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Man Power’s Me Me Me label, a firm favourite with KP here at the shop, presents its first compilation, with profits donated to the Help Refugees charity.

Over 11 releases Geoff Leopard's label has established itself as a defined home for tricksi dancefloor movements, intricately produced house music and electronic curveballs. With an understated but highly skilled roster of artists, including Man Power himself, the label has found itself in countless record boxes across varying locations and styles.

Here we get two new signings (Shit Robot and Awol) alongside two label stalwarts, Pale Blue and Cult Of Glamour. Shit Robot contributes some straight up, M1-powered, late night house music while Awol opts for a more stripped back, deeper affair with nods to electro. On side B Pale Blue gets cerebral and sensual with a mallet-guided smoocher before Cult Of Glamour closes proceedings with a star-bound Italo-tinged number that hits the jugular head on. Top stuff! 


Man Power’s Me Me Me label presents us with a very special new compilation, ‘We We We’, which will see all profits donated to the vital Help Refugees charity. Help Refugees, is the leading UK NGO in a new movement of humanitarian aid, helping to plug the gaps in services not provided to those displaced by war. The man behind the compilation’s concept is Man Power aka Geoff Kirkwood, an established producer with credits for his off kilter mix of house, disco, ambient and techno on labels like John Talabot’s Hivern Discs, ESP Institute and Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondent.
Kicking off the set, Pional’s ‘Night Charmer’ is a typically inventive cut with icy drones and dehumanised vocals, while ‘Quantume Reach’ by Juan Maclean (feat Amy Douglas) is gorgeously off beat house with thoughtful chords and spine-tingling vocals with a poignant message. Onto the B-side and Force Majeure up the intensity with a percussion packed tribal tonker which flirts with disco and Italo before settling down as a techy banger. The polyrhythmic rattle continues on Edmondson's "Village" a trippy mix of minimal-style sound design, future primitive rhythms and occasional melody.
This is a compilation jam-packed with a broad array of accomplished and standout sounds, and that it is all for charity only makes it an even more essential and welcome release.


The mysterious Vyvyan lands on Me Me Me with a pair of floor focussed disco techno mutations as compelling as they are fun. Paul Woolford drops by on remix duties, a genuine UK legend, who by this stage is irrefutably nestled in the top tier of the British electronic music Royal Family. His remix perfectly displays the unconventional wit, and mastery of groove, that’s propelled him to where he is today. I imagine its the only track we’ll hear this year which begins on a breaks and baseline assault, and ends on samples of farmyard animals. Finishing off the release we have a remix by Futureboogie's Christophe in advance of his own artist EP on Me Me Me later this year. Christophe skews the original’s frenetic rhythms in to a vintage sounding bumping piece of machine driven house with an Italo-esque twist, which is as good as this description sounds.

Edmondson

We Have Love - Inc. Dauwd / Asok Remixes

In a beautiful stroke of serendipity, Me Me Me discover some hidden talent from Newcastle who actually used to serve pints to label head Man Power in his local boozer! Coming from a more bass / dubstep orientated background, Edmondson has now turned his hand to expertly crafted house cuts, leaving the vast majority of the also-rans way, way behind. It's clear from just listening to a few bars of "We Have Love" that the boy's got skills. The groove captures you instantly, while the filtered vocal hook and those squelchy, spring reverb perc hits affirm Edmondson's meticulous and deeply rooted creativity. Enlisted for remix duties is Dauwd, who also inhabits Berlin where Man Power now resides. He takes "We Have Love" down a kind of more delicate and psychedelized route. It’s very pretty and has plenty of skip to it. "PSG" sees Edmondson toy with a more syncopated beat palette, landing somewhere between downbeat and garage and with a distinctly UK sound. ASOK's drafted in for the final remix, turning out one of his finer moments as he transforms "PSG" into a swirling epic littered with vintage Casio drum hits, a mid 90s progressive crescendo and skillfully constructed rhythms. I'd agree with Man Power and say this is up there as some of his best work to date, and stadium-blasting large. All good then! Me Me Me continue the pressure.... 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Me Me Me deliver again! This time it's Edmondson that takes it to the terraces for a pumpin' house number that's deliciously psychedelic

Pale Blue

Have You Passed Through This Night / Comes Through ( Incl Pional Remix)

Pale Blue is the new alias for Mike Simonetti, NYC underground legend and long term contributor to the global dance music community. Here, he's joined by Elizabeth Wight for a seductive, three track EP on Man Power's Me Me Me label. "Have You Passed Through" is raw and daring, its female vocal reminiscent of innovative early electro, this is an intoxicating late night anthem of leftfield electronica. Its lyrics are taken from the film The Thin Red Line, a movie about mans destruction of nature, his world and himself. "Come Home" is equally alluring, with a dreamier narrative and thrusting, forward-propelled drums that recalls a high speed drag race down the rainbow road. It's angelic vocal washes and heavenly strings converging on the bubbling acid and suspended tension wonderfully, making for a heady and expansive trip. Spanish new kid on the block, Hivern regular, Pional gets enlisted on remix duties (good work MP), and twists up "Comes Home" with fresh drums, lysergic elements and his own hi-sheen sound. Wonderful stuff.

Man Power

Tachyon - Inc. DJ Tennis Remix

Originally a geordie, Man Power is now based in the heart of Mexican city Monterrey, a place on the rise after many years of internal strife. Mind expanded by travel, touring and a culture in which people keep their shirts on to watch football, Man Power has created a new label, Me Me Me, delivering an inaugural release complete with a remix from DJ Tennis. As he explains...
“It stands to reason that if I’m calling my new label project Me Me Me, then I should be the one doing the talking. Deejaying has to contain a bit of selfishness, as it’s all about playing the music that you love, and other people listening. It’s a simple step to go from choosing the music in a club, to choosing music for a record label. There currently seems to be a movement of artists forming who are indefinable past the vague limits of their own persona and varied musical mores. I'd like to think I'm part of this movement, so this is my attempt at exploring that concept. I'm trying to work with people who also represent this new popularity in artistic freedom. It's definitely a snapshot of where I'm at, hence the name, but a DJ at his best has always been nothing more than a taste filter, and so Me Me Me is simply an expression of my tastes, and a platform for music by myself and the people I’ve been lucky enough to befriend over the years who share a similar disregard for any musical context. I'm a big believer of leaning in to criticism. I always like the fact that I think of better jokes about me than anybody else. It kind of makes you bulletproof. Something in my self deprecating north eastern English mentality makes me feel incredibly big headed for deciding to start my own label. Like who do I think I am? So it's me embracing that I guess.’ 
...Well there you have it. If you're after burbling, swirling gurn inducing acid, head for the original mix, while those in need of a beardier fix should head for the thumb piano explorations of DJ Tennis on the flip.


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