Review: Since deciding to pack in his day job to follow his music production dreams last year, Tee Mango has released some of his most impressive, interesting and well-produced music to date. This fine run of form continues via a Permanent Vacation label debut that's notable for both its variety and quality. He begins by reaching for woozy electric piano chords, tech-tinged deep house beats, twinkling lead lines and colourful synth flourishes on the rather relaxed and beautiful 'Don't Let Slip', before offering up some organ-heavy house retro-futurism via 'She Never Looked Back'. Arguably best of all though is 'What You Want', a tactile and occasionally fuzzy affair rich in undulating synth-bass, snaking sax solos, memorable organ stabs and his own high-register vocals.
Review: We've rather enjoyed watching the rise of Tom Mangan AKA Tee Mango over the last eight years. His tracks are now in-demand, meaning releases on such admired labels as Delusions of Grandeur, Local Talk and Aus Music. Here he returns to the latter with his first EOP for Will Saul's imprint in two years. Our pick of the bunch is flipside "Music Got Me High", where glassy-eyed piano stabs, sparkling synthesizer riffs and soulful vocal samples ride a classic house groove. That said, for sheer party-rocking thrills you can't beat opener "Time Ain't Nothing", a sample-heavy affair that adds squelchy synth bass and snare-heavy house drums to chunks of a groovy swamp-funk workout.
Review: T-shirt designer turned top-notch producer Tom Mangan has released some fine music over the last few years, mostly on Aus Music and his own Millionhands imprint. "Cityspell" sees him add another label to his discography via a debut outing on Delusions of Grandeur. Mangan's in a suitably boisterous mood too, with the EP-opening title track delivering a hot and sweaty mix of hard-wired, Giorgio Moroder style arpeggio bass, snappy drum machine beats, swirling chords and stabbing lead lines. You'll find more sleazy, low-slung synth-bass on the rave-inspired nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Do U Love Me" - all warehouse-ready riffs, bustling noises and chunky beats - while closing cut "What U Done" wraps colourful, picturesque melodies around suitably chunky beats.
Review: Millionhands head honcho Tom Mangan is back as Tee Mango on Aus Music - this would be his third appearance on the label in less than a year - which speaks volumes really. EP#2 features the lo-slung sexiness of "Make It Last Forever" featuring that awesome Inner Life sample throughout. First, we have something a bit more energetic and harder hitting exists in the form of "Prototypical". A soulful and emotive house journey featuring gritty rhythms, a tough bouncy bassline and trippy stabs that's perfect to take crowd into the later hours. To finish, we have the funky deep-disco bounce of "Wazoo" that's perfect mood lighting for the early evening!
Review: Under the Tee Mango alias, Millionhands chief Tom Mangan has been tearing it up of late. Here he debuts on Clone Royal Oak following fine outings on Aus Music, Royal Oak and, of course, Millionhands. He hits the ground running with opener "Confused", an attractive mixture of woozy deep house chords, lo-fi machine drums and dazzling, starburst style synths, before reaching for the cowbells on trippy deep house jack-track "Going Wrong". Turn to the virtual flipside for the extended build-ups, psychedelic synthesizer cycles and Motor City influences of "Via Carlos" and the ultra-positive brilliance of "Losing Control", where a soulful vocal sample is worked hard over a slick and spacey deep house groove.
Review: Here is the alter ego of Millionhands big cheese Tom Mangan. As Tee Mango he has had releases with Will Saul (and released on his Aus Music imprint earlier this year) and he's next up on Mad Mats & Tooli's Local Talk imprint. There's some splendid expressions in nu-jazz deepness on offer on the Dadhouse EP. Beginning with the emotive and chill groove of "Don't Worry Everything's Going To Be Alright" with some mad syncopated rhythms: hear the drummer get wicked! "Trying Times" is smooth and jazzy deep house reminiscent of classic Nick Holder with its smoky Rhodes. dusty rhythms and sexy soul vocals. On the flip, the reduced tribal-dub-DJ tool "The Rhythm" (Drums 3) was particularly impressive and reminded us of Kerri Chandler's more esoteric moments. Finally "Your Love" ends this fine EP on a bittersweet note on this Arthur Russell style jam.
Review: Mad Mats' Swedish label release their seventh annual label compilation, and suffice to say that whatever particular sub-shade of deep house floats your boat, you're unlikely to come away unsatisfied here. Like it soulful? Then check for Trevor Lawrence Jr's 'Tiptoe'. Like it jazzy? Try Prequel's 'Lefty'. Fiending for those old skool Jersey organ jams? Jamie 326 & Masalo's 'Red Light' will thrill you. Or if it's stripped-back 3am tracky shizzle you're after, allow us to point you in the direction of First Floor's 'You Dubn't Know', with its throbbing bass and hauntingly familiar vocal sample. Now you're talking!