MANIK - UNDERGROUNDKNOWLEDGE (Explicit) (Front Cover)
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Christopher Manik presents his first full length for Ovum entitled Undergroundknowledge. In his own words, it's a journey to his stomping ground of Queens NYC on the 7 train. It flips through his history/youth - the sights, smells, and sounds around him growing up and explores his background in house music, while also incorporating jazz and hip-hop influences. He goes on to further elaborate that in an age of DJ celebrity and instant gratification it is important to take a step back and listen to those new promos (properly) yet don't forget to dig deep and pay respect to the scene's origins. Highlights include the Jazzamatazz meets Jersey shuffle of "Phone Numbers" or "That Hustle" featuring an informative collage of dialogue samples telling the aforementioned story of the genre's inception. "Metropolitan Ave" is named after the iconic Brooklyn location and goes deep, while the fairly self-explanatory "Gentrification" explores the changing face of any major city from a hip-house sensibility. There's also a collaboration with No Regular Play's Greg Paulus who plays that sexy sax on "5 Pointz".

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