MAPS ANNOUNCES COUNTER MIXES
6 REWORKINGS OF TRACKS FROM LATEST ALBUM, COUNTER MELODIES
OUT 9 JUNE 2023
MAPS – aka James Chapman – has announced details of 6-track companion piece to Counter Melodies, his fifth studio album. Counter Mixes sees Maps reworking tracks taken from his acclaimed album from earlier this year, one of the fastest, most intensely euphoric pieces that he has ever produced.
Chapman explains, “The idea for Counter Mixes formed in my mind soon after I had finished making the Counter Melodies album. I initially wanted to explore the tracks on the album further by creating some extended mixes, but that idea developed even more as I started reworking them. It became a real exploration of the sounds, structures and (in some cases) tempos of the originals.”
The original album, Counter Melodies, gravitates towards club music more than any other Maps album, allowing a new adventure through the familiar emotional terrain of the Maps sound, but on Counter Mixes Chapman takes things into new and undiscovered areas. He elaborates, “I bent things into new shapes, extended things into further territory, reversed entire sections (or sometimes the entire track!) to create new melodic hooks, moulding completely new rhythmic grooves along the way.”
The finished piece becomes a deep ‘behind-the-scenes’ exploration of the sonic elements and structures of the originals.
Pre-order Counter Mixes: https://mute.ffm.to/maps_countermixes
COUNTER MIXES TRACKLISTING
Transmission (Counter Mix)
Witchy Feel (Over The Counter Mix)
Psyche Valentine (Counter Mix)
Counter Melodies is out now: https://mute.ffm.to/maps_cm