No Mana rewards patience on transcending debut album, ‘Secret Level’ [Stream]
Good things come to those who wait, and fans of mau5trap artist No Mana know that better than almost anyone else. After 14 editions of his UP EP series, No Mana has released his long-awaited debut album, Secret Level.
Blending elements of trance, progressive house, and tech-house, the 11-track debut picks up where lead single, “Strangers” featuring Jantine, left off. The high-tempo album offers a symphony of well-polished, beautifully-designed beats that are perfect representations of the producer’s ELECTROHOUSE2020 Twitter-driven campaign.
The Secret Levels producer teams up with mau5trap labelmate (and fellow ELECTROHOUSE2020 supporter) EDDIE on “Fragile Human,” a trance ballad that mesmerizes with its synth build-up and enchanting lyrics—guaranteed to make its way into sets at EDC Las Vegas‘ circuitGROUNDS stage. EDC itself was a festival that helped inspire No Mana to craft the chord progressions on “Strangers” after attending the event in 2019. Fans of Mat Zo —who may remember when No Mana designed the artwork for the “Vice” VIP — will gravitate to “VVVR,” the album’s last track, which originally started as a bootleg for Zo’s “Hurricane.”
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