Tee Mango has a new record out on Local Talk that's so good we might just forgive him for putting his ace Millionhands threads business on the back burner. I've been following him ever since his funked up rework of Rotary Connection's 'Black Gold of the Sun' surfaced back in 2013, which he followed up with the delightfully wonky Into The Wild on the delightfully wonky Crumbs imprint. Then 'Leave You' came along, a masterful, St. Germain-like flip of Melanie De Biasio's 'I'm Gonna Leave You', which is one my favourite tunes of the past few years. Leave You kicked off the Tribute series on Millionhands, which has been going from strength to strength and is now five releases in.
Tee Mango's first proper EP outside of the Millionhands realm saw the light of day earlier this year (a rather splendid three-tracker on Aus Music), and now the fine folks over at Local Talk are about to release 'Dadhaus EP #1' and we get to premiere 'Tryin' Times', which is one of the Mango Man's finest bits to date. A rubbery, gloopy bassline, subtle drums, some quality squelchy synth lines and pitch-perfect vocal samples make for a killer track.
It reminds me of Theo Parrish' incredible 'Long Walk in Your Sun', it has that same moody, introspective vibe. Tryin' Times is a lot more club-friendly though and should work wonders in your warmup sets. Tee Mango really is a sample wizard, and has mastered the art of creating something fresh out of old sounds without trying to sound like anyone else out there or jumping on some bandwagon.
The record should be out in the next few weeks, so keep 'em peeled or have Juno send you a release notification. The title of the EP, 'Dadhaus #1, seems to imply there's more to come. Fingers crossed!