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Vinyl 12″ / Digital
Written and produced by DJ Nigga Fox;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released February, 2022.

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A1 – Madeso
A2 – Gás Natural
A3 – Sanzaleiro feat. DJ Firmeza
A4 – Sasuke


We are instantly dropped into the record. A rush of adrenaline and it’s up to us to figure out where exactly do we stand. The insistent “strings” loop unsettles even the percussion, loose and propulsive. A brief pause signals the return for part 2 with some daring brass stabs adding an extra voice. One gets the feeling that the producer stands quietly amidst the storm, observing its effects. Nigga Fox has been flexing his muscles, keeping the production fit and – as always – very personal. At the same time, it’s casual, effortless, revealing a steady hand and ideas that just seem to be extracted from the air.

With DJ Firmeza in “Sanzaleiro” it’s a game of contrast, dissonance, driving force and constant pushing of limits. Here, brass stabs communicate how epic this journey is. Layers are deployed where common sense would dictate none extra should exist, and so again we find ourselves looking for a handle. Once found, we can participate in this displacement of the atmosphere. It ends just as “Sasuke” begins. Its main motive suggests tranquility, but elements gradually appear from all corners: an erratic bassline, broken beat, organ keys pressed down, voices from the yard. No agenda but the sonic agenda, the natural flow of this producer’s unmatchable sense of composition.

Retreating a little bit to “Gás Natural”, there’s a break at around 01:21 we feel could go on forever and take a life of its own. This reinforces the notion that a typical Nigga Fox track could in fact be more than one. Gateways, portals are there. They show glimpses of different realities or, if you’re pragmatic, just call them options.

Vinyl 12″ (red vinyl); individually hand-painted sleeve, 500 copies available for the world.


Música Da Terra segna il ritorno di Dj Nigga Fox. A tre anni da Cartas Na Manga, questo EP propone quattro tracce per una ventina di minuti di musica inedita. Dopo un decennio di attività – gli esordi risalgono al 2013 con O Meu Estilo – il produttore di stanza a Lisbona è a tutti gli effetti il nome di punta della scena lusitana che dalla batida arriva fino al kuduro. L’EP vede anche una collaborazione con Dj Firmeza, sempre dal roster Príncipe, che prende la forma di un ipercinetico banger (Sanzaleiro) dai bassi pompatissimi sotto ottoni ossessivi e poliritmi parossistici; Sasuke mena con un broken beat quasi sorprendente per le abitudini del Nostro, con un basso sintetico da Roland 303 che contribuisce alla lisergica costruzione della struttura. In apertura c’è Madeso, di nuovo con fiati sintetici frammentati che sembrano portare a un millimetro dalla follia (o forse è l’estasi). Chiude il poker l’episodio più giocoso del lotto: Gás Natural fa anche tirare il fiato, per qualche minuto vagamente più misterico con una melodia quasi al confine con l’IDM. Ma è solo una suggestione, presto stravolta ancora per quello che è un lavoro che conferma Dj Nigga Fox quale vero e proprio ambasciatore più danzereccio e viscerale della scena batida/kuduro della diaspora angolana.
Sentireascoltare, February 2022

‘Música Da Terra’ marks just over 10 years since DJ Nigga Fox came to our attention on the ‘African Digital Dance’ compilation, and this latest EP on Príncipe sees him cement his status as one of the most trailblazing producers on the contemporary Kuduro scene. The sounds on the EP, as ever, are pleasingly far away from convention. The tracks are percussive and rhythmically-led but never predictable, and the syncopated beats achieve a real groove when teamed with psychedelic, experimental production sensibilities and so many different musical style influences. A standout moment is ‘Sanzaleiro’ – a hazy, thumping jam with fellow Príncipe teammate DJ Firmeza, and as a whole the EP takes daring twists and turns that will delight even the most seasoned listener of the Príncipe catalogue.
Bleep, February 2022

Le moins que l’on puisse dire c’est que DJ Nigga Fox ne s’embarrasse pas de pincettes, il nous plonge d’emblée dans un grand bain de batida, de tarraxo et de kuduro, où les beats se croisent et s’entrechoquent d’une manière presque erratique, voir désagréable, où le ressac incessant des synthés et des basses vient nous taper sur un coin du crâne jusqu’à nous en faire perdre la raison ! Et à peine Nigga Fox nous offre une petite respiration entre deux parties du morceau, que voilà déjà le presque dérangeant rythme de « Madeso » qui se remet en marche dans une grande danse aux abords du chaos et de la dissonance.

Oui, « Madeso » est dérangeant et il nous pré-dispose à un EP qui s’annonce déjà comme une tempête électronique qui va souffler dans les clubs de Lisbonne comme ceux de Luanda, et balaiera nos terres musicales, avec un son, celui de la Música da Terra ! À noter également que DJ Firmeza viendra s’inviter sur le disque pour un feat sur le titre « Sanzaleiro ».
Djolo, February 2022

Deploying four immediately upfront, naturally experimental workouts, ‘Música Da Terra’ marks just over 10 years since DJ Nigga Fox came to our attention on the ‘African Digital Dance’ compilation, and solidly affirms his role as the leader of Lisbon’s new school. Balancing a cosmic jazzy depth akin to Jamal Moss or Ron Trent’s deep house with more urgent, syncopated ghetto grooves, his music is the pinnacle of contemporary Kuduro, if you ask us. The lad’s catalogue practically charts the sound’s development from grimy and hardcore to more sensual, textured and rhythmelodically psychedelic in a way that places him like Kuduro’s answer to Dego or A Guy Called Gerald, and especially on this EP.

Including an instant standout jam with fellow Príncipe don DJ Firmeza in the muscular bass churn, bolshy brass and groggy pads of ‘Sanzaleiro’, Nigga Fox absolutely bosses it on his three solo works. There’s the adrenalizing scorcher ‘Madeso’ at the front, with its shards of marching horns sliced up into swingeing heads-down swagger, but also laid with a mental breakdown, while ‘Gás Natural’ cools off for a hot minute with its exquisite, chill breeze melody and in-the-pocket log drums leading somewhere deliciously darker, and ‘Sasuke’ simply slays with jaw-dropping twist of cosmic acid broken beat soul, lathering hazy organs, 303 and nimblest drums into the tightest, inimitable step.
Boomkat, February 2022

In 1973, director George A. Romero made an educational film about elder abuse in America. The project was financed by the Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania, who either ignored his horror bonafides or were completely unaware of them. Like Romero’s masterful Night of the Living Dead, his church-funded The Amusement Park leverages supernatural terror as a metaphor for social ills. The film depicts old age as a ruthless carnival where the elderly are subjected to routine violence or cruel neglect—all in a maddening, circular timeline mimicking fairground rides.

DJ Nigga Fox (aka Rogério Brandão) may not have had Romero on the mind while composing his new track “Madeso,” but it feels like careening through a haunted funhouse. Appearing on his upcoming EP Música da Terra, the latest single from Lisbon dance label Príncipe Discos is propulsive and cyclical. Brandão drives the rhythm with an artillery of drum effects and a bent, pulsing tone that sounds like an accordion gone haywire. Tracing its urgent melody, you almost feel trapped inside the synthetic instrument, riding its violently undulating bellows like a rickety roller coaster.

Like Romero’s carnival of dread or New Jersey’s notorious Action Park, “Madeso” brings an element of danger into the sphere of play. Its polyrhythms demand vigorous dance, but cataloging each texture and contour of the percussion would drive you mad. Horn patches bleat like goats, and warbled loops sound like sampled and stretched hiccups. Within “Madeso,” nothing is as it appears—and this frenzied delirium is part of the fun.
Pitchfork, January 2022


Written and produced by DJ B.Boy, DJ Danifox, DJ Lycox, DJ Poco and Puto Márcio;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released November, 2021.

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1 – TKKN
2 – Ele É Bom
3 – Favela Maluca
4 – Bend Down


Tia Maria Produções was set to premiere as a full group performing at Le Guess Who? festival, in Utrecht, last weekend. It turned out not to be so as the Dutch government announced a new partial lockdown starting on Saturday, which left the festival with no choice but to cancel their show. Devastated but not broken, the collective of Lisbon-based Bboy, Danifox, Poco and Márcio came together virtually with Paris bound Lycox and decided to commit to creating a new EP within the same time frame they would otherwise have spent on the road for the LGW event. A sort of artistic > therapeutic residency of circa 48 hours. For themselves, and for the multiple fans that were planning to attend the special occasion and started pouring their hurt via DM to the group. ‘Angústia nos corações da tia’ is firm and forward, beaming and sharing an admirable regenerative strength that friendship and imagination never fail to deliver.

Digital only.


Vinyl 7″ / Digital
Written and produced by PT Musik;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released October, 2021.

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A1 – Aplausos
B1 – Its Mine
B2 – Tudo Acabou


PT Musik is by now a long-standing alias of (former) Puto Tito, whose outstanding early teens productions still sound vibrant (“Carregando A Vida Atrás Das Costas” sits proudly as number 26 in our catalogue).

And a jump into Space. Ample vistas. Extremely romantic, synthetic, beautiful, fully-formed instrumental songs that, although short in duration, have the powerful effect of lingering in our mind. You want this groove to last forever but that is not his way. These are short statements that work within a kizomba frame to fish us out of the bad bad sea of aching and leave us under a spell pretty much forever. Equally short is the only semblance of lyric, a simple, impossibly sexy “então…”, charged with intention and possibilities.

In “Tudo acabou”, longing becomes epic, and the producer’s signature fades out into silence. That is the last thing we hear on this record. Yes yes, only 10 minutes. But the effect is that of a recurring dream. It becomes a part of who you are.

Vinyl 7″; individually hand-painted sleeve, 300 copies available for the world.


Difícil apartar estas três canções umas das outras. O outrora Puto Tito (autor do inexcedível “Carregando A Vida Atrás Das Costas”, Príncipe númnero 26) concentra muito fogo interior no seu formato 1/2 kizomba 1/2 tarraxo. Breves melodias que rolam e se insinuam, deixando sequências plantadas na cabeça bem depois do som terminar. Para além das tradicionais e já clássicas IDs de produtor, a única voz deixa no ar um “então…” muito sugestivo de qualquer coisa doce que virá. Dois minutos intensos, empoderados pelas claps sintéticas, e depois “Tudo Acabou”, esperando sempre mais romance.
Flur, October 2021

PT Musik’s 3 track 7” is another story. The laid back synths and wide open ocean ambience are a sexier and smoother vibe altogether. Formerly known as Puto Tito whose early teenage productions include Carregando A Vida Atrás Das Costas, a minimalist batida hommage, is recognizably richer but still identifiable. The three tracks totalling 10 minutes, available digitally, roll by like a waking dream.
Pan African Music, October 2021

Marking the vital Lisbon label’s 10th anniversary year, ’Não Sou Perfeito’ is one of the sweetest treats in its decade long (and ongoing) reign, exemplifying the rich soul at the heart of its sound. The artist’s name change signifies a clear advance in his already emotive style of composition, as showcased in his teenaged productions on the ‘Carregando A Vida Atrás Das Costas’ set. The style of spare, grimy, chamber-like melodies in his formative early work is now found embellished with warmer pads and more nuanced rhythmic inflections to express a heightened grasp of slow jam romance that blends his native Atlantic coast breeze with a decidedly Californian G-funk lean to gorgeous effect. It’s a west coast thing, baby.

‘Apalusos’ is the outstanding A-side, drizzling syrupy G-funk-alike soul leads on a lilting kizomba rhythm and deliciously woozy chords bound to soundtrack embraced bodies and loved-up eyes scanning the dance. ‘Its Mine’ follows to dial up the forlorn ‘80s FM synth soul with an instrumental flair worthy of a Sade vocal (perhaps that’s her not replying to the ansafone motifs?), and ’Tudo Acabou’ bring this brief daydream of an EP to its closing strokes with a come-to-bed sashay of dry iced synth haze and slow-motion hip work.
Boomkat, November 2021


Vinyl EP / Digital
Written and produced by DJ Lycox;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released October, 2021.

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A1 – Eu Mbora Dou Bue Show
A2 – Rapaz Sinistro
A3 – Southside
B1 – Yoga
B2 – Wildin
B3 – Momentos Únicos


The highly prolific Lycox doesn’t hide his confidence: the vocal mantra in “Eu Mbora Dou Bue Show” declares his artistry to be at its peak. A reinforced kick in the beat signals a return to the club, and we all know what that means at the end of 2021. The first proper club night feels like AN OCCASION.

“Rapaz Sinistro” is just full-on beat science, firm on the floor, as “Southside” blurs the line between city and jungle, a true walk on the wild side. Very cinematic trash can-turning party vibe.
The flipside begins deep underground with an afro killer tune: “Yoga” is the only track here under 3 minutes and the duration certainly fits its sense of urgency. In contrast, “Wildin” stretches over the 5-minute line, always left of centre, an introspective afrohouse banger. Heads down in profound dancing. Then, a hugely classic Lycox melodic excursion making use of the traditional “latas” batida percussion. It picks you up and carries you off into the deep and wide horizon.

Vinyl 12″; individually hand-painted sleeve, 500 copies available for the world.


Um prometido disco de bangers de DJ Lycox, após as kizombas espaciais em “Kizas Do Ly”, e a apresentação é do próprio: “Já sabes como eu sou, eu mbora dou bué show”. Abertura viva para um EP de seis faixas de clube em linha afrohouse particular, ainda com a batida de lata a ser estrela onde em mãos menores podiam existir só beats quadrados. Pontuações inusitadas em faixas como “Rapaz Sinistro” e “Yoga” reforçam uma assinatura que o underground já vai conhecendo de produções avulsas de Lycox. Ciência de composição bem apurada, neste Portugal independente até de nós, num curso de evolução e apuro que mantém o produtor (de momento baseado em Inglaterra) numa vanguarda da dança. E o toque romântico de Lycox, em partes iguais escola antiga e nova escola, sai bem aparente em “Momentos Únicos”, faixa de resolução de emoções que pode pender para qualquer dos lados da balança.
Flur, October 2021

As part of Tia Maria Produções and with his solo shots, DJ Lycox has been a vital player on Lisbon’s finest label since 2014. The ‘Lycoxera’ session leads on from the beatdown kizomba tempo of his ‘Kizas do Ly’ (2020) EP with a return to the quicker meter of his sought-after debut album ’Sonhos & Pesadelos’ (2017), giving the club what it needs as feet return to the ‘floor in late 2021 to dance their worries away.

Cherry-picked by the label from Lycox’s prolific studio output, the EP’s six tracks surely represent a clarion call to the rave, but finely balance a sense of urgency with more tentative, melancholic pathos that smartly reads the room. From its nervy but insistent opening vocal declaration of back to business on the ‘Eu Mbora Dou Bue Show’, thru the breezy lilt of his keys and quizzical top lines in ‘Momentos Unicos’ Lycox coaxes rather than demands, with deeply persuasive results.

The intricate beat science of ‘Rapaz Sinistro’ is bound to snag bodies in its swingeing syncopation of log drums and plucked bass motifs echoing Amapiano styles, while the haughty jack of ’Southside’ follows with immersive soundsphere of water sounds, trumpeting elephants and eagle squawks that transport the city to a jungle mindset. ‘Yoga’ is a standout 3 minutes of deep Afrohouse pressure, eazing tensely infectious drums with coolly poised chords, and ‘Wildin’ is the most concentrated, deeply technoid example of DJ Lycox’s urgent but furtive appeal on what is set to be a definitive solo EP.
Boomkat, November 2021

With just two solo records under his belt, DJ Lycox has become one of the darlings of the Princípe roster. Last year’s Kizas do Ly was a real head-turner, throwing a light on kizomba, a leisurely, romantic style of music that highlighted a new potential for elegance and melody in the Lisbon club sound. A year later he returns with LYCOXERA, a six-track EP that expands his sound by combining the delicacy of the kizomba work woth the rowdy rhythms of his 2017 EP. Then Lycox adds the swagger and low-end heft of Afro house, hinting towards a new style altogether that hints at only new paths for Princípe to go down. One listen to “Yoga” and you’ll know what I mean—there’s a certain thrust and spaciousness to the groove, allowing Lycox’s signature tumbling melodies to ride the groove in a very different way.. The opener “Eu Mbora Dou Bue Show” has a string-led stagger (and rambling vocal) that looks to gqom, while “Rapaz Sinistro” is a delightfully funky array of percussive sounds all plunking out their own path, like an ensemble of mallet players each playing a different rhythm. “Southside” and “Momentos Únicos” have a touch of older Lycox to them, and the former’s zany bounce and punch-drunk breakdown—it sounds like the track is stumbling around confused—mirrors the anything-goes glee of the earliest Príncipe records. The most promising track is “Wildin,” whose dark textures and fussy but fantastic use of reverb and delay—so that some synths sound like water droplets falling to the ground—borrow tropes from techno, both Afro and otherwise. Lycox’s discography has always been a synthesis of the influences around him, whether that was UK club music, Lisbon or Paris, and with LYCOXERA he takes on the sounds of the wider diaspora for an EP that’s both fearsome and exquisite.
Resident Advisor, November 2021


Written and produced by DJ Nigga Fox;
Mastered by Tó Pinheiro da Silva, Artwork by Márcio Matos;
Released April, 2021.

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A – Live Nigginha Fox
B – Live Nigginha Fox


Enough months now for life to feel different. Some previous patterns are collapsing, while people are clinging to others. Live gigs were all but terminated but Nigga Fox was feeling countercyclical. By Summer 2020 he began morphing his set into a nonstop organic entity rather independent from the actual existence of a dancefloor. He actually performed it live on two most rare occasions in Lisbon before year’s end – an outdoor Príncipe showcase at the garden of Galeria Quadrum and an evening show at Lux Frágil. His trademark mid-track twists are now given extra space and you can easily listen to these 34 minutes as one track “in the Nigga Fox style” or as a live workout. Sounds bounce around slowly but surely, a spinal groove stretches throughout the whole length, beatless and also beat-wise. It’s 2021, post-future, and there’s pleasure to be had.


Following from his crackshot debut album ‘Cartas Na Manga’ (2019), and going on in the nutty vein of his standout 2017 session ’15 Barras’ – one of the most inventive producers in all of electronic music here opens new paths into a sort of Angolan-Portuguese rhythmic psychedelia that simply sounds like nothing else. OK, it may be compatible with strains of Amapiano and rootsy US deep house, but there’s an effortless bendiness and irresistible lilt to the styles on ‘Live Nigginha Fox’ that are unique to the hyperlocal, Lisbon-based scenius that he’s been instrumental in building and expanding for the past decade.

Switching on with a gulf stream of breezy G-funk leads and grubbing subs, the groove takes hold and does not let go for over half an hour, furling syncopated breaks with scudding stabs and dub chords in a lissom parry that slinks between the beats in a way that recalls a melted parallel to South African Amapiano and the furthest reaches of Ron Trent’s sumptuous, rhythm-lead sound designs. Most crucially, there’s no tricks or stunts, just a mean sense of concentrated, heads-down and eyes-shut minimalism for the dancers to properly get into.
Boomkat, April 2021

“Live Nigginha Fox” assoberba como experiência vinda de um dos músicos mais irrequietos do catálogo da Príncipe – vale a pena lembrar que também foi dele que veio “15 Barras” -, tanto dentro como fora de estúdio, ou seja, na pista. Num ano de quase-ausência das cabines, esta cassete tem 35 minutos de algo que DJ Nigga Fox tem experimentado ao longo dos últimos 2/3 anos, levar a sua música para um formato “ao vivo”, desapegado do formato DJ e livre na conjetura live set. “Live Nigginha Fox” ouve-se como um espaço de criação activa, orgânico e com uma narrativa fluente. Não é como se estivéssemos lá, mas a liberdade rompante que se sente ao longo da cassete é uma porta de entrada para a cabeça de um dos produtores mais criativos da actualidade.
Flur, April 2021

Os padrões colapsantes dos ritmos de Nigga Fox continuam tão fascinantes como sempre e escutá-los assim, de forma concentrada, sem o abandono físico a que uma pista convida, equivale a ver um jogo clássico de Asteroids, com peças que se vão cruzando no espaço sónico antes de coliderem e se fragmentarem noutros elementos, numa hipnótica e constantemente renovada aventura de polirritmias. Uma suite electrónica para o clube que se abre na nossa cabeça quando se carrega no play. Pesado. Fundo. E viciante.
Rimas e Batidas, April 2021