Josh Wink's Ovum label returns with one of its regular faces in the form of Manik, a New York producer whose deep yet slick blend of techno and house has provided some of the label's finest releases. The House Cut 1 EP is shows his strengths to the fullest; the title track sees classic house stabs given a contemporary twist, with that slightly odd touch common to Matthew Dear's productions, while "Nothing Better" goes down a contrasting route, as dark acid textures are joined by as crisp techy beats and lighter pad sections. Finally, "Finch" takes things in an almost psychedelic direction, as spiralling keys dance over a swelling bassline.
US producer MANIK has released for Ovum, but the What Is Who EP sees him adapt seamlessly to the Poker Flat in-house style. In fact, the tumbling drums, sombre bass and nagging acid line on "Pure Liquid" suggest that MANIK was destined to release on Steve Bug's label. The title track supports this notion, with MANIK again deploying an insidious 303, but this time combining it with the kind of detuned synth riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a Martini Bros release. Finally, "Good4Me" is reminiscent of Martin Landsky's releases, with doubled up claps and jarring tonal stabs sounding like a malfunctioning computer game - further proof that MANIK has found his true home.
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