Manuel Darquart is making his way from the red-lit basements of London town to DJ booths around the world thanks to a keen ear for iridescent house music that’ll make you feel like you’re dancing under the stars at a party that you never, ever want to end.
The UK by way of New Zealand producer, DJ and broadcaster has honed a hot, balmy house sound over the last several years with a run of records on underground staples such as Coastal Haze, Childsplay, Infinite Pleasure, Wolf Music and Slam City Jams.
Then there’s the long-running Netil Radio show that sees Manuel Darquart spin an irrefutable mix of Italo disco and house, house music from the 90s ‘til now, boogie jams, cuts spun in Ibiza pre ‘88 as well as the best new Balearic, b-sides that’ll spin your head and, of course, the best un-Shazamable bargain bin finds from all of the above. It’s a diggers’ paradise with guests such as Seb Wildblood, Krollus, Liv Ayers and Heels & Souls swooping in every often to bless the Netil decks.
The son of a jazz singer with an early musical schooling from his parents’ George FM mix CDs, Manuel Darquart came up on the Auckland music scene and jammed at parties thrown by Frank Booker and Recloose, where heads like Jack J, Roland Tings and Bicep would play. His infatuation with house music got deeper during a trip to New York where he witnessed Detroit godfather Theo Parrish play filtered white noise for 10 minutes in the middle of a set and then, in his new hometown of London a few years later, he finally got his hands on a Korg M1 and his fate as an artist on a mission to turn dancefloors into an ecstatic cosmos was sealed.
The journey also includes line-up appearances alongside Dam Swindle, Lousie Chen, Daniel Wang, Harvey Sutherland, KiNK, secretsundaze, CC:DISCO and Max Graef, radio sessions on Rinse and Balamii, a remix on Permanent Vacation and the pleasure of having Italo legend Don Carlos remix the Manuel banger ‘Keep It DXy’.
Originally a duo, Manuel Darquart now flies solo and has two impeccable EPs forthcoming, so be ready for more silky house music that’ll make you feel somewhere close to paradise.