RA Review: Mano Le Tough

“Mano Le Tough dusts off his guitar for an eccentric LP of pop songs and house tracks.

Niall Mannion’s sound as came of age when a number of dance music producers were starting to embrace pop structures in the early ’10s. Although he never reached the crossover heights of fellow auteur crooners James Blake or Nicolás Jaar, his music matched the era: delicate and lush, with some major sad-boy feels. This culminated with an LP that received airtime at both CircoLoco and NPR, 2015’s Trails. Since then, Mannion’s studio output has slowed—we’ve only heard a few EPs and the occasional remix over the past six years. Moving on over to DJ Koze’s eccentric Pampa label, Mannion shows that six years later, he’s still got plenty of tricks of his sleeve. At The Moment struts its flamboyant tail feathers across 12 guitar-centric tracks with country twang and blotches of psychedelia—even a bit of punk—alongside the usual overcast house vibes.” Henry Ivry. Read the full review on Resident Advisor.