Manu Riga returns to Bonzai Progressive with a sublime two tracker entitled Disconnected. This time round he enlists the stunning vocal talent of Mandy Jones who adds a whole new dynamic to the progressive sound. As ever Manu Riga delights with his attention to detail revealing his passion for quality music with everything he touches. A string of top notch cuts, a superb album and a slew of delicious remixes have made 2016 one of his best years yet and we've no doubt that next year will be even better. USA born Mandy Jones makes her first appearance on Bonzai and she brings her wonderfully rich and soulful voice along for the ride. Over the last few years she has released several tracks across various labels. She possesses a beautifully rich voice which she is able to adapt to suit different musical styles. Nice to see her on board and we hope to hear more from her in the future.
Disconnected intros with a very nice pounding kick drum as shuffling hats form up into a solid rhythmic flow. A deep and probing bassline soon finds its way into the sound as percussions start on their intricate journey. The track takes on a real deepness early on which is further enhanced by the stunning vocals from Mandy. Sultry, melancholic and dynamic, the vocal tells an interesting story that fits perfectly with the groove. In contrast to the deeper elements we find a sweet melodic arpeggio that washes over the sound. A definite must have that will not disappoint.
If Only is up next and we've no doubt that this one will become a firm favourite among many. Right from the off we're drawn into its grasp. Nicely rounded kick drums lead the way against a very cool percussion arrangement complete with shuffling hit hats that really get the feet tapping. The big hitter here is the vocal, a simply sublime delivery with a very intriguing narrative that digs deep into your soul. The vocal blends effortlessly with the melancholic groove created by subtle tones and expert attention. Captivating and enlightening, this one is most definitely not to be missed.
Dimitri Kechagias review:
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[item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
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[item value="10"]Manu Riga & Mandy Jones - Disconnected[/item]
[content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Manu Riga has manage to become one of the strongest progressive names delivering one of the best progressive albums for 2016 and now he goes one step ahead with his double A side Disconnected and If Only. On both tracks the incredible singer Mandy Jones deliver the magnificent vocals. On Disconnected the track has more dark moody progressive trance texture with deep pulsating basslines, haunting mysterious atmosphere and great sound design that absorb you deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of emotions that this track builds for the unsuspected listener who must be ready to feel the sensuality and darkness from head to toe. If Only in contrast is deep melodic tech house with chunky tribalish grooves, deep basslines, great melodic themes and stunning strings that give the track its cinematic visionary atmosphere. Both tracks stand out thanks to Manu fantastic skills and Mandy Jones sparkling sexy and highly sensual performance that has soulful and jazzy edge too. #PureGold Love It [/content]