It’s been 6 years since New York’s MANIK burst onto the electronic music scene in 2011. Since then, he’s had releases on Ovum, Poker Flat, Culprit, BPitch Control, Kim Ann Foxman‘s Firehouse, Huxley‘s label No Idea’s Original, and Fresh Meat Chicago.
His growing international profile has seen him bring his unique brand of house, techno, old school and new school to exclusive venues worldwide. Throughout the years he’s been behind the decks at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Womb Tokyo, Fabric in London, Revolver in Melbourne, Q Nightclub in Seattle and many more, and undoubtedly more to come.
Besides being an acclaimed DJ with a devoted following, MANIK is also a skilled and seasoned crate digger, spending hours in record shop in search of forgotten records and hidden gems. His commitment to the art of digging and superlative taste in music come through in his performances and releases. Hear it for yourself in the mix MANIK did exclusively for Discogs last year.
We’re psyched for MANIK’s highly anticipated new album ‘Undergroundknowledge’ dropping on Ovum on October 20. Make sure you get yourself a copy!
MANIK talks us through some heaters from his record collection:
Favorite Sexy Soundtrack: Sade – Diamond Life
The Queen right here. Sade is my absolute favorite. She has had plenty of albums and they are all amazing in their own way – everyone has their favorite. For me, Diamond Life takes the cake.
Favorite Party Record: Dynamix II Featuring Too Tough Tee – Give The D.J. A Break
This record is everything I love about hip hop/freestyle and the 808 all merged into one. Clever samples spread throughout with a devastating groove. I will play this in some sets and it always kills.
Record You Wish You’d Made: Aaron”Fit”Siegel – Tonite
What can I say about this amazing record. It has the deep, funky, and often times weird vibes Omar is known for, but then this ethereal/magical vibe comes in with the synths and lead vocal. Detroit’s finest right here. All versions are dope but I think the “DD” mix is still my favorite and then the Detroit mix.
First Record You Ever Bought: Aleem – Release Yourself
I bought this record after I heard Larry Levan used to rinse it at Paradise Garage. I was born at at the tail end of Paradise Garage so I never got to go there clearly, but this record always makes me feel like I am back there in the middle of the dance floor. Release yourself!
Favorite Chill Record: B.T. Express – Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)
Funk and soul at its finest here. This is one of my favorite records to put on when I am cooking dinner. Grab a glass of wine and cue this up. Instant awesome.
Favorite Record Store: Detroit Threads – Hamtramck, MI
I was first introduced to this spot through my friend, Pontchartrain, and now everytime I go to Detroit I have to go here no matter what. The collection is next level. Funk and Disco, local Detroit stuff, house classics, represses, so much good music. Mikel runs this spot and I literally never leave Detroit without a proper stack from this shop.