The 69th release on MNL finds the label showcasing new remixes for ‘Cloak’ and ‘A Long Road’ by Dustin Nantais.
Originally released in March of this year the release found the Canadian producer crafting some of his finest work, one of which was alongside fellow Canadian Amber Long. Now for the 69th release on the Manual Music offshoot we see Kobana and Max Cue with brand new interpretations.
The EPs first selection sees Kobana making his label debut and reworking ‘A Long Road’ feat. Amber Long. The Polish artist and his border-less productions have found a home on Anjunadeep, Proton Music and Spring Tube. Most recently Kobana collaborated with sometime studio partner Yane3dots for a stellar single on Nikko.Z’s Dopamine Music. For his ‘A Long Road’ interpretation Kobana has taken that dreamy vibe from the original and put his own clustered kaleidoscopic spin on it. Anchored by a dubby, funk-filled groove the dance floor appeal is quite strong. Amber’s vocal has been given an ethereal pass which is lovely but ultimately it’s the unpredictable storyboard of luminous keys which really makes this so appealing. Beautiful work from Kobana.
The EP’s second selection finds Max Cue reworking ‘Cloak’. This is Max’s fifth appearance on MNL and he has certainly found a home on the Manual Music family of labels, having released his critically acclaimed ‘Mindfulness’ LP along with a slew of singles and remixes over the last few years. Most recently Max appeared on Proton’s Particles imprint and remixed Huminal’s ‘Pocket Universe’ to rave reviews. For those unfamiliar with the ‘Cloak’ original it was a chugging prog house beauty and Max has overhauled it into a gorgeous electronica cut with swirling textures and a bevy of hypnotic motifs. The lead hook has been reprocessed into a sonic haze while a bed of broken beats and shuffling rhythms gradually build tension towards a dramatic break. A tastefully epic conclusion closes both the track and EP off on a strong note and definitely leaves you wanting to hear more new material from Max. Amazing remix and a top release for Paul Hazendonk’s MNL. Don’t miss it.