Published Jun 01, 2015Since 2011, UK duo Chris Davids and Liam Ivory (aka Maribou State) have drawn acclaim and support from the likes of radio greats Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson, and have a built an ever-expanding reputation off a series of EPs and remixes (Kelis, Four Tet, Lana Del Rey and Fatboy Slim, to name a few).
The release of their debut full-length Portraits sees the duo claim stake in a space that ties the organic with the manufactured and pushes the definition of electronic in the process 3/4 a foothold in a realm where the music is a tapestry of texture that belongs as much to the dance floor as it does to a late-night drive.
London lyricist Holly Walker lends her airy vocals to two tracks, professing a permanent melancholy tinged with indifference across "Steal," the track's ambient downtempo the ideal platform for Walker's sweet lull. Portraits is a successful attempt at an album steeped in tranquility that can also keep you moving. (Counter)