Review: The next installment in Shall Not Fade's Basement Trax series comes courtesy of Mani Festo, who forms part of Club Glow with Borai, Denham Audio and LMajor, and is chief of the Flightpath label. The Londoner kicks off the The Pathfinder EP with the jungle-infused bounce of "Powertriip" followed by the pounding and broken techno of "Pathfinder", while the retro euphoric acid of "Big Rooms" takes deep you into rave territory. Finally, the sounds of bleep, drum 'n' bass and Detroit collide wonderfully on "Auto Sequence".
Review: From a listener's perspective, the most exciting thing about Sneaker Social Club's constantly evolving catalogue is that you genuinely don't know what's likely to arrive next. This latest four tracker from Mani Festo is another prime example of that, with the first track 'Close Proximity' being a booming fusion of housey drumwork and breaksy percussion. Next, the excellent sample work of 'Shunt' sees us engage with sharpened breaksy drum sounds and eerie pad textures above, before the catchy melodic plucks and bouncing rhythms of 'Eraser' takes us down a different direction. FInally, the jungle-inspired arrangements and beatskips of 'Hyperion' gives us possibly the most relatable creation on the project, tying things up nicely!
Review: Hooversound, the creation of Naina and Sherelle, is back with its fourth release. It might be their best one yet, as Private Caller and Mani Festo step up to contribute two tracks each, a cool format and one which yields a foursome of songs which are firmly grounded in the UK's breakbeat tradition. 'Inside' by Private Caller builds on a bed of hardware driven, synthtic suspense before flipping into rolling amens and a superbly slick reece bass. On 'Titan', Mani Festo brings probably the heaviest track of the release, a seismic clattering of breakbeats that carry an absurd amount of weight and move and duck into effortless rolls and shakes. A new height for the two women taking the whole of dance music by storm. Big.
Review: What a compilation we have here as the wonderful Killer Smile invite some of the most exciting faces in new school breaks together for a sumptuous four-tracker to launch the new 'Faces' series. This first volume opens up with Manix supplying the party flavour on 'The Feeling', a breathy throwback to the nineties with nostalgic chord progressions and chunky breakbeat design, before Foul Play mellows the mood with his more melancholic design within 'Black Sun', remixed exclusives for us here by Skeleton Army. Next up, the party takes a lively twist as Denham Audio arrives with 'Mercury Tint', a groovy entanglement of clean drum processing and big room subs, before the high tempo snare rolls and euphoric synth melodies of Mani Festo's 'Spiral' see us out in style. What a drop!
Review: Next up on Bristol's Durkle Disco imprint, rising London based producer Nick Marks aka Mani Festo steps up with his debut solo release. Featuring three weighty cuts, it draws on his early hardcore and jungle influences on the title track and "Kreuzberg Riddim", both breakbeat-driven dancefloor smashers. "No Number" channels classic dub and early dubstep stylings, from the hypnotic bass to the pirate radio vocal samples. While the name may be relatively new, Mani has been putting in work for a while: he's released on Swamp 81 whilst also making numerous guest appearances on Rinse FM. Fallout is bound to cement Mani Festo's name as one to watch in 2017.