Ellum Audio boss Maceo Plex teams up with half of the duo Odd Parents, Maars, and vocalist Florence Bird on the latest outing for his imprint. “Going Back” is the tech-infused deep house cut that has been played throughout the summer months, which finally sees its release today. Crisp chords and aggressive percussion work wrap around Florence Bird’s hollowed out vocals to make a propulsive dance floor groover. The release comes with a dubbed out version that leaves the vocals behind, giving it a darker and gloomier effect.
Despite a hectic Balearic and festival touring schedule this summer, Maceo Plex has still found the time to tease with good tunes. ”Going Back” is as sexy as any Ellum release, with brimming bass lines and downbeat drums, Maceo creates an aural environment well-tuned to Maars’s haunting vocal work. Although Maceo sneaked this record into his debut March Boiler Room set a few months back, there’s still no word on a official release from Ellum Audio.
Miami native Danny Daze returns to Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio with the three-track The Calm EP. Fresh off the release of his Jupiter Jazz side project with the label head himself, he continues his onslaught with a deep minimal cut that uses a set of robotic-sounding vocals that are cast over meticulously layered synths — making for a proper club outing. Dexter takes the reins on the remix, transforming it into a peak time techno track with an added burst of energy. On the flip side, “I See You” is a bit darker, equipped with pulsating chord progressions and a dreary set of vocals in tow. Danny Daze has shown that 2013 is his year to come into the spotlight and with an Essential Mix in the works for this summer, we have no doubt that he’ll make that happen.
Maceo Plex and Danny Daze have joined forces under their Jupiter Jazz moniker to give the remix treatment to Switchbox & NAtz’s “Pirates Poetry.” Working with NAtz’s hypnotic vocals and the German duo Switchbox’s peak time grooves, Maceo and Danny tasked themselves with implementing sequences of thumping basslines and stabbing chord sequences. We like what we’re seeing off this new collaborative project and hope that the combination of two industry heavyweights means more far-out productions. This one was out yesterday on Maceo’s Ellum Audio, get your copy of the Jupiter Jazz Remix or the full EP after the break.
Maceo Plex gave us a first listen to “Stimulation” on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection about a month back, but this week we’re seeing the full release of the two track Space Junk EP on his own Ellum Audio. We’re about to rave about this EP — no one is surprised.
Maceo opens with “Filthy Mama” and continues along a highly licentious theme we see in most of his productions. His synths are so deeply compressed it’s hard to even tell what is going on (in a good way) and we are just loving the erratic spiraling reverbs, strong bass line, and Maceo’s own vocals. “Stimulation” is an all-out musical journey that effectively pairs bizarre high-pitched tones with capricious claps and a dizzying melody that builds and breaks over and over again. His productions, as ever, are totally original — making us both scratch our heads and move our feet. Stream the full tracks below.
On Friday night’s Essential Selection, Pete Tong gave us a full length preview of Maceo Plex’s forthcoming release of “Stimulation.” The track is part of the Space Junk EP – set to release on November 26th on his own Ellum Audio imprint. Maceo exhibits his production prowess by showcasing a selection of deep and driving chord progressions with a climax destined to be a dance floor smasher. With mounting support on his recent collaboration with Jon Dasilva, and the anticipation of this flat-out amazing EP’s release, Maceo Plex continues to set the benchmark with powerful outputs that have lasting impressions.