“Un-Unify (Mano le Tough) Remix” is available 16 October on Embassy of Music
Almost a year since Phil Kieran released Blinded By The Sun, and following on from Roman Flügel and Andrew Weatherall remixes, Hot Creations return with a second remix package. Mano Le Tough, Matthew Herbert and David Holmes join forces to create a set of flawless cuts.
Revered by his peers, Kieran has been producing music for over a decade, building on his solid reputation and forever pushing boundaries with his music. When selecting the second group of remixers, Kieran chose “people who have influenced me and still currently do, in some way I guess they have a connection to the record already. I made a wish list of who I wanted and to my surprise it all seemed to come together very quickly”.
Both heralding from Ireland, Mano Le Tough aka Niall Mannion was an obvious choice for Kieran due to the shared dedication of their craft, and leaves a deeply emotional imprint on Solar Storm. In 2013 Mannion released his debut album Changing Days on Permanent Vacation, soon followed by Resident Advisor ranking him #8 in their Top 100 DJs Poll.
Similarly to Kieran, English musician and producer Matthew Herbert regularly ignores the restraints associated with dance music, instead choosing a path of innovation. Taking Realities Forgotten into the early morning hours, Herbert punctures a swinging rhythm with electronic glitches.
David Holmes under his Unloved alias concludes the package with a cinematic remix of Think Too Much, overflowing with emotion, it makes the perfect conclusion to a stellar release. Also from Belfast, Holmes has been composing music for over two decades, winning his second Ivor Novello award in 2016.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Hot Creations
Directors: Al Kennington & Dara O’Neill
Here’s the video for Mano Le Tough’s “Energy Flow”, taken from his excellent second album “Trails”, which was released last year on Permanent Vacation. The single will drop on July 1st, backed with two (!) remixes by DJ Koze. Directed by Al Kennington & Dara O’Neill.
“Trails is full of slow-brewing, melody-driven tracks, many of them featuring Mano’s emotive vocals… The songs are never in a rush; they swell and blossom at a deliberate pace while blurring the lines between house, techno, new wave, ambient and classic pop music…”
Mano Le Tough spends a lot of time in the club. In 2014, the Irish-born artist played more than 100 gigs all around the world—landing at number eight on Resident Advisor’s annual DJ Poll in the process—but when the time came to make Trails, the follow-up to his much-lauded 2013 debut album Changing Days, Mano knew that a little time away from the dancefloor was in order.
Although much of Trails was first conceptualized while Mano was on the road, by the time that 2015 rolled around, the record was little more than a collection of notes he’d jotted down on airplanes. Some of the ideas and themes were there, but Mano needed time—and a fair bit of quiet—to let them germinate. As such, he took a break from DJing, decamped to the Swiss countryside and adopted a new routine, one that involved waking up at dawn each day and taking long meditative runs through the hills and forests overlooking Lake Zürich before planting himself in the studio. It was winter and the environment was frozen and snowy, but amongst all that nature, Mano’s creativity flourished, and the resulting flood of inspiration produced Trails.
On the one hand, the album continues down the path Mano has been walking for several years now. Trails is full of slow-brewing, melody-driven tracks, many of them featuring Mano’s emotive vocals; for fans of Changing Days, Mano’s earlier EPs, or even Maeve, the rising young label he runs alongside close friends The Drifter and Baikal, there is plenty to love here.
At the same time, Trails finds Mano speaking—both figuratively and literally—with a more confident voice than ever before. While there’s never been much doubt about his skills as a producer, Mano’s career was largely forged in the DJ booth, and his many extended sets in clubs such as Berghain and Trouw have gradually lent his production work an impressive sense of patience. The songs on Trails are never in a rush; they swell and blossom at a deliberate pace while blurring the lines between house, techno, new wave, ambient and classic pop music.
DJs may gravitate towards the album’s soaring club cuts (“I See Myself in You,” “Sometimes Lost”), but songs like “Half Closed Eyes” and “Empty Early Years and the Seed” find Mano deftly balancing his pop impulses with the demands of the dancefloor. Elsewhere, “Running in a Constant Circle” and “Generations” kick off the album with serene slices of electronica, “Trails” channels new wave while employing a hooky no wave guitar riff, and “Meilen” offers up a bit of Balearic bliss. Then there’s the “Energy Flow,” a track which puts Mano’s vocals front and centre and just might be the most emotionally naked thing he’s ever produced.
Granted, this sort of variety has long been a staple of Mano’s DJ sets, but Trails is perhaps the first time that his diverse tastes have been so coherently reflected in his own music. Without question, the album is Mano’s deepest, most personal, and most potent work to date, and while it’s undoubtedly been influenced by his time in—and reverence for—the club, its reach goes far beyond the dancefloor.
Mano Le Tough’s Title Trails LP is out on Permanent Vacation on October 30th.
01. Running In A Constant Circle
03. Energy Flow
04. Half Closed Eyes
05. Empty Early Years And The Seed
06. I See Myself In You
08. The Space Between
09. Sometimes Lost