DJ Manny is both known and unknown. Despite being firmly embedded within the Footwork elite and being regarded by many as a DJ's DJ, Manny has yet to receive the kind of attention his peers have. His joyous new album for Planet Mu "Signals In My Head" is set to alter that for good.
Speaker Music follows up his acclaimed “Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry” with a four track EP “Soul-Making Theodicy”. A sample of a developing gestural praxis of haptic electronic drumming inspired by percussionists such as Rashied Ali, Max Roach and Steve Poindexter. Recorded by hand via iPad, 49-Key MIDI Controller and Push, then routed through Ableton and mixed live into stereophonic paintings, or further abstractions of rhythm and soul.
Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti has been torching the fringes of electronic music since the mid 1990s, a process that's found him melting a wide spectrum of musical innovation into his cult brand of experimental minimalism. "Fun is Not A Straight Line" builds on this impressive legacy, retaining his sonic signature and adding a playfulness that harks back to his beloved deep house smash, Luomo's "Vocalcity".
On "Neon Genesis: Soul Into Matter²" Meemo Comma (a.k.a. Lara Rix-Martin) takes Kabbalistic text and Jewish prayer and guides them through twinkling ambient synths, breakbeats and cranking industrial noise, full of strange wonder and drama. You can hear soft synths transmuted into choirs of seraphim and moments of occulted dancefloor rapture, from Aramaic chanting and ravey breakbeats to readings from the Zohar. It is quite beautiful at times.
What Does Your Heart Tell You?