The mysterious Meny comes to Aaron Sevilla's Pulse Wave label
If you're gonna do stripped-back, strutty and attitude-y then do stripped-back, strutty and attitude-y RIGHT. That's advice mysterious Mexican producer Meny clearly doesn't need, though – he's already doing it right.
The lead track here, It's Me itself, samples the legendary Sweet Pussy Pauline, the absolute QUEEN of stripped-back, strutty and attitude-y in the mid-90s 'bitch house' era (when the mainstream house scene and ballroom/vogueing were at their closest). If you know any Sweet Pussy Pauline tracks, you'll already appreciate that this one's not gonna do down too well at the local church fête! But if you like it stripped-back, strutty and attitude-y, and can handle the potty-mouth, then you'll struggle to find better this week.
The accompanying MTB is essentially similar in style, musically, only instead of Sweet Pussy Pauline the vocal here consists of snatches of dialogue – it sounds like a recording of a phone call, but it's actually mostly exhortations to the DJ to "bring that beat back" and so on. It's plenty playable, for sure – it's just not Sweet Pussy Pauline. But sometimes if one track's the bomb, the other one only being a hand grenade is just fine…
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 5 April
Review Score: 8