Founded during the summer of 2000, the Planet of the Drums is the alliance of four of America’s most popular drum and bass DJ’s: AK1200 (Dave Minner, Orlando), DJ Dara (Darragh Guilfoyle, Brooklyn), Dieselboy (Damian Higgins, Brooklyn), and MC Messinian (James Fiorella, Philadelphia). The alliance was created to move drum and bass out of side rooms, and onto the main stages of electronic dance music events.
Still in his early ‘20s, Angola-born, Lisbon-based Rogério Brandão, aka DJ N Fox, has already played in all sorts of the greater Lisbon clubs, while discreetly refining his own productions. On his magnificent debut, “O Meu Estilo,” released in 2013 on Príncipe Discos, he presented the world with parts of his unbelievably vast palette. As the title implies, there’s nothing quite like this, even in Lisbon’s ever more productive and creative beat-based music. He’s taken all sorts of lessons from local producers, as well as from the tracks coming in from Luanda, and has created his own unnameable hybrid, informed by kuduro, afro-house, Angolan deep, tarraxinha, batida, and created some of the dopest, freshest music in recent years.
As famed music critic Philip Sherburne aptly put it, “Fox’s mastery of timbre brings to mind Shackleton and Ricardo Villalobos, which presents an interesting twist in the usual narrative: Where they look to Africa for inspiration, Fox warps far-out European club music to Angolan specifications.”
In honor of Geoffrey “Squirt” Scott ❤️