Capitale Sympathique EP by Mangabey

Mangabey recaptures the daring youth, bold experimentation, and open-mindedness of the '90s with the first release on his new label, José Records.

Capitale Sympathique EP by Mangabey Photo by José Records

Passionate about electronic music and synthesizers, French artist Mangabey has made a name for himself locally and internationally thanks to a unique approach that blends electronica with world and jazz influences. Driven by the distinct spirit of a club and inspired by the underground electronic music of the '90s, he launched this label to share his musical explorations, which are dreamy and nostalgic but also highly danceable.

The lead single, "Rave 2 Tam," tells the story of a woman who carries a feminist message. Her seductive vocal blends with heavy kicks and graceful bass as lush synths and jacked-up drums pump the party. Some old-school video-game-style melodies with acid complete this perfect fusion of the past and present. The fresh "Traveling Brain" draws on clubs, trance, and techno and takes listeners on the ultimate mental journey, mixing different eras of underground sound into an immersive and irresistible danceable experience.

The innovative "Diablo" is inspired by strobe lights clubs and bathed in ravey sounds. It evokes a dark universe, flirting with minimalism and trance, and is characterized by a moody bassline that never lets up and hints at the devil's work. Last comes the superb "P8 Maelstrom," made on a Prophet 8 synthesizer. It mixes epic bass, energetic breakbeats, and more emotional violins and choirs to create an all-new and artful form of dance floor fun.

Mangabey - Capitale Sympathique EP
Release Date 1st March 2024
Label José Records

1. Rave 2 Tam
2. Traveling Brain
3. Diablo
4. P8 Maelstrom

Michael Kiechle Born in München. Living currently in Lisboa.