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Maribou State – Feel Good feat. Khruangbin

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Maribou State announce their new album “Kingdoms In Colour”, released 7 September via Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint, their first full-length since 2015’s breakthrough debut album “Portraits”. The record features new single ‘Feel Good’ – a collaboration born of their friendship with Houston-based trio Khruangbin and a shared love of breakbeats, vintage surf riffs and a common desire to explore worldwide music cultures. “Sometimes a chance meeting plants the seed for something bigger,” say Khruangbin. “Such was the case when we met Maribou State at KOKO a couple of years ago. We are very happy to be involved in this project. And we ‘feel good’ already.”

The band continue their long standing relationship with Holly Walker who has previously vocalled fan favourites such as ‘Midas’, ‘Steal’ and ‘Tongue’. Also featured on the record is recent single ‘Turnmills’ – named after the legendary London club which closed its doors in 2008 – the release was accompanied by a sold-out ‘all-night’ DJ set at Corsica Studios raising money and awareness for the The Night Time Industries Association’s #SaveNightlife campaign to protect the UK’s most vulnerable music venues from closure.

They also announce a new headline UK tour this autumn. Returning with a 5-piece band, they play at London’s iconic Roundhouse on the 18th October. Ahead of this they will also embark on a string of European festival dates which include a headline show at Sonar By Day, Parklife Festival, Roskilde, Pukkelpop Festival and Nova Batida, having recently DJ’d after Flying Lotus at All Points East festival in London.

Maribou State – Turnmills

Today Maribou State release their first new music since 2015’s breakthrough album “Portraits”. The British duo – Liam Ivory and Chris Davids – are fresh from an extended studio hibernation and will take their new live show to a string of summer festivals including a headline set at Sonar 2018, Parklife, Roskilde, Farr Festival, Standon Calling, Pukkelpop, MS Dockville, Nova Batida and El Dorado. They will also DJ after Flying Lotus at London’s eagerly anticipated All Points East Festival.

New single ‘Turnmills’ is a stunning track and a momentous statement of intent, revolving around a magnetically addictive arpeggiated bassline with expansive strings and choral vocals. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008 – one of a string of closures during the past 15 years that struck at the heart of the UK capital’s vibrant and globally renowned underground music culture.

No. 9: Maribou State – Portraits


Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures.”

Maribou State – Wallflower (Lane 8 Remix)


UK duo Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aka Maribou State released their debut album ‘Portraits’ earlier this summer to widespread international acclaim. Also fresh from a debut album is Anjunadeep’s Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8, whose own album ‘Rise’ was “packed full of beautiful melodies and left-field pop moments” (Mixmag).

After hearing and falling in love with ‘Wallflower’, Daniel got in touch with Maribou State and asked to remix it – and here we present the result, a rolling dancefloor juggernaut layered with anthemic vocals, mournful strings and rumbling brass, rounded off with a huge low end groove.

Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pedestrian (John Beltran Remix)


Here’s another great remix of Maribou State’s ‘The Clown‘ featuring Pedestrian, which is taken from the album ‘Portraits’, released 1st June 2015 on Counter Records.

Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pedestrian (Axel Boman Remix)


With their debut album Portraits out this week via Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint), Maribou State have recruited Swedish ace Axel Boman – co-founder of Studio Barnhus – to remix ‘The Clown‘ featuring Pedestrian. The result is a sleek, progressive, low slung dub that has charmed everyone.

The band have also announced an epic 32-date European tour running from June through to November including festival appearances at Lovebox, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Dimensions, Outlook to a headline show at Village Underground in London on 27th October. Tickets from here.

Maribou State – Wallflower


Maribou State drop new track ‘Wallflower’ taken from forthcoming ‘Portraits‘ album out 1st June on Counter Records.

Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures. Featuring longtime collaborator Pedestrian (2nd Drop / Born Electric) as well as vocalists Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, the album takes on a subtle dynamism and natural warmth redolent of Gold Panda and SOHN.

Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pedestrian


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Maribou State tease ahead to their debut album Portraits (due 1st June 2015 via Counter Records) with ‘The Clown’ – a supremely catchy piano-laden jaunt featuring vocals by their good friend Pedestrian (2nd Drop / Born Electric). ‘The Clown’ exemplifies the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures.

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Tour Dates
16/05 – Ican Studios, London (Dj)
23/05 – Lost Village, Lincoln (Dj)
06/06 – Afterlife, Manchester (Dj)
06/06 – The Plug, Sheffield (Dj)
07/06 – Open Air Festival, Amsterdam (Dj)
26/06 – Glastonbury (DJ)
04/07 – Pitch Festival, Amsterdam (Live)
11/07 – Reasons Festival, Jersey (Dj)
18/07 – Lovebox, London (Live)
23/07 – CBE, Köln (Live)
24/07 – Gretchen, Berlin (Live)
25/07 – Stuttgart Festival, Stuttgart (Live)
31/07 – Kendal Calling, Lake District (Dj)

Maribou State – Raincoats


Here’s the final track from Maribou State’s Rituals EP, Raincoats, taken from forthcoming album Portraits.

Hotly tipped duo Maribou State are set to reach their most impressive apex yet in 2015. Newly signed to Counter Records (an imprint of Ninja Tune) they’ve announced their debut album Portraits, due June 1st 2015, and a new single ‘Rituals’. Effortlessly marrying deep, resonant guitar licks and dishevelled synths riding upon loping breakbeats and overlaid with trademark deconstructed vocal dubs, ‘Rituals’ is a compelling introduction to the forthcoming album. Bonus cut ‘Rituals (MS Edit)’ beefs up its dancefloor credentials. Additional track ‘Raincoats’ features exclusively on the 12” version of the release.

Maribou State – Rituals (Original + MS Edit)


Having recently announced their debut album Portraits (released 2nd June on Counter Records) and sharing their first single ‘Rituals’, Maribou State are back with a special rework entitled ‘Rituals (MS Edit)’. Both versions are to be found on the Rituals single, out 23rd March digitally and on 12″ vinyl.

‘Rituals’ was the first track Maribou State wrote for Portraits and is another successful collaboration with their friend Jack Sibley aka Pedestrian. It is also the song that reaffirmed the idea of Maribou State becoming a live act.

The Maribou State band will make their live debut at a sold out show at Oslo Hackney in London on Thursday 26th March before heading out to the US for a string of DJ dates in April.