Crisis & Opportunity, Vol.2 - Peaks


Hot on the heels of the first instalment of his much-lauded Crisis & Opportunity series (DEEP 007LP, 2021), world-renowned drummer/composer and producer/beatmaker Myele Manzanza delivers Vol.2. A founding member of Electric Wire Hustle, Myele has released four solo albums, and racked up tours and collaborations with Jordan Rakei, Theo Parrish, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Recloose, and Amp Fiddler, amongst others. Myele has developed a strong live presence in his new London base; his quartet has shared stages with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bad Plus, Alfa Mist, and drawing packed houses to top venues such as The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott's. Hailing originally from New Zealand, Myele made the move to London in 2019. Having tapped into the vibrant scene of his adopted home with a top tier cast of young London based talent (including Ashley Henry and additional contributions from the legendary Mark de Clive-Lowe) the resulting record Crisis & Opportunity Vol.1 - London gained high praise. Crisis & Opportunity Vol. 2 - Peaks now sees Myele join forces with Andre Marmot, Jay Phelps, and Lewis Moody, as well as fellow Kiwi musicians Aron Ottignon, Matt Dal Din, Ashton Sellars taking inspiration from the mixtape format and delivering thirteen doses of exhilarating, jazz-infused bottled lightning. Frustrated by the confines of a planned approach to writing music, Myele was set on embodying a spirit of collaboration and improvisation in the project. He explains "Often the most creative moments came when we had worked our way through the tight trees and moguls of the composition and settled into the wide-open powder trails of the vamp at the end of the piece. This process was also something that I used to do all the time back in my home city of Wellington, New Zealand in clubs like Havana, The Matterhorn or The Rogue and Vagabond in a style affectionately known as the 'Welli Jam'. Just get a groove going with a few basic chords and let the music go wherever it goes?" With this new pathway opening up infinite possibilities to the outfit, the record quickly began to take shape. Myele says: "Funnily enough, over half of the finished album was recorded from excerpts of a single jam session that was a little over an hour long . . . it's funny how we can draw out some peak performances when under pressure." 180 gram vinyl.