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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.