Today Maribou State release their first new music since 2015’s breakthrough album Portraits. The British duo – Liam Ivory and Chris Davids – are fresh from an extended studio hibernation and will take their new live show to a string of Europe’s most prestigious summer festivals including a headline set at Sonar 2018, Parklife, Roskilde, and more. They will also DJ after Flying Lotus at London’s eagerly anticipated All Points East Festival.
New single ‘Turnmills’ is a stunning track and a momentous statement of intent, revolving around a magnetically addictive arpeggiated bassline with expansive strings and choral vocals. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008 – one of a string of closures during the past 15 years that struck at the heart of the UK capital’s vibrant and globally renowned underground music culture.
“Turnmills was where we first experienced electronic music in a club setting. It’s a totally different and transformative listening experience and that communal spirit, atmosphere and feeling has inspired the way we’ve made music,” says Liam. “Clubs are such important hubs for music discovery, especially of songs that you might have overlooked in a different setting. Partly through the feeling in the room and also through the memories attached to the records you hear.”
Chris continues: “We wrote ‘Turnmills’ the day after a Dama Dama label party at the East London club Shapes (shut down in 2016). Our studio is housed in the same building actually…Anyway the vibe of the night brought back memories of our formative clubbing experiences and that energy ended up being channeled straight back into the studio the next day.”
Blazing a trail with a string of singles and EPs between 2011-13, Maribou State released their debut album Portraits in 2015 to universal acclaim. They launched their live show in the same year and promptly sold out Village Underground and KOKO on their 32-date EU tour, performed at Glastonbury, Bestival,Lovebox, Reading & Leeds, DJed B2B with Bonobo, held a BBC R1 Residency and recorded a BBC Essential Mix. The duo has attracted a growing hub of loyal supporters from Jamie XX to Annie Mac, Jacques Greene, Zane Lowe, Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space), Maya Jane Coles and BANKS.
‘Turnmills‘ is out now via Ninja Tune. Buy/stream it here.