Review: Following releases on Black Sun Records and Candela Rising, promising UK techno producer Manni Dee gets seriously heavy on Simon Shreeve's (aka Kryptic Minds) Osiris Music. Manni Dee provides the label with three tracks, and the first, "Nicotine Kisses", is a rolling, but broken beat techno jam similar to Lucy's work before his Word Play For Working Bees album, while a bass rumbling but beatless "Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom" sounds similar to the cavernous sounds of Japanese duo Steven Porter. "Sister Nobody" is frenetic and beat down once again with Milton Bradley-like atmospheres only with a UK touch of sewer bass, while Monic (aka Simon Shreeve) throws down a syncopated remix that could also quite happily find a home on Perc Trax.
Review: Following two releases last year that seemed inspired by the more purple end of dubstep, Manni Dee returns on Hit and Hope with some tracks that explore the fertile 130 zone between techno and bass. "Shifting" opens proceedings with a dense techno track that is somewhere between Blawan's percussive battery and the sludgy crawl of Andy Stott, "Viaduct" takes the same shady atmospherics and applies them to a raw, clattering rhythmic framework with weird vocal effects, and "Sympathy Pass" takles the hyperactive arpeggios of his early productions and fuses them to a swung 4/4 backbone. On the remix front, young UK house upstart James Fox turns in a deeply melodic version of "Shifting" that takes things to 90s NYC without sacrificing any of the original's weight, and Deft reworks "Viaduct" into a restless tech-step monster with rampant juke influences.
Review: Perc has clearly found a soulmate in Oscar Mulero, and here the duo present another collaboration between their two tough, heads-down techno imprints. Mulero's gnarled-but-futuristic "Blackstar" is arguably the best thing here. It's as hypnotic as you'd expect, but there's a whisper of melody and soul amongst the intensity. The same can be said about Manni Dee's "Serenity", which breaks up the beats a little to add a little more fluidity to an otherwise pulsating, metronomic techno groove. Those looking for more straightforward, no-holds bared after-hours techno should check Formula Strategy Group's "Rundoled", and the ricocheting atmospherics of Exium's "Raw Visions".
Review: Perc Trax provided the platform for one of Manni Dee's biggest breakthrough tracks, "London Isn't England", and he returns to the label to deliver another peak-time EP. "The Wolves" revolves around a bruising industrial rhythm that underpins aggro vocals and hardcore hoover riffs. On "Do As They Don't", Dee ups the pace and the pitch of his vocal samples, with a Pinky'n'Perky-style vocal loop set to pummelling, steely kicks. Maintaining this approach on "Exploit Me, I'm Yours", Dee keeps the intensity up by delivering a pulverising drum track that sees the levels pushed firmly into the red.
Review: London based Manni Dee returns after some full-on explorations in extremity, for the likes of Perc Trax, Layla and Emetic with this brand new killer for the esteemed Tresor. The production of The Residue EP was inspired by his home city, the British capital and its general living conditions. Topics such as social cleansing, inequality and the general political situation and how this in turn 'informs internal and external locus of control'. From the abrasive factory floor assault of "Subterranean Choke", the repulsive dark ambient of "At The Mercy Of The Muse" and its uneasy narrative, or the blistering title track with its pounding industrial rhythms and textural noise - all reaching straight for the jugular!
Review: Apart from releases on hard techno labels like Earwiggle and Black Sun, Manni Dee was also responsible for the debut record on Leyla, back in 2015. He returns to the label for his latest outing, and it proves to be a thrilling affair. Taking inspiration from gabba and early 90s Frankfurt trax, Dee conjures up a frightening image for techno. On "Insurrection Erection", this takes the form of Joke Lanz howling and shrieking his way over a pounding rhythm track. "Estrangement Between" is more nuanced and sees Dee use crisp break beats and powerful subs to deliver his message. "Combination Acts" deploys a similar approach, but on this occasion, the breaks are covered in dense percussive swathes and hypnotic chants. The hyper-speed bass and wild acidic squelches of "That Jingoism Stench" close out this intense but idiosyncratic release.
London Isn't England (feat Ewa Justka) - (6:57) 145 BPM
Mephi - (5:01) 142 BPM
Adorable Disorder - (4:55) 148 BPM
Review: There have been some attempts to re-imagine the foot-stomping anger of gabba in recent years, but few have come close to emulating the raw form energy that Manni Dee's productions spew forth. Not that Dee is a fan of Dutch skinhead music. If anything, his work takes its cues from techno and its attendant free party circuit as well as a sense of disillusionment with ordered society. In Perc, he has found an ally, and this release is timely. As the UK stands on the brink of breaking away from Europe, the pounding, juggernaut rhythms of "Mephi" and the brilliant "London Isn't England" (featuring Ewa Justika) sound all the more prescient. Completing this excellent, socially aware release is the gloomy, beatless throb of "Adorable Disorder".
Review: With a breakout year that has seen two very well received singles land on Black Sun, Manni Dee rounds off 2013 with a single for London's Shapes imprint that further compounds the detail-rich production and crushing dynamism of his signature style. "Loop84" makes this point clear from the off, as a fractured dubstep rhythm plays host to all manner of percussive embellishments that lend an organic quality to the po-faced sub bass and industrial tones. "Objective Form" has a more frantic electro-techno collision in its DNA that keeps the beats firing at a breakneck pace while nervous rivulets of acid zap through the jagged landscape. "Red Paint On The Roses" opts for a more rigid 4/4 template but keeps the stylistic traits intact, before "Eroded Viewpoint" returns to that hectic salvo of drums and tones that fall in a snapping formation.
Review: Perc Trax launches a new split release series with a difference. All of the tracks on Forever 1 have been tested in clubs by label owner Ali 'Perc' Wells', and it shows. Manni Dee's "Gulabi Gang" is a ferocious stomper, led by concrete weight kicks and wild metallic riffs, while on Rebekah's "Diamond in the Rough", visceral drums, noisy percussion and white noise riffs prevail. The label has also tapped Scalameriya for a track and "Slobodna" resounds to broken percussion, noisy betas and a searing central riff that fades in and out, causing a sense of disorientation. Last but not least is John Heckle's Head Front Panel project with the aptly named "Furious", a malevolent slice of early Mills-influenced, dense techno.
Perc - "Look What Your Love Has Done To Me" (I Hate Models Primitive remix) - (8:28) 142 BPM
Review: The eighth series in Perc Trax's remix series sees some of techno's biggest names rework the label's back catalogue. It opens with Amelie Lens delivering a thumping, big-room take on Perc's own "Look What Your Love Has Done To Me". DJ Boss goes down a linear but visceral route for his Schranz take on RVDE's "90s Hammer", while Ghost In The Machine turns Perc & Truss' "Leather & Lace" into a juggernaut banger, led by screeching riffs, looped vocal samples and a pounding kick. For a more streamlined take on peak-time techno, take a listen to Perc's own VIP take on "Look What Your Love Has Done To Me" ,while for those lovers of layered, noisy bangers, look no further than Ansome's remix of Manni Dee's "London Isn't England".
Review: What a year it's been for Perc Trax. The label's long-term championing of harder-edged techno has paid off, with the roster starting to get wider recognition. Manni Dee's contribution to this year in review compilation is the pounding techno of "Gulabi Gang", which comes close to 140bpm and features wild screeches and howls. Scalameriya, another artist championed by the label, drops three tracks that characterise this tough techno sound; "Crucible" is a straight up sheet metal banger, while on "Slobodna" he opts for a noisy industrial approach and "Hellzone Megapunk" is an ear bleed-inducing pounder. I Hate Models is the artist most likely to make the big break though, as the pile-driving acid of "Spreading Plague" and the break beat-led "Martial Order" demonstrate.
Katsunori Sawa - "Unpleasant Consequences" - (6:01) 88 BPM
Codex Empire - "Assuming The Posture Of Death" - (5:22) 69 BPM
Rommek - "Mantra" - (6:03) 64 BPM
Von Grall - "Sacrifice" - (5:41) 64 BPM
Manni Dee - "A Lackey For Life" - (4:58) 64 BPM
NX1 - "LYA1" - (5:35) 62 BPM
HUREN - "The Man With The Snake On His Face" - (10:07) 61 BPM
Isorinne - "Weightless Breath" - (6:40) 75 BPM
Review: Much like imprints cuh as In Paradisum a few years back, the Leyla imprtin is killing it on the space that resides between house, techno and noise, with artists from all three disciplines working together for a sound that is both unique to the label and highly representative of the times we're living in. It's a various artists compilation this time around, with names like Mondkopf, Codex Empire, Von Grall and Manni Dee all bursting through the speakers with their inimitably tenebrous approach to crafting dark, underground industrial music with a techno edge. Although you'll undoubtedly be peddled some hyped releases from other labels, you should not walk away from here without having listened to this because, in our opinion, this is the cr?me-de-la-cr?me right now. Sick.
Review: For its 50th release, UK-based Osiris Music has rightly thought of landing with a fully-packed compilation from all corners of its vast and explorative catalogue. As a side note, it's important to say that this imprint, along with a few other key stables, has been responsible for the successful merging of the techno and dubstep worlds over the last 5 years. Ipman's broken, techno-leaning tool "Persistent Dread" is a great example of this early on, with peeps like Pessimist or MAnnic also providing some new and exciting flavours in the field. The one like Killawatt is also on duty here, bringing through some delightfully eerie industrial vibes, while Paul Mac, Sleeper, and Juno favourite Manni Dee deliver amuch needed 4/4 swing to liven the dance up. Fully-packed and loaded.