The trio consisting of Fønix, singer, Ham den Lange as a rapper and DJ Swab delivers a solid debut album.
Manus Nigra is a cocktail of hiphop, trip hop, soul and elements from several other genres. The band has had a strong start having already played a gig as warm-up for underground hiphop titan Immortal Technique, and their first album gives them a sound foundation to build a career upon.
The debut album of Manus Nigra is a pleasure to listen to. It´s atmospheric and with a rich and varied soundscape. Their sound is rough, unpolished and to times really lo-fi, but filled to the brim with small details and effects giving the impression of being more than just an up and coming record. They´ve managed to create their own sound, and their sound and lyrics gives them their very own identity.
The songs through out the album follow a similar structure with some seriously sweet sounding vocals from Fønix on the choruses and bridges, and rapping in the verses from Ham den Lange. Fønix demonstrates tons of talent, but shines even more in songs like “Rodløs” and “Slut”.
Fønix has a really clear and jazzy vocal and really brightens the songs when the beats are grimy and dark, giving the songs more dynamics. Ham den Lange gives Manus Nigra its content, with his slow and steady flow. His lyrics are honest, down to earth, dark and critical. Together with Fønix, they prove to be a well working dynamic duo.
Though the tempo has a tendency to be the same in the start of the album, the different dynamics in the songs ensures variation and prevents it from becoming boring. The album goes from smooth and jazzy, to more electronic and heavy, but they always maintain their sound and identity.
All in all I really like this album, even though I have to listen twice to get danish lyrics. The album is a really good start and I´m looking forward to see what this band will do next.
‘Blind Vej’ is released on Idiotsikker Records/A:larm Music/Universal Music
"Though the tempo has a tendency to be the same in the start of the album, the different dynamics in the songs ensures variation and prevents it from becoming boring. The album goes from smooth and jazzy, to more electronic and heavy, but they always maintain their sound and identity."