Maceo Plex confronts racism and diversity in latest single, ‘Cinemax’
Maceo Plex breathes new life into The Quantic Soul Orchestra’s raw and inspiring “Pushin’ On,” preserving the English funk outfit’s head-on social commentary amid a dark dance floor renovation on his latest release, “Cinemax.”
Sophisticated percussion, signature swerving basslines, and an undeniable guitar riff make up the sonic backbone of “Cinemax,” but what really defines the track is the message of resiliency from Alice Russell’s original vocal sample. In a press release following the single, Maceo Plex delineated the source material, stating,
“We are leaving the past behind. It is time to unify, leave racism and division behind. The lyrics tell this story. The song itself is a deep drink, always building with a forward momentum.”
While this latest release finds Maceo Plex using his sonic platform to talk the talk, it’s worth noting that the Cuban-American DJ is no stranger to using that same platform to walk the walk. Just recently, Plex donated all proceeds from his summer single “Nu World” to the ACLU in the name of fighting voter suppression. Listen to “Cinemax” below.
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