Manitoba is the brainchild of IC's own (so I'm told) DJ-writer cum producer Dan Snaith. Encompassing sounds from the infamous jingle bells to synthesised loops, this EP aims to demonstrate the variety of sonar experiences possible in four five minute journeys to the world of dance music.
Opening with a shuffling garage style bassline, 'Dundas Ontario' uses unintelligible 'loving you' breathy Dance-diva Britneyesque vocals to continue to track. This progresses to a more electronic, heavy line, using Drum and Bass, Roni Size esque hooks, before calming down then returning with a vengeance and staccato keyboard to fade....over almost six minutes thus boring the casual listener to a state of rigor..
The second track, 'Tits and Ass, the Great Canadian Weekend' begins with a strong, promising, percussion rhythm using cymbals and tambourines. Snaith's eager addition of 'more of the same' for fiver more minutes, with the throwing in of thunderclup castanets and sleighbells (injection of humour perhaps?)..does not bode well
Track three, 'webers' is a thumping DnB sounding primal rhythm, with more jingle bells and milk bottle and spoon-taps thrown in for good measure. Easily the worst out of the three new tracks , the fourth track being the slowed down, album version of 'Dundas'.
After being subjected to aural torture, I have to admit that in the situation this EP is made for, i.e. in a garage/DNB club, this music would be suited well. I believe I would (gasp) enjoy it if I was in a club and it came on. On these grounds, I feel the deserved rating is....
4Sajini Wijetilleka's Score