MAN DUo or­bit

Ex­otic elec­tronic pop col­lab­o­ra­tion, from Finland


The two men of Man Duo are Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Long-Sam, a pair of mu­si­cian­pro­duc­ers from Helsinki who have in­di­vid­u­ally im­pressed with their solo takes on dreamy, syn­thetic pop. Or­bit sees their shared mu­si­cal predilec­tions slide fur­ther into fo­cus, “Ile’s Dream” and “Tanyan Teema” draw­ing on funk, elec­tronic Krautrock and the soul­ful end of yacht rock to cre­ate vis­tas of ro­man­tic yearn­ing and beau­ti­ful melan­choly. It’s never bet­ter than “The Mid­dle”, a glit­ter­ing soul strut with a smoul­der­ing vo­cal from guest star Sean Ni­cholas Sav­age that re­calls ’80s Prince – although “The Boss”, a lan­guid closer with Jaakko Eino Kalevi adding wails of bur­nished sax­o­phone, comes close.

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