You know thatmanmonkz, even if you don’t know thatmanmonkz. The Sheffield producer’s MPC-driven soul inflected house style was born out the influence of the mercurial master teachers of Detroit and 90’s boom bap.
Monkz is quite the sought-after remixer too—having reworked tracks for the likes of Amp Fiddler, Kraak & Smaak, and Kon.
In addition to producing and deejaying all over the globe, thatmanmonkz also runs a couple of his own labels: the elusive and vinyl-only SWAT; and the internationally renowned Shadeleaf Music.
We asked him our 3 Golden Questions:
What were the 1st records you bought that influenced you
So, I was a lil’ music nerd from early childhood, and, there are any number of pretty bad pop 7″s that I pestered my Mom and Dad into getting for me that I won’t list here. In terms of actual influence, the real game changer for me was Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”, which I heard at a similar time to when I first heard A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, in the late eighties. At that point I become a collector, vinyl nut, and music obsessive and I haven’t looked back since. Got to give an honorable mention to “Good Life” and “Big Fun” by Inner City too!
What were the last records you bought
The 3K2018 white label for DJ Kemit’s retouch on Robert Glasper’s “Enochs House”, which is in the running for track of the year so far for me, also Salar Ansari’s “Ehsaasaat” EP for the brilliant “Aura”, which also has a dope Patrice Scott remix. Also recently copped and love the inimitably Detroitian Roberta “Love Me Sometimes” 12″ on James Duncan’s Innermoods, my man/the brilliant Norm Talley’s new EP on Landed (anything by Norm is ‘must cop’), and, the reissue of Shahid Wheeler’s “Just One Dance Before You Go”, which I grabbed from Vinyl Dreams in San Fransisco, i’d highly recommend checking them out if you’re ever in the Bay!.
What does this year have in store for you?
As a man in ‘the North, badgering you guys at the Fina Agency to get me some sunshine? Other than that, I’m really busy as always. I’m about to launch a new vinyl edits label called “Hot Peas N Butter”, I have a new single out called “Easy, Still” with my man Pete Simpson (aka A Brother Is…) in late May, and I’m working towards releasing a solo thatmanmonkz album later in the year. There’s also preliminary release discussions going on with a couple of killer labels that I’m a fanboy of, and, I’ve just been granted access to the KPM Library music’s entire back catalogue but I really can’t say too much more about that at this point…
We asked Monkz to scour his archive for some photos that mean a lot to him. Check out the gallery below!