Maceo Plex - High & Sexy EP on Ellum Audio

Words by: Hannah Briley
Posted: 8/11/11 11:31

When Eric Estornel began releasing material under the name Maceo Plex in 2010 you’d have been forgiven for thinking he was a break through Crosstown artist considering the sudden hype surrounding him and the modern house sound his releases were ensuing. It couldn’t have been further from the truth though as Eric’s Maetrik, Mariel Ito, Tali Wackas and various other pseudonyms have played a major part in the electronic spectrum since 1999. ‘Vibe Your Love’ arrived on Crosstown in 2010; Maetrick’s hard echoey techno caverns replaced by dewy buttercups swaying in the morning breeze. (Amidst a cape clad Lazarus sniggering smugly in the background at his latest rebel creation).

Three Crosstown EP’s followed, the ‘Life Index’ album and appearances on Visionquest’s and Galaktika VA’s; each bearing less and less resemblance to Eric’s previous works. From 2002’s dark techno “Nu Order” to 2006’s glitchy ElectroRemorse” ‘and into 2011’s emotive house on “Falling” – Maetrik had well and truly formed an alter ego with Maceo Plex.

Late 2011 and following in the footsteps of what feels like just about every other successful producer out there at present, Eric has launched his own label Ellum Audio. The imprints admission ‘High & Sexy’ comes from Maceo Plex himself and exudes that dark yet emotive house sound we’ve come to expect from this particular moniker. “Stay High Baby’s” axle is its deep, gyrating bass line and mirrored synth that gorge off one another in some slinky, sensual game. Other than a looped guitar lick and light percussion, little else happens musically. Stripped back and left to concentrate on what’s already working; it’s the addition of the snarled and somewhat bitter sounding lyrics that nudge it into a raw, deep house aphrodisiac – “Stay High Baby” is the break up to make up sex of the dance floor. 

Ain’t That Lovebears a similarly grinding undertone; it’s elasticised synths, hissing momentum and lazy drum fills suspended over a shy two chord bed.  Striking that once again perfect balance between a gnarly undercurrent and a soft, sensual surface, Ellum Audio’s debut sets a wide berth for Eric to take the imprint in whichever direction he may choose. Considering his experimental nature and proven stature as a multi talented electronic musician, I doubt ‘Maceo Plex’ will be the only moniker he brings to Ellum Audio’s table.

Artist: Maceo Plex
Title: High & Sexy EP
Label: Ellum Audio

TracklistStay High BabyAin’t That Love

Our Rating: 8/10
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