This two-track EP is proof there are still great producers waiting to be discovered
This is DeziBell’s first ever release and as debuts go, it's a very good one that really manages to get under your skin with its laidback coolness, haunting lyrics and vast spatial aural soundscapes. There are two tracks, of which the first, Manaraga is pretty good and the second, Jamantau, is excellent.
Manaraga starts with a simple twangy bass line and builds through strange samples and an almost spoken male vocal line, with many different samples being brought into play throughout. Overall the track has a real sleazy feel, but in a good way. Jamantau starts with the same twangy rubbery bass sound, but introduces vocal samples from a well-known horror film and has a lead line that winds its merry way throughout, while the same vocalist says more disjointed words in a hypnotic way. On the whole there is just so much more going on in this track: it's a real groover and for this reason it's the clear winner here.
This is a pretty quirky release but that's what gives it an edge over so much of the 'house by numbers' that seems to be flung around, in an age where you can virtually get your studio to write a track for you! A fantastic debut single.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 30 April (Traxsource) / 13 May (general release)
Review Score: 9