The music that Londoner Ben Jacobs makes under the name Max Tundra is dizzyingly dense, labyrinthine, and hyperactive, but at the same time utterly effervescent, sunny, and obsessed with melody.
In 1998, Warp released his first single, Children at Play, based on a demo tape sent to the label. The full-length Some Best Friend You Turned Out to Be followed in 2000 on Domino. Rapturously received, 2002’s Mastered by Guy at the Exchange marked the first appearance of vocals in Tundra’s music, sporting a dozen warped pop songs – all with six-letter titles.
During the subsequent half-decade, he remixed Franz Ferdinand, Architecture in Helsinki, the Futureheads, Pet Shop Boys, Missy Elliott and The Strokes, before releasing his third LP in 2008, Parallax Error Beheads You. PEBY featured his most polished, pop-oriented compositions to date, without sacrificing any of the frenetic giddiness, control-freak complexity, or visionary strangeness of his earlier work.
In 2015 he wrote and produced the comeback single for pop duo Daphne & Celeste, entitled You & I Alone – the first track to be taken from the D&C album Daphne & Celeste Save The World, their first LP in 18 years. The album also contains the singles BB and Alarms.