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Illusory Contours EP
   
The Summoning - (3:20) 140 BPM
   
Watch - (2:24) 140 BPM
   
Just Want U Close - (4:15) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Illusory Contours - (3:46) 140 BPM
Review: The Ternion Sound crew are back in business, and as ever with a Manuka release, they have this time come at the EP building process with something a little bit different in mind. We begin with a breaks-inspired epic with 'The Summoning', a gorgeous display of rhythmic prowess and top quality drum arrangement, delivering an extra dash of flavour through it's spacey pad harmonics in the upper frequencies. Next, Vandull jumps onto the tour bus for a wicked vocal collaboration of 'Watch', unleashing a devilish display of high energy lyricism and rave-ready flows atop another breaksy driver of an instrumental. From here, we hear a more interesting twist on the breaksy sound as a heavily pitched vocal line takes a lead role alongside more nostalgic chord progressions on 'Just Want U Close', before the Benga-like bleeps and eerie pad textures of 'Illusory Contours' see out the EP with a dash of dubstep flavour for good measure.
MNK 015
15 Nov 21
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Empty Kisses
   
Empty Kisses - (3:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Closure - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Vou Que Vou - (4:42) 130 BPM
Review: As always with new releases from the fabulous Manuka imprint, we are absolutely blown away with this new selection from Oxossi, who delivers three tracks of experimental UKG fire. The Manuka mantra is to always push the boundaries of sound, with the title track of this project being named 'Empty Kisses', exploring an organic take of 2-step drum design and ascending harmonic bliss. Next, the shimmering arpeggios and more violent drum slaps of 'Closure' arrive with an array of techy synth twists, followed closely by 'Vou Que Vou', a super creative expedition into grimey melodies and latin vocal slices. This whole EP shows the level of mastery that Oxossi is working at and is an absolute gem of a find from the Manuka team.
MNK 014
20 Sep 21
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Breathin' Space
   
Breathin' Space - (2:30) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Called Upon - (3:12) 160 BPM
Review: We've said it a fair few times, but the Manuka team are undoubtedly one of the most impressive electronic labels in the UK right now. Their constant expansion into the zones surrounding dubstep is so ear opening and this latest two tracker from Aagentah and Dread MC is a perfect example. We kick off with the futuristic arrangements and powerful bass textures of 'Breathin' Space', which utilizes Dread MC's vocal in as many ways as possible, layering it above clunky percussive chimes and bitcrushed basslines. On the flip, the pace quickens significantly as 'Called Upon' combines spacy pads with a lethal set of half time rhythms, upping the pace in any dance as soon as it lands.
MNK 013
12 Apr 21
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Metal Tears
   
Metal Tears - (5:39) 65 BPM
   
Metal Tears (VIP) - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Bioluminescent - (4:33) 130 BPM
   
Sunset Somewhere - (5:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The Bristol to Manchester link up is strong with this brand new Manuka drop, as they welcome the dynamic duo of 'Spektralsound' inside for their debut EP release. The title track 'Metal Tears' is a perfect starting point for exploring their sound, as industrial landscapes of pinging percussion are joined by delicate flute-like synths, before the VIP mix sends the track to a whole new dimension. Finally, 'Bioluminescent' gives us a glistening, aquatic soundscape of beautiful chords and distant vocal delays, before 'Sunset Somewhere' provides us with the perfect finale of techy drum designs and soothing subs. A fantastic selection to say the least.
MNK 012
01 Mar 21
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VA Compilation
   
Biome - "Guilty" - (4:59) 87 BPM
   
Hypho - "Lowe It" (feat Rakjay) - (3:48) 124 BPM
   
Ternion Sound - "There Is A Cost" - (4:27) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Xakra - "Some Of Us" - (4:45) 128 BPM
Review: It has been very hard for anyone to keep pace with the Manuka imprint in recent times as their incredible run of super-popular releases continues to rage on, this time welcoming some of the label's regular performers inside for a four-track compilation drop. We begin our dive with a look at the twisted percussive manoeuvres and aquatic atmospheric pressures of 'Guilty' from Biome, before we recognize Rakjay's catchy vocal additions over the fluttering arpeggios of 'Lowe It', produced by label founder: Hypho. From here we move into Ternion Sound's contribution in 'There Is A Cost', a sweeping breaksy display of power, before Xakra unleashes his synthetic wonders on 'Some Of Us' to see the EP out in style.
MNK 011
18 Jan 21
Bass
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Kora
   
Kitemare - (3:36) 125 BPM
   
Kora - (6:27) 122 BPM
   
Let Me - (4:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Torah - (5:32) 130 BPM
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water up in Manchester right now, but the team at Manuka seem to be able to do no wrong, yet again pulling together a sumptuous new selection, this time from fellow local and dubstep-heavyweight: Biome. He takes us down a much more bass-scentric route with this selection however, kicking off with tech infused percussion and glittering pad work of 'Kitemare' before the title track 'Kora' marches forward with more eerie atmospheric energy and some seriously weighty kick patterns below. Next, we greet the much more high pitched percussive pops and vocal delays of 'Let Me' as they dance above a smoothened sub design below, before rounding off on the much more raucous bass explosions and jittering drum patterns of 'Torah'. As per, another fabulous link up from the Manuka team!
MNK 010
20 Nov 20
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Not That Safe
   
Not That Safe - (4:16) 120 BPM
Review: We'll just go ahead and call it here: "Not That Safe" is Hypho's best production yet! Super heavy and super deep with a blasting kick drum that sounds more like an oversized powderkeg being thrown off a building, its circulating loop only adds to the epic, free flowing spirale of this track and its spacious, left-to-right percussion. Mountain splitter.
HYPHO 002
07 Nov 20
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Exploration
   
Exploration 52 - (4:30) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spiral - (3:26) 130 BPM
   
Find & Kill - (3:12) 140 BPM
Review: We want to know what's in the water up there in Manchester, because the Manuka team seem to not be putting a foot wrong with their recent releases, including this corking new three tracker from Ternion Sound, who send the garage sound to the blender across some incredibly original creations. We begin with 'Exploration 52', a futuristic slice up of garage themes, stuffed with groovy melodic switch ups and an unpredictable selection of beatstops, keeping the ravers on their toes start to finish. Next up, 'Spiral' deploys a much more dungeon-like vibe as big, bulky kick drums clear the way for catchy synth jolts and high ended melody lines. Finally, the cherry that belongs atop the cake emerges with the raucous breakbeat designs of 'Find & Kill', an instant explosion of rave-ready dynamite, rounding this one off with a bang!
MNK 009
15 Sep 20
UK Garage
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Tantra
   
Tantra - (3:29) 140 BPM
IFSD 041
31 Aug 20
Deep Dubstep
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Why You Here?
   
Why You Here? - (6:42) 125 BPM
HYPHO 001
30 Aug 20
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Hypho & Freinds
   
Hypho & Sumgii - "Gold Medal" - (3:39) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hypho & MR.K - "Suss" - (4:27) 122 BPM
   
Hypho & Opus - "Freeze" - (4:22) 120 BPM
   
Hypho & Rygby - "Etiquette" - (4:06) 140 BPM
Review: As ever, Hypho has arrived with an incredible amount of style and flare with this one as he returns to his home label of Manuka for a spicy four track selection, pulling together the combined forces of four top production names for a sensational collaborative project. We begin our look at this one with Sumgii's insertions on 'Gold Metal', a low riding sizzler, driven by it's unusual drum allocations and slower tempo. Next, MR.K arrives for his additional inputs on 'Suss', another slower roller, glued together with metallic snare hits and dreamy synthesizer wafts, before 'Freeze' delivers a monstrously powerful arrangement, skippy as you like and featuring the handy work of Opus. Finally, 'Etiquette' sees Rygby make the final appearance with some very powerful sub pulses and an overall haunted tone, rounding off this excellent body of work in style.
MNK 008
03 Aug 20
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Metanoia
   
Kahter - "Metanoia" - (6:58) 125 BPM
   
Kahter - "Eostrix" - (6:01) 128 BPM
   
Kahter & Hypho - "Metanoia" (Hypho remix) - (4:36) 125 BPM
   
Kahter & Pluralist - "Eostrix" (Pluralist remix) - (5:26) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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'
MNK 007
11 May 20
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Sanctions
   
Pluralist & Rex Domino - "UN Sanctions" - (2:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let Them Blow - (6:15) 135 BPM
   
Bussboy - (5:32) 87 BPM
   
Pluralist & Kone - "Orbit" - (4:33) 128 BPM
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.
MNK 006
03 Feb 20
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Encoded EP
   
Encoded - (4:50) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deform - (4:21) 125 BPM
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.
MNK 005
18 Nov 19
Bass
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Tony Rocky Horror
   
Barstow - (5:00) 130 BPM
   
RedTop - (5:33) 87 BPM
   
Titania - (5:36) 64 BPM
   
Barstow (Sepia remix) - (4:12) 140 BPM
   
Red Top (OldGold remix) - (5:34) 130 BPM
   
Titania (Biome remix) - (5:15) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
MNK 003
03 Jun 19
Bass
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Odium
   
Odium - (2:58) 65 BPM
   
Odium (Benton remix) - (6:05) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Odium (Rufus! remix) - (5:08) 140 BPM
Played by: Rory Hoy
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!
MNK 002
03 Feb 19
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MNK001
   
Arkwright - "Course" - (5:39) 130 BPM
   
Kelly Dean - "Childs Play" - (5:44) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sensei - "Red Cross" - (5:27) 129 BPM
   
Zygos - "Paz" - (3:53) 85 BPM
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.
MNK 001
11 Nov 18
Bass
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