ORBIT Playlist: Guy Mantzur & Khen supply a sultry progressive collection following their Bedrock release, 'Where Is Home'
Two of Israel’s finest, the seasoned veteran Guy Mantzur, and next generation hero Khen, were brought together on John Digweed’s illustrious Bedrock imprint for another shimmering EP, Where Is Home. Their chemistry has only grown stronger in the nine years they’ve been collaborating; this latest effort shows two styles flowing effortlessly into one another for a clean, striking sound. Both of the record’s moody, yet distinctive tunes are primed to become set staples in the melodic realm.
Dancing Astronaut has brought them together for a follow-up round of creation, but this time they’ve been tasked with curation. The latest in our Orbit series is ideal for those who like their sounds silky and progressive. They’ve assembled a rich collection of pieces that are each a journey in themselves, from Eli Nissan’s polished “Arpu” to Whomadewho and Rampa’s effervescent vocal number, “Tell Me We Are.”
Mantzur and Khen share quite the history together, beginning with their mutual circle of friends in their native Tel Aviv. The former got his start during progressive’s golden period in the early aughts, eventually growing to become a top rated talent, label owner, and resident of the legendary Cat & Dog club. Thanks to his brother Vic F, Khen’s been immersed in the world of underground electronic from a very young age. He found himself in the same circles as Guy Mantzur by the time he reached his teen years, beginning his climb in 2010 after showing an equal knack for melodic arrangement. Their collective journey began that same year with “Dysfunctional Superstar.”
In 2016 they had a huge hit on their hands “Children With No Name,” the lead single off Khen’s debut album that we had the pleasure of premiering. Expect no shortage of future anthems from these two as they continue fine-tuning their craft.
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