Review: Through his various releases on Internasjonal, Buzzin' Fly and Mirau, Neil "Mano Le Tough" Mannion has done enough to suggest that he has a great album in him. Even his most dancefloor-centric deep house cuts, such as the much played "Stories", come complete with emotion-rich melodies and bags of heady atmosphere. It's these two characteristics that shine through most on Changing Days, his long-mooted debut album for Permanent Vacation. Largely downbeat in mood and tempo, it bristles with atmosphere and inventiveness, weighing in somewhere between teary-eyed deep house and glacial electronica. As debut albums go, it's pretty darn good.
Review: Following the successful touch down of his Changing Days LP, Mano Le Tough's music gets handed over to a trio of producers for some alternate versions that seek to build on his own melodic brand of deep house. Tale Of Us get bombastic in their wielding of rubbery synths towards a heartfelt end result on "Primitive People", while Dixon takes a more delicate approach with his version of "Everything You've Done Before" that works into a steady, summery deep house simmer and works it in graceful strokes from that point on. New Jackson meanwhile get a touch dirtier when they tackle "Please", letting rugged drums jack out while the synths come on fuzzy and scuzzy, Lisa Stansfield sample and all.
Review: The Future Disco brand has long since stopped releasing anything vaguely disco related; these days, it's all about shimmering deep house and tactile, tech-tinged flavours. All Day Dancing is a concept album of sorts, gathering together a selection of warm, breezy tunes that have rocked open-air parties and beachside festivals the World over this summer. As such, it's a strong collection, showcasing such well-regarded gems as Vimes' "Celestial (Reprise)", Ten Walls' picturesque, string and synth trombone-laden "Walking With Elephants", and Tale of Us' chiming, melancholic remix of Mano Le Tough's "Primative People". Throw in further contributions from Dixon & Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and Booka Shade, and you have a sterling selection.