photo by Ashley Louise Stanford
Hugo Manuel is perhaps best known for being a part of English math-rock band Jonquil. But his foray into solo productions as Chad Valley proves him to also be a producer in his own right, with his self-described “sun-drenched Balearic pop” project. Softly editing tracks between guitar driven tunes and R&B crooners with palatable bliss-y style, he's remixed the likes of Foals, Penguin Prison, O Children, TEED, The Drums and most recently Active Child.
Also, his R&B edits EP was set free on the interwebs a few months ago (though on that count, I much prefer Nicolas Jaar's Bluewave Edits EP), featuring remixes of Alicia Keys, R.Kelly, Mariah and The Dream, and Keri Hilson.
I've been obsessed with 'Money' by The Drums and subsequently, the Chad Valley remix of it. With the brilliance of it's anacrusis driven verses and it's ensuing syncopatic and offbeat accented vocals, 'Money' is accompanied by Maneuel's trademark misty and tropical-tinged, subtly white-noise coated Chad Valley treatment.
Chad Valley takes TEED's 'Trouble' straight to the rainforest, bird noise atmospherics and all; stripping it back to nimble and airy treble, warmly accompanying Orlando Higginbottom's vocals with plenty of echo and steamy synths.
A beautiful take on an already beautiful track, Chad Valley keeps Active Child's 'Playing House' almost purely piano aside from the generous haze on the vocals before a lightly tapping beat drops in two thirds of the way through. Chad Valley plays the dynamic of the track with beautiful restraint in a moving and uplifting remix. Immerse yourself:
Chad Valley is currently on mega tour, right now around the US and Canada supporting Active Child (hence the remix), before he finds himself sandwiched in an excellent tour slot between Friendly Fires and SBTRKT around the UK in November. Not bad, eh! Go find him coming to a town near you.