IMANU: New name, not so new to the game. Previously known as highly respected drum & bass producer Signal, Jonathan Immanuel Kievit has already achieved a huge amount before the age of 20. Over four years he amassed releases on weapons grade labels such as Critical, Invisible, Renegade Hardware and RAM, created inflammatory remixes of the likes of What So Not & Skrillex and Camo & Krooked and co-launched a new underground drum & bass label DIVIDID. The transmission of a big noise in a very small amount of time… It’s now time for this Signal to reroute.
Building on everything he’s achieved so far, channelling his experiences as a hyper-accelerated new-gen artist, galvanising his passions and reference points far beyond any perceived genre boundaries; IMANU is less of a new framework and more of a whole new system. His roots remain deepest in drum & bass, but it’s how and where he takes those ideas and techniques next. Watch this space.
Cheren EP shows a big contrast between pre and post COVID times. Nagow and Cheren are two synth-heavy dancefloor oriented Drum & Bass tracks, while Whatever It Takes and the aptly named Music To Stay In Your House To show a totally different sound, partially created on Twitch with random submitted samples, and spacious sounds to vibe to.
It was a great honour to do an official remix for two of my favourite artists. Walter (my manager) told me that I could choose a track from the album to remix, and I jokingly said "I want the one with Skrillex!". Well, here we are I put my own halftime vibe on it, with a techy D&B switch.
After hearing the original track premiered on RedBull, I immediately sent a message to Markus Krooked, begging him to let me remix it. I felt touched by the melodies and amazing vocals from Tasha Baxter, and really wanted to put my own touch on it. I'm quite happy with the end result!