Written by Daniel Pinho.

In a time where the vast majority of artists/labels are postponing their releases and music industry (globally) is delaying events, having just now started to delve on small scale happenings, we are left with the ones who keep on risking, even without wind blowing in their favour. For that reason, I decided to assemble a list of new releases, by labels that are debuting something actually new, that caught my ears in the last couple of months.


It’s a new Portuguese audiovisual label, co-founded by Luís Neto and Alexandre Alagôa, that debuted TRV001 in the beginning of July, a compilation that comprises eight portuguese artists under the same banner. The aim is clear - ambient, experimental and diverse sonic pieces. Safe to say that the physical copy is already a piece on its own (Photography by Elisa Azevedo and design by AALTAR System) I’m really looking forward to see future multiplatform endeavours by turva.


In a recent interview with R&B, Jazzego co-founders André Carvalho and Hugo Oliveira, stated that they “want to kill jazz’s elitism” by connecting jazz to other music genres, reinventing it, making the term more modern. Back in April they released an EP of reworks by AZAR, celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Bitches Brew” by Miles Davis. If KNOWER is no longer a guilty pleasure for jazz snobs and perform at jazz festivals all over the world, maybe Jazzego has a wider rope to walk on.   


Lisbon-based label Percebes released last month it’s first compilation “Produto Interno Bruto I”. Percebes, a music label that has its heart on club music, made way for a compilation that joins portuguese and other international artists to deliver a varied array of sounds and aesthetics throughout the whole project. Let’s hope to listen to all of them on the dancefloor as soon as possible

Coming together, making something that you’ve never done before, creating (despite this almost unreal context) and simply going for it are principles that I find noble and respectable. It’s very important to keep supporting artists that try new things and bring enriching experiences to the world.

Daniel developed an interest in music since an early age so his father bought him an acoustic guitar on which he sat, breaking it, a week later. During his teen years he wanted to go to every show and festival around so he started writing articles for online magazines in exchange for tickets. He is also very fond of sneakers. He still can’t have the pair of his dreams but maybe one day he’ll put them on while listening to “Praise The Lord” by A$AP Rocky and Skepta.

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