Marbiou State – Tongue feat. Holly Walker (EP) (Southern Fried Records)
OK, so we’re late to the party. Although ‘Tongue’ was released back in June this great little EP has only recently come to our attention.
This 4-song EP by Maribou State is centered around the track “Tongue (feat. Holly Walker)” and follows their success which began in 2011 with ‘The Olivia EP,’ ‘The Native EP’, ‘Scarlett Groove’ (featuring Saint Saviour) and an impressive string of stellar remixes.
For those who don’t know Maribou State are Hertfordshire natives Chris Davids and Liam Ivory. Chris and Liam have been making music together since their university days and were snapped up by Norman Cook (pka Fatboy Slim) after he heard their demos and promptly signed the duo to his Southern Fried Records label.
The 4-song EP features an original mix of “Tongue (feat. Holly Walker)”, a new tune called “Larks Rise”, as well two brilliant remixes of “Tongue (feat. Holly Walker)”, one courtesy of Drew Hill and an instrumental from James Welsh.
Thanks in no small part of the sublime vocals of Holly Walker, “Tongue (feat. Holly Walker)” is a brilliant Portishead flavoured electronica track driven by tasty club beats and sprinkled with sleek, modern house production techniques. Vibrant and fresh, “Tongue (feat. Holly Walker)” is one hell of tune.
All four tracks have are smooth clubby vibe. The brilliant “Larks Rise” calls to mind the styling found on Sasha’s remix of Little Dragon’s “Crystal Film” and his remix of Ultraista’s “Smalltalk” – both from the excellent ‘Invol<3er’ album released earlier this year. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise really since Maribou State themselves remixed an Ultraista track. Electing to remix “Gold Dayzz”, not for the first time the duo found themselves at top of the Hype Machine chart and hitting over 200,000 plays on Soundcloud.
Likewise, James Welsh’s remix is an absolute stunner and the most upbeat and clubby of all 4 tracks, again recalls the deep house-esque sounds of Sasha’s most recent work.
Watch the video for “Tongue” below: