Armies Of The Night
Scoring the soundtrack of a new electronic frontier, MANIK, the young New Yorker named by Mixmag and DJ magazine as the artist to watch for 2011, delivers a prototype debut album Armies Of The Night for Josh Wink's Ovum Recordings. As the trend for stateside dance music continues to take hold, MANIK propels it further forward with a sublimely original album. Stitched together by Ovum creator, Josh Wink, Armies... is a continuous ebb of energy that continues to surprise as it gains momentum. Inspired by his surroundings in New York City as well as the 1979 cult classic film The Warriors, MANIK portrays the raw, urban grittiness of the city and mimics the picture's rendering of the underground gang world. Track titles such as "We're From Coney," "City Kids" and "Don't Stop Don't Run" as well as frequent samples hint at this arcane theme. Touching on a slow and seductive take on house music that fellow Americans Soul Clap, Nicolas Jaar and Wolf + Lamb have brought to the forefront of consciousness, but elevating it to new plains fusing jacking beats, acid funk basslines, and creative hip-hop sampling techniques, MANIK carves his own niche sound through Armies Of The Night. A diverse collection that ripples across generations, Armies Of The Night reaches into the glamorous world of disco in "Nightfall," taps into classic jacking house for "Ruckus 8OH8," plays with urban flavors for "Haterville" (made specifically for the Haters) and "Another Day" and dives into the eerie, futuristic plains of techno in "Don't Stop Don't Run," all the while maintaining an intoxicating, nocturnal spirit. Interspersed with playful interludes featuring MANIK's peers and influences, this musical voyage continually involves the listener in an interactive story of how it came to be. The result is an album that matures with each listen, apt for every situation and a true reflection of MANIK's pure and honest musical philosophy.