Irish-born DJ Niall Mannion likes the dancefloor—the beats, the atmosphere and the early morning bodies writhing into their own euphorias. But Changing Days, Mannion’s latest release for Permanent Vacation under the name Mano le Tough, doesn’t sound like non-stop party music. A more accurate way to put it would be to say that Changing Days is the synth-pop soundtrack to the after-party, the moment when everyone comes down from their natural high and begins to sort out where they just were and where they need to go to next. To call it dance music would shortchange its introspective elements. To call it introspective would shortchange its dancier elements. His lyrics give the relationship between these traits even more twists, rhyming “cannibalize” with “categorize” then reminding the listener that “you are a product of your time”. Almost anything could be coming through the vocoder on “A Thing from Above”, but that’s when the vocals matter the least. Recommended for those low-light occasions.
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