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Compilation of the month
Various 'Branko Presents: Enchufada Na Zona' (Enchufada)
Buraka Som Sistema member Branko has been highlighting the sounds of Lisbon and beyond since 2006 with his Enchufada label. Most recently, it released the Afrobeats-influenced EP ‘Sentah’ by London producer Mina, as well as ‘Damaia’ by Lisbon local KKing Kong. This comp, which features Branko’s own edits in addition to cuts from Gamboa Beatz, Rastronaut and Lorenzo BITW, is a perfect late-summer jam and a sample of the default Enchufada sound, with both upbeat and slower takes on genres ranging from kuduro and kizomba to trap. Populous’ ‘Umi’ undulates slowly and brightly, Branko’s rework of Dengue Dengue Dengue’s ‘Guarida’ hums with energy and ‘Banku Dade’ by Jowaa pops with percussion. “Na zona”, in Portuguese, is translated as something like “occupying a zone and owning it”, and Branko has done just that with this compilation.