Vinyl 12″ EP / Digital
Written and produced by DJ Danifox, DJ Lycox, Puto Márcio, DJ B.Boy;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released November, 2020;
VINYL/DIGITAL: Order from us
A1. Danifox – Xupetilson
A2. Dj Bboy – Kuribotas
A3. Dj Lycox – 11h na Lisa
B1. Danifox – Aguenta
B2. Danifox & Dj Lycox – Mete o Bass
B3. Puto Márcio – Coisas da Vida
Danifox says “Aguenta” and crew founder Puto Márcio concludes with “Coisas Da Vida”. These may be words of advice in any circumstance but right now they fit the current assault on our daily lives. Tia Maria are back with a new EP.
Once the most international crew on the label (Lycox in France; Danifox residing in the UK but now back to PT), also a sign of recent times – there was a lot of young emigration from Portugal over the course of the 2010s. File swapping has become ever more the norm between producers who sign their names on collaborative tracks. But shit happens anyway and via WhatsApp it’s irrelevant if you live next door or 1000 miles away: standout track “Xupetilson” speaks about this fellow hot-tempered DJ who couldn’t resist throwing bad vibes around, so Danifox sings “you’re coming to bite me but you’re not a dog.”
Speaking of dogs, they’re out and about when “Mete O Bass” comes to the fore, Dani and Lycox laying heavy metal on the dancefloor; B.Boy keeps the pace with a no-brainer intense beat track (“Kuribotas”), while Danifox, again solo on “Aguenta”, works around a dark, urban, rainy soundscape, going off on a jealousy trip with samples of “you showed contempt, you didn’t nurture, so now deal with it”. And Lycox seems to drive around town at night, calling Lisboa by the well-spread nickname Lisa, just out to dance or going from party to party
This law of Tia Maria represents the core of batida styles, bowing out with the usual heart-breaking grooves of Puto Márcio. When life is sad, make it beautiful.
Vinyl 12″ EP; individually hand-painted sleeve, 500 copies available for the world.
“Xupetilson”, um dos raros temas vocalizados na Príncipe, assinala um bife entre DJs amplificado pelas redes. Tudo bem, a canção serve para exorcizar o peso. A voz de Danifox em tom cândido mostra boas intenções e convoca a união da Tia Maria. Este house progride com riqueza harmónica numa simplicidade desarmante pontuada pelos breaks expressivos a meio do ritmo. Não tão regenerativo em “Aguenta”, uma malha de neura e ressentimento, com o barulho da chuva a mandar a dica de que alguém se portou mal e, portanto, fica à porta. Dani + Lycox fabricam bomba em “Mete O Bass” e B.Boy segue perto com “Kuribotas”, um kuduro em tempo de house directo para a pista. Ainda há o instrumental motivacional e de sorriso na face que é “11h na Lisa” (DJ Lycox), a transbordar esperança em qualquer coisa que acontecerá depois de estacionar o carro. No final, Puto Márcio e “Coisas Da Vida” puxa em dois sentidos, de novo a esperança pelo bom que virá mas também a melancolia pelo bom que já foi. Talvez já o tenhamos escrito a propósito de outras edições na Príncipe, mas: Música Moderna Portuguesa.
Flur, December 2020
Six years since their formative 2014 debut, on ‘Lei Da Tia Maria’ the group rally around a need for vocals and rude grooves that keep heads up above the madness of the world in 2020 and beyond. Like their first record, all tracks were written and sent over messaging apps from respective bases in Portugal, France and UK, and each testifies to the enduringly positive links between the young Angolan-Portuguese diaspora who have emigrated from Portugal during the 2010’s.
The crew’s 2nd volley channels their concerns and hopes into resolutely upfront dance music primed for better times. On EP standout ‘Xupetsilon’ Danifox shrugs off snide DJ politics, crooning what translates to “you’re coming to bite me but you’re not a dog” over deep blue chords and pendulous batida drums, while conjuring bleaker, rainy scapes that suit the mood of his lyrics about jealousy and and contempt in ‘Aguenta’, but lets the music do the talking with remarkable results nodding to Drill and bittersweet computer music tones alongside co-producer DJ Lycox on another big one, ‘Mete o Bass.’
Lycox also supplies a romantic kiss to his home city, Lisbon, or “Lisa” as it’s affectionately known, in the lissom shuffle of ‘11h na Lisa’, which shares a svelte lilt with Puto Márcio’s slower, melodic chops in ‘Coisas da Vida’, and DJ B.Boy keeps the vibe tilting up with ‘Kuribotas’, a scudding Kuduro zinger with direct, incendiary effect comparable to P. Adrix bits. Always killer, right?
Boomkat, December 2020
The daily aggressions that we suffer are sometimes difficult to deal with, especially at a time when we remain confined to our own problems and those of our immediate surroundings. Tia Maria, a certified dream team, has the recipe to expunge our pain and take a little musical respite in a good dose of dirty batida and hot-tempered DJs, ones who can’t resist sumberging themselves in the bad vibes. A prime example of this happened when Lisbonian Danifox, now based in Leeds, England, returned to his native land where he saw the local electronic effervescence of Lisbon’s immigrant neighbourhoods, which went on to influence the already flagship track “Xupetilson”: “you’re coming to bite me but you’re not a dog” or on “Aguenta,” “you showed contempt, you didn’t nurture, so now deal with it.“
Officially, Danifox has only a year’s experience in the game, but that hasn’t stopped him from finding his place alongside the other early geniuses of the Tia Maria Crew, Puto Márcio, DJ B.Boy and DJ Lycox (based in France). With their kuduro and baile funk rhythms propelled into a dark, urban soundscape shared remotely between producers on WhatsApp files, the DJs continue the tradition of exchanging records outside mainstream circuits, and embody the batida spirit of the early days.
Pan-African Music, December 2020
Le crew à la fois très international, mais aussi complètement lusophone Tia Maria Produções est de retour avec un nouvel album qui fait resonner une loi amère et piquante, une loi douce et dansante, une loi qui, si vous jouez trop avec, finira par vous clouer les doigts avec des attaques synthétiques, vous crucifier à sa pochette avec un beat bien senti, la loi de Tia Maria, mieux, la Lei Da Tia Maria !
Sur ce nouvel EP, on retrouve DJ Danifox, et son acolyte Lycox, mais aussi DJ B.Boy et l’un des piliers du groupe, Puto Márcio, qui tous quatre alignent des beats qui martèlent leurs cadences à la vitesse du battement cardiaque d’un athlète à l’entraînement, ou d’un obèse après une marche un peu vive. Ils laissent couler des synthés en cascades dans un bassin de basses bouillonnantes. Oui, on retrouve sur cet EP la force du batida, cette tempête lascive et électronique, celte douceur lusophone un peu sèche, ce grand tournoiement doucereux qui vient enrober un cœur sauvage et brutal, bien dissimulé par les effets et les machines !
Oui, derrière ces atours électroniques parfois un peu rudes, on retrouve sur ce Lei Da Tia Maria de Tia Maria Produções, qui vient de paraître sur le label lisboète Príncipe, tout ce qui fait le sel de la musique lusophone que l’on aime, de la bossa à la batida, en passant par la morna, le kuduro et la tarraxinha… cette douceur, cette beauté, encerclée par la tempête.
Djolo, December 2020