Maceo Plex is awakening his Maetrik alter ego by planning on releasing new stuff in late September under, yes, Maetrik name. I’ve been dying on hearing if that’s any news of his comeback, and voila, it happened!
And of course I’ve done my Sherlock work, after which I’ve concluded the following: the new EP is appropriately named ‘Return’, and to make it even better, the artist is giving us the possibility of choosing between a vinyl or digital version. A teaser track came together with the announcement of ‘Return’, giving us a small taste of what’s yet in hiding, till 29 September, date announced by Clash Lion records, the Barcelona-based label, who’s responsible for this release.
On the ‘Cortex 11-B’ teaser track, I first stumbled on its non-poetic name, which has confused my brain cells greatly. Once I’ve got it, everything seemed better, and I obviously very much enjoyed listening to it.
Maceo Plex showed off his magic on the first day of Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. He worked an almost two hours and a half set dominated by techno goodies, some being quite the vintage type. A good example is 1994 Dave Clarke’s Red 2 (Wisdom To The Wise) played just after the 2011 Acapella track Supernatural by King Britt and Firely with lyrics mastered by none other than Ursula Rucker. He then played Relax officially released by himself in 2010 under Maetrik name.
Citizen Kain – Apathy, released 2017.
Dj Skull and Ron Maney- Vision Revelations, released 2014.
Maceo Plex has been releasing a good bunch of remixes and collaborations in the past few years, leaving fans satisfied enough but the best part has been only recently presented, consisting of an actual album from the artist. Officially announced on June 16, it is said to be inspired by Maceo’s paternal experience since the birth of his child. And although you wouldn’t normally compose techno out of your child-parent bond, if Maceo has done it, we can only take his word for it and embrace the subject and the method.
Eleven tracks are making the cut on the album, named ‘Solar’ after Maceo’s son, and if you’re in doubt, I will tell you that a while back the artist composed a track with a similar name, ‘Solar Detroit’. Not the same thing. Back to what has happened on the new album, with ‘Polygon Pulse’ I have a feeling of Deja vu. ‘The Separation’ is a tantalizing call to a surreal past, and ‘Solar Wind’ wins in terms of edginess. ‘Lucid Dreamer’ starts off sounding lifeless but slowly builds up emotion and even pleasure.
With all these great tracks it seems not only unappropriate to choose a favorite but pointless too, proving once again the quality of Maceo Plex’s craft.