Octo Octa EP Next on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour Imprint
'For Lovers' EP will be released on 12” and digitally on March 1.
We’re told that the three-track EP represents some of Maya’s most vulnerable work to date. It follows her 2018 Eris Drew collaboration, Devotion, and will be her debut on the Ninja Tune affiliated imprint.
Opener “I Need You” is a bold declaration regarding her need for love during a delicate time of rapid change. Written on an extended tour spent alone, the “radiant breakbeat love letter” is the first vocal performance Maya has recorded in many years, and the first since her transition. It features the voice of a woman who has been through an intense personal struggle, and through that process come to a place of understanding that she is not alone.
The second track, “Bodies Meld Together,” is a sensuous house dub that evokes the mystical penetrating experience of a connection ritual that is at once obliterating and rejuvenating.
The EP’s closing track, “Loops For Healing,” was written during a studio session immediately after Octo Octa completed her second album, Where Are We Going? Not originally intended for release, it was, as the title suggests, composed as a personal tool for healing. It lay dormant for over a year until Maya found it on her hard-drive and fortuitously played it at a club a few months ago. Playing the tune to a packed floor grounded her and served as a reminder of why she is a musician in the first place: to heal herself and to heal others.
01. I Need You
02. Bodies Meld Together
03. Loops For Healing
For Lovers EP will be released on 12” and digitally on March 1 via Technicolour, with “I Need You” streaming below.