Some of my favorite sounds at the moment - not least the stunning Blue Sunday (with its totally seductive opening) from Truths - are by a British DJ duo with the highly evocative name, Maribou State.
Signed to Norman Cook's (aka Fatboy Slim) Southern Fried Records, Liam Ivory and Chris Davids create distinctive, mellow, drum and bass influenced music that mixes ambient sounds, often-fragmented vocals and haunting beats to startling effect.
This video of Maribou State (above) spinning at Brighton's Boiler Room is a perfect window on two fast-rising DJs displaying their very considerable talent and creating a solid, beautiful and very chill set that flows with an intriguing rhythmic narrative and some expert and seemingly effortless mood and beat shifts. It also shows two guys clearly enjoying what they're doing.
Be sure to watch all the way through to catch the tasty swing into Throwing Snow's fabulously bassy and hypnotic Lingerwell.
Check out Maribou State's Facebook page - as well as tracks like Blue Sunday, Olivia, the epic yet delicate Larks Rise and their remix of Fatboy Slim's Praise You - and watch Chris and Liam rise!
|Chris Davids and Liam Ivory of Maribou State (courtesy Maribou State's Facebook page).|
Many thanks to KCRW.com's always stellar DJ Mathieu Schreyer for introducing me to Maribou State.