot of heads on dancefloors around the world since its release earlier this year with its perfect blending of afro vibes, champeta licks and tropical beats. Now the big tune gets a high quality four-pack remix treatment. In classic Man Recordings fashion, the remix EP comes with four differently tempo and style versions from around the world.

Londons garage bass dons LV, of which Daniel has been a long time fan, deliver an high powered island version of “Sabado” that will rock any party carnival style. South African hot ticket of the moment, Aero Manyelo, twisted “Sabado” into a township style house tune. Remix number three comes from Boogaloo, a long time insider´s tip from Lisbon. For their version, they removed “Sabado”´s original melody and remade it in tropical house fashion. The EP gets perfectly rounded up by the dembow inspired version of UK´s Castro who lately rose to prominence in the global bass scene with his releases on Enchufada records.

Four amazing remixes that can be played in all kinds of DJ sets : Daniel Haaksman´s “Sabado” tune is here to stay in crates and dancefloors all summer!

DJ feedback:

Switch “LV remix = Tite!”
Crookers “LV remix is champion!”
Peter Kruder “Aero Manyelo Remix for me!”
Philippe Cohen-Solal / Gotan Project “Very nice remixes!”
Bert On Beats “Dope summer vibz!”
Poirier “Top remixer line up!”
Chrissy Murderbot “LV is killing as always”
Sabo “Castro remix for me!”
Nickodemus “Solid release for different times on the dancefloor”
Shir Khan / Exploited “Castro remix for me!”

Buy it from here:

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Listen to the EP here:

Grab the Aero Manyelo remix as free download from here!

MARTIN IVESON – COBRA XI (FREDDY DA STUPID VERSION)

May 30th, 2015
MARTIN IVESON - COBRA XI (FREDDY DA STUPID VERSION)

Freddy Da Stupid is a Maputo, Moçambique based DJ who releases a steady flow of amazing Afro House tracks. His recent coup is an Afro rework of Martin – a.k.a. Atjazz – Iveson´s “Cobra Xi”. Grab it for free from below!

LUSO FM #113 on FUNKHAUS EUROPA OF MAY 23rd / German-Brazil special

May 29th, 2015
LUSO FM #113 on FUNKHAUS EUROPA OF MAY 23rd / German-Brazil special

If you ever wanted to hear how Germans paraphrase Brazilian music, listen to the latest episode of Daniel Haaksman´s Luso FM show on Funkhaus Europa. In fact, the German infatuation with Brazilian music is already decades old. From the early 1960s, when Bossa Nova was all the rage, German jazz musicians like Rolf Kühn, Volker Kriegel or Uwe Buschköter did their interpretations of the Rio sound, followed in the 1970s by pop versions of German singers like Mary Roos, Anne Haigis or Gilla who succesfully managed the obvious impossibility of pairing German language singing with Brazilian songs and melodies – call it cultural cannibalism reversed. Listen to the show below to find more about some of the best German Brazilian tunes.