Matthew Crick, - on 1/8/12
DJ Tennis feat. Pillowtalk
If you know a little bit about DJ Tennis, then you’ll know that he likes to keep busy a lot of the time. For Berlin-based Manfredi Romano, the task of balancing his artistic persona with an astute business mind has appeared inherent over the last two decades, however this has been achieved more through hard work and drive rather than genetics.
For someone who was devoid of musical influence for a large chunk of his youth (his family encouraged a degree in computer science over Djing and promoting) Manfredi’s career path was always going to navigate towards music. From theatre productions and movie soundtracks, to festival organiser and label co-founder, his creative and commercial acumen should certainly make the Romano’s very proud indeed.
So far 2012 has been a good year for DJ Tennis. His ‘Make It Good’ EP made significant waves in the Spring, and still doing so, partly due to a solid remix cast, all under his Life And Death imprint. Tennis now steps away from his trusted label to the equally reliable Kompakt to produce ‘The Outcast’ – a venture that also employs the melancholic services of San Franers’ Pillowtalk. A shrewd move when you consider their growing popularity and reach.
Fortunately, though, this isn’t a just a mission fuelled with egotism and profit margins; the EP has plenty of imagination, texture and stamina to make the journey a worthwhile one. Where the original is testament to Tennis’s unwavering appetite for the late ‘60s vibe and raw beats, his Life And Death ‘dark’ version highlights more his studio prowess. Morgan Geist does more than just offer his moniker with an intelligent and stylish addition too.
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