Tee Mango joins the DOG fold for his ﬁrst full EP release, although we feel like we’ve been connected for many years through buying his Millionhands T-shirts, playing his excellent releases and having him previously remix Ron Basejam for the label back in 2017. Someone who has always carved his own path with attention to detail and aesthetics seemingly as important as the music, Tom has been a good example of how to make the DIY approach work for yourself since his ﬁrst vinyl output back in 2012. Millionhands and Millionhands Black have seen the majority of his original material and edits but we’ve also seen him appearing on Royal Oak, Aus and Local Talk and future output planned for Permanent Vacation and his own new label SUPERUNKNOWN.
Opening track Cityspell goes for the jugular with a pulsing 16th-note bassline sitting centre stage while huge washes of deep pads layer up around it. Sirens and horn stabs join the scene adding increasing energy, making this one of those tracks that nails the balance between hypnotic deepness and hyped up intensity perfectly for the danceﬂoor.
Flipping over we have Do U Luv Me? which kicks off with a simple one-note Moog bassline and syndrum whitenoise snares before some crazy, off-kilter cross-rhythm synth stabs join the party; cue heads running to the booth asking wtf?! Just the kind of wonky, outerspace sh*t that we’ve come to love and expect from masters such as Maurice Fulton or Recloose.
Finally Tee Mango closes off with another absolutely killer cut featuring livesounding drums calling Paperclip People’s Throw to mind with those rasping open hi hats and rolling two beat bassline. A tripped-out female vocal sample and extra acid-esque synth line add to the frenetic atmosphere but melodic arpeggiating chimes ensure things remain deep and musical.
A really strong three tracker we’re sure you’ll agree. Give them a spin out and share the love in your charts and mixes!
Published: 24th February 2020