Maceo Plex will follow in footsteps of Maya Jane Coles, Photek and Hercules & Love Affair by contributing the next disc in !K7’s long-running DJ Kicks mix series.
The man born Eric Estornel splits his time between his DJ/production work as Maceo Plex and his brisker, techno-indebteed Maetrik alias. Since the turn of the millennium, he’s put out releases on Cocoon, Mothership, and Crosstown Rebels, set up the fledgling Ellum Audio label, and clambered his way to the top of most house-leaning bills.
His DJ Kicks selection is calibrated as a response to the contemporary house scene’s retro instincts, and will see him cherrypick old and new tracks with a “deep and futuristic agenda”. In order to give the older tracks some extra wallop, Plex has re-edited ten of the selections:
“Most of the tracks are really old, so they needed freshening up. A lot of them were missing percussion, or some other element I thought they could use. I think it’s time for people to move on to rediscovering what electronic music is all about, which is moving forward. That futuristic sound, which is timeless…“For the last three years at least, the big trend has been early ’90s house,” he says. “Everything’s a throwback. I think it’s the right time to put out something that’s a little more deep and futuristic again.”
Source boss Move D is represented twice on the collection, and Drexciya affiliate DJ Stingray and Schneider ™ both feature. More under-the-radar material comes from Nottingham brothers Monsters From ID, aka Bitstream, and Elektrofon boss Nomenklatür, operating as Lab Insect. The set will also feature an unheard Maceo Plex track, ‘Galactic Cinema’.
DJ Kicks will see release on April 29. Estornel will also join Disclosure and Nicolas Jaar on Azari & II’s forthcoming remix LP Remix Album.
01.Monsters From ID / Spatial Lobe
02.Voice Stealer / Evaluation
03.Stingray313 / Defect
04.Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Edit)
05.TV Baby / New York Is Alright (Blak Spun Mix)
06.Maceo Plex & Mark O’Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
07.Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
08.Kimbu Kimra / Raise The Dead (Love From San Francisco Dub)
09.Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
10.Eric Volta / Rez-Shifter (Maceo Plex Remix)
11.Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
12.Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
13.Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Edit)
14.Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creeps (Maetrik Fusion Edit)
15.Jaydee / Payback (Maceo Plex Remix)
16.S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
17.Turner / Multiorgel (Schneider TM Mix)
18.Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire