Chima Isaaro (PT)
It's clear that Lisbon-based DJ Chima Isaaro (FKA Chimahiro) has been doing the work. Lighting up the basements of Brussels, the dance halls of Milan and the reputable venues of her home turf with versatility and a honed instinct for groove, the seasoned selector – who is as much a dancer as a digger – is rightly becoming recognised for her uplifting, surprising and always generous sets. Well-known for effortlessly melodic sonic journeys that weave through the time-spaces of techno, house, disco, soul, batida, jazz and more, she consistently offers up Black-rooted candescence, for the people.
Her mix series Nyce & Slo has long been a favourite for discerning lovers and yearners, while her jacked-up, turned-out dance mixes on platforms including Boiler Room and Rinse FM have won her devotees internationally. At her new monthly residency at Lisbon party cave Musicbox, like everywhere she graces the decks, Chima Isaaro sustains that expansive energy with a universal invitation: you can come, if you can dance.