Mono/Poly - Manifestations EP


Charles E. Dickerson is an absolute fiend when it comes to making infectious music. We were treated to the Paramatma LP off Tasteful Licks, and The George Machine EP was bananas. Now he moves his pastures onto Brainfeeder. Since its inception in 2008, Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label has released some outstanding leftfield music. Last year saw Lorn's Nothing Else, a marvellous hodge-podge of surging basslines and ghostly melodies. This year, meanwhile, has brought MatthewDavid's International EP by and a re-release of Mr Oizo's underrated Moustache (Half A Scissor). Now it's the turn of Mono/Poly. Mono/Poly’s latest release, Manifestations EP, is no exception to the wondrous production.

Manifestations EP is a 22-minute adventure that explores a slew of sounds. Beatless opener, “Manifestations”, gives listeners a brief but sublime introduction and could just as easily be a Boards of Canada vignette. It’s a downtempo track as analogue synths shimmer and textured crackle ripples across both channels, and one that preps your nerves for the onslaught of sounds you’re about to hear. The first surge of rhythm comes on "Forest Dark," an organic yet emotive piece that takes cues from both Lorn and FlyLo. "Glow" is more of a slow burner, riding an afterhours G-funk melody and infectious bass loop to its natural conclusion. (Its smooth-as-silk R&B inflections lend it a smutty, downtown sentiment.) The segue into "Needs Deoderant" is just as smooth, shifting the beat from lazy shuffle to restless minor key disco complete with rhythmic wah-wah synths and cow bell.

Manifestations ||

 Forest Dark ||

 Glow ||

 Needs Deoderant ||

 Toe Jam ||

 Punch The Troll In The Neck ||

 Vibrations (Alternate) ||

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