Review: Austrian producer Manfred Kling, AKA Mannix, has a CV that takes in labels such as Midnight Riot, Peppermint Jam, Black Vinyl, Duff Note and Favouritizm. Now, he makes his Slightly Transformed debut with two original disco productions that capture that late 70s vibe while still sounding up-to-date. 'Find A Love' has the surging, looping feel of filter disco and sports a hefty b-line, near-falsetto male vox and euphoric brass, not to mention some subtle but impressive Rhodes work towards the end, while 'Stay Stay Stay' nudges even closer to disco-house territory with trumpet parps, soaring strings, Blaxploitation-esque guitar squalls and a boogie-style male vocal.
Review: The fast-rising See Saw label hasn't put a foot wrong since launching back in March, offering much-check material from such nu-disco scene favourites as Hotmood, Pookie Knights and Monsieur Von Pratt. Here they showcase a sole track from another scene darling, sometime Midnight Riot, Re-Loved and Tropical Disco contributor MANNIX. The Austrian producer has undoubtedly hit the mark with "Balearic Funk", a joyously up-beat and positive chunk of retro-futurist piano house action full of hands-in-the-air riffs, rubbery slap-bass samples, handclap-heavy nu-disco drums and swirling effects. It's the kind of effortlessly cheery and sunny track that can't fail to raise a few smiles out on the dancefloor, and you always need a few of those on your USB stick.
Review: Seamus Haji's disco and boogie label Re-Love bring us a two-tracker from scene stalwart Mannix, and a predictably classy affair it is too: with no immediately recognisable samples in play, we'll assume these are original productions rather than re-edits, but Mannix has captured the lavish feel of original 1970s disco perfectly. 'Just Believe' is the funkier of the two, with a full-phat bassline front and centre and an almost chant-like female chorus, while 'My All' is big, swirly and orchestral, with strings that just don't stop augmented by some killer space disco stabs. Contemporary disco at its best!
Review: Austrian producer Mannix returns to Alpaca Edits with two more retro-happy, disco-flavoured jams. Centred around a singalong "why must a girl like me love a man like you?" chorus, 'A Girl Like Me' is a high-camp affair with something of a 70s Eurovision air about it, and hence is probably best served to dancefloors that don't mind a hint of fromage (or formaggio or K?se, if you prefer). Rollicking along at a fairly pacey 127bpm, the accompanying 'You Got Me' operates in similar territory, but has more of an authentic US feel.
Review: It's been a good year for Austrian scene stalwart Mannix Kling, who has supplemented his original deep and soulful house productions with disco-focused outings on Alpaca Edits. Here he invites us to "Dance All Night" via a three-track label debut for Midnight Riot. Our pick of the bunch is probably the title track, a loose and rolling, delay-laden disco-house affair that sees him build energy and impact via some serious filter trickery before unleashing sections from a bouncy, heavily orchestrated 1970s disco original. That said, many will gravitate towards the high-octane thrills of stomping, over-the-top disco-house smasher "True" (seemingly a version of a blue eyed soul/AOR disco number), while "Disco In The Sun" is another wonderfully camp, shirts-off number tailor made for beach-side parties and subterranean sweatboxes.
Review: Austrian DJ and remixer Mannix Kling stands for high quality house music productions with influences from disco, soul, funk and boogie. Over the years, he's had releases on labels such as Purple Music, Favouritizm Records, Sunclock and Lapsus Music. On Muscle Car Funk Pt 2, Mannix lends his deft hand to a bunch of re-takes that sure as hell needed an edit! "So U Wanna Be A Star" is a right disco inferno that sounds quite familiar and while we cannot name it off the top of our heads - it sounds like a fresh revision for modern dancefloors. Secondly we have a respectful edit from a creative source (ahem!) we know that much - "Good Lovin' Is Good Livin'' takes things down a deeper and more sultry route.
Review: Disco-minded dance soldier Mannix lands on the insufferably seductive Alpaca Edits with two new fiery bits of glitter-ball funk - the Muscle Car Funk edits! "Looking Ahead" is a disco sensation, mashing up heavyweight bass drums with sensual strings and funky guitar bass, while "The World Is A Ghetto" travels at a much calmer pace, churning the vibes through a mid-tempo swagger that makes for the funkiest of funk bombs. Yes!
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko Reprise) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko extended mix) - (8:38) 123 BPM
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko instrumental) - (6:42) 123 BPM
Breathless (Tease A Pella) - (4:32) 121 BPM
Breathless (A Capella) - (5:01) 120 BPM
Review: Consummate deep housers Mannix hook up with the sensuously minded spoken word starlet Rainy Payne for a sexy, groove-laden showdown. Complete with a collection of rubs and reversions, each take twists the steamy bed-beckoning vibe in a whole new way. From the heritage M1 organ persistence of REDJ's remix to the timeless garage chugs of Richard Earnshaw's subversions, Duffnote have compiled a package that leaves no house fan ignored. Breathlessly big.
Review: The idea behind Masterworks Music's new "Remix Series" is simple: get two different artists to remix each other's work. This time round the artists in question are Mannix and Patzdasch & Dix. The latter deliver two versions of the former's cheerful and groovy disco-funk-goes-house number "All Because Of You": a "High Remix" that boasts some taught Clavinet riffs, bongos aplenty and woozy new synthesizer solos, and the ultra-deep jazz-funk/downtempo breaks fusion of the "Calm Down Mix". Mannix repays the compliment by re-wiring Patzdusch & Dix's drowsy deep house shuffler "Statement" as a stomping slab of rubbery house smothered in tasty disco-funk instrumentation.
Review: With the sun finally making its presence felt in the UK, it seems a fitting time for Slightly Transformed to unleash this epic compilation of "Summer Numbers" - cheery, disco-fired chunks of positivity tailor made for al-fresco sets and celebratory shindigs. Featuring a mixture of tried-and-tested re-edits and sample-heavy original compositions, the 19-track set boasts a pleasingly high number of highlights. These include - but are no way limited to - the talkbox-sporting '80s disco/jazz-funk fusion of Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Be With You", the warm and woozy, synth-laden bliss of Chuggin Edits' "Floating", the slow and steady head-nod of Old Chaps wonderfully soulful "Flight With Love" and the fizzing disco rush of Limpdisco's "Gimme Mo". Get To Know's "Music" - a chunky revision of a jazz-funk era dancefloor destroyer by Dayton - is also excellent.