M Plex’s “Flight Home” remix of Odd Parents’ “Learn to Fly” is actually one of two versions he released simultaneously. This version’s title encapsulates the song’s undertones as its elements continuously layer until its breakdown: a consistent laserlike synth followed by a launching rocket. As the vocals and ambient notes lift the listener and then build into a resounding, piercing distortion of the same synth used throughout the track, Maceo Plex demonstrates his distinguished ability to maximize the impact of every component of his tracks in diverse ways. He started off as Maetrik with an initial penchant for more traditional techno, then transitioning into the Maceo Plex alias and bringing with it a deeper and darker focus. “Learn to Fly” falls into an elegant medium between the two, having a more melodic progression rather than the distinctly eerie tone that characterizes some of Maceo Plex’s other work like his “Conjure” series. The blending of these lighter and darker sounds highlights somewhat of a dichotomy emerging in the deep house genre, as its rising overall popularity follows primarily on the heels of lighter work like that of Disclosure and so contributes to greater segmentation within subgenres. Such a contrast extends to the current landscape for electronic music as a whole as well, as the occasional back-and-forth between artists championing the underground and those of a more radio-friendly sound may indicate. Nevertheless, Maceo Plex and his label Ellum are just a part of those artists championing the dark and ambient and will only continue to attract the listeners looking to follow them into a rabbit hole.