Two great friends, and exciting young talents, reunite for their second outing on Real Tone. The transatlantic partnership between Leeds-born Burnski and New Yorks M A N I K has already produced one special creation – the dancefloor smash *You Know What Its Like*. Full of funk and relentless energy, the track was a great fusion of the contemporary styles of two well-respected producers.
Now they've teamed up once again to produce the follow-up, Next To Me. Playing out like an action-packed sequel, Next To Me once again oozes funk from every pore, working off a steady bassline, solid 4x4 beats and vibrant synth work. Though the overall feeling is a little more laid back than You Know What It's Like, just like its predecesssor, it features vocals provided by M A N I K himself who often utilises his voice in his music from simply humming basslines to straight-up singing.
Rising French star Manoo (who has releases on Basenotic, Deeply Rooted House and Buzzin Fly) steps in on remix duties and flips the track completely on its head. The man whose motto is, Dance or die! transforms the funk-infused dancefloor number into an ethereal deep house track, minus the vocal. Smooth chords and a retro organ bassline keep it sultry, with Manoos version basically a completely new track - together with the original it makes for an essential addition to any discerning DJs collection. It goes without saying that, individually and as a combined team, Burnski and M A N I K are a force to be reckoned with, as they've proven with both infallible Real Tone EPs. No doubt they'll be back at the top of the charts with this hot new number. [info from to]