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Resin EP
DBA 015
24 Mar 14
Techno
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Asssumptions - (2:05) 161 BPM
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Funkshun - (5:25) 124 BPM
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Migraine - (5:27) 150 BPM
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Flutter - (3:10) 119 BPM
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In The Road - (5:55) 120 BPM
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90 Sumtin - (5:27) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Shadow Dancer, Posthuman
Review: Since his breakout solo debut as MGUN on Wild Oats with the psychedelically charged Harmnear back in early 2012, Detroit's Manuel Gonzales has found a place for himself among the current crop of talent from the Mid West's techno capital with a prolific production rate that's seemingly too much for labels to keep up with. Operating at the more abrasive end of the techno scale, Gonzales nonetheless has exhibited a keen understanding of Detroit's music heritage across a killer run of records for Semtek's increasingly influential Don't Be Afraid, The Trilogy Tapes, Berceuse Heroique and the Third Ear label. Having most recently rubbed shoulders with Jamal Moss on Pangaea's excellent mix CD for Fabric, MGUN now graces the Don't Be Afraid label for a third time with the Resin EP. Some six tracks deep, this EP sees Gonzales occasionally dip into the experimental style taken on his Savant side project - see opener "Assumptions" which could almost be from a Minimal Wave reissue - but there is still plenty of gritty techno here for the heads, "In The Road" is particularly apocalyptic.
The Upstairs Apt EP
DBA 009
05 Nov 12
Deep House
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Let Conversation Take Place - (7:02) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gas Chamber - (3:27)
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Westerns - (2:57)
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Files React - (5:38) 118 BPM
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Review: Something of an unearthed gem in the Detroit scene, Manuel Gonzalez has been touring with Underground Resistance and working with Kyle Hall before this appearance on London label Don't Be Afraid, but he's far from a familiar name. From the strength of this four track EP, it's highly likely we'll be hearing more from him in the future, as he glides between strung-out house ("Let Conversation Take Place") and decaying, virulent electro ("Gas Chamber") with ease. There's a healthy amount of homespun charm to these decidedly unpolished tracks, as the wobbly machines jerk to Gonzalez's whims and carve him an unpredictable space in the Motor City scene.
If You're Reading This EP
DBA 012
10 Jun 13
Techno
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Hand Over Fifth - (2:07)
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Proxy - (7:47) 120 BPM
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Funnel Vision - (4:17) 128 BPM
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Jijijijij$ijijijiji - (3:19) 120 BPM
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Tritan - (7:22) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bean Chirp - (2:49) 122 BPM
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Review: Since his emergence on Wild Oats collaborating with Kyle Hall as NSNT PRJCT, Manuel Gonzales has impressed under the MGUN moniker across a string of releases for the likes of Don't Be Afraid and Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes. His return to the former with Are You Reading This is a hefty six tracks deep, and allows him the space for an expansive portrayal of the MGUN production palette with excellent results. Demented moments such as the rickety rhythms of opening track "Hand Over Fifth" and the unpronounceable exercise in tape screeching boom bap that is "Jijijijij$ijijijiji" sit next to clubbier arrangements like "Proxy" and the almost Berghain-like "Funnel Vision", but it's "Tritan" and "Bean Chirp", tracks with similarities to his aforementioned Kyle Hall collaboration, albeit moistened with wet reverb, dribbling acid and washy synths, that evoke a more classic Detroit style, albeit in his own unique way. Highly recommended stuff all round.
Axiom
DBALP 004
01 Jun 18
Techno
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You Inside Me - (6:10) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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K Art W Heel - (4:59) 120 BPM
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Nichrome - (7:38) 120 BPM
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Sil - (8:25) 122 BPM
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See It For Myself - (0:36) 120 BPM
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She Finna Blow - (5:12) 123 BPM
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359 - (7:35) 127 BPM
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Hole - (4:15) 84 BPM
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Your Never Home - (8:23) 123 BPM
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Vap - (1:43) 92 BPM
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Cancel - (6:39) 138 BPM
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Sift - (9:05) 123 BPM
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Review: Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN follows up 2016's Gentium album with another inspired, sprawling work. As befits the Detroit producer's freewheeling approach, Axiom veers wildly in styles, from the disco-led "You Inside Me" to the more tracky grooves like "Nichrome" and "Sil". The album also features more abstract, minimal arrangements in the form of "K Art W Heel" and "She Finna Blow", while he also makes nods to deeper techno strains on the moody, chord-led "359". As he has demonstrated before, MGUN isn't just about house and techno, and Gonzales proves himself to be an adept electro arranger on the spiky "Hole". If you're looking for a snapshot of where modern electronic music is heading, give Axiom your attention.
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138022 3634298
08 Nov 13
Techno
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Extort - (5:50) 127 BPM
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Mean While - (3:21) 120 BPM
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Fiber - (4:25) 126 BPM
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Mask - (6:59) 120 BPM
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Taft - (2:32) 132 BPM
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Review: Manuel Gonzalez has put out a diverse range of music, but this release for Third Ear is his most out there venture to date. "Fiber" is little more than a series of pitch-shifting tones, held together in the loosest sense by jarring rhythms, while "Meanwhile" is more subdued, its dubby beats seeing Gonzalez at his most laid back. The other tracks sit at opposing ends of the US producer's sound palette: "Extort" is a grainy banger, its rolling drums and stomping beats sitting somewhere between Omar S and Purposemaker, while "Mask" is a beautiful house groove, its chiming melodies unfolding over a fragile rhythm.
Gentium
DBALP 001
22 Apr 16
Techno
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Pok - (5:06) 114 BPM
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Half Past 3 - (8:29) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't Hurt Yo Self - (4:50) 113 BPM
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Past Due - (9:10) 119 BPM
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Bed & Breakfast - (6:01) 123 BPM
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NVR - (7:04) 163 BPM
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Veyra - (9:10) 122 BPM
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Nobs - (3:15) 120 BPM
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Review: Given Don't Be Afraid's long relationship with Manuel 'M Gun' Gonzales, it's pleasing to see Semtek's label releasing the Detroit producer's long-awaited debut album. Predictably, it's a fine set, containing a mix of far-out techno throbbers - the hypnotic, piano-laden alien funk of "Half Past 3", fuzzy "Past Due", and classic Derrick May revivalism of "Bed & Breakfast" - dusty electro jams (the brilliant "NVR"), and more experimental downtempo fare (see the bass-heavy, dubbed-out "Nobs" and jazzy opener "Pok"). While it arguably takes mutiple listens to really peel back the layers and get your head round Gonzalez's impressive use of textures, it's more than worth the effort. Put simply, Gentium more than delivers on its' promise.
Some Tracks
3EEP-2013_ 10
04 Nov 13
Electro
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Extort - (5:50) 127 BPM
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Mean While - (3:21) 120 BPM
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Fiber - (4:25) 126 BPM
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Mask - (6:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Taft - (2:32) 133 BPM
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Review: Manuel Gonzalez has put out a diverse range of music, but this release for Third Ear is his most out there venture to date. "Fiber" is little more than a series of pitch-shifting tones, held together in the loosest sense by jarring rhythms, while "Meanwhile" is more subdued, its dubby beats seeing Gonzalez at his most laid back. The other tracks sit at opposing ends of the US producer's sound palette: "Extort" is a grainy banger, its rolling drums and stomping beats sitting somewhere between Omar S and Purposemaker, while "Mask" is a beautiful house groove, its chiming melodies unfolding over a fragile rhythm.
MGUN
FIT 011
23 Nov 18
Techno
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Wide Eye - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Debit - (5:59) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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M.S.C. - (8:32) 120 BPM
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