Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music releases a lot of exceptional tunes and they keep a very brisk release schedule which makes that all the more impressive. This week though is one of the labels shining moments. It features the debut of Daniel Oliveira aka DNYO to the label who has delivered one of his finest productions to date. The Brazilian producer has been responsible for some amazing records in the last 3 or 4 years. Daniel’s ‘Aquatika’ was heralded by Charlie May as a timeless piece of electronica and ‘Belvedere’ was championed by Sasha for many months prior to its release on microCastle. DNYO’s debut single for Manual Music is entitled ‘Doors’ and it comes with a remix from Estroe.

DNYO is known for a relatively twisted and at times challenging sound which may not be for the casual fan of electronic music but with ‘Doors’ he’s really crafted a delicate beauty. The track’s beginnings feature a slow building atmosphere which sits on a bed of character drenched electronics. Even as you feel the emotional content of the record in its early stages you get a sense of how special it’s going to be. As the composition builds the piercing tones and underlying sheets of harmonic haze continue to meld together in blissful unison and thus the heavenly vibes just get stronger and stronger. It’s one of those records that’s so good I feel like accurately putting it into words is just not possible. It’s got huge end of the night potential and the goose bump moments are certainly plentiful. It’d be damn hard to make emotional electronic music much better than this. Well done DNYO. 10/10.

The lone remix on the release is supplied by Estroe who is returning to Manual Music for her second appearance. A long time purveyor of intelligent electronica Estroe’s studio creations have appeared on Bedrock, Connoisseur, Get Physical and her own EevoNext imprint. For her ‘Doors’ interpretation Estroe has provided the ideal tech house complement to DNYO’s hugely emotional original. The Dutch producer has filled the production with funky hooks and a softer atmospheric sheen which results in an undeniably contemporary vibe. It perfectly caps off this exceptional release from Manual Music which is one of my faves on the label to date. Highly Recommended.

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    Mitch Alexander

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    Mitch Alexander is the owner of microCastle | Beatport "One of the most influential, tastemaker labels out there and also part of our genre committee."