Based in Lisbon, Carpet & Snares has become a local institution of sorts. Run by Jorge Caiado the shop and record label has been pivotal in the evolution of the dance and electronic music in the Portugese city having acted as an outlet and cultural resource to many an aspiring dj and producer.
Jorge Caiado was once one of them himself, now a well renowned artist in his own right he has released music on a number of prominent record labels including Balance, the sub label of Prescription records run by Ron Trent & Chez Damier. If you weren't previously aware of his music then the above should hopefully guide you towards his own taste and style. Other records have appeared on the likes of Groovement and of course via his own Carpet & Snares label based out of the same shop.
Over the years he has collected, sold and curated a lot of records. We asked him to nominate some of his own personal favourites as he describes their significance.
“Before I list some of the records which have influenced me I’d like to say that although none of these are unknown or under the radar releases, they can be hard to find and rare. These types of lists are not my strong suit, my memory is terrible most of the time and I never feel 100% complete when I do them. I'm pretty sure that inthe next day when I read it back I'll think about a change or two to make. That's how it is and I hope you enjoy (re)discovering these or at least having a good time listening to them.”
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Red Nail Ft. Noni - Never
My first choice is a sort of dream team for house music lovers: Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Derrick Carter, Chris Nazuka and the cherry on the top of the cake, Monsieur Ludovic Navarre aka St. Germain. All of this in one single EP, and all in a single track that was revamped by the French maestro with the voice of the unique Chez as the main hook. This release was part of a short lived imprint in the ‘90s called Blue Cucaracha, as far as I know, created as Prescription sister imprint, operated by Derrick Carter. I’m not 100% sure when I found this record but it definitely had a big impact on me for being such a good example of what I look for in a house track: deep and jazzy chords, swinging drums and a simple but funky effective bassline. This and all the Prescription and Balance releases are part of my base of what House music is, so actually having my first record released on Balance and personally knowing Chez is a joy for me that I can't really express in writing.