DJEFF lands on Watergate Records for his anticipated first EP on the label.
Those who know, know. DJEFF has been a symbol for quality Afro tech productions stretching back over a decade, championed by everyone from Black Coffee, to Louie Vega, Major Lazer and even Diplo. The Portuguese DJ/producer with Angolan & Cape Verdian roots has an innately soulful touch. Whether in the booth or on the buttons, he’s respected by heads and ravers alike.
We’ve had fleeting tastes of his talents on Watergate Records over the past 12 months, thanks to ‘Cloud 7’, his joyous contribution to the ‘Watergate 20’ compilation, followed by a dreamy remix of JAMIIE’s ‘Voices’ last year. ‘Ndiki’ marks his first headline effort for the imprint.
The title track sees a link up with celebrated Angolan singer Yuri Da Cunha for a timeless Afro house cut made for those spine-tingling end-of-night moments that’ll have the dancefloor grinning from ear to ear. ‘Duality Reflections’ is its accompaniment, a chugging Afro tech gem that combines a dramatic chord sequence and sweeping strings for a memorable finish.
‘Ndiki’ gets a Mystical Edit, taking the track into deeper realms courtesy of rising Italian artist and Innervisions affiliate Ivory, before handing the baton to Xinobi and Cincity for a succession of fresh interpretations. Fellow Portuguese artist Xinobi takes the title track into heady melodic territory, crafting a rolling re-rub built around the lead synth. Meanwhile, Cincity adds her own expansive take, honing in on the melodic elements, before a rhythmic second half brings the track home. Dub versions of both Cincity and Xinobi’s remixes complete the generous package.