TOTD // 09/08 // Mclean & Mai

Published: August 9, 2017, words by Harriet Shepherd

Part of the Motorik! takeover


Declan Pigott & Michael Mai, better known as electronic duo, McLean & Mai, are fresh out of the Sydney scene. The pair of sound design students are making waves in the Australian capital as new additions to the Motorik imprint. Their unique sound is described by the label as “stark, stripped back tech(no) that will blast your dancefloor into XTC.” It’s not darkwave, it’s NRGwave – apparently.

The past two years have seen two EP releases from the duo, with the techno-focused Tier 3 released earlier this year. As students of sound design, the two are no stranger to hardware, favouring synthesisers, drum machines, analogue mixers and everything in between in the production of their own music. Their approach to making music is largely influenced by their technical training too, finding distinct sonic nuances and experimenting with them.

One half of McLean & Mai, Declan, cites DFA records as instrumental in his discovery of electronic music. The remixes of the likes of Love Affair and Hercules were a way of easing into the club music scene and normalising the kinds of sounds he’d been deprived of listening to indie bands. Since then, both parties have expanded their sonic horizons and found their own particular niche within the extensive realm of electronic music.

Regular DJs at Motorik’s infamous Sydney parties, you can be sure to catch McLean & Mai behind the decks if you’re down under. The boys also have a show in Tokyo later this month and are teasing us with word they’re busy in the studio. Here, the duo join our Motorik takeover with their four favourite warehouse jams.

via soundcloud

Legwork

Buck shot (Matrixxman Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“With the right amount of accessibility, balanced with a touch of refrain, Matrixxman’s remix of Legwork’s ‘Buckshot’ is appropriate for 10pm or 5am. This piece is proof that ‘less is more’ and the pads that come in towards the end are a thing of beauty. We’ve been keeping close tabs on Matrixxman since his early days, and what resonates is the scope of his sonic palette. Variety is the spice of life, and we take satisfaction in being able to see him grow into the proliferate form he now holds.”
via soundcloud

Markus Suckut

Fourth Movement

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“For those like us who enjoy minimal, ‘Fourth Movement’ by Markus Suckut holds it down for the masses. The groove is painted by the relationship between the slurred attack on the lead and the percussion, translating to a simple finesse, whilst remaining very succinct (testament to the wonders of velocity sensitivity). The emotion is derived from the sustained melody that slowly creeps up into the foreground riding the track to fruition.”
via soundcloud

Gëinst

Telepath

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Geinst eases you into the whole experience, it starts off gentle and dreamy and before you know it there’s an abrasive acid line in your face. We’d say that is pretty similar with the whole warehouse experience too, starting more gentle than it is ending.”
via youtube

Mike Parker

Undulating Frequencies

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Mike Parker is someone who is constantly pushing forward in our opinion. No matter where he is releasing it’s always something new and unique. This track has a really cool character for the warehouse while not rocking the boat too much. That’s always our intention for the warehouse – keep it rolling, keep it fun and interesting but never go too hard.”

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