Quick: What do you think of when you think of Lisbon, Portugal? For my part, it's traditional Fado music and perhaps Nelson Riddle's arrangement of "Lisbon Antigua." An underground electronic music scene that blends African musical traditions with idioms from modern EDM? Yeah, not so much.
But that's exactly what's happening there. The city has become the crucible for a style of dance music so new it really doesn't even yet have an acronym or portmanteau of a name. It's the product of immigrants - or more correctly, the children and grandchildren of immigrants - who came to Portugal from countries such as Angola and Cape Verde. They fused the polyrhythms of their homes with what they were hearing in contemporary electronic dance music, and a style was born that doesn't sound like anything else -- nor does anything else sound quite like it.
Native Instruments gave us a scoop on this, as a lot of the most accomplished producers and DJs in the Lisbon Scene -- Nervoso and Marfox among them -- rely on NI's Maschine Jam platform to do what they do. Here's a taste:
You can learn more in the full blog entry here. I don't know about you, but I think this is the coolest, most refreshing, most polyglot, most enriching thing to happen in popular music since Xavier Cugat first fused Latin and big-band sounds while conducting with a chihuahua in his jacket pocket.