Little has been known about the music released on Sous:sol, aside from, of course, its quality. The Belgian imprint has so far been shrouded in a mist of ambiguity, releasing tracks without titles from artists with no names. Their vinyl-only secret gems have however seen support from the likes of Arapu, Herodot, and tINI over the years. Now it seems they are ready to bring an artist to the forefront for release number four. Step forward John Manhard.
Manhard was recently discovered by the lady behind the label Karla Böhm. It wasn’t long before the artist EP was secured along with a remix from Lowris, a long time supporter of Sous:sol since its inception a few years back. The result is an EP of elegant, classy minimal.
The record opens with ‘Neolithic Mysteries’, a boppy number that quickly establishes its musical undertones. While the beat politely punches groove, jazzy melodies steal the show, oozing blues between rhythms.
Directions cleverly shift as the track progresses. As the breaks set in, brushed with soft percussion and a tapping vocal, you would not be forgiven for thinking things had shifted into another track altogether. Then the groove resettles. Manhard takes his time with this one, making the most of the elements, allowing each chapter to take its course.
The record is due for release on Friday, August 14th and can be pre-ordered from deejay.de.