German artist Timo Maas joins forces with the Stripped Down label for a brand new single ‘Utopie’, backed with remixes from Digital 21 & Stefan Olsdal and Joe Metzenmacher & Borka & The Gang. Timo has been a presence on the electronic music stage since the mid-90s, raising his profile off the back of his ‘Dooms Night’ remix. Season’s on the White Isle, a touring schedule and a raft of releases followed, with music dropping on the likes of Perfecto, Bush, My Favorite Robot, Mobilee and his own Rockets and Ponies imprint.
Now, the Hannover based artist joins forces with Claudio Ricci’s Stripped Down Records for his latest musical offering which features vocals from Rottler. ‘Utopie’ is a stripped back and hypnotic affair that marries spoken word vocals over a sparse soundtrack.
Subtle sound design and understated drum programming make this a deep cut that may bring new fans to both label and artist.
The first of the remixes comes from Digital 21 & Stefan Olsdal, which sees the Spanish producer team up with the Placebo bassist. Maas has in fact a long-standing relationship with the band, having remixed previous Placebo singles and featured singer Brian Molko on his own productions. Here, Olsdal and Digital 21 deliver a mix that fuses Batucada style rhythms with a cinematic string section.
Finally, Joe Metzenmacher & Borka & The Gang turn in a dar-edged and techy reworking that provides the closer to the package.
With more remixes to come later in the year, and Timo’s remix of Rodriquez Jr.’s ‘Blisss’ dropping on Mobilee soon, this is shaping up to be a productive year for the German.
It’s out 19 June.