Song Of The Day 21: Maps – Die Happy, Die Smiling

Regular readers will be well aware of my love affair with all things Maps. It would be fair to say that I ensured that nobody was in any doubt about how great the recent album ‘Turning The Mind’ is or when it was available to purchase. It’s fair to say that it didn’t exactly set the chart alight, but I’d hope it’s done well enough to keep James Chapman making splendid music under the Maps moniker for some time to come.

Doing my usual Sunday perusal of newly released downloads, I stumbled across this single release, despite having no idea that it was actually coming out. Some of the obligatory remixes are of little interest to most, but I would recommend seeking out the remix by A Place To Bury Strangers which recasts it as a speedy rock track. It’s surprisingly successful.

Still, none of these remixes can eclipse the majesty of the original track which is one of my favourites on what is a wonderfully strong album. I can’t imagine anyone reading this now has still not heard some music by Maps, but it certainly does no harm to remind people of these great tunes from time to time. You can YouTube below, purchase downloads here or listen to the album here. (Old FUTUREMUSIC feature here)

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