It must be embarrassing having to tag your own music with genres, like sign-posting to the world that the aesthetic you are striving towards, giving any potential haters a rather easy stifck to beat you with. In this case, Atlanta duo Mane Mane appear to have taken the easy route, dubbing their music ‘hip hop’, ‘beats’, ‘electronica’ and ‘wonky’, the latter being the only one that comes close to capturing the weird, warped nature of the sounds they’re creating. In your dreams, this is the kind of music that a really good live DJ would create, rather than the repetitive bass-heavy beats that the club scene seems to inspire.
This is electronic music having a fight with drone and losing heavily, all played out on a glitchy Super Nintendo, a sparkling mixture of ambitious futuristic pop and downbeat grooves. No wonder they couldn’t think of a snappy label to tag it with. For music like this, the context and conjecture is just an afterthought, anyway. Skin Fox is the pinaccle of what they’ve created so far, and it’s daunting to think where this project might go afterwards. Sickeningly good.