Nicely described in the label’s notes as “celestial percussive house,” Manuel Tur‘s latest offering on Compost Records features other-worldy spoken word vocals by Japanese artist Yuu Udagawa.

Tur’s German and Ibicencan heritage gives him quite a pedigree for electronic dance music in theory, and both seem to shine through in practise on Dreamharmonicon, which summons up dark Berlin nightspots on the effortlessly cool original version, while his airy, hypnotic and tracky remix somehow evokes Balearic club vibes.

Young Tokyo artist and producer Yuu Udagawa delivers whispered, half-heard vocals which are somehow both unsettling and comforting at the same time, adding a wonderful sense of humanity to the track. I’ve already waxed lyrical in this very magazine about Compost Records and its forward-thinking music policy, but even with that said, this release is notable for its originality and sheer quality. Manuel Tur has always been a very, very good producer. In Dreamharmonicon, he’s found a new creative gear. Go seek it out.

Manuel Tur ft. Yuu Udagawa: Dreamharmonicon (Compost Records / Digital)
1. Manuel Tur ft. Yuu Udagawa: Dreamharmonicon (Remix) (07:21)
2. Manuel Tur ft. Yuu Udagawa: Dreamharmonicon (Original Mix) (07:04)
3. Manuel Tur ft. Yuu Udagawa: Dreamharmonicon (Beatless Dream) (06:43)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo.


Previous Coverage:
#TheTeardown Clavis on “Wirefire” and Making Music in a Time of Quarantine (2020)
#StayHomeDisco Clavis April 2020 Mix (2020)
Compost 25 – Michael Reinboth on a Quarter Century of Compost Records (2020)
The Culture with Manuel Tur (2019)
Manuel Tur – A 5 Mag Mix vol 76 (2019)


Originally published in 5 Mag issue 202 featuring Hugo LX, Worldship Music and the return of the Teflon Dons, Sumsuch meets Cee ElAssaad, the ugly truth of old school Chicago, ravenomics, the rebirth of music industry scams & more. Help support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.

More like this? Get it in your inbox: