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Stockholm's Samo DJ continually sabotages the model with distinctive productions that fearlessly compact a myriad of demented ideas with a twisted Scandinavian cheek. One-half of Sling & Samo and co-founder of their label Born Free, Samo also creates faux-fantasy original soundtracks with MaxxxBass as KWC 92, while studio time with Tzu Sing, Baba Stiltz and Cos/Mes further transmutes his sound. Responsible for multiple standout L.I.E.S. releases, Samo's tweaked out edits and remixes have also been issued by Public Possession, Macadam Mambo and Klasse Wrecks.
For the last few years, he's been making highly idiosyncratic music, lots of it house, some of it what could be described as pop. From his base in Stockholm, he works among a stable of artists who share his love for curveballs—Kornél Kovács, Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist from Studio Barnhus, Samo DJ and artists like Yung Sherman from the hip-hop collective Sad Boys. Stiltz is part of the international dance music community, playing regularly around the world, but he's afforded himself an uncommon amount of creative freedom, and often seems unafraid to step outside the scene's conventions. You'll find him writing albums full of downbeat soundscapes (2014's Total), releasing tracks that could conceivably get on the radio (this year's "Can't Help It"), or writing a disco-house burner for The Trilogy Tapes (last year's "Keep It Lit"). His aesthetic is hard to define, but he works on a scale with tender sincerity at one end, and goofball humour at the other.
This is nothing but a temporary goodbye to DJ Khabal in the eve of his departure to Berlin. Lisbon will definitely lose one of its great musical figures, but we can only wish the best of luck to one of its most active and iconoclastic minds. Khabal co-owner Golden Mist and was in charge of Reitoria’s musical curatorship, along with fierce and bold designs that were always presente in its posters. His dj sets are deeply influenced by a street smart lifestyle present in rap music, that gravitates subliminally alongside disco’s cosmic romance, jackin’s rawness and the rhythmic and harmonic sense of exploration only present in the most visionary minds. His presence has escalated in the past years, which led him to be a consistent figure in the most relevant dj booths in Portugal. Khabal represents the inhospitable, the familiar, the determination and, most importantly, the party. See you soon champ.
Artwork: André Fonseca Carvalho