Classics: Manoo – This Is A Test (Earthrumental)
South African DJ/producer DJ Micks mentioned the Manoo style back in the late 2000’s. This most likely happened when he came to reshape Gladys Knight‘s classic ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’. And what an outstanding rework he did! As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be surprised he got some influence from ‘This Is A Test’ at the end.
From the very first note, ‘This Is A Test’ gets you into a deep-notic trip. Therefore, hard to not find some connection with enigmatic German producer Moritz Von Oswald. And most likely referring to both its rumblin’ rhythm pattern and the syncopation of its concept. Bringing into like a deep state of trance from a sequence to another.
So strange as to how, despite the refinement of its construction, ‘This Is A Test’ leaves such a feeling of evidence.
Lyon, the capital of Gaule (France’s former name), came to give a brilliant answer to the Parisian deep House scene. Back then, you would most likely see its activists becoming regulars a little club (although only by the size): L’Ambassade! In others words, people such as Klement Bonnelli, Lea Lisa and Rocco to name a few.
It was then just a matter of time before its DJ/resident – Manoo – would join the movement. Something he endly did back in 2002. Releasing his first EP – ‘Love island’ – with the latter and Alex Santos under the Rodamaal guise. The threesome getting extra recognition the year after with ‘Musica Feliz’ on Ben Watts‘ Buzzin Fly label. Before teamin’ up with Ludovic Allen for ‘The Good Reason’ on French label Basenotic that same year.
From then, Manoo established his own style. Crafting African influenced syncopated atmospheres such as on ‘This Is A Test’. A cut which Franck Roger signed on his Earthrumental label.
Becoming one of the most sought after remixers, he collaborated with countless luminaries. From Dennis Ferrer to Osunlade, Louie Vega or St-Germain. Not to mention David Anthony and Beverlei Brown on ‘I Don’t Know Why’ which stands among our 10 essential Quantize Recordings gems. Then ‘I’m ‘Free’ for the latter a few months after. Meanwhile eventually influencing younger pairs likeDJ Micks. Such as the latter stated it on his memorable rework of Gladys Knight‘s ‘Neither One of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)’.
His rework of ‘Ilanga’ for upcoming South African producer KingSfiso brilliantly pushing the vibe forward.