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Maribou State


Maribou State are an English electronic music duo consisting of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory. They have released a handful of EPs and two albums, Portraits (2015) and Kingdoms In Colour (2018). Besides their own material, the two producers have also done remixes for the likes of Alpines and Lana Del Rey. The duo perform internationally and are signed to Counter Records, an imprint of UK independent label Ninja Tune.
Originally from Hertfordshire, Davids and Ivory met at school where they first developed an interest in music. After writing music and being in local bands for a number of years, they were offered the opportunity to do a remix for the band Hadouken! at the age of 16. They made their debut as Maribou State in 2011 with the five-track EP "Habitat" on Fat! Cat Records. In 2013 they released their "Truths" EP which featured vocals by Jimi Nxir, Holly Walker and Nubiya Brandon.
While the duo were preparing their first full-length, their former record-company Fat! Cat released the compilation Beginnings, which contained eight tracks and seven remixes by others. In June 2015 they released their debut album Portraits, under the Ninja Tune imprint, Counter Records, preceded by the single "The Clown" featuring North Downs (Pedestrian).
In 2018 the band returned with “Kingdoms In Colour”, featuring the track ‘Feel Good’ feat. Khruangbin; vocals from long-standing collaborators Holly Walker, (who previously sang on fan favourites ‘Midas’, ‘Steal’ & ‘Tongue’); a collaboration with North Downs (Pedestrian); and standout single ‘Turnmills’ (named after the London club which closed in 2008).
The record earned them a #25 spot on the UK album charts (and #4 on the UK Record Store chart), was BBC 6 Music’s ‘Album Of The Day’ and received huge support from Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw, Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Pete Tong, Nemone and many more, with the band also performing live on Lauren Laverne’s show. Press support came from the likes of NME, Complex, GQ, and Crack Magazine, with Mixmag naming them as one of their ‘Artists Of The Year’ 2018.
In 2019 they completed a sold-out UK & EU tour, which included a show at London’s O2 Brixton Academy , with the 5-piece band joined on stage by a string quartet and choir. They have also played to sold out crowds in cities across Europe and North America with shows in Manchester, Bristol, Cologne, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Zurich and Brussels. They recently played a run of sold-out North American shows in New York, LA, SF, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.


Feel Good (Ft. Khruangbin)

"Great addition to your favorite selection of moody electronic playlist"