Boomkat Product Review:
Detroit’s deepest ruff neck, Manuel Gonzales a.k.a. MGUN dispatches a patented, grizzly but romantic sound in his debut album with Don’t Be Afraid.
First emerging on the still-killer NSNT PRJCT with Kyle Hall in 2010, he was part of the first wave of “outsider” house and techno artists on The Trilogy Tapes with tha cranky vision of The Near Future in 2012, and has since established a distinctive, deglazed sound over subsequent 12”s for Berceuse Heroique, Fit, and his staunchest supporter, Benji Semtek at DBA.
With Gentium he unveils an eight track showcase for varying, cohesive aspects of his take on 313 traditions, stirring up a range of grooving feels and degrees of textural/atmospheric decay.
Pok starts up with a sprinkle of dusty, jazzy, beatdown magick, and Half Past 3 gets on a red-eyed, smoke-clogged deep house swagger. The skudgy slump of Don’t Hurt Yo Self proves he’s really not afraid of a bit of distortion, whilst the expansive Past Due sounds uncannily close to Leyland Kirby doing D-house.
The gorgeous deep garage bubble of Bed & Breakfast is arguably destined to be the album’s most travelled track, but ruddier buggers will be attracted to NVR’s muggy dark electro swerve, and Veyra confirms this dude is Detroit as they come.