Our adoration for Maribou State is well-established and the quickly rising duo seem to affirm that love with every new step they take. Representing a slight departure from their previous material, the duo’s latest effort, “Blue Sunday”, is a club-oriented track that borrows some of the retching, contorted bass tones prevalent in jungle, early dubstep and most recently, in the likes of Tom Demac and Kyle Hall’s work. The soul samples and shuffling house rhythm’s that have come to define Maribou State’s sound are still there, but “Blue Sunday” is a less linear offering than what we’ve come to expect from the duo. The track will appear on the upcoming Truths EP, out October 28 on Southern Fried Records.
The fact that Fatboy Slim endorsed Maribou State to officially remix his 1999 hit “Praise You” probably doesn’t mean all that much to our readers (and honestly, it doesn’t mean much to anyone on a critical level), but it does represent the leaps and bounds that the London duo has grown since the release of the Scarlett Groove EP last November. The remix transforms Slim’s original from big beat mediocrity to a moody house groover that has become one of the act’s biggest hits to date in less than a week. These guys are on the brink of something huge and we can’t wait to hear the next incantation of their sound. Stream below and look for a release on Skint soon.
Out of all of the projects that have sprouted out of Radiohead, Nigel Godrich’s Ultraista might just be my favorite. Godrich’s silky-choppy production and Laura Bettinson’s lofty vocals just hit the spot in a way few other acts can. Hot off the release of the Scarlett Groove EP, London duo Maribou State have taken on Ultraistra’s “Gold Dayzz” applying their luxurious house aesthetic to the already brilliant original. This is electronic music for people who don’t like electronic music. It’s delicate, vocal-based and crisp, but also reliant on an intricate percussion and otherworldly guitar. Maribou State have really dug out a niche and are widening their scope with every release. Stream below and cop the remix here.
Next week, London duo Maribou State will release the Scarlett Groove EP, a collection of vocal-assisted, ambiguously house oriented groovers. We brought you the melancholic “Summerfolds” last month and today you can get a taste (and download) of the EP’s title track. The Saint Saviour-assisted “Scarlett Groove” re-appropriates chopped soul vocals in a way that would sound trite in a hip hop song, but is buttery smooth in Maribou State’s sun-soaked take on dance music. Stream “Scarlett Groove” below (and download it here courtesy of Annie Mac) and look out for the EP on November 12.
London duo Maribou State have spoken repeatedly in the past about a necessity for vocal cuts in their music. While they work primarily within the general bass music sphere, Maribou State’s past few EPs are far more suited for headphone listening than any sort of club play. Their latest track, “Summerfolds”, continues that trend with a pitch-perfect vocal assist from Nubiya Brandon and a mellow vibe despite a persistent kick. The track will appear on Maribou State’s upcoming Scarlett Groove EP, which you can cop on November 12 via Southern Fried Records. Not sure if this is just a snippet or what, but stream two minutes of “Summerfolds” below.