[Playlist] MANIK’s Musical Autobiography
Bi-coastal US artist MANIK has literally been with us since the beginning.
As the only artist to feature on two DHA family exclusive mixes, along numerous musical features, MANIK originally fired onto the electronic music scene in 2011 with releases on Ovum, Poker Flat, BPitch Control and Culprit. Inspired by the early 90s production techniques and the deeper acidic vibes, MANIK now debuts on Kim Ann Foxman‘s Firehouse imprint with a four track EP entitled “Mortal Frequencies”. Throughout its four tracks, “Mortal Frequencies” continues to reinforce MANIK as an underground hero with a sound all his own.
To make sense of the sonic diversity, MANIK has provided 10 tracks across genre that best represent his development musically, both as listener and artist.
Soul II Soul- Back To Life
Technically 1989 but equally as important in 1990, still one of my all time favorites. Period.
Shadez Of Brooklyn – Change
NY boom bap- the G.O.A.T! This beat and this flow. Man, I just love it. This reminds me of my youth 100%
The Prodigy- Breathe
In the USA, as a 10-13 year old youth, we had limited access to what was going on dance music/rave wise over seas and in the world. Unless you were going to clubs already, you had to rely on Sam Goody and The Wall to get music. The Prodigy ‘Fat Of The Land’ was an album I asked my mom to get me when I was 12. Changed my life musically.
Utopia Project- File #1
The first song that introduced me to my forever favorite label, Nu Groove. Simple and effective. Long live 1990
Major Problems- Flashbacks
Trippy and elemental, yet slays the groove at peak time. Once again, another Nu Groove classic and one of my favorites.
Nathaniel X Project- Gotta Get Over
Hands down in my top 3 90s house records. Influenced me early on to get into classic, jazzy, NY House. The grooves are so tight with all of the Nathaniel X projects!
DJ Dove- Organized
=One of the all time underrated classic house records of the 90s. DJ Dove is a boss and this record is fantastic. I play this often, even today.
Lost Boyz- Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz and Benz
Representing Queens, RIP Freaky Tah. This group came out of my backyard of Jamaica, Queens. They had some street anthems! More of a party style but still an absolutely killer flow.
Big L- 98 Freestyle
Another legend gone too soon. Big L was next level. This freestyle was on my headphones all throughout Junior High School.
Jovonn- Turn And Run Away
A 1990 Classic. NY House staple. Tony Humphries used to rinse this track. The vocals and groove are next level.
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