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New York City Born and New Jersey City based Chico Mann (aka Marcos Garcia). a multi instrumentalist and guitarist with the afrobeat orchestra Antibalas is to release his solo >Manifest Tone EP< through Soundway Records.
The EP represents four of the choicest cuts from Chico Manns >Manifest Tone< Volumes 2 & 3 that until now were only available digitally. It signals the end of one phase and the start of a new chapter in Chico Manns career with a brand new album signed to Soundway Records for release in early 2013.
Heavyweight vinyl pressing. includes code for free MP3 download of this release.
The Manifest Tone journey began in 2004. During breaks from touring with Antibalas Marcos began crafting a more personal sound in his basement studio. A hybrid beast of culture and tone where Fela Kuti and Willie Colon meet Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Afrika Bambaata and Kraftwerk, it lives in a landscape shaped by Africa, Cuba, New York and Miami.
These unique experimentations led to the release of ‘Manifest Tone Volume 1’ in 2006 and eventually morphed into Volumes 2 & 3 that were finished in 2008 and 2010 respectively. What sounds on paper like a meeting of styles past in reality emerges sounding incredibly fresh and original.
Over the three volumes Chico Mann’s own unique style has emerged and evolved (something he has dubbed ‘Afro-Freestyle’) and in 2010 he released the critically acclaimed ‘Analogue Drift’ album for Wax Poetics records.
All of this paves the way for the arrival of his most accomplished and polished sound yet that will touch down in early 2013.
Chico Mann will also add to his list of remixes for the likes of Little Dragon and Hess is More by remixing Soundway’s London based Ghanaian afro band Konkoma in November 2012.
(added: 2012-11-26 15:31:25 )