Artist: DJ Estraga & DJ Ly-COox (Lisbon, Portugal & Paris, France)
Title: Tarraxar Sem Medo (2014)

In addition to kizomba, I had to feature some of that badass tarraxinha sound that is the genre’s close cousin. In a manner similar to how the producer and label “drops” of Mike Will Made-It and Maybach Music adorn tracks in trap music, the names of producers are generously sprinkled into the fabric of this relatively new and urban Portuguese offshoot of Angola’s irresistible pop mainstream. It’s thanks to this that I know I’m about hear some dope jams when I hear the names of DJ Estraga and DJ Ly-COox, two artists who are absolutely killing it right now.

Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.


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