MAPS x PLAID
LISTEN TO PLAID’S REMIX OF ‘TRANSMISSION’
ONE OF THE STAND-OUT TRACKS FROM JAMES CHAPMAN’S RECENT RELEASE COUNTER MELODIES – OUT NOW ON MUTE
MAPS – aka James Chapman – has shared a remix from British duo Plaid of one of the stand out tracks from his fifth studio album, Counter Melodies.
Plaid’s remix of ‘Transmission’ amplifies elements of the original giving it an otherworldly feel. They go on to say, “Maps are one of the most exciting up and coming acts in the electronic music world right now. As it becomes easier and easier to produce competent sounding music, many forget it’s the spirit of the artist that makes the work standout and we find a rare energy and spirit in Maps. Magical.”
Listen to the remix:
Talking about Plaid, Chapman said, “It is hard for me to put into words just how much of an influence Plaid have had on me and my music from a very early age, and right through my career. They are one of the true pioneers of electronic music, always pushing boundaries with every release” before going on to write about the remix, “It is a magnificent and haunting reworking. The squelching bassline propels the pulse of the mix and the detuned synths float in and out like waves of memories. Plaid have lent a depth of emotion to the remix that is really striking and stays with the listener long after it fades. I am so grateful to Andy and Ed for this reworking, it is sublime!”
The new Plaid remix joins two recent remixes of tracks from Counter Melodies: GLOK (Ride’s Andy Bell)’s infectious ‘Witchy Feel’ and Pye Corner Audio’s take on ‘Lack of Sleep’, and follows Chapman’s 6-track companion piece, Counter Mixes, which 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.
Counter Mixes is out now: https://mute.ffm.to/maps_countermixes
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.
Counter Melodies is out now: https://mute.ffm.to/maps_cm
RECENT PRAISE FOR COUNTER MELODIES
“Insistently upbeat, immersive return” – Uncut 8/10
“… invites immersion” – Record Collector
“… there is little doubt the whole would go down an absolute storm on dancefloors all over the globe, and yet there is a sense the record is “more” than “just” an immaculate series of club bangers.” – The Vinyl District
“… a mystical journey to the frontier of reality” – Sound Of Violence
“Counter Melodies, with its textured electro-pop sounds and DJ mix-style format, slots right into Mute’s eclectic vibe and adds an exciting new dimension to Maps’ own discography.” – AllMusic
‘James Chapman has taken Maps to a new dimension that essentially opens the door to even more exciting horizons in the future.’ – Under The Radar