• Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of ALL RISE. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases October 25, 2019

      $15 SGD  or more


  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    A1. All Rise (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins)
    A2. Crackablackalacka (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins)
    A3. Soundtrack For The Summer
    A4.Long Deep Breath
    A5. Train From Cali
    A6. Fly High

    B1. Another Day In LA (feat. RayClev)
    B2. The Best (feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant)
    B3. Nite Operator
    B4. Blind (feat. RayClev)
    B5. Afternoon Smoothness
    B6. Robot Sunny Trip

    Includes digital pre-order of ALL RISE. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 25, 2019

      $30 SGD or more 


Soundtrack For The Summer
Long Deep Breath
Train From Cali
Fly High
Another Day In LA feat. RayClev
Nite Operator
Blind feat. RayClev
Afternoon Smoothness
Robot Sunny Trip


While jazz and funk are at the core of Michele Manzo’s musical foundation, the Italian artist deftly draws upon his inspirations in hip-hop, dub, and Brazilian music as both an instrumentalist and producer. But above genres, inimitable grooves are the key driver of his work, and in his grooves one can hear the vibe of a moment being captured and perpetuated for eternity. With this combination of musical depth and raw feeling, it is no surprise Michele has crossed paths with Darker Than Wax, and we feel truly blessed to present his LP ‘ALL RISE’ to the world.

‘ALL RISE’ is a genuine reflection of Manzo’s art form, which sees so many different styles and influences coming together in the most natural, organic way. Everything was recorded live using bass, synth bass, guitar, old analogue keyboards, blended together with modern synths, dub delays and ambient fx - giving off the familiar warmth of boom bap and progressive stimulation of neo-soul. The pervasive harmonies and clever use of chords give the album a real musical depth, but grounded with an effortless, natural approach to creation.

More than just showcasing Michele’s musical prowess and mastery of the instrumental, ‘ALL RISE’ is also a deeply collaborative effort. The chemistry with heavyweight collaborators like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins, Nicholas Ryan Gant and RayClev is incredible - they
compliment his instrumental tapestry with poetic ammo, elevating “ALL RISE” to a level of virtuous artistry.

The five vocal cuts also offer a sober reflection on the turbulent social climate of 2019 America, and the world at large. Police violence, racism, and growing divisions that dominate the current zeitgeist are examined front and centre, most prominently by Dudley Perkins on the title track. Yet despite such a worrying state of affairs, there is an underlying message of positivity triumphing, and a rallying call to destroy evil at its root rather than be consumed by it. ‘ALL RISE’ is about people standing up and uniting, being brought together by a common spirit and emotional music.


releases October 25, 2019

All tracks produced by Michele Manzo
"Crackablackalacka" lyrics written by Dudley Perkins
"ALL RISE" lyrcis written by Dudley Perkins
Guest vocals by Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ray Clev and Nicholas Ryan Gant
Artwork by Funk Bast*rd


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With Darker Than Wax, the music has been reduced to its most concentrated form.
It’s pretty pure and simple really. It's basically a statement. A statement on the pervasiveness of black music and the influence it has had on countless genres.
A statement that it’s all about bringing it into the future.
A statement that music should have depth.
Expression and uninhibited creativity is the key.
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