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Man 103 Daniel Haaksman “Remixes 2008-2017”

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Man 103 Daniel Haaksman "Remixes 2008-2017"

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Daniel Haaksman´s remixes have been a fixture in the global club scene for years, offering up a hard-to-define blend of Brazilian and Afro sounds mixed with various club genres. “Remixes 2008-2017” shows Daniel Haaksman´s eclectic sound melded into a more club-friendly format with eleven remixes for artists such as Schlachthofbronx, Batuk, Felipe Cordeiro, Omulu and Populous amongst others, most of which were released over the past nine years.

The compilation “Remixes 2008-2017” now anthologises Daniel Haaksman´s best remixes, covering his finest remixes from 2007 up to 2017. The compilation displays his preference for remixing a diverse range of artists from around the world, including Germany´s Schlachthofbronx, South Africa´s Batuk or Weird Together from New Zealand. The opener, a remix for Brazilian Nordestino star Felipe Cordeiro kicks off with a hip shaking, dembow inspired beat. Colombia´s Makine Del Karibe gets reworked in a tropical house fashion, the Brazilian-French collaboration of Omulu + King Doudou receives a trap inspired treatment. The compilation excels when it showcases Daniel Haaksman´s knack for transforming the original onto a club ready rework withouth losing the original´s essence and identity. “Loco” for example by Cuban outfit Madera Limpia is remixed into a dancefloor bomb, deftly layering synths and percussions on a thundering beat. Other highlights include his recent remix for Italian up and commer, Populous as well as Montreal- Mocambican singer Samito.

Creating a great remix is a delicate process, one that requires a relationship to the original, yet also a certain forcefulness in order to create a new production, rather than merely adding another beat to an acappella or melody. Over the last decade, Daniel Haaksman has displayed exactly this balance of reverence and confidence, creating his own sound in using the groundwork of others to build upon. This compilation presents Haaksman´s capacity to produce remixes that sound today as fresh as they did when they were originally released.


Friday, October 13th, 2017

We are happy to present the remix version of Daniel Haaksman´s much hyped summer release, the “Fun fun fun / Aná Aná Aná” single, Daniel´s take on the Cape Verdian high speed dance sounds Funaná and Kotxi Pó – as not all dance music from Africa necessarily has to be Afro house these days.

The remix package is also breaking boundaries in the Afro sounds we hear today. Three of 2017´s hottest tropical music acts put their hands on the Funaná tracks: DJ Marfox, Freak De L´Afrique and Populous.

DJ Marfox, a long time supporter of the original “Fun Fun Fun” track kicks off the remixes with a hypnotic, Portuguese Kuduro inspired version of “Fun Fun Fun” that brings every dancefloor to the boil. Just check the Instagram feed of the Principe DJ crew, there´s various ocassions where the Marfox version gets played out the somewhere around the world, even Berlin´s Berghain went nuts on this (believe it or not!).

From left to right: DJ Marfox, Daniel Haaksman, Tony Amado, Kalaf Angelo

Freak De L´Afrique from Berlin, who are currently getting a lot of love for their recent Afro club bomb “Mama Eh”, released on Man Recordings, also did their take on “Fun Fun Fun” and turned it into a festival style UK funky anthem with hands-up-in-the-air build ups – accordion included!

Last but not least, Italy´s Populous, whose recent album “Azulejos” was internationally acclaimed, put “Aná Aná Aná” in dembow mode with his hip shaking version.

MAN 101 Freak De L´Afrique “Mama Eh”

Monday, August 28th, 2017
MAN 101 Freak De L´Afrique "Mama Eh"

Man 101

Berlin, the capital of Germany, has birthed a new sound: Berlin Afro House. Yes, you wouldn´t associate the techno focussed city with an African diasporic community nor with the rhythmical magic tracks that currently emerge from countries such as Angola, South Africa or Mozambique. Yet, a small but very well connected group of DJs and party promoters recently put Berlin on the international Afro House map.

With their monthly party-series such as “The Afro House Experience” or “Black Paper” the Berlin based DJs Mista Wallizz and Cambel Nomi have created a unique set of club nights that focus on the current club sounds emerging from across Africa that re-define the club sound of Berlin. Not being satisfied with their successful nights and increasing international DJ bookings, Wallizz and Cambel decided to start their own artist project and called it Freak de l´Afrique (The freak from Africa). The debut single is here now, and it´s called “Mama Eh”. In this club banger you hear the best of Afro House clashing with the melodies of UK grime and the grumpy attitude for which Berlin has become internationally known.

Cambel and Wallizz travel regularly to Luanda, a global capital for Afro House Music, and recently they also shot the video for “Mama eh” there together with the local dance community.

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Of course “Mama Eh” is released on Man Recordings, Berlin´s only record label championing club sounds from the Southern hemisphere for more than a decade. Two remixes accompany the single release. First up is Jowaa from Accra in Ghana, the producer and DJ team consisting of Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaabaa Records and Accra allround talent Gafacci. The second remix dives into deep Afro house with X-Trio from Luanda, Angola who smoothed out the in your face sound of the original into tribal territories. A stunning debut track plus two hot remixes – Freak De L´Afrique are here to stay!

DJ support by Toddla T, Branko, Feadz, Poirier, Popoulous, JSTJR and many more!


Friday, July 14th, 2017


With our 100th release, we thought we´ll celebrate in style. Not wanting to put out another compilation with collabs of our labels artist, we decided to do something different, something fun. After musically touching bases with Brasil, Angola, Mozambique and almost everything in between, our label boss Daniel Haaksman instead decided to open a new chapter in our musical journey.

The “Fun Fun Fun / Aná Aná Aná” single presents his take on the hi-speed dance sound of Cabo Verde called Funaná. Cabo Verde is the beautiful island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean which is located at the very geographical center of South America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa and Europe. In short, it´s in the middle of the sphere called the Black Atlantic, a zone of vast musical and cultural exchange of which we´ve been releasing sounds since our catalogue number 01, the now legendary “Não Wave” compilation.

Earlier this year, Daniel stayed for a few weeks in Cabo Verde to initiate the international music festival Lusafro, which brought musicians from the Portuguese speaking countries of Africa together with artists from Germany. Man 100 is a result of Daniel´s island visit and the joyful time he spent on Cabo Verde.


Thus, “Fun Fun Fun / Aná Aná Aná” is another milestone in our release history. Already caned by Lusafro participating artist DJ Marfox on his recent world tour and baptized in the extensive studio sessions during Lusafro by Cabo Verde´s creme of the crop of young MCs and singers such as Dino D´Santiago, Fattú Djakité, Nissah Barbosa, Rapaz 100 Juiz and Batchart amongst others, “Fun Fun Fun” mixes beats and accordion sounds of Funaná with trap and Euro bass music components. Consider it one of the biggest tropical bass summer tunes of 2017, perfect for the big stages.

Track two, “Aná Aná Aná” is also featuring the accordion but with no half time break. It is inspired by Cabo Verde´s Kotxi Pó genre, the hardcore, electronic and instrumental version of Funaná, sometimes up to 30 min long which currently dominates Cabo Verde´s airwaves and dancefloors.

“Passa sabi!” as they say in Cabo Verde creole. (“Have fun!”)

Early DJ support from DJ Marfox, Branko, Schlachthofbronx, Populous and many more!


Friday, May 19th, 2017

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We at Man Recordings have always been huge fans of the freestyle music approach of Paris DJ and producer extraordinaire Feadz (of Edbanger fame). Back in 2009, Feadz made a contribution to the now legendary Funk Mundial series on Man Recordings with his take on the Mozart side of baile funk, “Subiu Desceu” ft. MC Wes.


Now Feadz returns on our label with a juicy and sweet collaboration with our boss Daniel Haaksman. This European mixture of various pan-african influences comes on point for the summer. Imagine Coupé Décalé channeled through the mixing desk and synthesizer collection of Feadz and the beat making of Haaksman and voilá: Here´s “Capri Fruit”, a club-ready, 707 swinging summer carnival anthem. As an extra special bonbon, DJ Chap Teklife put “Capri Fruit” on a manic footwork tip. The closing track is the high-speed “E#otic Rain”.

Werk it, sweat it, juice it and open up the Capri Fruit and say ahh!

Early DJ support by DJ Paypal, Schlachthofbronx, Big Dope P, DJ Orgasmic (Sound Pellegrino), Flexican, Shir Khan and many others!