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Manni feat. Michelle Manetti – One Life


ScandaloArtwork.jpgLabel: Scandalo MusicScore: 8/10 

Scandalo Music is a new label that’s emerged recently straight out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. With the city itself such a melting pot of sights, sounds and cultures, it should come as little surprise that this EP earns its stripes in rather eclectic fashion. The label’s agenda, on early evidence at least, revolves around disco-tinged Balearic-type funk, the likes of which is beautifully laid out on their latest; a rugged four-tracker from emerging U.S. producer, Manni.

Full of blissful pop hues and lovely crossover beats, ‘One Life’ – complete with bass guitar and sultry, intoxicating vocals – sets the EP’s stall out in truly dramatic fashion. Full of washy pads and beguiling synth work, it’s an exceptional catalyst for what soon follows too.

On the remix front, Pete Dafeet crafts a nimble, bassline loaded interpretation out of Manni’s original, as he keeps hold of vocalist Michelle Manetti’s sultry vocals and pairs them with an array of cosmic-loaded facets. Matheus Castro’s remix is the most intoxicating of all on offer, with its wooden percussion and its discerning ethos most definitely worth embracing. Seeing us out the back door is Silver City’s ’80s inspired remix, my own personal favourite thanks to its unashamed campness and its bountiful string work. A contemporary disco gem, it practically forces the listener to get on down.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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