The latest instalment in our Idle Mix Series comes from London tech house duo MANT. They’ve put together an inspiration mix for us which shows us the creative process behind their hugely anticipated EP, Ra.
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Their Solä EP featuring Ra and brand new banger, Really Was has been tearing up the global club scene. The latter track also got its first airing on BBC Radio 1 and has been supported by Danny Howard, Monki, Skream, Steve Lawler, Solä label owners Solardo, and many more.
Supported by just about everyone, including Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Claude VonStroke, Nic Fanciulli, Richy Ahmed, Riva Starr, Gorgon City, Nicole Moudaber and plenty more, MANT are no strangers to delivering high quality tech house that turns festival and club dance floors into a seething mass of bodies.
How did you guys meet?
We’ve known each other for years through a mate, but started working together when both living in South
London Sam had a studio at his flat, somehow we never got 1 noise complaint.
What was a fundamental track in getting you to produce your own music?
“Take your pills” by Sebastian Leger was definitely a big influence on MANT’s early direction. You can hear
that kind of sound on the first EP we did on MTA, we still reference back to that a bit now even though our sound has evolved. There were many early inspirations, some that come to mind right now Marc Houle, Dubfire and DJ sets from Sven Väth and Solomun.
Tell us a little bit about the mix?
We had a lot of fun putting it together and mixing it rather than just play what we’d normally do at shows we’ve gone for a collection of some of our early influences. It’s a bit of a journey from Disco to Acid, Garage to New Wave.
How do you feel about the reception of your EP: “Ra/Really Was”?
Amazing, its gone down really well. Buzzing to hear it getting played out not only by people we really respect now, but by DJs we’ve grown up listening to. It’s mental.
What was the creative inspiration behind the EP?
We kind of just let tracks form into what they want to be rather than coming with a grand plan right from the beginning, sometimes you stumble across a vocal or sample and the whole thing takes a left turn. Sometimes it’s best to just let that kind of stuff happen.
Have you got any big plans for 2017?
We’ve got a release coming on Yousef’s Circus label, some exciting collaborations and a
load of other music on the way. Catch us at shows or follow our Monthly Mix on Mixcloud for new music exclusives.
Kraftwerk – Computer World
Kraftwerk – Tour de France
Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
Roxy Music – Manifesto
Arthur Russell – Get Around To It
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dimitri from Paris Version)
New Order – Blue Monday
Crazy P – Changes (Hot Toddy Remix)
Kolsch – Der Alte
Cassius – 99
Bizzi – Bizzi’s Party (Booker T Vocal Lick)
Mike Dunn – God Made Me Funky
Quando Quango – Love Tempo (Mark Kamins Remix)
Artu – WD40
Kevin Saunderson – Pump The Move (Kenny Larkin Mix)
Xpansions – Move Your Body
Maurice – This Is Acid
Manray – Ways Of Making Music
Roach Motel – Wild Luv
Josh Wink – Resist (Truncate V1 Remix)
Hardfloor – Acperience 1
Phuture – Acid Tracks (Afro Acid Mix)
Booka Shade – In White Rooms
Garvey – Goodbye Horses
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)