The latest release on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL imprint welcomes Amanic to the label for his first EP entitled ‘Leave Me Alone’.
The German producer and owner / founder of Ascending Branch began his production career late last year with his ‘Pictures and Smells EP’ released courtesy of HMF Records. The piano composition was remixed by Sonik, Mappy and Micrologue and went on to be licensed to over 20 compilations in the span of four months. Amanic’s debut EP for MNL features two brand new original productions, one of which written with Micrologue & Phonovoltaik alongside remixes from Yoram and Amanic himself.
The release begins with ‘Leave Me Alone’ which is a gorgeous slice of deep vocal house. The bass line immediately stands out; it’s well carved hooks and chord changes are quite emotional, especially in conjunction with Amanic’s smooth soulful vocals. The dark, ominous vibes which are prevalent early on get lifted up with an airy lead motif which is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a stunning production from Amanic which given the strong vocal elements and cool theme is highly memorable. Your dance floor will certainly appreciate this. Amanic has also included a dub version which is a touch more stripped down with parts of the vocal teased in over the framework. There are some additional electronic designs which add a cool spacey quality to the roomy framework as well. Can’t go wrong with either version.
The lone remix of ‘Leave Me Alone’ is provided by Yoram who is making his first appearance on MNL. The Dutch producer is fresh off two excellent outings on Marc Poppcke’s Crossfrontier Audio to close out 2014. His remix of ‘Leave Me Alone’ marks his first production of 2015 and it’s certainly gotten the year off to a great start. With a bit more of progressive sensibility Yoram has beefed the production up slightly with scattered claps and full bass tones which make up the funky groove below. The reshaped lead theme makes the track significantly more dramatic and thus a great alternative to the original. Great remix from Yoram.
The companion piece ‘Particle’ is a collaboration from Phonovoltaik & Micrologue which features vocals from Amanic. Followers of MNL may remember Mircrologue’s remix of Sandji’s ‘Mr. Moodswing’ which was released in September of last year while Phonovoltaik is making his label debut here. The German trio have crafted a vocal techno piece which demonstrates both beauty and soul. It’s punchy groove carries a lot of bounce and Amanic’s vocals just sound incredible; rich and full of character which those harmonious bass swells accent perfectly.
The release concludes with Amanic’s interpretation of ‘Particle’ which simplifies things with a more minimal approach. The vocal and lead motif are so strong that the sparse groove just puts them in an even more contemporary context. Most DJs have been favouring this mix as their favourite on the package and it certainly rounds the release out on a strong note. Superb collection of music from MNL. Highly recommended.