The two-tracker EP, “Dopa La Vita / Mandé” kicks off the year for Bedrock Records and ticks off yet another bucket list label release on Franky Wah’s list, landing alongside Anjunadeep, Last Night on Earth, Afterlife, and many more. With “Dopa La Vita / Mandé,” Franky pushes his typically euphoria-drenched sound further underground, with hazy overtones and a deep, rolling bassline that packs a punch.
“John and I have been in back and forth talks for years about music so this release is something that’s been in the pipeline for a while. I feel like now really is the perfect time for me to release with Bedrock as they’re another bucket list label to tick off my list and they’ve also allowed me to showcase a completely different side to my production. This release showcases a more underground and rolling sound as opposed to having that big room sound that people might now be expecting from me. To be releasing via the label and to have the backing of someone like John really is an honour.” – Franky Wah
“Dopa La Vita / Mandé” shows a different side to Franky Wah’s glossy production style. Having risen through the ranks with his emotional big room melodic house cuts, the Yorkshire native decided to experiment and strip back his sound to deliver a delicious slice of minimal prog. Opener “Dopa La Vita” introduces a deep, sultry bassline that is complemented by an array of vocal chops and sensual murmurs. The nearly 9-minute long endeavor undercuts his usual peaks and valleys, and rather creates an intoxicating stream of warm electronica. The B-side, “Mandé,” takes things deeper, while amping up the melodic flair. The floor-filling track boasts an irresistible percussive line, a faint deep vocal, and a percolating synth, resulting in the perfect combination for late nights and early mornings on a hazy dancefloor.