Chad Valley, also known as Hugo Manuel, has established himself in a relatively small amount of time as one of the most sought-after and hyped new producers around. After a string of über-cool, tropical glow-fi remixes for the hottest bands around, Chad Valley has become one of the most blogged-about artists on the planet. It comes as little surprise then, that this EP is released through Cascine, one of the UK’s most exclusive and fashionable independent labels, and is so eagerly anticipated by the musical establishment and fans alike.

Equatorial Ultravox does not fail to deliver. It lives up to all the promise that Chad Valley has displayed over the 9 months or-so since Manuel’s side project’s emergence from being front man of Oxford-based band Jonquil. Equatorial Ultravox is littered with heavily layered synths and hang-loose drums that are beautifully complimented by Manuel’s delicately floating vocals; creating an album of sunset-esque, summer bliss. ‘Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel?)’ and ‘Acker Bilk’ are the standout tracks, each exemplifying the masterful songmanship and catchy synth hooks that are becoming synonymous with Chad Valley. It is not hard to hear the influences that are key to Manuel’s musical creations, Animal Collective and Foals are present throughout, nonetheless what is created here is something quite unique that will undoubtedly soundtrack a fair few summer evenings.

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