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The Lowdown on Lisbon: Supafly Records

If you’ve ever been to Lisbon, you might have already come across this shop. It’s in a cobbled side street in the Bairro Alto, worth checking if you’re on the look out for some quality wax. But here we go: the owner, Chico Fly, explains it all and gives the lowdown on what music is big in Lisbon right now…

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Please introduce yourself: how long have you been in Bairro Alto and who opened the shop?

Ok..my name is Chico, the record store first opened in July 2003, but I’ve been involved in record stores since ’97. The store is purley vinyl based – we don’t touch CDs. And we specialise in black / urban music.  Rap, funk, Dubstep, headz, beats, scratch tools, drum and bass. Having lived in London most of my life, I obviously have a strong UK flavour in my musical taste, and so constantly try to show my customers new styles, wheter it be dubstep, grime, funky House…

What are some of your best-selling records at the moment, any recommendations?

Dubstep is strong for us right now, drum ‘n bass has died over the past year but the same people are moving to dubstep.

Artists? Anything by Joker is flying out of the shop, the whole Bristol sound, Pinch, Guido etc.. A lot of the UK Funky House stuff is doing good: Roska, Donaeo, Crazy Cousins. Also the “mash-ups” always do good, anything on labels like GoodGroove, Bomb Strikes.

…and your all-time favourites, any old school classics (any style of music)?

Gwen McRae . “All this love I’m giving”, Run-DMC. “Peter Piper”, Shut Up & Dance . “20Pounds to get in”,  Bob James . “Nautilus”,  Lenny De Ice . “we are i.e”

What musicians are big in Lisboa at the moment, any home-grown talent that people should look out for?

Lisbon is booming with talent!!! in all styles of music, so let me give you a lil rundown: we start obviously with Buraka Sound System. These kids with their fusion on Africa vibes over the crazy dubstep/electronica/dancehall kinda mash-ups have been running the world over the past couple of years. Releasing material with M.I.A, Diplo, Kano, and remixing for everyone and their mum. Check out the Fabric CD from december. BIG BIG

Hip Hop, we have “SamThe Kid”, first real underground Hip Hop artist to break to the festival/concert scene. Top producer, top rapper, for me the best complete hip hop artist to ever come from these shores. Dubstep:  check out “OctaPush”, 2 kids who won the RedBull Music Academy in Portugal last year. They have already released an EP on Steak House records, and have a new track featured on the new SoulJazz compilation “Steppas delight”

Mash-Ups, check out my bro, “DedyDread” has already released 2 tracks on UK labels. The first on J-Star, the 2nd ( just released) on WACK records . Just nice reggae style mashups perfect for the sun. I could go on for days, I really believe that Lisbon is boiling right now with talent, and I believe that the hardest thing has been done, which is for 1 artist to open the door, now watch the others start to appear.

What’s your view on digital downloads and the so-called death of vinyl?

Well, as a vinyl store I am obviously not the biggest fan of MP3, as a DJ I understand that Serrato makes your life much easier. I think the situation becomes a problem in countries like Portugal more than Germany or the UK. Here the whole clubbing, DJing cultures are still quite new, so we don’t have so many DJs who have a large musical culture. So if we don’t start with culture, then the computer/MP3 cannot help us. What happens here is that kids who have Serrato or play Mp3 make music fashion and not culture, this then makes music recyclable. It’s too easy to download DJ Premier’s top 10 of the week, and then delete the files and download 10 new tracks the next week. When you dig for the tracks, and when you pay for the tracks it makes your love just a bit more special.

Again I could go on for days about this subject, but I will shut up now.

I know there are always good gigs and DJs at Paradise Garage, any other venues and nights that are worth checking out?

Well, I think Bairro Alto, is the best area to hang out. There are so many bars in the area that you always find something you like. Also the drinks are much cheaper than in the clubs. Clubs, check out LUX Club, nº1 club in Lisbon, also varied international and nactional DJs. “ LX Factory” is a new spot which has been open for about a year. This is actually a road full of warehouses which have been transformed into clubs and bars etc.. and Music Box, for live bands

Any last words?

Anyone who comes to Lisbon come should check us at the shop, we are opened Tuesday-Saturday 13-21hrs. Address: Rua do Norte, 54 . Bairro Alto. Lisbon. God bless the vinyl DJ, Peace and Love to All.

Thanks;


January 28, 2010 at 11:12 1 comment

…and another mix: more from J-Live

January 27, 2010 at 08:38 Leave a comment

It’s cold out there…Winter mixtape by Oddisee

January 26, 2010 at 11:23 1 comment

Lagos mashed up: Débruit track

January 22, 2010 at 23:03 Leave a comment

All samples cleared? Copyright Criminals documentary

This looks like a promising documentary, not just because of the people that feature in it: Copyright Criminals takes a fresh look at performers and producers who have sampled other people’s music in their own original pieces. It also deals with the creative and legal ramifications you have to deal with as a musician, writer etc.

The film was done by Benjamin Franzen who interviewed many of hip hop’s originators, including De La Soul, Chuck D and Digital Underground, as well as newer artists from record labels such as Def Jux and Ninja Tune. It’ll also give you more background on musicians who have been sampled, such as ‘Dr Funkenstein’ George Clinton and  James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the world’s most sampled performer.

Things have changed drastically in the past two decades, especially what publishing of music, pictures and words  is concerned. The underlying question of the film is:  how did a musical style get turned into a billion-dollar industry? Expect plenty of insight from industry figures, musicians/DJs who explain why every recording artist has to stay up on the dos and dont’s of copyright infringement.

From the official page: “Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.”

January 21, 2010 at 10:08 Leave a comment

Another classic: El da Sensei / The Creators

January 21, 2010 at 08:30 Leave a comment

The Last Poet – Mister Gil Scott-Heron is back

The man who hasn’t released an album for 13 years is back with a very interesting project: he has joined forces with producer and XL label owner Richard Russell on this one. ‘I’m New Here’ is a fusion of Heron’s unique spoken word poetry and electronic beats, sometimes mellow, sometimes dark. This is not just your average one-trick pony-comeback record. It’s a big deal, especially if you think about his rollercoaster life.

‘Me and the Devil’ is the first single – a lyrical a nod to Robert Johnson’s blues and maybe a personal reflection. There’s no doubt he had a huge influence on rapping and soul music. Kanye West used his ‘Home is Where The Hatred Is’, a song about addiction and solitude.  Masters at Work and many others have used his music and made their own versions of it, but they won’t compare to what’s still to come from the master poet.

There won’t be another track like ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ or his album with Brian Jackson, but don’t worry, you may find a future classic on the new one

January 19, 2010 at 10:15 Leave a comment

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