MANU DIA – ‘SURFACE’

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Weaving conventional pop tropes amidst a glitchy electronic soundscape, Spanish producer and composer Manu Dia releases his debut EP ‚Surface‚, via TOKiMONSTA’s imprint Young Art Records.

Growing up between Brussels and the Aragon Region of Spain, a former ancient kingdom, the talented producer has been shaped by a diverse exposure to vibrant cultures, architecture and natural landscapes.

The six track project is embellished with glistening jewels of electronica, moving expertly between an eclectic range of genres and stylistic devices. ‚Kids In America‚, the EPs lead single, is bursting with shimmering synths and buoyant summer melodies. „It’s a song about being young and embracing the experiences of your youth“ Manu explains. „Something that will make you feel like you are on a perpetual sunset ride home.“

Stranger‘s addictive, experimental rhythms portray Manu’s refined style, with synths splashing wildly like raindrops across the glistening soundscape. Describing the track as „organised chaos„, it „represents the start of a journey through sound and the ever-evolving, ever-changing flow of life.“ 

There comes a point in each of our lives when we face a choice and must point ourselves towards an end goal or destination – whatever it may be. Surface is a reflection of this journey with every piece within acting as a stepping stone on the path.“

Having worked alongside talented DJs and producers San Holo, Robotaki, and Droeloe and securing early support from BBC Radio 1’s TOKiMONSTA, Manu Dia’s enchanting debut portrays an artist who has confidently discovered their sound.