The latest offering on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL imprint finds Jaap Ligthart returning to the label with the excellent ‘Geen Gelul’.
The Dutch producer first appeared on the Manual Music sub label back in January of 2013 with his ‘Saffier’ EP. It’s been a steady rise though the underground for Jaap ever since and 2015 has already featured several highlights. The Dutch producer’s ‘I Know Change’, released last week courtesy of Selador has been his most celebrated release yet and the remainder of the year promises to be even better. Jaap’s newest offering for MNL ‘Geen Gelul’ features two brand new original productions alongside a remix from Alessandro Diga.
Jaap has proven to be one of the more versatile producers working today. If you look back over his discography the last calendar year you see he’s equally adept at crafting deep, melodic house as he is rough and rugged progressive techno. ‘Geen Gelul’ finds Jaap digging even deeper into his studio repertoire with a disco infused techno bomb. Infectious loops, energetic flow and a strong percussive drive make this one of Jaap’s biggest productions on record, and it’s a sound you can always go back and revisit because of how effective it can be on the dance floor. Beautiful work from Jaap.
The lone interpretation of ‘Geen Gelul’ is provided by Alessandro Diga who is making his first appearance on MNL. The Dutch producer has been a big contributor to parent label Manual Music with five appearances and has a wide range of quality imprints on his discography with Agara Music, Perspectives Digital, Baires Records and Particles being the most notable. For his ‘Geen Gelul’ interpretation Alessandro has transformed the robust techno original into a laid back progressive / techno hybrid that oozes quality. The warm, roughly textured bass swells make for an emotive foundation while a complement of smooth rhythms and blissful motifs carry the track on an enlightening journey. It’s a radical reinvention that not only complements the original amazingly well but should find its way into a broad range of DJ sets over the coming months.
The companion piece entitled ‘Sandy Toes’ finds Jaap crafting a vocal number in conjunction with Alice Rose. Jaap has worked with the Danish producer / vocalist in the past and most recently on the aforementioned ‘I Know Change’ on Selador Records. ‘Sandy Toes’ is a deep, dreamy yet quite funky creation. It’s warm bass stabs and mallet like keys are quite inviting but the star of the show are Alice’s vocals; there’s such depth and emotional emanating from her voice that you just want to hear more as the track continues to build. There’s also a dub included for the less vocally inclined which rounds out this very strong and very diverse release from MNL. Excellent stuff all round. Highly Recommended.