MANIK should need no introduction to regular XLR8R readers. Over the years, his regular contributions to our downloads section have proved time and time again to be the most popular tracks offered—he also recorded a stellar podcast back in 2015, which you can check out here.
Following on from his debut album, Armies of the Night, which was released on Ovum in 2011, Undergroundknowledge is an autobiographical look into MANIK's upbringing in NYC and journey through music, as he explains: "Undergroundknowledge is a journey into Queens on the 7 train. It flips through my history (my youth and the sights, smells, and sounds around me) and is a window on how I grew up. Musicality wise, I wanted to explore my background of house music, but also dig deeper on the jazzy and hip-hop influences."
Ahead of the release, you can stream a snippet from the album below.