San Francisco’s Manjumasi kicks off 2018 with one of the label’s most majestic releases to date. The “Cathedral EP” from Moscow duo Doyeq features three originals and a pair of remixes by veteran producers Audiofly and Love Over Entropy.
The first tune “Another Day” opens the EP with a deep melodic tinge, soft stringy pads setting the mood as a solid groove builds its way into the track. A steady progression gives way to a beautiful melodic interlude, laced with lush but subtle vocals. Next up is the title track “Cathedral,” which moves into darker territories with a brooding string section layered over an insistent bass-driven groove. Finally, “Damp Thoughts” showcases Doyeq’s range, with a lo-fi groove that explores the edges of their sonic palette, meshing silky analog instruments with frayed digital artifacts.
The first remix comes from hugely respected duo Audiofly, a toughened up interpretation of Cathedral that situates the sanctuary squarely on the dance floor with an upfront kick and bass section that adds late night edge. On the other end of the spectrum, Love Over Entropy offers a beautifully textured and sweetly-tinged “M is for Moody” remix of Damp Thoughts, an emotionally mature and complex effort which is at once haunting and gently reassuring.