The Parisian Maxime Iko delivers with Pray For Us the follow-up EP for his BPitch debut Concilium from 2018 and sounds as rousing, playful and danceable as rarely before.
Maxime Iko's music has always been based on a strong groove, concise basslines, pitched down vocals and a sensitivity to the sexually charged energy of the gay parties that Maxime Iko co-organized in the French capital. The resident DJ from Ellen Allien's We Are Not Alone rave parties and the Parisian club Dehours Brut goes even further with Pray For Us and presents four equally strong tracks between hyperactive techno and retrofuturistic electro vibes - the theme of the EP is various visions of the apocalypse.
A1 number Dagyde sets a jagged pace with its stray arpeggio theme and bone-dry claps - the perfect start to visualize Maxime Iko's fondness for playfulness and an otherwise rarely found subtle humor. The title track Pray For Us comes with Maxime Iko's bell-coloured signature sound cascades, a simple but effective bass line and pitched vocals about a religious apocalypse - a deep prime time techno cut for dark, sweaty rooms.
B1 Telekinesis then slows down the pace and catapults you into the outer orbit of Saturn with its dramatic Detroit theme. And with Words Maxime Iko closes this EP with a concentrated electro techno track that cuts deeper and deeper into the cortex.