Maboku and Lilocox make up CDM, an offshoot of PDDG (Piquenos Djs Do Guetto). It’s a production team already developed in the days of Príncipe’s now legendary monthly residency at the Musicbox club in downtown Lisbon. Their back-to-back DJ sets, strongly built around their own productions, bridge any gap between straight jungle kuduro and a personal interpretation of house. However, it’s all the things in between that never fail to impress. Watch for the unheard!
The EP starts off with the traditional slow jam referred to as Tarraxo. Suggestive moaning gives way to the heavy heavy sound of percussion. You have to feel it especially after the break, when an all-powerful reverb increases the punch. Godamn!
“CDM A Comandar” showcases the classic batida and marimba dialogue. It’s synthetic Africa deliciously shot through the heads of both producers into our receiving hands and feet;
“Viemos Do Congo” unveils a bit more of Africa with tribal drums and a tense harmonica-like melodic hook that ends only too soon. Killer jungle groove;
Lilocox is left alone for “To Ligado”, a relentless piece of batida with his trademark deep bottom-end. This goes on like a juggernaut;
“Laranjas” (“Oranges”, go figure) is Maboku’s party tune, horn stabs picking up and not letting go. Pure Cargaa for the dancefloor;
“No Momento” sounds like the ultimate avant-garde batida. Fat bass drum, crashing hi-hats and hanging bells, all commanded by Lilocox’s otherwordly rhythmic sense;
Another slow jam at the end: “Grito Das Crianças” plays percussion against percussion, it follows a jacking path before adding melancholy with some lamenting horns. Someone needs to party but feels too introspective to get the gas really going. Catch all the breaks if you can.