The Oporto-based duo Voxels are a recent addition to Portugal’s electronic dance music landscape, but they’ve managed to make a lot of noise in the short time they’ve been around. After many months pushing buttons and twisting knobs inside their studio – the affectionately-named Magical Audio Unicorn bunker – they’ve finally emerged from the voxcave and stepped confidently into the night, armed with both the filthiest of electro bass squelches as well as the sweetest of pop melodies, creating a unique and elegant 120bpm approach to the current dance music scene, while channelling that unmistakable 90′s sound. This apparently nonsensical approach to electronic dance music, when paired up with a good sense of humor and a furious need to make people shake on the dance floor, is what sets this dynamic duo apart from their peers. No wonder they’ve been immediately picked up by Enchufada to remix Buraka Som Sistema’s hit single Hangover (Bababa), which they followed up with a wicked ‘SynthMetric EP’ on Top Billin, topping everything off with ‘Nasty’, their proper debut on Lisbon’s most kuduro-obsessed label.
The first track is called Nasty and it’s their way of showing us how every great night should start. Instead of kicking it to full throttle from the first second, they prefer a classier approach, gently showing your hips what to do as the steady beat and warm bass line gets you ready for all sorts of mischief. Its sexy and hypnotizing groove will surely be a favorite of the ladies, which obviously makes it a favorite of the guys as well. What else can we say? The night is young, let the nasty games begin.
The portuguese duo follows up with Cunt, proving they’re much more than smooth-talking lady charmers as they drop a roaring, acid-tinged electro banger, especially designed to rock the later hours of the evening. The combination between that thick bass growl, the ravey laser synths and that steady techno beat will surely make you bump and grind into the morning, balancing the robotic nature of electronic music with a soulful and organic side, made especially evident by the female vocal samples that will help spark many dance floor romances all across the world.
Enchufada’s latest single showcases an emerging talent in the Portuguese scene, equally adept at making us dance as it is in making us fall in love. Voxels show us why their name is on everyone’s lips these days, being hailed as the next big thing by both party animals and starry-eyed pop lovers alike. Come ride Voxels’ magical unicorn with us, we promise you won’t regret it!
released March 5, 2012
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