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DJ N.K. Pays Tribute to Lisbon's Clubbing Underground On "Urban Mafia"

The bustling track is off his forthcoming LP on Lit City Trax, 'DJ Do Ghetto.'
June 29, 2016, 6:43pm
Release art by Drippin

Half-Angolan, half-Portuguese kuduro veteran, DJ N.K., is gearing up to release his debut LP DJ Do Ghetto on Lit City Trax, and has today shared incendiary album cut "Urban Mafia." Drawing itself forth from a hybrid of high-energy sounds—a fresh-faced baby's cry here, virtual studio synth buckling there—the track seems concerned less with developing a cohesive theme than emphatically, and impulsively, making the most of whatever's at hand.

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"The title 'Urban Mafia' is a metaphor for Lisbon's underground," the artist explained to THUMP via email. "There's a phenomenal new movement emerging in the Lisbon club scene where the city's ghettos merge with the city center. Some clubs, in the middle of Lisbon, have been pushing our music, Kuduro, the music of the ghetto, to mixed crowds of every sort of background, from all races and classes. The mobsters of the urban mafia are all the DJs, producers, promoters, graphic designers and venue owners who contribute to this very important social integration in Lisbon. Our music is now helping to break down boundaries, unify different sections of society through music and dance, helping remove prejudices and stereotypes from people's subconscious."

DJ Do Ghetto will be out on July 15.

Half-Angolan, half-Portuguese kuduro veteran, DJ N.K., is gearing up to release his debut LP DJ Do Ghetto on Lit City Trax, and has today shared incendiary album cut "Urban Mafia." Drawing itself forth from a hybrid of high-energy sounds—a fresh-faced baby's cry here, virtual studio synth buckling there—the track seems concerned less with developing a cohesive theme than emphatically, and impulsively, making the most of whatever's at hand.

"The title 'Urban Mafia' is a metaphor for Lisbon's underground," the artist explained to THUMP via email. "There's a phenomenal new movement emerging in the Lisbon club scene where the city's ghettos merge with the city center. Some clubs, in the middle of Lisbon, have been pushing our music, Kuduro, the music of the ghetto, to mixed crowds of every sort of background, from all races and classes. The mobsters of the urban mafia are all the DJs, producers, promoters, graphic designers and venue owners who contribute to this very important social integration in Lisbon. Our music is now helping to break down boundaries, unify different sections of society through music and dance, helping remove prejudices and stereotypes from people's subconscious."

DJ Do Ghetto will be out on July 15.

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