A new label from the Berlin-based Irishmen launches later this month with an EP from Baikal.
Mano Le Tough (real name Niall Mannion) and The Drifter both come from the same tightly knit family of artists: a crew of Irish expats loosely centered around the former club (now bar and record label) Kleine Reise and its new sibling venue, Loftus Hall. The pair have been friends since childhood and for the past two years have organized a series of parties called Passion Beat (first at Kleine Reise, then Loftus Hall). With past guests like John Roberts, Ame, John Talabot and Christopher Rau, Passion Beat tends to draw from the same melodic palette as Mano Le Tough's productions, and according to the man himself, has "definitely informed the style of the label."
As for the name, Mannion explains it this way: "Maeve is an Irish name, it comes from the old Irish name Madb which means 'the cause of great joy' or 'she who intoxicates.' We wanted a name in Gaeilge (the Irish language) so we threw around a few names and Maeve was the one we kept coming back to."
Maeve's first release comes from Baikal, an artist who helped inspire the decision to start the label but who's keeping his identity under wraps for now (a press release describes him only as "a silent Dutchman"). The Drifter provides guest vocals on the title track, "Just You and Me." Mannion has confirmed that the next release will also be from Baikal, followed by one from himself and eventually one from The Drifter.
A1 Just You and Me feat. The Drifter
B1 Why Don't Ya?
Maeve will release Just You and Me on July 30th, 2012.