British duo Maribou State produce warm, emotive electronic music drawing from house, garage, and indie rock, blending pitch-shifted vocals and rolling beats on releases such as 2015's Portraits and 2018's Kingdoms of Colour.
Maribou State were formed in London in 2011 by former classmates Chris Davids and Liam Ivory. Working tirelessly in their own homemade studio, they released several EPs and singles on Norman Cook's Southern Fried Records in 2012 and 2013, and completed remixes for Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, Ultraista, Kelis, and many others. The duo's tracks received support from high-profile British DJs such as Zane Lowe, Gilles Peterson, and Pete Tong, and they began touring extensively, hitting festival dates around the world. Ninja Tune sublabel Counter Records signed the duo in 2015, releasing the "Rituals" 12" followed by Maribou State's full-length debut, Portraits.
During an extensive world tour, the duo found themselves writing on the road, drawing inspiration from the continents they visited, including India, Asia, and North America. Afterwards, they attempted to settle into their London studio to record a follow-up, but found themselves feeling confined by the city. Instead, they ventured to various areas outside of London to set up week-long temporary recording spots, capturing their sophomore album, 2018's Kingdoms of Colour, piece by piece. ~ Paul Simpson