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Maribou State – Nervous Tics feat. Holly Walker (Maceo Plex Remix)

Maribou State announce the first in a series of remixes and reworks of their forthcoming album “Kingdoms In Colour”, out today, September 7th on Counter Records.

Released now, Maceo Plex takes on recent single “Nervous Tics” featuring Holly Walker on vocals. The remix – perfected in between road testing on dancefloors in London, Dekmantel Festival and beyond – sees the veteran producer draw on the electro influences that have inspired much of his prolific – nearly two decade long –  career. “When I got sent the parts I instantly could hear the vocal over a cool breaks track. Soon as I laid it over the breakbeat it pretty much wrote itself.”

Keep an eye out for Maribou State North American shows to be announced in the near future.

 

Maceo Plex – Solar LP

Acclaimed US DJ and producer Maceo Plex has released his long awaited studio album ‘Solar’ today. The climax to a lead up that included last year’s 7-track ‘Journey to Solar’, and 2015’s 2 track ‘Solar Sampler’, ‘Solar’ is out now on his brand new label Lone Romantic.

Lone Romantic is a new electronica based label; it will focus on albums and will also open its doors to releasing more avant guard and leftfield singles.

Meanwhile, the ‘Solar’ album allows Maceo to utilise the long format to explore and expose his less explicitly club leaning and more reflective side, taking the listener on a journey through shades of electronica, techno, breakbeats, dub and more. Named after his son Solar, the album also chronicles his new found fatherhood; “the ups and downs in the first few years and its effects on life, marriage and more”.

There’s still dancefloor suitable music within the album; opener ‘Sparks of Light’’s propulsive drums make for an attention grabbing first track, just as the driving 4/4 bassline of closing track ‘The Tesseract’ is a memorable climax. ’Polygon Pulse’ also features the hefty low end that Maceo has become known for, yet underneath breakbeat style drums and sighing vocal snippets.

Vocals are a prominent defining feature of ‘Solar’ that mark it out as a departure towards more of a home listening, experimental album. ‘Indigo’ marries Maceo’s characteristic signature sounds with a slower tempo and gritty male vocals for a stirring, downbeat piece of indie electronica, whilst following track ‘Separation’s breathy vocals and subtle DnB cymbals feel more relaxed.

‘Kepler’s Journey’ marks a stylistic break midway through the album, before the vocoded vocals of ‘Solar Wind’ and ‘Wash Away My Tears’ (the 12” mix of which was included in the Solar Sampler) bring to mind a forward thinking, indie take on French touch. Elsewhere, the lilting, dub techno influenced ‘Swan Dive’ sees this effect take on a more eery, thoughtful tone.

The release of ‘Solar’ sees Maceo Plex enter a new, more developed chapter of his long career – taking the sounds that have made him so popular and building upon them to push himself forward artistically, the album is a very personal use of the long format and an education in the producer’s musical influences.

Maceo Plex – Solar LP

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Acclaimed US DJ and producer Maceo Plex has announced the release of his long awaited studio album ‘Solar’. The climax to a lead up that included last year’s 7-track ‘Journey to Solar’, and 2015’s 2 track ‘Solar Sampler’, ‘Solar’ is due for release on his brand new label Lone Romantic on the 16th June.

Lone Romantic is a new electronica based label; it will focus on albums and will also open its doors to releasing more avant guard and leftfield singles.

Meanwhile, the ‘Solar’ album allows Maceo to utilise the long format to explore and expose his less explicitly club leaning and more reflective side, taking the listener on a journey through shades of electronica, techno, breakbeats, dub and more. Named after his son Solar, the album also chronicles his new found fatherhood; “the ups and downs in the first few years and its effects on life, marriage and more”.

The release of ‘Solar’ sees Maceo Plex enter a new, more developed chapter of his long career – taking the sounds that have made him so popular and building upon them to push himself forward artistically, the album is a very personal use of the long format and an education in the producer’s musical influences.

Tracklist
01. Sparks of Life
02. Polygon Pulse
03. Indigo
04. The Separation
05. Eternal 808
06. Kepler’s Journey
07. Solar Wind
08. Wash Away My Tears
09. The Tesseract
10. Lucid Dreamer
11. Swan Dive

Maceo Plex feat. C.A.R. – Mirror Me (Dark Dub)

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Below you can preview the ‘dark dub’ version of Maceo Plex’ new single, Mirror Me, out soon on Cologne-based label Kompakt. “Mirror Me” features Miss-Kittin-like vocals by C.A.R..

Maceo Plex – Solar Sampler

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Global powerhouse Maceo Plex announces a long-awaited forthcoming album with the first single on his Ellum imprint, featuring two stunning and spaced out compositions in the ‘Solar Sampler’.

‘This release is some music taken from my upcoming album “Solar”, named after our newborn baby of the same name. It is due out in October. “Wash Away My Tears (12 inch mix)” is a more DJ friendly version of the original on the album. “Solar Detroit” was written when I took little baby Solar to Detroit in May.’

A-side ‘Wash Away My Tears (12 inch mix)’ is beautifully deep, dreamy and introspective with emotive synths and luscious melodies. On the flip ‘Solar Detroit’ is rich in depth and quality as it builds into an epic affair with dramatic synth lines, grumbling FX and sonic acid giving us a taste of what’s to come on his long-player.

o+ Maceo Plex aka Maetrik is a main fixture within the elite of the dance world and one of the biggest selling artists in the game. His hugely successful debut album ‘Life Index’ appeared on Crosstown Rebels back in 2011 and now four years later this second album will appear on his own Ellum due in October.

o+o One of the most sought after and respected producers in the industry, Maceo’s other releases and remixes can be found on heavyweight labels such as M_nus, Kompakt, Drumcode, Visionquest and No19. Summer 2015 looks set to be as busy as ever with a packed schedule of Ibiza shows, festival appearances and worldwide club dates.

Röyksopp – Skulls (Video) + Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix)

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Röyksopp reveal new video for “Skulls” and Maceo Plex’s remix of “Sordid Affair”. The band released critically acclaimed new album ‘The Inevitable End’ on November 10th 2014 and entered the UK album charts at number 29 and Electronic iTunes Chart at number 1.

‘Skulls’ was the first track taken from the album, a song that comes with an invitation and a stark warning, set amongst squelchy bass lines and filtered synths. Röyksopp and long time collaborator Norwegian director Stian Andersen have made a haunting black and white film to accompany the song.

The Skulls video was shot deep inside the woods of Northern Norway. We filmed in this amazing old house which belongs to 83 year old Adolf who also stars in the music video.” (Stian Andersen)

‘The Inevitable End’ is Röyksopp’s final and most personal album to date, and their second in the space of 6 months, following the critically acclaimed mini album and sell out tour ‘Do It Again’ with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn. The LP features Jamie Irrepressible, Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.

Stream Maceo Plex’s remix of “Sordid Affair” below.