Brand new signing Maze Hill is the brain child of producer Andy Highmore, vocalist Holly Bestic and singer and spoken word artist Joshua Idehen.
You may be familiar with Josh from his work with legendary UK production outfit LV on the critically acclaimed Routes album. Or even from his output in London based Afro funk, punk collective Benin City.
With Maze Hill Joshua flexes his vocal chords a little more harmonically alongside the gorgeous tones of Holly Bestic and it is a genuine treat to hear his vocal talents in this context for the first time.
The trio brings together their influences including Beach House and Grizzly Bear with the production delivering reverbed out electronica, and more than a little soul and even jazz elements.
We think this will also be warmly welcomed by fans of the likes of Little Dragon and of course other Wah Wah artists including Stac and Scrimshire.
On Long Haul drum machines meat lush electronic keyboards and a deeply catchy vocal hook that describes the band’s attitude and approach right from the start.
On this first single we’re also giving you a stunning second track ‘I Can Be Your Light’. This was one that first drew us to the band and we hope it will have the same effect on you. A tender and beautiful duet with a little more going on under the surface than your average piano ballad.
And to truly round off the debut in style we have a killer down beat remix from production masters LV.
Maze Hill will be doing a stripped down live set at our event at Scala on November 10th and will be delivering their debut album in the first half of 2013.
Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to Maze Hill.
“Exceptionally tight production” XLR8R (USA)
“Sounds great!” Quantic (Tru Thoughts, Columbia)
“Long Haul” featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape
“A sure fire hit” Soulbounce.com (USA)
“This is really good!” Michael Ruetten, Soul Patrol / Compost Radio (Germany)
“A voice like Yukimi´s, indeed!” Don Rogall, Micatone / Sonar Kollektiv (Germany)
“Lovely, really lovely!” Jon Freer, Drowned In Sound, Manchester (UK)
“Song of the Day worthy” Best In New Music (UK)
“I feel compelled to see the band live upon hearing I Can Be Your Light. Beautiful. Haunting but curiously very inviting is how I’d describe the track Long Haul. Like getting to the gates of Norman Bates’ house and seeing stacks and stacks of 45s in the sitting room. Impossible to resist entering the property for the endless treats you can almost grasp, regardless of the how it will leave your mental state once you finally leave….. if you get to leave at all that is.
“Absolutely surprising release. Chillwave dreampop soul? I’m sure that “i can be your light” will also be interesting for fans of the xx. Very good teaser. looking forward to checking out the album. Nice!” DJ Kinski / Daktari Child (Germany)
An exciting addition to Wah Wah 45s.” DJ Baz Hickey (Ireland)
“This is beautiful !!!” Playlisted, Markus Milz, Further in Fusion (Germany)
“Great Groove!” Barry Burns, Deben Radio (UK)
“Very nice LV remix, have posted it on my blog.” Peter McLennan (New Zealand)
“Awesome stuff! I love both radio and LV versions – will play them in next couple of “45 RPM” shows. “I Can Be Your Light” is good too, it will close one of my next radio shows.” Dobo Marzov, 45RPM Radio Show (Bulgaria)
“Love the tracks, you really feel there’s a story being told.” DJ Mark Reynolds (Australia)
“The LV remix is superb!” Cesare Cera, Irma Records (Italy)