Crosstown Rebels welcomes German-based duo Manqo to the fold this November with a standout release: Breaking Hearts. On remix duty is one of South Africa’s most esteemed musical exponents, Black Coffee, who makes a welcome return to the label.

Manqo are the mysterious duo that should never have existed. The result of a chance encounter combined with a creative impulse. Or as the word literally translates, an ‘imperfection’. A mistake. Two acquaintances who quickly realised that the result of their varied musical tastes and styles was a blend of soulful atmospheres and beats completely beyond the realms of their own expectation.

Manqo spoke on how the track came together, stating: “Breaking Hearts was produced in our studio at Funkhaus Berlin. It was a warm summer day and when we finished it at sunset, we realised it was truly special. We’re very happy it found a home on Crosstown Rebels.”

The near eight-minute original begins life as a subtly-building number, with warm pads opening into beautiful vocal tones. There’s an underlying groove to the piece, signifying the hallmark sound of the pairing, whilst shimmering hats undulate throughout. Black Coffee’s remix comes next. Retaining the ethereal qualities of the original, it epitomises the emotive, club-ready style with which he has become best known.

Manqo are swiftly establishing their presence across the international circuit. Their first release, Won’t Change, was a collaboration with Keinemusik mainstay Rampa and it went on to accumulate over three-hundred-thousand streams on Spotify. They caught the attention of Crosstown Rebels head Damian Lazarus soon after, with Breaking Hearts acting as the first of two EPs to be released on the label in the near future.

Over the last two decades, DJ, producer and entrepreneur Black Coffee has established himself as one of the most prominent global names in electronic music. He made history in 2016 after becoming the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television Award (BET), whilst his DJ career speaks for itself with residencies secured at some of the world’s leading industry hot-spots, including Hï in Ibiza, Void in Mykonos and The Wynn in Las Vegas.

Manqo – Breaking Hearts with Black Coffee remix is OUT NOW on Crosstown Rebels
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