Written and produced by Chris Manik/M A N I K. Recorded at I'm Nice Like That Studios New York, NY. *Remix and additional production by Stelios Vassiloudis, Nils Nuernberg and Florian Kruse.
Burgeoning American talent Chris M A N I K came to Fresh Meat's attention in late 2009. Mazi 'friended' Chris after a short IM chat on Facebook. A demo soon followed. Quite rapidly the label became enamored with the New Yorker’s raw and uncompromising house music. A self described post-genre artist, he has stayed busy since 2007 creating techno under his proper name and as Chatterbox. Now he's unveiled an alchemical brew of hybrid nu-house as M A N I K. His debut release on Josh Wink's Ovum Recordings this January received a standing ovation from all quarters including the likes of Steve Bug, Jimpster, Milton Jackson, Deetron, Lauhaus, Tiefschwarz, Martin Landsky and others.
“Drink Your Juice” Chris’ second release as M A N I K is a four tracker featuring three originals and a remix by Wiretappeur (the underground chart topping trio of Nils Nuernberg, Florian Kruse and Stelios Vassiloudis). The EP opens with “Yeah”, a playfully arranged moody beater that sets a droning chord and low pitched vocal against subsonic bass and the hallowed drums of Roland's TR-909. “Juice” the deepest cut, is the first M A N I K tune that Fresh Meat heard. This warm swelling warehouse track shows unusual depth. For Fresh Meat, it immediately established Chris as a roots house artist needing to be heard.
The third original track “Soul Glo” (digital only) is a proper New York / Detroit dub house groove. It is the kind of skippy chord hopper developed by artists like Chez Damier and MK and now championed by the likes of Ethyl & Huxley or Agnes. M A N I K gives the style his own touch keeping his classic drum aesthetic up-front and letting the track develop organically.
Three tracks of beautiful modern House and the beat goes on! Taking a chance, Wiretappeur reinterprets "Yeah" into a sardonic, hypnotic builder featuring raw drums, jumping synths, fizzling effects and deeper bass. The vocal hook and keys from the original are still there only appropriated and mangled into Wiretappeur's speaker destroying juggernaut.
Tony Humphries - "Yeah" is a nice deep track, "Wiretappeur Remix" works best for us!
Franck Roger - BOTH VERSIONS OF YEAH ARE ROCKIN! WILL PLAY THEM!
Soul Minority - Juice is the one for me, really love it, amazing track, will play and chart.
Alexkid - Juice!! I like the old school vibeness...I do like and will play this for sure!
Deetron - Yeah sounds great, will try on the weekend.
Tom Budden - These all sound very good. Going to download them and check them out properly.
Catz n Dogz - Yeah is for me (Voitek). Full support (Greg)
Deepchild - Yeah....tasty home-grown, handmade sounds here, very much the "Fresh Meat" sound.
Nuno dos Santos - I'm starting to become a fan of Wiretappeur's releases and remixes. This remix is also right on the spot.
Luke Solomon - Oh Yeah!
Slam - Good stuff - another strong one.
Milton Jackson - Great stuff from MANIK again cheers.
D'Julz - Juice is sweet , will play.
Luna City Express - Really like all tracks! Full support!
Moodymanc - The Wiretappeur mix gets 'Yeah' there for me....cheers.
Art Of Tones - Wiretappeur does it again - can't wait to play the remix on a big sound system. The whole EP is nice....
Danny Tenaglia - Thanx!!! 3/5
Jim Rivers - Yeah is great, will def support.
Sasse - Fantastic, originals + remix are all winners!
Laurent Garnier - Very good house release. Will play for sure.
Miles Maeda - Catchy, in all it's sauntering glory.
Jonas Kopp - Excellent EP! I will try all versions. Keep on Housing!
Desyn Masiello - Liking the Wiretappeur remix.