Manni Dee makes his debut for the Candela Rising label, and does so in style: these two tracks are backed by pounding beats and bring gnarly industrial sounds in to help. The basslines aren't that much sunnier. The two tracks that make up Dee's 'Amid The Collapsing Scenery' are joined by a remix each, one from German techno professor Ancient Methods and the other from Shawn O'Sullivan.
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- Amid The Collapsing Scenery by Manni Dee
9/10 Brian Staff review, 12 September 2014
Fantastic 12" here from Manni Dee, two tracks, an original and a remix of each per side. 'A Lover's Rhetoric' reveals itself to be a slightly sinister yet supernaturally driven breakbeat-flecked techno banger guaranteed to have a floor full of raging dancers within 30 seconds. Proper funky, dark shit brandishing icy whips and submerged industrialisms to it's hairy bosom. Ancient Methods turn in an incredibly odd remix that is without doubt the weirdest thing I've heard from them. As per usual there's something slightly archaic and otherworldly about their sound palette. I have a 12" at home by these guys and it sounds like a tribe of heavily muscled spartans are dragging and dropping enormous chunks of rock all the way through it. Brutal and thrilling. This sounds very little like that but does indeed have that sneaky undercurrent of industrial distortion they specialise in. Yet the track is actually relatively playful replete with steam train whistles, a ricocheting high-end jitter and this wonderful funky swaying rhythm. It just shuffles excitedly along and is absolutely brilliant merely by virtue of sounding quite unlike anything I've heard them do before. I love it so much I'm actually going to take my first techno twelve home in months tonight.
'Voluptuous Surrender' on the bee side is another of those rapid-pulsed techno pieces with spiralling, scrunching and groaning ephemera firing off into your lugs from every conceivable angle. Compared to some of the sparse, granular techno I've heard recently, this is a masterclass in depth, space and velocity. So much constantly going on without the mix being muddied or cluttered. All said, an exciting and strangely euphoric track considering the undeniably darkened intent of the producer. Hypnotic and deliciously strange stuff. Curious re-fit from Led Er Est's Shawn O'Sullivan to finish too. Every single track here is quite excellent, all of them imbued with a distinctive character, fulfilling a genuine purpose and spilling with brazen originality.
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