Vinyl 12″ / Digital
Written and produced by DJ Télio, DJ B.Boy, DJ Lycox, Puto Márcio,
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released in July 2014;
A1 – DJ TÉLIO – 7 Maravilhas (Damas Da Cor Do Pecado)
A2 – DJ LYCOX – O Tempo Da Vida
A3 – DJ B.BOY Moh Cota
B1 – DJ LYCOX – Underground
B2 – DJ B.BOY & PUTO MÁRCIO – Hino Da Noite
B3 – PUTO MÁRCIO – Tia Maria Da Vida
One hot and eclectic crew, put together in 2012 by Puto Márcio (20, ex-DJs Di Puro Ritmo, a crew he also started). A strike team of guys he got in touch with via internet over the years. He played with DJ B.Boy (19) since 2009/10; DJ Télio (17) and DJ Lycox (17) were on his radar because he liked the way they played, so he invited them. Apart from himself (Loures, North of Lisbon), all the others were living South of the river Tagus (dividing the greater Lisbon area), so Tia Maria was not born of a neighbourhood bond as other crews were. Puto Márcio and Lycox are currently based in Rennes and Paris, respectively, and its precisely at this point that the EP is happening. The title “Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer” (“It’s like we won’t die anymore”) is a strong statement aiming for posterity.
“7 Maravilhas (Damas Da Cor Do Pecado” is a wonderfully synthetic afrohouse torch song, if such a thing exists. A simple, effective structure contains all the essentials of a seriously moody dancefloor spectacle. It floats along while we imagine who might the ladies in the title be – “7 Wonders (Ladies The Color Of Sin)”
“O Tempo Da Vida”, meaning something close to “Life’s Time”, starts off with a classic mellow ambient intro before the now familiar marimba rhythm kicks in. With the right circumstances this one will drive you to joyful tears. Add other layers of ambience, plucked strings, an extremely discrete percussion roll in the background and a moving sense of melody and you’ve got a love affair in the tropics;
One of B.Boy’s specialties is tarraxo, that hypnotic, druggy slow groove. A sort of trance is built up from the heavy beats in “Moh Cota”, helped by repeated vocal snippets and a shower of blips making this a strange hybrid even for those familiar with all the fusions tested in dance music during the 90s and early noughties;
Enter Lycoox with a tense mood, skipping beats and a complex web of melody. “Underground” barely has words but there is a sense of dense messages coming through. And this does sound otherwordly too;
B.Boy returns with crew founder Puto Márcio. “Hino Da Noite” kills softly, in some ways contradicting the title (“Night Anthem”), if you think of “Night” as nightlife and not as a moonlit walk on the beach or any other favourite setting, as it seems to be the case here (well, open to discussion);
It’s useless to translate “Tia Maria Da Vida”, which we interpret as a deeply felt hommage to the crew. Most weird and sad tarraxo, working its way under the skin. Congas, flute, a slow but jacking beat, a sort of melodica and keys that double as bassline. An enormous pulsing heart for maximum emotion and boldness.
The styles showcased here are testament of the awesome creativity happening in this loose community of countless bedrooms, spawning a network of music production and parties largely off the coast of established scenes. We are still scratching the surface.
Vinyl 12″ individually hand-painted, hand-stamped.
AMAZING new future world music from Lisbon. On a similar tip to Al Dobson Jr but taking it from the back garden into the cluurrrb. HOT
Picadilly Records, July 2014
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon’s Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, “deeper” strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner “TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer” – meaning “It’s like we won’t die anymore” – they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo’s strangely haunting “Afrohouse torchsong”, ‘7 Maravilhas (Damas Da Cor Do Pecado)’ to the sad, mystic tarraxo of crew leader Puto Márcio’s slow jacking ‘Tia Maria Da Vida’. Between, we find the gorgeous ambient pads and marimba cadence of DJ Lycox’s ‘O Tempo Da Vida’ and the more dramatic ‘Underground’, plus the deadly downstroke of B.Boy’s tarraxo slug, ‘Moh Cota’ and the airborne bounce of Hino Da Noite’ with Puto Márcio. This is music that demands to be felt by hearts and bodies on the ‘floor. Massive recommendation.
Boomkat, July 2014
Ataque sentimental bastante directo do grupo de produtores que se reúne sob o nome Tia Maria Produções. Puto Márcio fez a coisa, chamou pessoal que gostava de ouvir, e a editora juntou 6 faixas neste EP que redefine uma noção portuguesa de pop enquanto, em termos de calor, suplanta o próprio Verão de 2014. DJ Télio abre o disco com “7 Maravilhas” concentradas numa malha romântica para dançar. Beleza e simplicidade na construção melódica que contrasta com o beat bem carregado. Ele não volta a aparecer, mas Lycox está presente duas vezes – primeiro com “O Tempo Da Vida”, canção instrumental perfeita no modo como convoca a saudade (de quê?), África e uma noção distante de rave. O peso ambiental nesta música é forte e tudo o resto navega sob a orientação de perito plenamente formada aos 16 anos de idade por Lycox. “Underground” tem a sua assinatura, também, e puxa a memória rave (nossa) mais para cima. Um manifesto de apresentação sintética numa pista de dança que vai passar a existir apenas agora! B.Boy fecha o lado A com o tradicional tarraxo “de fim de lado”: “Moh Cota” segue sempre arrastado, disparos de laser a espalhar luz no meio do fumo intenso que o resto da música larga. No lado B, B.Boy e o fundador Puto Márcio escrevem o “Hino Da Noite” em linhas universais, assentando mais fundações para a cena afrohouse enquanto o jogo de percussão brilha com subtileza. Márcio fecha o disco com uma declaração de amor ao grupo. Imaginem house clássico de Chicago, com a caixa-de-ritmos pura, natural, mas com quase metade de BPMs. Estamos a ouvir algo que é quase folk por natureza, música terna, de alguma forma profundamente portuguesa e ao mesmo tempo de uma terra longe daqui. Tudo maravilhoso, aponta à imortalidade.
Flur, Agosto 2014
DJ Lycox is stationed in Paris, but his new song “Underground” could soundtrack a party anywhere in the world. Though “Underground” has no lyrics, the frenetic, dissident message falls right in line with the project’s theme of living fearlessly.
The Fader, August 2014
São instrumentais singularmente belos. Prescindem de palavras mas têm corpo e coração, evocam saudade e amor – o romântico e o carnal. Têm instinto e catarse física. A música mais excitante vive de impulsos como estes.
Time Out Lisboa, Agosto 2014
Loping polyrhythms; chilly (even chintzy) digital synthesizers; brittle electronic percussion; and an overwhelming sense of melancholy, hypnotic and all-consuming. DJ Lycox’s “Underground” is one of the record’s standouts. A sawtooth midrange synth and a dreamier, pan-flute-like lead circle each other warily; the drums lash out in short, sullen bursts.
Pitchfork, August 2014
The Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer EP is mostly unified by its tunefulness. Other Lisbon producers collide samples to send dissonant sparks flying (or else let their percussion do the talking), but these guys revel in bold chords and upfront melodies. For the most part, the vibe here is rather melancholy. In “7 Maravilhas (Damas Da Cor Do Pecado),” DJ Télio piles on the layers of bell-tones and smudged chords, softening the impact of that unmistakable lilting beat. “O Tempo Da Vida” translates roughly as “life’s time.” Its throbbing minor key chords suggest that Lycox takes a rather dim view of existence. B.Boy and Márcio’s “Hino Da Noite” is the most elegant of the lot, sporting a light-footed groove that bends and flexes in marvelously subtle ways. But Lycox’s “Underground” tops it in expressive urgency, its blaring horns and marimbas reaching almost Ruff Sqwad levels of sorrowful intensity.
Márcio’s crew anthem “Tia Maria Da Vida.” At first the track sounds totally broken, its congas and MIDI wind instruments slouching disjointedly. Somewhere around the minute mark, though, things snap thrillingly into focus. Just when you think you’ve got the Príncipe lot pegged, they show you how wrong you were.
Resident Advisor, August 2014
This six-tracker comes from a local squad of young producers and contains bright, colourful, downtempo house music that implores you to wind your waist. Raw but well produced, this is definitely one for the summer months. 7/10
Mixmag, September 2014
All are created by young producers and DJs from deprived areas, who use cheap and cracked software to craft lo-fi, intoxicatingly unfamiliar dance music. Both in lovelorn mood and title (which translates to It’s Like We Won’t Die Anymore), Tia Maria Produções’ remarkable debut EP recalls another crew of unabashedly romantic young prodigies, Bow’s Ruff Sqwad. But it’s the melodies that really linger; Puto Márcio’s buzzy saw wave harmonies on “Tia Maria Da Vida” are stately and sorrowful enough to prick up the hairs on the back of your neck.
Wire, October 2014