This is a pure dance floor delight. We could leave it at that and let the track play out to justify the accolades it deserves, but that wouldn’t be a DnV post now would it.
The temptingly building and unashamedly 2-step beat coupled with the “ruff ‘n’ tuff” underbelly of the track delivered by the bass line and it’s three note rising motif at the end of each phrase is what really hooked us (the low frequency gluttons that we are). The echoing of that motif in higher octaves, oh and the lusciously striking prominence of the piano that flickers into the frame every now and again, brings this all together spectacularly.
Shanti Celeste’s remix takes ‘Manhattan’ in a lighter direction and feels as though it fits better at the “rising sun in the morning” end of the night out spectrum rather than the “just past midnight ramp up” vibe of the original. Both have their place, both are excellently executed.
Pop to Idle Hands in Bristol to get your copy and thank the label that released this in person.