Alex Sims contributes to the appreciation series with an arrangement from Mano Le Tough.
Irishman Niall Mannion aka Mano Le Tough, one of three head honchos and close mates at Maeve Records introduction to the industry was a breath of fresh air having had extremely successful EP's on Buzzing' Fly, Pampa and Internasjonal amongst others.
Besides releasing solo albums on Permanent Vacation, his DJ sets really stand out from being versatile, eclectic to down right banging which has earned him regular slots at renowned clubs worldwide.
An artist that has contributed heaps to the industry and an inspiration us and many.
Join us as we appreciate Mano Le Tough!
1. Mano Le Tough / Full on Spring / Permanent Vacation
2. Mano Le Tough / Your Heavy Head / Pampa Records
3. Batongo / Aguirre / Mano Le Tough Remix / Degustibus Music
4. Mano Le Tough / Arganol / Maeve
5. Mano Le Tough / Moments of Truth / Permanent Vacation
6. Kasper Bjørke / Symptoms / Mano Le Tough Remix / hfn Music
7. Mano Le Tough / I See Myself in You / Permanent Vacation
8. Mano Le Tough / Take it Back / Buzzin’ Fly
9. Mano Le Tough / Mountains / Permanent Vacation
10. Hundreds / Un-Unify / Mano Le Tough Remix / Embassy of Music
11. Tyson / Mr. Rain / Mano Le Tough Remix / Back Yard
As it goes, it's clear to all we love our electronic music at the hk podcast, and who do we have to thank other than the artists and record labels. In a new segment joining our collection we have the appreciation mix. Our first was compiled and mixed by Miguel Tavares who starts off the segment with appreciation the mighty DJ Koze, just over an hour mix of all tracks made or remixed by DJ Koze.
With releases on Get Physical, Atjazz recordings and Stay True Sounds, Bruce Loko is a rapid rising star in is native South Africa and globally.
He joins us for an exclusive mix on this artist focus and we got the chance to sit down with him and have a chat.
hk: Greetings Bruce Loko, thank you for joining us on the artist focus, we are excited to have you feature. You have exploded on to the scene leaving many excited, how long have you been involved in music and how did it all start?
BL: Uhm if I remember correctly, I made my first track back in 2006-7. even before that, when I thought fruity loops was a computer game. So I've been on/ off because of school but I don't keep track when it comes to music I'm focused on receiving my goal.
hk: You have releases on respected labels such as Atjazz record company, Get Physical and Stay True Sounds, you are grabbing attention globally at a manic pace, what are your future ambitions?
BL: I wanna see myself headlining big festivals around the world sharing my positive energy with other musos.
hk: We live in a time where it is incredibly hard to define electronic music, how would you describe your sound?
BL: I'd say ambient and atmospheric sounds but I just love weird sounds. Your ears must be unlocked to hear certain frequencies to understand the LOKO sounds.
hk: You have had the chance to perform abroad, how was the experience, and how does it differ from performing in South Africa?
BL: The experience was everything I imagined before. Abroad they just appreciate music more and they are opened minded...meaning you can play whatever you feel, they'll appreciate it.
There's certain gigs in SA where music is also appreciated. But I always give 110% energy when I'm performing.
hk: There are endless combinations of equipment used in DJ booths today, what is your preferred way to perform and why?
BL: Ahhh anything is fine for me. It's not the equipment that must do the job...
hk: All artists have some records that just lift the mood and excite the dance floor, what records do you never leave home without?
BL: Whooaaa lately I've been listening to Adriatique... they've got a lovely groove. So anything by these guys
hk: If you were stranded on an island, what 5 things would you take with you?
hk: It’s always good to hear an interesting memory from a performance whether it humorous or outrageous, what is one memory that you can share with us?
BL: CTEMF 2017, first time performing in Cape Town...only few people knew who I was haha
But after I dropped 3-4 tracks, the energy was elevated and I bonded with the crowd
hk: There are a lot things up and coming artists could learn from you, what is the top advice you would give to aspiring artists?
BL: Focus on your journey. Be patient
hk: Thank you for joining us at the hk podcast, we are a fan of your work and look forward to your future endevours, before we close off do you have any upcoming news you would like to share or message to your fans?
BL: Hyperion EP dropping soon on Get Physical music. Lookout for this peace of art