#1 on THE WIRE's 2014 Critical Beats chart
#6 on BOOMKAT's 2014 Top 100
"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."
"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"
"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.
"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."
"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."
"This is music that demands to be felt by hearts and bodies on the 'floor. Massive recommendation."
"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"