Mani Festo – Sleepless in West Norwood
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Artist: Mani Festo
Label: Lobster Theremin White Label
Hot on the heels of his LOW BATTERY debut and the announcement of his next EP on Shall Not Fade, Club Glow cofounder Mani Festo readies his latest arsenal of breaks-fuelled dubs for the Lobster White Label series. Having become one of the go-to names for high quality electro, breakbeat and jungle over the last few years – thanks to releases on Sherelle and NAINA’s Hooversound Recordings, EBeamz and WNCL Recordings – the UK producer picks up where he left off, re-imagining rave futurism and hardcore sounds through his own distinctive lens. ‘Digital Projection’ is a terrifying cut of grime-laced jungle. Stripped-back, but packing a punch, its large, alien-like wubs will make even the cleanest of ravers need a shower afterwards. ‘Jungle Poison’ reconsiders the typical junglist template with a dose of 2-step influence that makes for a high-energy cut of bouncy UK fusion. The tempo drops as we venture into 130BPM breaks territory on ‘Roam’ – it’s introspective and melodic aesthetics providing a moment of calm from within the eye of the storm – before ‘Sleepless in West Norwood’ captures that distinctive warehouse rave energy with a sequence of breaks-scattered techno.