Black Manual was formed in 2012 after Jan St. Werner had heard the percussionists Valdir Jovenal, Juninho Quebradeira and Leo Leandro play at a Candomble ceremony in Berlin. The album 'Mordendo' was subsequently released in 2013 via Brigade Commerz, mixed with St. Werner's musical partner Andi Thoma who have made a name together as Mouse on Mars.
On record the dynamics of speaker compositions intertwine with concrete Afro-Brazilian sound patterns, "toques" - drum beat sequences also found in Samba and Candomble. Sounds rear up, diffuse, and rhythms dissolve into tones thereby creating an unholy conglomerate of frigidly staged disorders, digital fragments, broken melodies and the vibrant, tugging sub-bass caprices of the Brazilian "voodoo" rhythms - "a fala dos atabaques" ("speech of the drums") with violence and passion as if they were trying to force the gates to transcendence open.Portals Editions is proud to release four new distillations of the album, each passed through the hands and hearts of deft aural alchemists. While Cut Hands stays closest to the source, he is able to locate the essence and draw the spirit out in his signature glorious ritualistic fashion. James Ginzburg of Emptyset, as his Bleed Turquoise alias, summons the soul and amplifies it with cathartic synth stabs in unison with martial percussive bursts. On the flip side Africaine 808's Dirk Leyers in his guise as Format01 mechanizes the chaos in to a rhythmic spell to make one's body move as if on command. KETEV spirals it down by carrying the listener off into the great unknown with his amniotic drones and hypnotic inward movements.
St. Werner has also generated four video works to accompany each of the tracks, hypnagogic Op Art to entrance and project their mystical properties. Exhibited first on September 29 in the awe-inducing chapel of former crematorium Silent Green for Portals Editions' showcase within Easterndaze x Berlin, the videos will also exist as a piece to be experienced as one whole via a digital portal accessible shortly before the album is released.