Born in Portugal and based in Paris, producer DJ Lycox released his debut Sonhos & Pesadelos via Príncipe in November. Helming groundbreaking dance releases, the Lisbon imprint has pushed sounds from the likes of Nídia, DJ Firmeza, Niagara, Firma do Txiga and more. Originally as part of the Tia Maria Produções crew, also signed to the Lisbon label, DJ Lycox has since set out to make his own mark, and his debut sees him work within a kuduro framework, bringing in pop tones and strong melodies but still keeping it heavy.
In comparison to Príncipe’s other artists, Lycox’s music is refreshingly straightforward: his kuduru rhythms are more utilitarian and club ready, and his melodies are poppier than those of his more avant garde label mates. As such his music is a perfect entry point for newcomers to the label’s sound, or else a moment of release for those already immersed in Principe’s wonderfully dense and eccentric sonic universe.
Accordingly, his mix for us is clubby and to the point. Clocking in at just over half an hour, it’s a colourful, high-energy injection of soca rhythms, grimey synths and scattershot vocal samples.