Number nineteen on San Francisco's Manjumasi features the complex and engaging production styles of fast-rising Indian producer Vir Rattan Chowdhry, aka Vridian. With a slew of releases to his name on notable imprints such as Nie Wieder Schlafen and Traum Schallplatten, Vridian is quickly establishing himself as one to watch.
The two originals on this package showcase Vridian's complex sound design and range. The title track, Silverfish, is a deep and heady sonic adventure, anchored by a heavy breakbeat and powerful synth stabs. The track moves intently through an exploration of whirling sci-fi soundscapes. Vir's next offering on the package is The First Rain, a more abstract composition that layers together a dense combination of arpeggiated synth structures and pads, punctuated by a filtered jungle rhythm. The result is lush and mysterious.
The first remix comes from accomplished Montréal producer Clarian. His remix of Silverfish builds from a dark synth-driven groove into a lush break of 90s piano chords, evoking a nostalgic classic anthem vibe with a modern twist. Next up is a remix from Manjumasi's own Mark Slee. His "Bali Tide Mix" of The First Rain is a dancefloor-ready interpretation, featuring a deep tech groove with chord stabs bouncing through the space between Vridian's melodies.