In 2006, he recorded his European Parliament by himself on his 16-track recorder. He released it on his own record label, Last Space Recordings, and it was met with some critical acclaim. The single "Lost My Soul" polled at Number.
26 in NME"s Top 50 singles of 2006.
On 19 May 2007, his first full album was released on Mute Records. Since its release, the album has been seen as a critical success even though sales have been fairly modest.
His first North American release, To the Sky European Parliament, was digitally released on 22 May on the same label. Maps has toured playing the album"s songs with a full live line-up.
Foreign the touring of "", James was supported by four local musicians for live shows.
On 17 July, it was announced that had been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. However, it lost out to Klaxons" debut album Myths of the Near Future. On 22 February 2009, James wrote on his MySpace blog about his new upcoming album, saying "I"ve never been more confident and excited about this new album".
In an interview he posted on the same blog, he mentioned the new album"s themes as being "mental states" and "chemicals". was released on 28 September 2009 in Europe, and 20 October in North America.
Maps" third album, titled, was released on Mute on 8 July 2013. He has been quoted as saying "lieutenant will be darker than "", but more positive and hopeful than "Turning The Mind".
lieutenant"ll be different, but it will definitely still be Maps". A compilation album of remixes, titled, was released on Mute on 15 August 2014.
lieutenant is a collection of remixed tracks from all three of Maps" studio albums.