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Manilla

London based Manilla are Simon Goodwin and Phil Heard. Phil and Simon met through a friend during the early 90’s. They discovered they shared a love of deep electronic music combined with mutual enthusiasms for pure melody and impure space-age-batchelor-pad kitsch. The boys subsequently teamed up to form Manilla in the late 90’s. In addition to their shared music background Phil brought a love of dub and hip-hop and Simon a love of krautrock and electro-pop to the heady Manilla mix.

Initially Manilla pursued a jazzy d’n’b / breakbeat sound. Their first demo resulted in them signing to Belgium’s seminal R&S label and a subsequent 12” release. The demise of R&S led to Manilla retreating to the studio to concentrate on developing their sound. The intervening period has seen the band commissioned to produce music for TV and film as well as undertaking a number of remixes.

Manilla play occassional live gigs, recently with the addition of Michelle Deignan on ‘backing’ vocals. Generally they gig in London but they played the Huw Stephens programmed Lake Stage at the first Latitude festival in Suffolk in the summer of 2006. The boys can also be found dropping Manilla DJ sets in venues as diverse as the Big Chill Bar and The Photographers Gallery. Simon also regularly DJs solo as Simon Manilla.

Manilla play occassional live gigs, recently with the addition of Michelle Deignan on ‘backing’ vocals. Generally they gig in London but they played the Huw Stephens programmed Lake Stage at the first Latitude festival in Suffolk in the summer of 2006. The boys can also be found dropping Manilla DJ sets in venues as diverse as the Big Chill Bar and The Photographers Gallery. Simon also regularly DJs solo as Simon Manilla.

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