NYC native Christopher Manik comes to the Chicago label
MANIK returns to Chicago label Fresh Meat Records for the first time (that I'm aware of, at least) since 2010's Drink Your Juice.
The All Night Long EP kicks off with Fresh With It, whose intro - made up of sparse top-end percussion, a pounding 4/4 kick and an off-kilter sax parp - lets us know right away we're a long way from commercial, radio-friendly house territory. Those elements are then joined, as the track progresses, by a spoken male "you can do it" vocal loop, an assortment of other vocal snips and wonky keys, all adding up to a fine slice of leftfield jackery. The title cut, which follows, is a smoother, deeper ride with stuttering drums, a synth drone by way of a bassline and more barely intelligible vocal snips. Over on the B, Mind Your Soul takes us into post-club/afterhours territory with its shimmering, pulsing pads, tuff but understated drums and vaguely garage-y keyboard work, while finally Groove 'Em Up has more of the lingering synths and cut-up vox that seem to be the EP's stock-in-trade.
Ain't nothin' going on here but raw, underground house vibes... so if such is your musical poison, you're unlikely to be disappointed.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8