Maribou State are an electronic duo from London, they specialise in creating emotive, ethereal bass music illiciting obvious comparisons to Bondax. 2012 saw the pair rapidly rise to notoriety thanks to their track ‘Olivia’ and a couple of releases on Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records. They also have a knack for creating a great remix and have given their own interpretation to Jagga, 2 Bears, Wretch 32 and Crookers in the past.
This week they released another stunning remix, this time of a track from label boss Fatboy Slim. The track in question is the 1999 no. 1 smash hit ‘Praise You’ and Maribou State have taken it to a far more mystical place than you would have thought possible. The track is slow to get going, beginning with a two-chord keys rhythm, an intermittent bass line and softly brushed snares before building in both complexity and volume. We are introduced to a playful set of percussion before a multi-voiced, heavily flanged synth section enters in an attempt to cheer up the track, an attempt that does little to change the overall pessimistic mood.
Gone are the famous piano chords, replaced instead by a swung keyboard rhythm section. Gone is the happy-go-lucky vibe, replaced instead with a depressed introverted expression however the most compelling alteration is the ability to change “I have to praise you like I should” from an outward expression of gratitude to the under-the-breath muttering of a regretful man and it is this stark contrast that makes the remix so compelling.