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Maps: new album news + tour dates

Maps - aka James Chapman - has announced details of new live dates in July and festival dates including Latitude and Bestival. It is also now official that the first single off second album ‘Turning The Mind’ (released 28th September) will be ‘I Dream Of Crystal’, out on the 14th September on Mute.

‘Turning The Mind’, recorded with Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas) at the Contino Rooms in London, is Maps’ second album and follows the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlisted debut ‘We Can Create’ (2007).

Talking about the album, James Chapman explains, “Turning The Mind is essentially an album which explores themes related to the human mind and the way certain stimuli, particularly chemical, can affect the mind in different ways.

“A recurring theme throughout the album is that of the 'journey of extremes'. An example of this could be from 'depression' to 'euphoria' (or 'abyss' to 'bliss', if you like).

“The title comes from the cognitive therapy practice of 'Mindfulness', which I came across a few years ago, taught by Professor Marsha M. Linehan. It is a practice, which in simple terms, takes negative thoughts and turns them towards positive ones by accepting reality as it is, however bad it may be.

“The tracks for this album never seemed to stop flowing from the day I began working on them, it is a true statement of Maps' music at this precise moment.”

Maps has recently debuted the new stripped down electronic line-up at the Great Escape and Stag & Dagger festivals and this week on a short support tour with M83. Here’s the full list of Maps appearances this summer:

8th July Leeds Cockpit (with M83) - £12

9th July Manchester The Deaf Institute - £7 (Drowned in Sound show)

17th July Liverpool Evol @ Korova - £7

18th July Southwold Latitude

24th July Sheffield Tramlines Festival

30th July London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen - £7

13th Sep Isle of Wight Bestival

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