Title: Seven Lies
Label: 2nd Drop Records
For the fans of: Portishead, The Cinematic Orchestra, Zaki Ibrahim & LV
Felix Manuel aka Djrum (pronounced “Drum”) drops what has been an achingly anticipated debut album titled ‘Seven Lies’. [Editor’s Notes: I for one; had been patiently waiting for this one].
I must also say ‘2nd Drop Records’ were actually lucky to pick up on Felix’s concealed talent. They’ve since drafted him (and this will hopefully jolt your memory to remember who Djrum is) to remix the wonderful lament titled ‘Explode’ by LV and Message To Bears featuring Zaki Ibrahim, to widespread acclaim.
‘Seven Lies’ is purely inspired by the rawness of urban London, influences of Portishead, DJ Shadow & The Cinematic Orchestra, Jungle, Minimal Techno, Classic House, Broken Beat – all seamlessly segued with a nod to Jazz and Film music.
The entire album is trickled with Djrum’s iconic tropes: widescreen atmospheres, dub chords, dusty melancholic strings and obscure film samples.
This time however, it is spread over a bigger, more luxurious canvas that dips like an undulating terrain of sound; Techno troughs, bumpy Hip Hop breaks, euphoric Drum and Bass, all filtered through the Djrum joint.
Felix made his production debut as Djrum with 12” singles on the ‘On the Edge’ and ‘Smokin Sessions’ labels. This ultimately provided him with a perfect platform for his own hybrid sound.
A sound that instead of reflecting the brash energy of his DJ style, turned inwards, almost ingesting and metabolising those sounds to create an introspective, sensitive and perceptible crossbreed.