If you are unfamiliar with the name Manami, we highly urge you to make a mental note of it right away. The Japanese producer, DJ, and pianist had a unique upbringing, having been born in Tokyo, raised in the United Kingdom, and now settling in Bristol. Her productions are infused with the diversity she experienced during her formative years, and when combined with her classical musical training, the results are enchanting.
The combination of quality and range in her sonic hemisphere is impressive, to say the least, despite the fact that she has a limited production portfolio, with only four releases to her credit to date. Every release thus far has been a pleasant surprise, ranging from the indie-dance vibes of ‘A Dreamer’s Dream’ to the Italo-dripped ‘Plastic Italo’ and the glitchy breakbeat rhythms of ‘The 2000’s. Manami has tastefully surprised with each release, balancing across genres such as ambient, left-field techno, and disco. Also worth mentioning is that Manami has been able to create quite a stir for herself outside of the music industry by hosting regular radio shows on NTS, Worldwide FM, and Rinse FM.
When you think you’ve got Manami’s sound figured out, she drops her first remix, a club-ready reimagining of Juno Mamba’s “1996,” right when you start to doubt yourself. Manami expands her horizons even further with this release, fully dipping her toes into the trance and techno waters. In her reinterpretation, she credits the original vocals and euphoric synthesized tones for her preference for a more trance-oriented approach.
If Manami has piqued your interest, you aren’t alone in feeling this way. Higher Ground is currently representing the artist, which also represents Bicep, DJ Boring, and Jayda G, to name a few of the other artists represented by the agency.
The single ‘1996 (Manami Remix)’ by Juno Mamba was released on August 26 and is available for streaming and purchase here.
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