Review – Amanic makes his debut on MNL

Artist: Amanic
Title: Leave Me Alone EP
Label: MNL
Cat No: MNL057
Release Date: Unknown
Genre: Deep House/Tech House/Progressive House

Amanic’s first release for MNL, sister label of Paul Hazendonk’s Dutch label Manual Music, is the 5 track EP, “Leave Me Alone”. The Leipzig based DJ, producer and vocalist has previously appeared on labels such as HMF Records and also runs his own label, Ascending Branch.

The title track, “Leave Me Alone”, is a dark yet very catchy piece of deep tech house. The superb bassline gives the track a moody vibe with Amanic’s own rich, soulful vocals really adding to the feel of things. Bright, pretty synth melodies are introduced to provide a great contrast as the track builds.

The Dub Version, as you would expect, strips the vocal back, using parts sparingly but to great effect.

Dutch producer Yoram, who is well known for high quality releases on labels such as Marc Poppcke’s Crossfontier Audio, provides the remix. Yoram raises the energy levels with the percussion and also gives things a funkier feel with slight disco influences. The sustained bassline and added layers will make this a favourite with progressive house fans.

Next up on the EP is “Particle”. This time it’s a collaboration from German duo Phonovoltaik & Micrologue, with Amanic providing the vocals. Phonovoltaik is also making his debut on MNL with this release while Micrologue is returning after remixing Sandji’s “Mr. Moodswing” on the label last year. “Particle” picks up the pace. Using rawer textures and a slightly more minimalist vibe, yet still using great melodies, “Particle” has a more driving feel to it. Amanic’s vocals again complement this track really well.

Amanic provides the remix of “Particle” to complete the EP. Deep and melancholic, the beautiful arps and synths provide great atmosphere and emotion to the track, with a more subtle feel. My own personal favourite of the EP.

Another excellent release from the always solid MNL team which will really appeal to lovers of deep house, melodic techno and progressive house alike.

About the Author

A lover of underground electronic music since the '90's. Luke DJ's at clubs and festivals around the UK and also hosts his own radio show, Flux, on Frisky every month.