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The folks behind Príncipe -- Lisbon’s finest and most unimpeachable dance label, and one of our greatest current music resources -- have started a new label. This is our relief bulletin of the week. Only two releases in, it appears Holuzam is going to be playing host to weirder, less formally danceable strands of music, shedding light on skewed sounds new and old. In ‘Taipei Disco’ they present a snapshot of the ‘90s band DWART, the living-abroad alias of musician António Duart
Their goofy tune “Taipei Disco” is laced with the kinda anecdotal buffoonery it deserves, played out at a disco by a Cantonese DJ who turned it into a smash hit before Duart had even finished off the track. Reading this story, I immediately went and listened to the live version the flipside offers first, wanting to hear the track as it hit people. This truncated, speedier version is kinda wonderful: Factory Floor fans will have no trouble seeing why it hit so hard like this. Flipping back to the A-side is an additive process, the track gaining a steadier hand, squelchy pulsations and synth lines that run in place with the drums. There’s more of a build and process to it, here, Dwart creating a semi-epic, kosmische-influenced disco monolith.
Also on the flip is “Red Mambo”, a tune Duart made in homage to the music of Cape Verde, utilising rhythms inspired by the country’s music -- in his own words, “from musical trends that gained autonomy with Cape Verde’s independence from Portugal”. For my money, it’s the stand-out from this release, a semi-improvised gem in which the rhythms and melodies flitter away from one another gorgeously, the melodic solos and noise interspertions acting as counterpoints to the endlessly seeping groove.
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