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Neil MacLeod


Mouthshut (Proteins of Magic Remix)


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Released in September 2022, Neil MacLeod's 'We Have Known Lost Days', took listeners on a journey through the darker side of human experience, bringing together both soul and electronic genres. DAZED wrote 'Neil MacLeod articulates a very specific strain of percussive electronic soul music. Set against stuttering backbeats that draw from the LA beats and post-dubstep traditions, he blends tastefully digitally manipulated vocals with electronic textures and melodies. The results are a richly cinematic set of songs that put the darker side of human nature under the microscope'

Mouthshut, as MacLeod explained in his feature on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a track with ‘beautiful complex sonic artefacts’, that sits in the ‘space between the genres’, and it is in this liminal space where Proteins of Magic thrives.

Living between Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Nashville, Tennessee, Proteins of Magic is a multi- faceted artist who blurs the boundaries between innovative alt-pop and contemporary art music. Her recent single ‘Lethal’ on Particle Recordings, was Number 1 in the Radioscope Alternative charts, Number 2 in the bFM top 10, and had radio support across the airwaves in Aotearoa.

Created in the woods of Nashville, Proteins of Magic leads the track through the back of the wardrobe into another parallel world. The electronic textures and fragments are replaced with lilting flute and piano, while the stuttering beats are transformed into cymbals, drums and percussion, it is only MacLeod’s delicately processed vocals that bears any resemblance of the original, creating an otherworldly genre-less composition.

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