Apr 09, 2014
Premiere: MANIK – Because Of You (Original Mix) [Black Butter]
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Manik - Because of You (Original Mix) [Black Butter]

Raised in Queens, NY, MANIK has no reservations when it comes to shouting out his hometown. The twenty-something producer takes much inspiration from the bustling streets of the Big Apple, citing its eclectic byproducts like The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and the Dirty Projectors as having a significant influence on his studio output. Currently living in Brooklyn, MANIK’s music has certainly transcended the boundaries of the Empire State, previously appearing on internationally-known imprints such as Anjunadeep, Culprit, and Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings, to name a few. Now, the burgeoning producer is gearing up to release the next chapter in his tome of grooves–an arresting, three-track EP called Because of You, set for an April 28 release on red-hot UK label Black Butter.

While all three tunes on Because of You are tantalizing in their own right, the EP’s title track is a delicious deep house number, replete with cortex-arousing percussion and feverish, soulful vocal samples. A filter-choked, lo-fi melody forms the backbone of the track, creating an engrossing groove that’s as subtle as it is commanding. This infectious groove quickly metastasizes to the feet after a weighty, analog bassline erupts alongside a deluge of upbeat hi-hats, making Because of You a highly refined, yet fully capable dancefloor weapon. Make sure to preorder the full Because of You EP from Black Butter Records ahead of its April 28 release date by clicking here.

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