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Ohxala Records
OR73 | 2022-12-30  
Feel free to enjoy the ride. Close your eyes and allow the sun to warm up your skin. Your soul is enraptured to a different scene. The beat invades your body and the loops captivate your look. You're not here anymore – you're in a world crafted by the mind and creativity of two ingenious producers. Meet the new kids on the block: for the first time, Antos and Magupi are joining forces and releasing dreams in the shape of music. But, then again, they're not actually kids.

In 2020, acclaimed producer and Portuguese legend DJ Vibe created a new name to present a new vision. As Antos – a fresh alias that departs from his real name, António, joined by the prefix Anthos, derived from the Ancient Greek, meaning "flower"– he explores different aspects of his imagination, allowing himself to more psychedelic moves, to even more mesmerizing rhythms. It was also as Antos that he signed a remix for "O Ritual", a track by Magupi, Márcio Pinto's adventure that portrays his fascination with exotic and tribal rhythms. Percussion has been guiding Pinto's musical path, so it comes without surprise that the African pace or the Eastern moods also compass his alter ego. Two exquisite musicians with two different experiences realized they had something in common: a fascination for a sound equivalent to a dreamlike travel, exotic, warm, colorful. They got together in studio, shared thoughts and music – and, on the way, created something remarkable.

Where "Ayat" is chilled, with a gentle beat and grand lingering voices, almost as a universal hymn, "Sahara" shows a mysterious atmosphere, propelled by sitar sounds, sinuous and oscillating, always evolving has if music could embrace you – in fact, everything about this collaboration is embracing. The two experienced men embraced their original visions and allowed them to go even further. The two experienced producers embraced their will to look at diverse landscapes. They may be experienced but, together, they present a curiosity that can only show up when you're truly in love with what you're doing. "Ayat" and "Sahara" may be the first signs of this new tour de force but falling in love with their love is inevitable. And there's already proof of this: with the remix signed by Tó Ricciardi, "Sahara" becomes rounder and hypnotizing; Ohxala leave their fingerprint on a new approach to "Ayat", where the beat gets even deeper and the chase more profound.

Close your eyes. Open your soul. Release your body's strains. Feel the warmth. Look at the colors. Undulate your imagination. Here, there are no limits or borders. Antos and Magupi may have created it but now this might become your new religion. Feel free to pray.

Artwork by Luio Zau
Mastered at Ohxala Records Studio
To Ricciardi Remix mastered at Blackhead Studios

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