Boomkat Product Review:
Despite seeming like such a fixture within the Bpitch circle, Mango is only Sascha Funke's second full-length release for the Berlin label, a follow-up to 2003's Bravo. Since then of course, he's been turning out 12"s at a decent enough rate, developing his sound considerably since the plastic micro-beats of that debut. There's a considerable depth to Mango, and a production style that's come on leaps and bounds since the early days (anyone remember that edit he did of Bros' 'When Will I Be Famous'?). From the very beginnings of his career there was always evidence of a confident grip on melody. You can hear that now not only in the album's accomplished techno cuts, but in the more subdued electronica and ambient workouts too. The acoustic guitar and organ treatments of 'Summer Rain' provide an especially clear example, but undoubtedly Funke's at his finest with a 4/4 beat behind him, delivering warm, precise outings like 'Take A Chance With Me' and the cinematic 'Feather'.