A little while ago the lovely people at Crosstown Rebels released the debut 12” from their new signing Maceo Plex and ever since we have had trouble not listening to it on repeat.
Vibe Your Love is an incredibly deep and soulful house bomb that just about makes it impossible for anyone within dancing distance to stand still and not get locked into the track’s infectious groove. The 12” also features a remix from Zev of Wolf + Lamb fame, which does something quite magical, almost spiritual, to the track.
Maceo Plex has in fact been around for a while now, just in some very different guises. Eric Estornel is the man behind the moniker as well as being behind Maetrik and Mariel Ito, releasing a plethora of musical delights on labels such as Cocoon, Audiomatique, Mothership and Dumb Unit.
Eric’s new project Maceo Plex is decidedly different though, which is why we are happy to include him as a Ones To Watch. Previous incarnations for Eric have been largely centered on the darker sounds of house and techno, with his releases as Maetrik garnering most attention among the techno elite. Maceo Plex however is born out of a desire to create something deeper and more soulful than his other projects. "Life Index is my baby. It’s all the soul music I’ve been holding inside and have been wanting to write,” explains Maceo,
The result of which is Maceo Plex and his debut album Life Index, which Crosstown Rebels have slated as one the first albums to come out on the imprint.
It looks like it is going to be a good year for Eric Estornel’s Maceo Plex.
Maceo Plex’s Life Index is available on Crosstown Rebels February 7th.