Review: Straight out of the dubbed out streets of Manchester, we are pleased to welcome Hypho and Amadeo Sanchez's new project 'Manuka' as they unveil their debut four track drop. We kick off with new school dubstep high flyer: Arkwright, with his shimmering roller in 'Course', before dipping into Kelly Dean's dungeon dwelling demon in 'Childs Play', which is packed to the rafters with reesey energy and grizzly subs over skippy 4x4 infused beats. Next, Sensei brings some more original flavour as the gritty bass tones of 'Red Cross' run riot, along with the wobbly moogish bass designs of Zygos on 'Paz', rounding off a fantastic debut release.
Review: Manchester artist Hypho hooks up with fellow UK compatriot Boime for a double drop of heavy dubstepping vibes for Manuka. The record itself sounds like it comes from the deep, dark and cold confines of a disused powerplant, with the lead track fizzing with alien synths, atonal keys and kick drums replete with an uncanny assortment of distorted atmospheres to boot. Tribal atmospheres make their way into "Deform", a deadly alternative for the more serious and industrial ends of the night. Not to be missed alongside Hypho's most recent Round Ere three-track for Loefah's Swamp81 imprint. Serious shit.
Review: We are absolutely loving what the team at Manuka are putting together far this year, with the label seemingly intent on exploring the swampier side of techno and dubstep. This latest selection Kahter definitely dives down that path as we explore the title track 'Metanoia', a sizzling metallic jamboree, stuffed full of unpredictable percussive lines and vibrant subs below. Next, 'Eostix' gives us a robotic throwback into stuttered synthesizer displays and breathy percussion. On remix duty, head honcho: Hypho steps up to unleash an 808-driven rethink of 'Metanoia', with Pluralist then slapping down some choppy rhythms within his computerized overhaul of 'Eostrix'
Review: Now we can safely say that Manuka really were one of our stand-out dubstep labels of 2019, with a pile of expertly sourced releases and impactful branding, we can't wait to see what the future holds for them. Their latest offering is one of pure class as they invite Pluralist inside with a tasty four track selection. Firstly 'Let Them Blow' arrives with it's masterful garage-influenced drum processing and delightful vocal work, before the techy drum chops of 'Bussboy' warble into play. Next up, Kone joins the party, helping out on the glittering brilliance of 'Orbit', before we finish off with 'UN Sanctions', a dungeon-ready roller, featuring the unique vocal presence of Rex Domino.
Review: Now we have been keeping a keen eye on the Manchester scene for the last few months, primarily due to Hypho's super exciting Manuka project, fusing the dark and dingey corners of bass music with the ever-present dubstep scene. The label here introduces Tony Rocky Horror to the label, who touches down with three cracking originals, kicking off with the potent subby structures of 'Barstow', followed by the grizzly bass roars and shimmering ride cymbals of 'RedTop'. Finally, we skip into fantastic 'Titania', a metallic roller packed with unique sound design. The remixes are also on point as Sepia, OldGold and Biome all deliver some potent overhauls, rounding up another excellent selection from Manuka.
Review: After a very impressive debut release towards the end of 2018, we are very excited to see what the newly formed team at Manuka have to offer for the coming year. Here, they unleash the wrath of Ulmo, who runs riot across 'Odium' through a combination of gnarled atmospheric twists, grizzly bass tones and pulsating 4x4 drum lashings. This one however also comes complete with two top quality originals, courtesy of Benton and Rufus!. In typical Benton fashion, the first return comes wrapped up tight in breakbeat pressure, with a crunchy drum assembly stealing the show. To round up we dip into the Rufus! overhaul, which again offers a completely different set of flavours on a more glitchy steppers tip, a sound we expect to hear a lot more from the label in the future!