LISTEN TO THE NEW REMIX FROM GLOK (ANDY BELL)
MAPS NEW ALBUM COUNTER MELODIES OUT 10 FEB 2023
LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE, HEYA YAHA
Maps – aka James Chapman – has shared a remix from GLOK (aka Ride’s Andy Bell) ahead of the release of Counter Melodies, his fastest, most intensely euphoric album yet – due out on Mute on 10 February 2023,
Listen to Andy Bell’s infectious remix of ‘Witchy Feel’:
Chapman describes the remix of the opening track of his forthcoming fifth album as “… wonderfully hypnotizing and hugely danceable…” going on to describe the track: “The reverbed, ethereal synth parts at the beginning give way to a HUGE groove when the drums come in. The deep, boomy kick and the tight snare drum, combined with the unfolding, weaving movement of the percussion and the playful, skipping hi-hats create a constant and infectious feeling of joy and uplifting vibes. I absolutely love what Andy has done with this remix.”
Maps has already shared the first five tracks to his fifth studio album release, these include first single ‘Heya Yaha’. From the opening chiming bell of ‘Witchy Feel’, the first five tracks frame the album with a nod towards club music that was never fully evident before. “My early days of soaking up club culture obviously stayed with me,” says Chapman.
Initial ideas for Counter Melodies began to form in the wake of Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. Chapman chose not to tour the album beyond a few shows, instead he found himself DJing a lot towards the end of 2019 “I was enjoying making my own tracks and playing them in my DJ sets,” he says. “It’s like a comedian trying out new material. I really liked the idea of tracks flowing into one another, like a continuous DJ set. As soon as that idea was in my head, I just worked really hard to make it happen.”
Listen to the first five tracks HERE
Counter Melodies – Part 1
While Counter Melodies sounds totally unique in the Maps catalogue, there is something about its presentation and tonality that makes it instantly recognisable as Maps. What Chapman has achieved with Counter Melodies is a new adventure through the familiar emotional terrain of the Maps sound, while also transporting you to more resolutely optimistic and hopeful places.
Maps’ Counter Melodies is out on 10 February 2023 on vinyl (limited edition white vinyl comes with A4 signed and numbered art print), CD and digitally: https://mute.ffm.to/maps_cm
Counter Melodies tracklisting
Lack Of Sleep
My Love Is Like