Current album ‘Vicissitude’ out now on Mute
“an understated and beautiful album” 8/10 The 405
“Chapman has crafted his best album to date” The Quietus
“…a lysergic soaked Pet Shop Boys meeting Moby at his most electronic and blissful” The Guardian
Maps aka James Chapman has debuted a new song for all your festive celebrations, alongside news of the winner of his recent Talenthouse remix competition.
Enjoy the frosty electronics and warm sentiments of ‘Merry Christmas (My Friend)’, as premiered by Clash earlier this week:
Maps released ‘You Will Find A Way’ – the second single from his new album ‘Vicissitude’ – in October and wanted to hear interpretations from his fans, so he teamed up with Talenthouse and Filter Magazine for the competition. Today, James is happy to announce the winning remix is Fuzzy Saboteur.
James selected Liverpool newcomer Fuzzy Saboteur’s remix out of many amazing submissions because it is “interesting, creative and I love it when it kicks in with the blissed out synths.” Who wouldn’t love that?!
Give this psychedelic rework a listen here:
Our generous partners in crime, Talenthouse are also happy to announce that their massive user community selected Alejandro Álamo featuring Alessio García as their winning remix.
One of Maps’ 2013 highlights include the Daytrotter live session James recorded in London. Recorded during the hot days of summer the session includes album highlights, ‘I Heard Them Say’, ‘You Will Find A Way’, ‘A.M.A’ and ‘Left Behind’ – we highly recommend you give it a listen and drift back to warmer days: http://bit.ly/1enY26z
Watch the hazy lo-fi video for ‘You’ll Find A Way’:
With Chapman as the sole creative force behind the music, every Maps album is defined entirely by where his head was at during the recording process. His second album release, ‘Turning The Mind’ churns like a hedonistic after party, picking up where Maps critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize-nominated debut, ‘We Can Create’ left off. ‘Vicissitude’ is Maps’ latest triumph—showcasing Chapman’s spoils from his continuous battle to dig deep, confront reality and conquer new musical territory.
As with previous releases, ‘Vicissitude’ was primarily recorded at Maps’ home in Northampton and was mixed by Ken Thomas (Sugarcubes, M83, Sigur Ros) and Jolyon Thomas.
Listen to ‘Vicissitude”s spectral soundscapes on Spotify.
Buy ‘Vicissitude’ here.