MAO- Black Narcissus (single) (AEI Media/Uschii Music)
Following on from the No Love EP from December last year and a handful of remixes and collaborations, anonymous Brighton duo MAO will be releasing a new single Ways Of Seeing next month. In the interim, the duo has shared the single’s b-side, Black Narcissus.
Per the press release, it’s MAO’s ability to make ‘MAO-music’, rather than provide a generic A&R-led formula, that’s led to remix requests for Mad Decent’s Zebra Katz, Maribou State, Alex Barck and The Bloody Beetroots featuring Theophilus London. And we agree.
An atmospheric collage of deep, grooving sub-bass, soulful, urban vocal snippets, lush pads, Juno synths, and – of course – club beats, Black Narcissus continues the duo’s tradition of forward-thinking soulful, electronic music.
With its white-noise washes and keyboard swells, there’s definitely a summery vibe emanating from the track and while clearly melodic, its melodies are more lingering than obvious and that’s a huge part of the appeal.
The single ‘Ways Of Seeing/Black Narcissus’ will be released on 2 June, 2014 on on AEI Media/Uschii Music. At the time of posting, Black Narcissus is being given away as a free download via the Mao Soundcloud.
Listen to Black Narcissus below: