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Take a deep breath as Maceo Plex invites us to join his ‘Life Index’ and Crosstown Rebels unleash a new house music maestro.
The first of a string of albums set to appear of Crosstown Rebels from a new generation of exciting producers, ‘Life Index’ chronicles Maceo´s life long transformation into the soulful ball of energy he is today. Eric Estornel AKA Maceo Plex began his musical evolutionary process in 1993. Since this time he has taken on many forms such as Maetrik and Mariel Ito and unveiled a plethora of musical delights on labels such as Cocoon, Audiomatique, Mothership, Dumb Unit and many others.
Maceo Plex was born from a need for feeling, and a yearning quest for funk. "Life Index is my baby. It´s all the soul music I´ve been holding inside and have been wanting to write,” explains Maceo, As he began to strip back some of his robotic body armor known as Maetrik, a more musical and groove based approach was exposed, a side that the world has not yet seen or heard from this talented artist.
A sumptuous taste of Maceo Plex’s new alien form is shaped through ‘Life Index’, one that is edgy, sleek and leaves you wanting more. Opening with the futuristic robotic ramblings of ‘I’m A Methaphor’ the album begins with the tasty, deep, and rich, g-funk soaked house of ‘Gravy Train’, a superb opening gambit that set´s the stage for the sublime, string driven odyssey of ‘Sleazy E’, a true masterpiece.
Other highlights include the excellent lead single ‘Vibe Your Love’ (featuring Peter King’s vocal version of a classic Stevie Wonder record), the funk driven monster, ‘The Feeling’ bringing sharp flashes of soul to this great groove. Also, the floor stomping energy of ´You & Me´, the Detroit techno influence ´Dexter´s Flight´, the future dancefloor smash, ´Your Style´ (featuring Maceo on vocals) and the mid-tempo song of beauty and joy, ‘Love Your Mama’ (a collaboration with Maceo’s old friend, Fabel).
The album closes with Maceo´s plea to ´Bring It Back´ in the closing track, and with ‘Life Index’ he succeeds implicitly, eagerly forging a contemporary body moving sound throughout. The album will be released as a continuous mix stream on CD and as separate tracks on the digital and vinyl versions.
Maceo had specific goals for this project, “I wanted it to be very versatile with varied moods. Sexy futuristic music spread over 12 totally different tracks. Kind of like a 12 page excerpt out of a Kama Sutra book but set to beats!“
This willed direction led to deep and rhythmic works of audible engineering and resulted in something unique and surprising. The outcome is named ‘Life Index’ and made exclusively for the pioneering label, Crosstown Rebels.
The profound evolution of Maceo Plex is also due to a relocation from a complex and dark life in America, to his current homebase of Valencia, Spain. The sunny and relaxed atmosphere has been instrumental in the formation of Maceo Plex, and can be heard in the lengthy inward journey apparent in his music.
Whereas before he was heavily influenced by the sounds of other modern funk theorists such as Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Idjut Boyz, and Convextion, this new retreat has led him to the sounds of Parliament, Funkadelic, Moodymann, Atjazz, Isolee, and Luomo. Here Maceo finally completed his transformation and is shining brighter than the star Sirius. His newest musical output reflects his radiation in a variety of beautiful colors.
Once experienced, ‘Life Index’ will make it abundantly clear the level of versatility Maceo Plex possesses among his many auditory shells, and the world will understand his pristine vision of house music and beyond.
Crosstown Rebels has artist albums penned and scheduled from Deniz Kurtel, Art Department, Jamie Jones as well as this project from Maceo Plex for 2011. A global pioneer for electronic music, these projects promise to deliver some of the finest house and techno music to the table and cement their reputation as one of the best record labels on the planet.
29-10 Bern @ Dachstock
05-11 Leeds @ Structure
06-11 London @ Fabric
12-11 Glasgow@ Sub Club
19-11 Geneva @ The Zoo
20-11 Ravensburg @ Douala
27-11 Hasselt @ Zoo Club
07-12 Alicante @ Metro Club
11-12 Hamburg @ DumbUnit party
25-12 Milan @ Amnesia
30-12 Paris @ Rex
01-01 Valencia @ Spook
08-01 Zurich @ Hive Club
14-01 San francisco @ Compound
15-01 NYC @ Resolute party
21-01 Miami @ Electric Pickle
22-01 Detroit @ Vain
28-01 Montreal @ Espace
29-01 Vancouver @ B Street Studios