#55 - MGUN
Following Andrea Parker’s electronic extravaganza the next release in the EPM Podcast series takes things back to the heart of house with MGUN’s ‘This House is My Home Mix’. Showcasing the housier side of this talented young Detroit maverick as compared to his recent more techno FACT Mix we find the UR producer and DJ slicing and dicing his way through the likes of Kenny Dixon Jr., Aaron Smith, Cajmere, Louis Bell, MFON, Funktion feat. Colonel Abrams, Dirty Harry and more. The future is indeed in safe hands.
Having first emerged on the Wild Oats released Laygo My Faygo as part of NSNT PRJCT alongside Kyle Hall in 2010, Manuel Gonzales has found his own voice over the past few years. Resurfacing under the MGUN banner, Gonzales made an intensely rewarding full debut on Hall’s label with the cavernous deconstruction of techno that was Harmnear, and has subsequently struck alliances with some of the UK’s more interesting labels.
Released as 2012 drew to a close, The Upstairs Apt EP for Semtek’s Don’t Be Afraid was equally a statement of the label’s intent to escape the mundane trappings of many a current UK house operation and another compelling display of Gonzales’ obvious talent. A further mark of the Detroit-based producer’s ascendancy arrives with The Near Future EP on Will Bankhead’s The Trilogy Tapes label, turning out twenty minutes of wayward sonics and his recently released Resin EP for Don’t Be Afraid, ‘Some Tracks’ EP for Third Ear and remix of EPM artist Esteban Adame’s ‘Home Sick’ EP that builds upon his burgeoning reputation as much more than a one-dimensional house and techno producer.
EPM Podcast 55 - MGUN tracklist
MFON - My Piano
Sandi Castillo - Promise Me
DJ Tink Thomas - Get On Down
Priit Kirss - Midnite Emotions
Dirty Harry - New York Meltdown
Funktion feat. Colonel Abrams - As Quiet As It's Kept
Jazzy - Lonely
Kenny Dixon JR - Goes On
Aaron Smith feat. D'Bora - Going Round
PJ feat. Saxy - All I Can Give
Kamar - I Need You
Cajmere - Brighter Days
Louis Bell - Finger Fuk
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Q&A with Manuel Gonzales (MGUN)
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
“I never hear anyone playing these records and that's my thing, playing shit that is rarely heard.”
2. As you have grown up with the heritage of Detroit techno very much established has that heritage been an inspiration or a weight on your shoulders?
“The heritage is something I'm very proud of and I feel a deep respect for. The weight of the matter is yet to come for me. I'm just getting my ass in the door.”
3. What were your first experiences of dance music?
“My mom's music collection and the local radio shows.”
4. Your first release was alongside Kyle Hall for Wild Oats. How did you two hook up?
“We had known each other for a while from parties and various events. One day he called me up and asked if I had any productions? I answered, yes I do.”
5. As a producer of both house and techno releases do you see these genres as two separate entities or as two-sides of the same coin?
“In a traditional sense I think that Techno offer's a more aggressive sound and approach to dance music. As for house music, it offers a very soulful and chill vibe to it's listeners. But the last couple of years the genres have been morphed and reshaped in all kinds of ways.”
6. What would you say was the soundtrack to your youth?
“Three 6 Mafia and Juan Atkins.”
7. If you could create a new soundtrack to any film, what film would it be and why?
“I would love to redo the soundtrack for ‘The Never Ending Story’ because that shit is a trip.”
8. What does Underground Resistance mean to you?
“A lot of real motherfucker's getting down.”
9. How is life in Detroit at the moment?
“Things are great and looking promising.”
10. Which 10 records are currently getting the most rotation in your sets?
Kingpin Skinny Pimp – ‘Looking For Tha Chewin’
Expose – Point of No Return
La Bouche – Be My Lover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P0_v__IOrE
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbtEjhCOFPs
Phil Upchurch – Black Gold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJQxBtgDr6Q
Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edCYyc-Dvno
Boy White – Leslie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEkYFwcc1RU
Goodbye Horses – Q Lazzarus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_DVS_303kQ
Randal Kennedy – Smith’s Room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFStPLWvs8
Rush – Tom Sawyer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsKBIBJj-4M