They say consistency is key, and German imprint Toy Tonics, have it in spades. Since 2012, the label simply haven’t pressed a bad tune. Kickstarting things with scrumptious releases from the likes of Black Loops, COEO and Kapote, these Berlin blacksmiths are yet again chipping away at that next funked-out piece of audio, the world needs to hear. And today, it’s ‘Broken Dub’, from Lyon based artist, Mangabey (Jose Fehner).
With quite the nomadic past, spending his childhood living in caravans between France and Africa (his parents part of a wild theatre troupe), Jose has plenty of influences to draw upon. Having already a firm relationship with Toy Tonics, with the release of his ‘Chicago Memory’ EP a few months back (be sure to suss Folamour’s Remix of ‘GUFM’), the Frenchman comes storming through with the ‘Joy Kill’ EP.
‘The record press is a complicated piece of equipment weighing two tonne, it moulds records by compression…’ Welcome to the B1, Broken Dub. Breaks, compressed drums and West London ad-libs define the piece. A jazz pianist and vintage synth nut by trade, Mangabey brings real character to what’s a steady grind. This one sounds authentically UK, a familiar feel to Jamie XX’s ‘All Under One Roof Raving’. A track best heard in an underground carpark, in the dead of night…or wherever you like really. Oh…and Jose’s only just hit 22, already locking in Fouk and Glenn Astro on remix duties. Watch this space fam!
You can pre-order a copy of ‘Joy Kill’ by following this link right here!