The almighty Maceo Plex has used his revered abilities to revive a dance music relic: “Polynomial-C” from Aphex Twin’s 1992 Xylem Tube EP. The deep house wizard is known for some of the most hypnotizing dance music around, and thus it’s only fitting that he pays tribute to one of the most cerebral electronic producers of all time, Aphex Twin. Maintaining the original’s signature warping arpeggios, Maceo Plex puts a spellbinding spin on the mind-bending classic, swapping the breakbeat for a steady house groove. Download the edit for free from SoundCloud.
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.
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The summer season may be coming to a close in Ibiza, but that doesn’t mean the music stops. If you were not lucky enough to make it over to the White Isle this summer, fear not — Richie Hawtin’s titan ENTER brand has now uploaded a total of fourteen choice sets from throughout the 2013 season. Everything from Main Room, Terrace, and Sake Bar sets from artists like Eats Everything, Heidi, Laura Jones, Maceo Plex, and Hawtin himself are thus far included. What are you waiting for? Thirty hours of excellent music awaits.Posted by
In celebration of his big win of producer of the year 2013 at Wednesday evening’s DJ Awards, Maceo Plex gifted a free download of his unofficial remix of Sound Stream’s much loved “Love Jam” from 2006. The unforgettable steel drum rhythms and disco vibes remain intact, but his whirling bass line kicks the record into tenth gear. Listen to his remix, and then listen to the original again – he gave “Love Jam” the energy it didn’t even know it needed.Posted by
Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
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.Posted by
Tomorrowland will once again invade Belgium this weekend, marking its ninth chapter with an expected attendance of over 180,00 fans hailing from over 214 nations around the globe. With a lineup vast enough to boast over 400 artists, the pool of headliners alone trump rival events, no single dance music genre is left unacknowledged, and the odds of discovering new talent are in favor of the attendees. Before TomorrowWorld touches down in Atlanta this September, Boom offers a heavenly opportunity for festival-goers — but with endless options come difficult decisions.
Want to visit all 15 stages, see your favorite DJ, experiment with new sounds, all while taking the time to witness sets in full? Navigating Tomorrowland will be no easy task, but one all fans should be excited to attempt — and that’s where DA has you covered. In the midst of an endless sea of talent, here are ten moments you won’t want to miss…
Maceo Plex’s reshaping of Coldcut’s remix of Steve Reich’s 1974-1976 masterpiece “Music for 18 Musicians” first appeared on his February 2012 Essential Mix, but the producer and prolific remixer is now giving away the previously unreleased record as a free download. Reich’s original “Music for 18 Musicians” was designed quite literally to be played by 18 individual musicians and revolves around the structure of a series of revolving chords. With both Maceo and Coldcut’s versions at play here, a good deal of the intended minimalism may be lost, but in turn the song has gained a modern day groove that Steve Reich may have never thought to add. Enjoy the free download over at XLR8R.Posted by
When EDC NY’s lineup was initially released, there was an outcry that the lineup didn’t stack up to its Las Vegas cousin. What it may lack in big names (although there are still quite a few) it more than makes up for by providing an experience that is curated for diversity. Bass music is heavily represented this year with Figure and others finding refuge in the Basspod, a hardstyle closing set by Headhunterz is destined to be one of the most talked about experiences of the festival; second only to Saturday’s grand finale – a Carl Cox and Loco Dice b2b set. For something experimental, Art Department’s Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow will be curating a strangely emotive dance experience before The Bloody Beetroots Live unleash a wall of distortion to close the Circuit Grounds. Steve Angello steps up to the plate with a newfound creative freedom, following the launch of his new label and Essential Mix while Maceo Plex, who emerged out of the shadows as a ghost producer to powerful deep house presence, converts a new army of faithfuls. There is no lack of big room presence either, with Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Thomas Gold and more bringing the the mainstage action EDC is known for.
Chicago house legend Cajmere has teamed up with crackerjack producer Maceo Plex for a new release on Cajual Records, “Calm Under Pressure.” The collaboration may seem to have appeared out of nowhere, but it makes sense — Cajmere is releasing this track within a full compilation Too Underground For The Mainstage that includes work with a slew of other next-generation producers like Pleasurekraft, Dyed Soundorom, and Sonny Fodera. “Calm Under Pressure” has an easily definable Plexian bassline, but a certain polish and finesse more attributed to Cajmere’s familiarity in the studio.
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