It’s safe to say that 2011 and 2012 have been very kind to the career of Valencia, Spain- based Eric Estronel aka Maetrik aka Maceo Plex. In clubland , the man can do no wrong. In the past 2 years he has launched his Maceo Plex alter ego and has been just about destroying the world of deep house with every release, whether it be on Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Visionquest, No. 19, or his own Ellum Label (more on this later). With Maceo Plex, he has sex-ified his darker, tech-ier Maetrik sound. It was none other than Chicago’s own Green Velvet/ Cajmere who inspired him to develop two distinct musical platforms under two different names. Needless to say, this formula has brought Estronel tremendous success. Before the launch of Maceo Plex, Maetrik tracks had been getting plenty of attention and still continue to do so. Maetrik productions have been a consistent favorite in John Digweeds tech-heavy mixes and, being a Digweed devotee, this is precisely what got me into him. Check out Maceo Plex’s 2011 LP “Life Index” [Crosstown Rebels], his awesome Essential Mix from Feb. 2012, and his very recent Pulse Radio podcast. Also stay tuned for the release of his remix of Butch ft. Benjamin Franklin – High Beams, this is a epic track that you can hear in the Pulse Radio mix below.
In addition to Estronel’s highly successful solo career(s), 2011 also saw the launch of his label Ellum which has proven to be a great platform for like-minded talent. That being said, I’d like to shed light on how superb their most recent release is: Maxxi Soundsytem- Stella’s Way, which dropped this past Monday. This single includes 2 unique remixes from UK-based producer Huxley and Argentina’s Shall Ocin. As far as Maxxi Soundsystem is concerned, I couldn’t think of a better artist to feature on Ellum; the Brighton, UK based producer has been consistently churning out the sexiest deep house and fat disco bangers for the past few years and his sound totally works with what the label has going.