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Max Cue – Nothing Personal (Manual Music)

Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music presents the first single from Max Cue’s forthcoming ‘Mindfulness’ LP.

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Belgian producer Max Cue first appeared on Manual Music in September of 2012 when he remixed Paul Hazendonk’s ‘Sunburnt’ single. He has since gone on to appear on Manual’s MNL and Cinematique imprints and more recently he’s been dazzling electronic music fans with his work on Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music. This week Max returns to Manual Music for the first single taken from his forthcoming ‘Mindfulness’ LP which is due for release in October.

Max’s tough yet cinematic style of melodic techno has always been quite unique and ‘Nothing Personal’ is a great piece to get fans exciting for his upcoming album. It’s catchy rhythms and big bassy stabs are quite dramatic and set an amazing mood throughout the production. The break offers a nice musical interlude and the panning electronics seem all the trippier upon return. Some clever modulation throughout the second half adds a haunting undertone and propels the track to an emotional conclusion. Superb stuff from Max and a great teaser for his upcoming LP.

The first remix is provided by Luis Junior who is returning to Manual Music following his ‘Karma Calling’ EP which was one of the Spanish producer’s most impressive releases of the year. For his ‘Nothing Personal’ interpretation Luis has focused on the deeper more brooding attributes of the original and delivered a stripped down rework that still carries an immense presence. Luis’ sound design is really the star of the show here with trails of metallic harmonies and effervescent tones totally captivating your mind. On a clued up dance floor I would expect a massive response. Great stuff from Luis.

The second and final interpretation is provided by Groj who is making his fifth appearance on Manual Music. The Canadian producer’s unique brand of emotive electronica has been a favourite of Max Cooper and James Holden in recent years. He’s also performed live at several world renowned festivals such as Mutek and Piknic Electronik. For his ‘Nothing Personal’ interpretation Groj has remodelled the track into a drifting haze of hypnotic psychedelia which still comes with some moments of great emotion. The glacial soundscapes are beautifully accented with wispy tones and the underbelly of rolling funk carves out a sultry groove. Great interpretation from Groj and an all round top notch release from Manual Music.

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