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2013 should be a vintage year for Timo Maas. Over the next 12 months, he’ll release this, his long awaited new artist album, Lifer, featuring Mikill Pane, Placebo’s Brian Molko, U.N.K.L.E’s James Lavelle, Katie Cruel and more; he’ll celebrate 10 years as a resident at DC10 in Ibiza; welcome new artists to his Rockets & Ponies imprint, and continue to reinforce his reputation as one of German electronic music’s most colourful characters.
Prior to this, however, Timo will satisfy his first love – the dancefloor – with ‘Pop A Bubble’, his own original contribution to Cocoon’s 100th release compilation, and remixes for James Teej on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth label and Johnny Mikes on Lower East Records; reworkings that add to a remix pedigree that includes Madonna, Depeche Mode, Muse, Fatboy Slim and beyond.
For those that have followed the trajectory of Maas’ previous 2 artist albums (Loud and Pictures), Lifer contains yet more wildly divergent collaborators, from Brighton chanteuse Katie Cruel (formerly of We Fell To Earth and now signed to Rockets & Ponies), who weighs in with the haunting ‘Articulation’, the gritty rap delivered by rising one-to-watch, Mikill Pane on ‘Grown-Up’, through to Placebo singer Brian Molko’s contribution to ‘College 84’, while James Lavelle delivers a primo vocal on the dramatic ‘The Hunted’ (the only vocal he’s done outside of U.N.K.L.E). Please see the tracklist below for further details.
Ever at ease straddling the somewhat disparate worlds of underground electronic music culture and credible muso pop, Timo and his production partner, Santos, created Rockets & Ponies for both their own productions, and outings from the likes of Maetrik, Tobi Neumann, Riva Starr, Giorgio Roma and more. The success and variety of the label’s output has undoubtedly impacted on Lifer, giving it a broader range of influences and styles than any of his previous albums. The result is a collection that shows Timo Maas is at the very top of his game.