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ARTIST
TITLE
Greenlight
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
TEKLIFE 005LP TEKLIFE 005LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/6/2017

Greenlight by DJ Manny is the fifth release from Teklife. This ten-track LP is a masterclass in footwork production by one of Teklife's leading figures. Born and raised in Harvey on the south-side of Chicago, DJ Manny has been footworking since the age of ten. The footwork sound has developed in unison with the dance style that accompanies it, and Manny embodies this synergy. DJ Manny is without doubt one of the best dancers on the scene, harnessing control, grace, and power in every movement. So when he steps into the studio, he knows instinctively how to create tracks that make you want to move your feet. Instead of relying on chopped-up samples, DJ Manny is more inclined to pick up the microphone himself, and this gives Greenlight an original and individual personality. On the opening track titled "Way You Move", his flow is soulful and almost verging on melodic. His laid back drawl sounds equally great on club bangers like "Life In This Bitch" and "If U Want It". As a young man, DJ Manny was the protégé of the late great DJ Rashad, and Rashad's influence reverberates through classic-sounding footwork tracks like "Boop Me Down" and "I'll Hurt Ya Baby". Elsewhere on Greenlight, DJ Manny explores different moods to great effect. "Ghost Out" is atmospheric and menacing, with a sparse, minimal rhythm and fearsome low-ends pulsing through siren synths. "Life In This Bitch" is a defiant statement of self-affirmation, and "Zancrash" featuring DJ Taye is uplifting and dreamy, with complex rhythmic patterns evocative of vintage jungle records. DJ Taye makes a significant contribution to this record, collaborating with DJ Manny on five productions, including the title track. A fellow Teklife squad member, Taye is a highly accomplished producer in his own right. Greenlight also features guest appearances from DJ Chap, DJ Lucky, and Sucia.